Leadership & Staff

Staff Leadership

          • David Arons

            David F. Arons, JD

            Chief Executive Officer

            David Arons is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Brain Tumor Society. He previously served in leadership and external positions at the American Cancer Society in Minnesota, the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest and at Independent Sector. As an attorney, he previously represented patients facing disabilities and serious health conditions. 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 has previously served 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, led by former Vice President Joseph Biden.

          • Gallucci

            Steve Gallucci

            Chief Financial Officer

            Steve Gallucci is the Chief Financial Officer of the National Brain Tumor Society. Steve brings to NBTS over twenty years of experience in financial leadership. He has served non-profits in human services, healthcare, and education, and for-profit organizations in biotech, professional services, and media. He has led organizations from startup to dramatic growth to acquisitions. Most recently, Steve served as a consulting CFO, providing expert council to senior leaders and Boards of Directors. Steve is a licensed CPA and received his MBA from Cornell University.

          • Germain

            Katie Germain

            Senior Director of Communications

            Katie Germain is the Senior Director of Communications at the National Brain Tumor Society. Prior to leading marketing and communications efforts for NBTS, Katie oversaw the digital marketing strategy and systems for Rutgers University Foundation for ten years, serving as lead strategist on major fundraising and engagement campaigns, including Rutgers Giving Day, Giving Tuesday, and the Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. She previously held communications roles at Peddie School, Saint Peter’s University, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

          • Hall

            Lauren Hall, CFRE

            Chief Development Officer

            Lauren Hall is the Chief Development Officer at the National Brain Tumor Society. A senior development professional with nearly two decades of experience at some of the world’s leading institutions – including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Lauren has served as a frontline fundraiser for three multibillion-dollar campaigns. She has secured transformative funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations, built and managed boards and committees, and led highly successful fundraising teams. She previously served as Assistant Vice President of Development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she directed fundraising for the neurosciences and played a key role in launching the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases.

          • Leach

            Danielle Leach, MPA

            Chief of Community & Government Relations

            Danielle Leach is the Chief of Community & Government Relations at the National Brain Tumor Society. Danielle brings outstanding experience, leadership, and a track record of accomplishment to NBTS from more than two decades working in healthcare and cancer patient advocacy. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations at St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Previously, she held leadership positions at the American Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and Strang Cancer Prevention Center. Additionally, she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer, as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Council of Research Advocates, and as a member of the NCI’s Pediatric and Adolescent Solid Tumor Steering Committee. She served on Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot, as part of the Pediatric Cancer Working Group, and was recognized in 2018 with the ASCO Partners in Progress award and the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates Rare Voice Award.

          • Petrillo

            Marisa Petrillo

            Senior Director of Human Resources and Operations

            Marisa Petrillo is the Senior Director of Human Resources and Operations at National Brain Tumor Society. Marisa brings more than two decades of experience to her role as a strategic business partner providing guidance on HR policies and procedures, performance management, payroll and benefits administration, employee training, recognition and relations, talent acquisition and IT & systems management. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit, financial, and creative services sector.

            Marisa is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Capital Institute.

          • Tanner

            Kirk Tanner, Ph.D

            Chief Scientific Officer

            Kirk Tanner is the Chief Scientific Officer at the National Brain Tumor Society. Kirk is an oncology research leader with two decades experience in discovery and development projects and programs resulting in multiple clinical candidate therapies and investigational new drugs. Formerly, he was the Research Oncology Disease Area Expert and Senior Director at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. As CSO, Kirk leads National Brain Tumor Society’s research program that aims to catalyze treatment development through philanthropic investment in medical research, engaging scientists, clinicians, patients and care partners in research programs. Kirk received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and did post-doctoral training at Oregon Health Sciences University.

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Board of Directors


        • Thomas Rolof

          Thomas Roloff – Chair

          Thomas Roloff is the Chair of the National Brain Tumor Society. He is senior vice president of Information Technology & Business Transformation at Dell Technologies Corporation. He also attended the MIT Sloan School of Management where he earned an M.B.A. Mr. Roloff was also a vice president of EMC and chief operating officer at EMC Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at Perot Systems and HomeLife Medical. He earned his undergrad degree at Lafayette University and a masters degree at Virginia Tech University.

        • Robert Burger

          Robert Burger – Vice Chair

          Robert Burger is the Vice Chair of the National Brain Tumor Society Board of Directors. He is also the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the global intellectual property law firm of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox headquartered in Washington, D.C. Rob is actively involved in other boards and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Miami University of Ohio, his Master’s degree from American University, and an MBA from Georgetown University. Rob’s aunt founded BTS, an NBTS legacy organization, after tragically losing her son Seth Harris Feldman to a Glioblastoma in December of 1988 (days before his 18th birthday).

        • Dave Brown

          Dave Brown – Treasurer

          Dave Brown is the Clerk of the National Brain Tumor Society Board of Directors. He has over 30 years experience in the information industry including roles as the Global Head of Sales and Services for Clarivate Analytics, and the President and Managing Director of Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. He previously served for 10 years as a Board Member of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services. Dave has a bachelor’s degree in history and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.

        • Liz Salmi

          Liz Salmi – Clerk

Board Members

  • Erica Birke

    Erica Birke

  • Robert Corrao

    Robert Corrao

  • David Donabedian

    David Donabedian

  • Amy Fenton

    Amy Fenton

  • Evanthia Galanis

    John Frishkopf

  • Evanthia Galanis

    Evanthia Galanis, MD

  • Ryan Lang

    Ryan Lang

  • Edjah Nduom

    Dr. Edjah Nduom

  • Eric Olson

    Eric Olson, PhD

  • Michael Smith

    Michael Smith

  • Joohee Sul

    Joohee Sul

  • Corie Yutkin

    Corie Yutkin

  • Salo Zelermyer

    Salo Zelermyer, JD

Co-Founder: G. Bonnie Feldman
The Brain Tumor Society

Co-Founder: Walter & Ellen Newman and David & Nora Plan
National Brain Tumor Foundatio

Emeritus Board Members

  • Michael Corkin
  • Richard Genderson
  • Ken Grey
  • Steve Karol
  • Sheila Killeen
  • Jeffrey Kolodin
  • Michael Nathanson, JD, LLM
  • Susan Pannullo, MD
  • Cord Schlobohm, DMD
  • Rabbi Eric B. Wisnia
  • Charles B. Wilson, MD (deceased)

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Medical Advisory Board

  • Terri S. Armstrong, PhD, NP
    Neuro-Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Stephen Brem, MD
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Timothy Cloughesy, MD, (Vice Chair)
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Paul Fisher, MD
    Stanford University Medical Center
  • Sherry Fox, PhD, RN, CNRS
    Bon Secours Cancer Institute
  • Amar Gajjar, MD
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Mark Gilbert, MD
    Neuro-Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Glenn Lesser, MD
    Wake Forest University Medical Center
  • Susan Pannullo, MD
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical College
  • Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD
    Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Liz Salmi
    Patient Researcher OpenNotes/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Wefel, PhD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dr. Patrick Wen, MD, (Chair)
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Scientific Advisory Council

  • Yancey Gillespie, PhD (Chair)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Dan Cahill, MD, PhD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Joseph Costello, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • David Eisenstat, MD
    University of Alberta
  • Michael Lim, MD
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD
    University of Florida
  • Mario Suva, MD, PhD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ashley Sumrall, MD
    Levine Cancer Institute
  • Forest M. White, PhD
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Defeat GBM Strategic Scientific Advisory Council

  • Anna Barker, PhD
    Arizona State University
  • Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FACS, FAANS
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Lewis Cantley, PhD
    Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Webster Cavenee, PhD
    Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego
  • William C. Hahn, MD, PhD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • W.K. Alfred Yung, MD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center