Janet Sutherland (Director)Along with creating a support group in Ohio, an awareness walk called Brainstorm Walk was initiated to raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Janet also crafted two bills, one in Ohio and another in her homestate of Illinois to permanently make September Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. In September of 2007, Janet worked with UIC neurosurgeons to form the FIRST support group in Illinois.
Jim Wolfe (Caregiver Liaison)
In January of 2003, Jim Wolfe found his wife Annette, in their basement, unconscious. After Annette returned to her Indiana home recovering from a ruptured brain aneurysm, she just wanted to talk to someone about what she had been through. Jim drove his wife through a snow storm determined to get her to the support group meeting at UI Hospital. Jim is committed to working with spouses and family members of survivors because he understands the importance of the support group and knows how they feel.
Kevin Madden (Medical Liaison)
Kevin Madden's parents were both affected from a brain aneurysm. Kevin represents the chapter in Washington D.C. to assist in lobbying efforts to promote awareness and research funding. As a medical professional, he will continue to enhance and strengthen the Chicago Chapter’s Brain Aneurysm Foundation fundraising and awareness initiatives.
John Madden (Director of Development)John Madden's parents were both affected from a brain aneurysm. As Director of Development John creates and generates new pathways of fundraising venues for the foundation that serves those afflicted with or are affected by brain aneurysms.
Ellen Stoeger (Major Gift Officer) Ellen lost her mom 2-4-08 suddenly to a brain aneurysm. Ellen monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. . She has also spearheaded a fundraising initiative with a local restaurant
Barry Holmes (Community Development Director)Barry has a child hood friend who suffered and recovered from a brain aneurysm. Barry has extensive experience working for a non profit and a major league baseball team in marketing. His goal with the Chicago Chapter is to initiate sports and corporate marketing campaigns and solicit recognition campaigns in order to cultivate donor relationships
Maria Micheletto (Survivor Liaison)
On October 23, 2006, 38 year old Maria Micheletto was in her Lockport, IL home when she was struck with the “worst headache of [her] life”. By the time she arrived at a local hospital, Micheletto was paralyzed from the waist down. She eventually underwent a craniotomy to repair her ruptured brain aneurysm. Micheletto, who was inspired by the care she received at UIC, is now a nurse. She is committed to supporting brain aneurysm survivors.Katherine Walsh, RN, MS, ACNP,
Kate joined the neurosurgery team in 1999 as a board certified NP. In 2007, she helped launch the Illinois Stroke Institute and the Brain Aneurysm Support Group. She has been a nurse for 18 years and an NP for 12 years. Kate has worked with brain aneurysm patients and their families for her entire nursing career.
Dr. Hanjani has offered her continued expertise and support to the foundation and the Chicago BAF Chapter.
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