Board of Directors

Executive Board

  • KARENA BULLOCK BAILEY
    CO-PRESIDENT
    KARENA BULLOCK BAILEY
    CO-PRESIDENT

    Karena joined B*CURED in 2008 and became co-president in June 2014. She graduated from Colby College. She serves as a committee member for both The Greenwich Land Trust and Pitch Your Peers. She is a special events producer, managing events for Condé Nast Publications and private clients. Previously, she managed events for Overland Entertainment, Avi Adler, Inc and Forbes Magazine.

    Karena lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband Peter and their two boys Noah and Silas and dog Petunia. She most enjoys spending time with her family and friends and making people laugh. She ran her first (and only) marathon for B*CURED in November 2014 in honor of her mom.

    Reason she is dedicated to the mission: “Learning my mom was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor (glioblastoma) in 2004 was a complete shock. I had never heard of anyone having a brain tumor. My mom Leslie was in fantastic shape, never smoked and exercised every day. Even with outstanding treatment and care, she died 2 days short of her 62nd birthday, after a grueling and torturous 22-month fight. I vowed to make a difference in this devastating disease and to raise awareness. Through the grant program at B*CURED I know we will see change in the course of this disease. It is crucial that we support all initiatives to end brain cancer – the statistics are pitiful and must be changed.

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  • KRISTIN BALDERSTON DUDA
    CO-PRESIDENT
    KRISTIN BALDERSTON DUDA
    CO-PRESIDENT

    Kristin joined B*CURED in 2008 and became the co-president in June 2014. She received her bachelor of arts from Bucknell University. She currently serves as a Facilitator at the Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers and is on the Advisory Board of Serendipity Magazine. She is a consultant on PR/brand marketing projects in New York City and Fairfield County. Previously, she was the vice president of PR for Deutsch Advertising and manager of PR for Condé Nast.

    Kristin lives in Riverside, CT. She has three boys; Owen, Jake and Alexander with her husband Mike and a golden retreiver. Kristin enjoys tennis, reading, trips to Colorado, visits with family and friends, but her most treasured time is spent laughing with her three boys, and any time with her husband.

    Reason she is dedicated to the mission: “I lost my Mom to brain cancer when I was 16 and she was the young age of 44. I want to help in the fight against brain cancer to honor my Mom and ensure I’m doing everything I can to prevent other kids from losing their Mom and anyone from losing loved ones to this horrible disease. I know B*CURED is making a difference and I’m thankful to be part of this incredible community’s mission to fund research to find a brain cancer cure.”

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  • Julie Karish
    Treasurer
    Julie Karish
    Treasurer

    Julie was born and raised in Greenwich, CT. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Columbia Business School. Julie spent much of her career in Marketing at Digitas before making a change to Academics at Columbia Business School. Julie is the Support Services Committee Chair for the CT Chapter of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). She also enjoys volunteering in various committees at Greenwich Country Day School, and the Greenwich Land Trust. Julie lives in Riverside with her husband, Jeff, and their two young children.

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  • Mary Russell
    Director, Grant Program
    Mary Russell
    Director, Grant Program

    Mary earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the President and Founder of Greenwich Guidance, a college counseling firm in Greenwich, CT, where she enjoys working with many talented, thoughtful, and creative young people. She served on the parent boards of the Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, and Greenwich High School. She is currently an Alumni Admissions Representative for Georgetown University.

    She and her husband John live in Greenwich, their home for over 20 years where they raised their children; John, Christina and David. 

    Reason she is committed to the cause: I’m excited to serve as the Director of Grants for B*CURED because I’m inspired by the work and dedication of the doctors and research scientists I’ve met. I never walk out of a meeting or finish a phone call without being amazed by them and the work they do. I’m impressed by their brilliance, their altruism, and their tireless work to find cures for cancer. Being a part of B*CURED will give me a way to support our medical research community in a meaningful way. 

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  • MELISSA CLEVELAND SALAMÉ
    CO-FOUNDER, Chairman of the Board
    MELISSA CLEVELAND SALAMÉ
    CO-FOUNDER, Chairman of the Board

    Melissa co-founded B*CURED in 2008. She received her bachelor of arts from Brown University and did her post-graduate at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is on the Board of Governors for both Tufts Medical Center and the Parent’s Council for the Tisch School of the Arts. She is a manager of an alternative investment portfolio and a principle in the jewelry design firm Carthage. Prior to that she was a vice president in Global Trade for Citibank, NA.

    She lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband Roy. They have two children together, Alexa and Rick. Melissa enjoys tennis, golf, yoga, running, travel and spending time with Roy and their adult children whenever she can.

    Reason she is dedicated to the mission: “When my dad was diagnosed with a glioblastoma at 68 there were no good treatment options for him. As a physician, he knew something new had to be developed and asked me to help him. He ran out of time so I am continuing on for him and for all brain cancer victims.”

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Board of Directors

  • PETER B. BAILEY
    Vice Chairman, Athletics
    PETER B. BAILEY
    Vice Chairman, Athletics

    Peter joined B*CURED in 2010 and the board of directors in 2011. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MBA from NYU-Stern. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Dataminr, a real-time analytics company.

    He lives in Riverside, CT and loves spending time with his wife Karena and two sons Noah and Silas. His hobbies include marathon and triathlon training, which he turns into fundraising efforts on behalf of B*CURED. In 2013, he broke 3:00 hours finishing the ING NYC Marathon in 2:59. And since completing two half iron-mans, he hopes to someday compete in the Escape from Alcatrez.

    Reason he is dedicated to the mission: “After watching my mother-in-law battle a glioblastoma and the devastating effects of this disease I am committed to funding research to help find a cure.”

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  • Kelly Buchalter
    Director, Strategic Partnerships & Sponsorships
  • Michael Duda
    Vice Chairman, Branding & Strategy
    Michael Duda
    Vice Chairman, Branding & Strategy

    Mike is the Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Consigliere Brand Capital an accelerator agency and consumer investment-driven investment company based in Brooklyn and Greenwich, CT. Consigliere has worked with established companies such as Under Armour, Chobani, Boston Beer and GNC and invested in early-stage companies such as Birchbox, Warby Parker, Harry’s and Casper Mattress.

    He has spent 23 years in the world of Madison Avenue, including 13 at Deutsch Inc. as Partner, Chief Corporate Strategy Officer and helped turnaround WPP-backed Johannes Leonardo as CEO. He was named to the exclusive Crain’s 40 Under 40 Award of business in 2005.

    Mike is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and is on the Board of Directors of the David Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, The 119-year old Advertising Club of New York City and Spark Motion. When not spending time with his wife and three boys in Connecticut, he can be found arguing with referees at a sporting event.

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  • GARETH J. V. EVANS
    Vice Chairman, Fundraising
    GARETH J. V. EVANS
    Vice Chairman, Fundraising

    Gareth became a member of the board of directors of B*CURED in 2009. He recently joined Rose Capital Advisors, where his focus is on alternative investments.

    Prior to joining Rose Capital Advisors, Gareth spent nearly a decade working in the Private Client Group at Dominick & Dominick LLC. Gareth started his career at Julius Baer in New York City in 1993, where he worked on their foreign exchange, options and precious metals desks, as well as the spot forex overnight desk.

    Gareth has been active in several charitable endeavors in New York City over the years, supporting various causes including Love Heals and Susan G. Komen.

    He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, having completed 14 marathons, and most recently trekked to Mt. Everest Base Camp. He also regularly participates in horse show jumping competitions in Wellington, FL during the winter months jumping season. Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Gareth matriculated at the prestigious King’s School in Canterbury, UK and received a Bachelor’s of Law (LLB) degree from King’s College, University of London. He now resides in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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  • Debbie Needle
    Co-Founder
    Debbie Needle
    Co-Founder

    Debbie co-founded B*CURED in 2008. She went to Pennsylvania State University. She owns and runs DSB Buying Office. She serves on the board of Temple Sholom, is the Stamford JCC Women’s Division VP and part of the RCDS Parents Auxiliary. Previously, she was the Selma Maisel Nursery School Chairman, Parkway PTA VP, and served on the Parents Together Board of Directors.

    She is married to Howard and has three children, Zachary, Hannah and Natalie. They live
    in Greenwich, CT with their dog Mo. Debbie loves to play tennis and travel with her family.

    Reason she is dedicated to the mission: “After losing my mother to brain cancer I saw the need for research for this devastating disease. Through the money raised by
    B*CURED I know we will one day change the outcome of a diagnoses of brain cancer.”

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  • Roy SALAMÉ
    Vice Chairman
    Roy SALAMÉ
    Vice Chairman

    Roy J. Salame is Vice Chairman Global Commodities. He joined JPMorgan in October 2008 and is responsible for senior commodities client relationships and for the origination and management of large strategic deals globally. In this capacity, Roy is a member of the Global Commodities Management team and the Americas Sales & Marketing Executive team.   Most recently, Roy was Managing Director and Global Head of Sales and Structuring for Commodities.

    Prior to joining the firm, Roy was a Managing Director and Head of Global Natural Resources Sales and Origination at Lehman Brothers. Roy spent nearly 14 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently a Managing Director and Head of Oil, Metals and Mining and Forest Products in the US and Latin America.

    Prior to his career at Goldman Sachs, Roy worked at Citigroup for more than 10 years, where he was VP and Head of Marketing for the Financial Institutions Group for the Middle East Africa Division in New York initially, and subsequently out of Bahrain.

    Roy is Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the JPMorgan Center for Commodities at University of Colorado, Denver.  He is also on the Board of the Financial Policy Council, a research think tank and educational institution.

    Roy holds a BA in Economics “With Distinction” and MBA in ‘Finance and Investment’, both from The George Washington University;  Roy lives in Connecticut with his wife Melissa

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  • Jacob Walker
    Global Ambassador
    Jacob Walker
    Global Ambassador

    JACOB WALKER JOINS B*CURED ON A VERY PERSONAL BRAIN CANCER JOURNEY. DIAGNOSED IN 2014, JACOB IS DEDICATED TO ADVOCACY, SPREADING HOPE AND EMPOWERING CANCER PATIENTS, CARERS AND FAMILIES TO APPROACH THEIR CHALLENGES WITH POSITIVITY AND DETERMINATION. BECOMING A YOUTUBE BLOGGER FROM DIAGNOSIS, JACOB USES VIDEO AND RAW STORYTELLING TO BRING HIS LIFE TO THE WORLD. FROM MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, JACOB COMPLETED THE NYC MARATHON WITH TEAM B*CURED IN LATE 2014, SEVEN MONTHS AFTER BRAIN SURGERY WHICH KICK-STARTED A NEW VENTURE INTO DEVELOPING FITNESS GOALS AND A POSITIVE MINDSET AS TOOLS IN OVERCOMING CANCER.

     

    A TELEVISION PRODUCER FOR ESPN IN THE USA AND AUSTRALIA, JACOB’S FAST-PACED LIFESTYLE SERVES AS A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT A TRULY FULFILLED LIFE CAN BE LIVED WITH BRAIN CANCER. MAINTAINING A STRONG FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, RECENTLY JOINING THE TRIATHLON CIRCUIT, JACOB IS ENJOYING THE HARMONIOUS BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND A GENUINELY UNIQUE LIFE.

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PRINCIPLES


Committee

Katie Baccile, Chrissy Baird, Jennifer Bakker, Tami Berczuk, Lynn Blueweiss, Kelly Buchalter, Muff Clarkson, Alexandra Codraro, Nancy Cooper, Anne Curtin, Brooks Eleck, Ashley Fox, Julie Futch, Kathy Jay, Kim Kassin, Carol Kahn, Leslie McElwreath, Sarah McKenna,  Jane Moysak, Patte Nusbaum, Blanche O’Connell, Alicia O’Neil, Amy Pagnani, Sally Polak, Martha Spector, Ariane Triay, Sarah True, Sophie Veronis, Kelly Vintiadis, Kelly Watts, Margot Weinstein, & Molly Wills


Medical Advisory Board