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.