Each member on our Board of Directors has been touched by brain tumors. Either by being diagnosed, working in the field of brain tumors, or having a child, parent, husband, wife, brother, sister, uncle, or close friend diagnosed with a brain tumor. The hope of each member is that a cure will be found. To this end, the Board is dedicated to raising funds for brain tumor research and for support and outreach services for those currently battling a brain tumor. Each Board member serves in a voluntary, unpaid capacity. While diverse in their background, they are each united on this quest to find a cure.
SBTF President – Jennifer Keenan Giliberto
Raised in Connecticut and matured in the South, I am a proud mom to three awesome kiddos and am grateful my husband Paul still has patience for all my antics after 15 years. A lover of Thai food, BBQ, a great bottle of wine and spontaneous adventures; I don’t go anywhere without my sense of humor. I am a writer, professional photographer and work as a Patient and Family Advisor at a local Atlanta Hospital. Elected to the Board of the SBTF in 2008, I have served as Vice President since 2009. I am a brain tumor patient myself and work tirelessly with my fellow colleagues to advocate for the brain tumor community, advance awareness, offer support resources and work to raise critical and desperately needed research funding.
SBTF Immediate Past President – Costas Hadjipanayis, M.D., Ph.D.
Costas Hadjipanayis, MD, Ph.D. , a brain tumor advocate, has been a member of the SBTF Board of Directors since 2009. During his 8 year tenure at Emory University School of Medicine, he held the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Chief of Neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Director of the Emory Brain Tumor Center. Costas currently serves as Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology, Mount Sinai Health System. A neurosurgeon, scientist, and scientific researcher, Costas was named a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar due to his extensive work with brain tumors. He has served on countless National and International Committees, is well published, and well respected for his work in neurosurgery and specifically in the field of brain tumor surgery.
SBTF Secretary – Michelle Roback-Kraynak
Michelle Roback Kraynak is a brain tumor survivor and advocate. She has served on the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors since. Prior to being elected SBTF Secretary, she served for several years as Chair of the Volunteers Committee. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law. Ms. Kraynak was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma in 1997 while living in Osaka, Japan.
SBTF Treasurer – Suzanne Boeren
Suzanne is a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors. An SBTF Officer, she has held the position of SBTF Treasurer since 2013. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she received her BA in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. Her special interests involve spending time family, quilting, bowling and a plethora of other hobbies. An employee of Deli Provisions since 1999, and subsequently with Atlanta Deli Provision Company, she has been a member of the SBTF Board since 2004. During her junior year in college, Ms. Boeren was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Removal of the tumor occurred in November 1998 and she has been an active brain tumor advocate ever since.
2016 Board Members: (list in alpha order)
Farnaz Arabshahi, support group facilitator for the SBTF, has served on the Board of Directors since 2010. As a certified nurse practitioner, Ms. Arabshahi has extensive experience in the field of (brain) cancer and palliative care.
Steve is a Sales Executive in the hi-tech world. In his position with an enterprise solutions Corporation, he helps clients leverage technology to transform their businesses. Steve has served as a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board Directors since 2007 during which time he held several Officer positions. In addition to being a member of our Board, Steve serves as our Research Grants Committee where he works diligently and enthusiastically to find a cure for brain tumors and brain cancers. Steve has experienced both the loss and survival of family members afflicted by brain cancer. This personal brain tumor journey has further ingrained his overwhelming desire to find a cure.
Sheryl Bluestein has been a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board Directors since 2007. She is also the Director for the Winship Cancer Institute infusion centers During her tenure on the Board, Sheryl served as SBTF Secretary 2008-2010 and SBTF Treasurer from 2011-2012. She received her MBA / MHA from Georgia State University, completed the Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship Program, and is an active member of the Association of Cancer Executives (ACE) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Ms Bluestein has been a brain tumor advocate since 2005 when her father, Neil Marbach, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma.
Robert “Craig” Castellino:
Robert “Craig” Castellino, MD, a physician-scientist, joined the SBTF Board of Directors in 2015. Craig obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. He completed his internship and residency training in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Texas Children’s Cancer Center/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Craig has been on the faculty at Emory University since 2007 where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Craig’s passion is not only treating children diagnosed with a brain tumor, but furthering our understanding of what causes aggressive subtypes of brain tumors and using that knowledge to develop novel, less-toxic treatments for pediatric brain tumors. Craig is a member of various National and International Committees, as well as a recipient of numerous research grant awards, including grants from SBTF, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Craig is excited about the opportunity to use his knowledge and experience in the field of neuro-oncology on the Board of Directors of the SBTF to help brain tumor patients and expand the reach and mission of the SBTF.
Holly Felker is a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is also the Race Chair for the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Race for Research. She is committed to promoting awareness of the importance to support brain tumor and brain cancer research, as well as promoting the need to provide encouragement and support to those impacted by this disease. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2003. Driven by a spirit of volunteerism, she has been a volunteer for various non-profit organizations such as Hands On Atlanta, the Special Olympics, and Robi Marti Foundation of G.R.A.C.E. since she was a teenager. At a young age, Holly was impacted by a family member being diagnosed with cancer and has been an advocate for cancer awareness and support ever since.
Chris Holcomb is one of our longest serving Board Members. Chris’ tenure started back in 2000. Chris wanted to find a way to honor his sister who died of a brain tumor in 1986 at 27 years old. The SBTF was the perfect place to do whatever he can to try to knock out brain tumors. Chris was instrumental in the launch of the first Race for Research which was held in honor of Tom Clarke, Debbie Holcomb (Chris’ sister) and Hans Greathouse as well as the countless others affected by brain tumors. Chris did a live broadcast on 11Alive from that first race. Chris and 11Alive have broadcast live at every race since! Chris an Atlanta native and also serves as Chief Meteorologist for 11 Alive.
Peter Nicholas has been a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2010. He is also President of TIGHITCO, a leading company in the aerospace and defense industry. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with an Aerospace engineering degree and became familiar with brain tumors in 2008, when his boss was diagnosed with, and subsequently passed away from, a GBM. Peter was a member of the Board of Directors for only a year when he received his own brain tumor diagnosis in August of 2011. In addition to leading the SBTF’s Corporate Sponsorship Committee, Peter is also on the strategic advisory for board of the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation & Research in South Carolina. A huge sports fan, and one of the Foundations’ Top Fundraisers, Peter also has a great interest in the work of those associated the Epilepsy Foundation.
Bridget Torregrosa has been a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2014. Bridget is a financial services industry veteran who recently retired from Invesco after 22 years. While with Invesco, she served as the Head of US Investment Operations as well as Head of US Client Reporting and Servicing. Bridget is now employed by Cutter Associates as a Senior Consultant. She is well known for her passion and enthusiasm in business and in life, and has been involved with the SBTF since 2010. She has served as the YMSL lead volunteer coordinator and for the past 5 years has been instrumental in garnering the bulk of our volunteers who serve so willingly at Race For Research.
Lauren is a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is also Social Media Chair and works in Real Estate. Lauren is the newest member to the Board and was elected in 2015. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University where she majored in Communication and minored in Spanish. Ms. Tracey lost her father to a brain tumor and has been a brain tumor advocate since 2007.
Jennifer has been a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2014. A magna cum laude graduate of Elon University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, she went on to receive her MBA in 2012. As a member of the SBTF Board, Jenn lends her expertise with the production of Race for Research and development of printed collaterals. Active in the tennis community, Jennifer not only plays tennis but serves as Vice Chair of USTA’s Georgia Marketing Committee which is responsible for Publicity, Communications and Branding. She is employed as an Account Executive and Event Director at Jackson Spalding, a PR firm in Atlanta, GA, and has been a brain tumor advocate since 2006, when her uncle was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Kelly Turner is a member of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board Directors. She is also active in her children’s school PTA and sports teams. She has been on the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2012. and currently serves as our Team Captain Lead. Kelly is a graduate of North Carolina State University and holds an Industrial Engineering degree. Employed in the textile industry with Milliken & Company for eight years, following the birth of her first child she made the transition to full time parent. Ms.Turner has been familiar with brain tumors and their impact since 2007 when her mother was diagnosed with a GBM. After a 16 month period of radiation, chemo, and clinical trials her mother passed in September 2008. Ms. Turner began as a Race for Research team captain and quickly became one of the Foundations Top 5 fundraisers.