Leadership & Staff

Executive Staff

  • David Arons

    David F. Arons, JD

    Chief Executive Officer

    David Arons is the Chief Executive Officer of National Brain Tumor Society. He also serves as the National Brain Tumor Society’s Chief Public Policy and Advocacy Officer. He previously served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society in Minnesota and was the co-founder and Co-Director of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest. He is the author of several books, including Power in Policy: A Funder’s Guide to Advocacy and Civic Participation, Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy, and A Voice for Nonprofits. He serves on the National Cancer Institute’s Council of Research Advocates and Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. In 2016, Mr. Arons was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of experts selected to help advise the National Cancer Moonshot, being led by Vice President Joe Biden.

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    Samantha Masterson

    Chief Advancement Officer

    Samantha (Samm) Masterson is National Brain Tumor Society’s Chief Advancement Officer. In this role, Mrs. Masterson works directly with the Chief Executive Officer to provide vision, strategy and leadership to National Brain Tumor Society’s Events, Marketing Communications, and Development functions. Mrs. Masterson is a proven fundraiser, community builder, and manager of human capital. Previously, she served in leadership, development, and marketing communications positions for prominent for-profit and non-profit organizations, such as the American Liver Foundation, The TJX Companies Inc., March of Dimes, and Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.

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    Michael Antonellis

    National Director of Marketing Communications

    Michael Antonellis is the National Director of Marketing Communications at the National Brain Tumor Society. Mr. Antonellis is an executive staff member and plays a key role within the advancement team by developing, directing and leading marketing strategy and communications programs for internal and external marketing, promotion and branding. He leads campaigns to drive public awareness and brand recognition, build deeper engagement and loyalty from volunteers and donors, and promote organization-centric fundraising and research/clinical trial education. He previously served as Director of Marketing & Communications at Harte Hanks and has held senior communications positions at VISTAGY (now Siemens) and Lois Paul & Partners.

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    Craig Strenger

    National Director of Field Operations

    Craig Strenger is the National Director of Field Operations for the National Brain Tumor Society. In this executive role, Mr. Strenger is responsible for strategic field planning, Strategic corporate partnerships as well as national event fundraising, event structure development, budget creation, and training for volunteer management and sponsorship solicitation. He manages and leads a team of extremely talented regional directors that build and manage impactful events and community fundraisers. He has previously held executive positions at Penster Consulting, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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    Wendi Nance

    National Development Officer

    Wendi Nance serves as the National Brain Tumor Society’s National Development Officer and oversees development strategy and execution for the organization’s health care platform and the Cure GBM and Pediatric Cancer Cure LLCs. Ms. Nance is a senior-level development professional, who most recently served as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). She has also served as the CEO of a South Carolina chapter of the YWCA, and is an active participant on several boards and committees in South Carolina.

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    Kristina Knight

    Director of Research Program Strategy and Community Relations

    Kristina Knight is a member of the Programs team at the National Brain Tumor Society, serving as the Director of Research Program Strategy and Community Relations. She oversees the vital work of our pediatric brain tumor research Initiative, supporting the LLC President. She also is part of our industry engagement team and organizes the annual NBTS Scientific Summit, among other responsibilities. Previously she worked overseeing the Marketing Communications department for seven years, where she helped guide the organization through mergers, being responsible for the overall brand experience, communications, and oversight of community engagement.

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Board of Directors

Officers

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    Michael Nathanson, JD, LLM

    Chair

    Michael Nathanson is the Chair of the National Brain Tumor Society Board of Directors. He is also the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of The Colony Group, a leading independent wealth management company. He has been on the National Brain Tumor Society’s Board of Directors since 2011. He has been named eight times by Barron’s as one of the top 100 independent financial advisors in the nation. Mr. Nathanson has been living with a brain tumor since 2000.

  • CORD SCHLOBOHM, DMD

    Cord Schlobohm, DMD

    Vice Chair

    Cord Schlobohm, DMD is the Vice Chair of the National Brain Tumor Society Board of Directors. He has been a practicing dentist in Bethesda, MD for over 25 years. Dr. Schlobohm became involved with the National Brain Tumor Society after losing his daughter to a brain tumor. He recently served as a patient advocate on the peer-reviewed Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense, and has spoken on NPR on behalf of the National Brain Tumor Society.

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    Michael Corkin

    Treasurer

    Michael Corkin is the Treasurer of the National Brain Tumor Society Board of Directors. He is also the President and Owner of Corkin Insurance Company, based in Newton, Massachusetts. He initially became involved with the Organization after his daughter was diagnosed and successfully operated on for a brain tumor 20 years ago. He is also a leading fundraiser for the Boston Brain Tumor Ride and in recent years served as the event co-chair.

  • Sarah Durham

    Sarah Durham

    Clerk
    Sarah Durham is the Clerk of the National Brain Tumor Society Board of Directors. She is the Principal and Founder of Big Duck, a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits to help reach supporters, build awareness, and raise money. She was named a top fundraiser under 40 by Fundraising Success in 2006, and one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company in 2010.

Board Members

  • Jeffrey Kolodin, Chairman Emeritus
  • Kristen Campana, Esq.
  • Michael Durbin
  • John Frishkopf
  • Richard Genderson
  • Sheila Killeen
  • Chandri Navarro, Esq.
  • Susan Pannullo, MD
  • Alison Ross, Esq.
  • Stephen T. Sadler, JD
  • Carrie Treadwell
  • Rabbi Eric B. Wisnia

Honorary Board Members

  • G. Bonnie Feldman
  • Ken Grey
  • Steve Karol
  • Scott Memmott, Esq.
  • Charles B. Wilson, MD

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Advisors

Medical Advisory Board

  • Jeffrey Wefel, PhD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Liz Salmi
    The Liz Army
  • Jeffrey Raizer, MD
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD
    Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Susan Pannullo, MD
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical College
  • Gigi MacMillan
    We Can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network
  • Michelle Lucas, MSW, LSW
    Massachussetts General Hospital
  • Glen Lesser, MD
    Wake Forest University Medical Center
  • Mark Gilbert, MD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Amar Gajjar, MD
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Sherry Fox, PhD, RN, CNRS
    Bon Secours Cancer Institute
  • Paul Fisher, MD
    Stanford University Medical Center
  • Timothy Cloughesy, MD, Vice Chair
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Terri S. Armstrong, PhD, NP
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dr. Patrick Wen, MDDana Farber Cancer Institute (Chair)
  • Dr. Stephen Brem, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania

Public Policy Advisory Committee

  • Eric Wenger
    Microsoft Corp.
  • Max Wallace, JD
    Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
  • BethAnn Telford
    Team BT
  • Cord Schlobohm, DMD
  • Chandri Navarro, JD
    Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Scott Memmott, Esq. Chair
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Richard Hamburg, MPA
    Trust for America’s Health
  • James “JD” Derderian
    The Stanton Park Group

Scientific Advisory Council

  • Jean Zhao, PhD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Forest M. White, PhD
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Evan Snyder, MD, PhD
    Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • John Sampson, MD, PhD
    Duke University Medical Center
  • Paul Mischel, MD
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Linda Liau, MD, PhD
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ching Lau, MD, PhD
    Texas Children’s Cancer Center
  • Robert Jenkins, MD, PhD
    Mayo Clinic
  • C. David James, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Candece Gladson, MD
    Cleveland Clinic
  • G. Yancey Gillespie, PhD
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Frank Furnari, PhD
    University of California, San Diego
  • David Eisenstat, MD, MA, FRCPC
    University of Alberta
  • Joseph Costello, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Suzanne Baker, PhD
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Strategic Scientific Advisory Council

  • W.K. Alfred Yung, MD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • William C. Hahn, MD, PhD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Richard B. Gaynor, MD
    Eli Lilly and Company
  • George D. Demetri, MD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Webster Cavenee, PhD
    Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego
  • Darell D. Bigner, MD, PhD
    Duke University
  • Mitchel S. Berger, MD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Anna Barker, PhDArizona State University

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