CBTF Announces New Co-President Leadership Structure: Jaworski and Wagner to Co-lead the Organization
NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2019
NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Board of Directors of Children's Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) today announced that the 30-year-old organization will now be led by two co-presidents. Current President Gary D. Jaworski, Ph.D. will be joined by long-term leader of CBTF programs and research, Stacia Wagner, MSW. The new leadership structure symbolizes and solidifies CBTF's place as the nation's leader in quality of life programs for families affected by a brain or spinal cord tumor diagnosis.
Gary D. Jaworski, Ph.D. became president in October of 2017 and quickly moved the organization forward in several key areas including a new website, fresh social media presence, revitalized governance structure, and expanded national programs, to name a few.
Stacia Wagner, MSW, has been employed by CBTF for 12 years, rising from Director of Survivor Programs & Research, to Vice President, and now to co-President. Stacia's many accomplishments include developing partnerships with hospitals and community-based programs to provide face-to-face and online support groups for parents, survivors and bereaved parents, and expanding CBTF programs to include the only father/survivor retreat in the country and six day conferences for teen and young adult brain tumor survivors with Camp Mak-a-Dream. She has published research on the impact a brain tumor has on career development and continues to lead CBTF's Career Program which provides individual support, peer mentorship and educational advocacy.
"It is critically important to have leaders like Stacia Wagner who not only understand the importance of addressing issues related to quality of life, but are also able to provide vision and leadership in this important area of service and research," explains David R. Strauser, Ph.D., Professor, Work & Disability Lab and Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois.
"Stacia will continue to enhance the great work of CBTF with her unique blend of scientific knowledge, program development and clinical skills, and unparalleled compassion for the needs of children with brain tumors and their families," says Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D., MSW, FNAP, Associate Director of Social Sciences and Community Based Research, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes.
"Stacia's promotion recognizes her long-term contributions in building CBTF's survivor programming to what is recognized in the field as being 'best practices.' Her unparalleled empathy has allowed Stacia to develop long-lasting relationships with survivors, families and CBTF partners," said Lionel Leventhal, Chairman of the Board of CBTF. "We are proud of Stacia becoming co-president and are confident that she and Gary will help drive CBTF to new levels of success in both our research to battle pediatric brain tumors and quality of life programming for survivors and their families."
Established in 1988, CBTF aims to improve the quality of life for pediatric brain tumor patients and their families through research, information, programs and advocacy. Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is the founding funder of the Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium and has provided over $10 million to the best doctors, researchers and institutions leading the charge toward the cure for childhood brain tumors and nearly $1 million for professional training and clinical fellowships in the field of pediatric neuro-oncology. Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is the only national organization to provide quality-of-life research and programs for all members of the family throughout the brain tumor continuum. CBTF has helped over 50,000 families through its Bereavement, Survivorship, Family 2 Family and Advocacy programs. Learn more at http://www.cbtf.org.