Board of Directors


Michael McCreesh
Chairman of the Board
Father of Brent
Managing Director, Securities Division
Goldman Sachs
New York, New York

Mike is equity co-head of the Multi Asset Platform business and global head of the Client Commission Management business within the Securities Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and worked in financial applications within the Controllers Division. Mike joined the Securities Division in 1999 to start the soft dollar business and transferred to the Futures business in 2006 to work on the global coordination of that growing business. In 2008, he moved into the Client Commission Management business. Mike was named managing director in 2010.

Mike is co-founder of TeamBrent, a group dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. He serves on the Institutional Brokerage Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

Mike earned a BBA from Hofstra University in 1990, an MBA from Hofstra University in 1994 and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Public Accounting from Pace University in 1997. He is a CFA charterholder.

Mike and his wife, Dana, have three children and live in Southport, Connecticut.


John Bender
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
President & CEO, Global Reinsurance
Allied World Reinsurance
New York, New York

John began his career at St. Paul Reinsurance and is now Chief Operating Officer for Allied World Reinsurance in Manhattan. A native of Long Island, New York, he is proud to call himself Irish-American. Along with his siblings, John spent many childhood summers on his uncle’s farm in County Roscommon, Ireland, where he learned the value of hard work and the art of a good story. An active member in his local communities for the last twenty years, John enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, playing golf or reading a good book.

John helped weave the St. Baldrick’s story together when he took up co-founder Tim Kenny’s challenge to give back. Drawing inspiration from Enda McDonnell’s mane of hair, it was John who paired the idea of shaving heads with helping children fighting cancer. Since then, he has distinguished himself as the “Iron Man” of St. Baldrick’s – being the only person in St. Baldrick’s history to have been shorn every year, including a second visit to clippers in 2003. An active recruiter for the cause, John is always scouting new events, sponsors and shavees. John is husband to Alanna Devine, and proud father of Shannon, Brady and Casey who are avid fans of Lucky the Leprechaun and look forward to their dad’s annual shaving.


Amy Bucher
Advocate and Mother of Arden
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Amy Bucher has been an active advocate for increased funding for childhood cancer research since her oldest daughter, Arden, was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma in 2007. In 2008, Arden died a few months before her fourth birthday. Keeping her memory alive, the Buchers honored Arden by agreeing to name her as one of the five St. Baldrick’s Ambassador Kids for 2011.

Prior to motherhood, Amy was a high school English teacher, earning her Master’s degree from the University of Delaware in 2000. Now an at-home mom, Amy stays involved in the fight for more effective, less toxic treatments for kids with cancer.

As an original member of the St. Baldrick’s team, 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, Amy also shaved her head for St. Baldrick’s in September of 2010 with other mothers from across the country who shaved in solidarity with all childhood cancer patients, survivors, and victims. She is moved by the passion and enthusiasm of St. Baldrick's staff and volunteers, always inspired by how they work together to help the Foundation grow in order to fulfill its mission. She also currently serves as a Patient Advocate on the NCI Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Steering Committee (PLLSC) and Patient Advocate Steering Committee (PASC.) Amy appreciates the unwavering support and dedication of her family and friends, especially her husband, Rick, and son, Grayson, other proud St. Baldrick's shavees, and her daughter, Zoey, who share her sense of urgency when it comes to raising awareness of the desperate need for funds dedicated to advancing the most promising pediatric cancer research.


Bill Gerber
Chief Financial Officer
White Mountains Financial Services
West Hartford, Connecticut

Bill Gerber and his wife, Jessica, first became involved with St. Baldrick’s in 2010 after their son, Teddy, was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma. They were drawn by St. Baldrick’s research focus and the wide range of high quality institutions receiving grants. After Teddy’s friends shaved their heads, Teddy pulled back the hood on his sweatshirt and said “I don’t need the hood anymore- everyone looks like me!” From that moment on, the Gerber family (Bill, Jessica, their son, John and daughter, Gillian) was hooked on St. Baldrick’s. The success of Team Teddy- Osborn Hill School is the result of the hard work and dedication of so many good friends and neighbors in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Bill is the Chief Financial Officer of White Mountains Financial Services. Prior to joining White Mountains, Bill was Chief Financial Officer of CitiInsurance, the global insurance division of Citigroup. He started his career in public accounting.

Bill is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where he majored in East Asian Studies. During college and the early part his career he lived and worked in Asia. He holds an MBA in Finance and MS in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Tim Kenny
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
Executive Chairman of Aran Insurance Services Group
New York, New York

Tim Kenny is the co-founder and executive chairman of Aran Insurance Services Group, a full-service managing general agency and underwriter specializing in acquiring and developing insurance underwriting facilities for both the property and the casualty and accident and health markets.

Prior to founding Aran Insurance Services Group in 2009, Tim served as president and chief executive officer of QBE the Americas until his retirement on September 30, 2008. Tim has extensive leadership and global industry experience, including strong business relationships with other insurance and reinsurance industry leaders.

Tim joined QBE in 1994, as vice president and controller, and has served in numerous senior management roles including, senior vice president and CFO, executive vice president and CFO before being appointed to president and CEO in 2000. While CEO he took the company from less than $100 million in revenue to over $4 billion.

Prior to joining QBE, Tim was vice president and controller, The Reinsurance Corporation of New York where he directed all corporate financial function for the company. He has also served in management roles at Unione Italiana Reinsurance Company of America, Metropolitan Reinsurance Company and QBE Europe Insurance & Reinsurance Company.

Tim is a former Board member of The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA), Brokers and Reinsurance Markets Associations (BRMA) and International Insurance Society (IIS). He is also a former Member of the Insurance Accountant and Systems Association (IASA) and The Society of Financial Management (SIFM).

Tim is active in many charitable organizations. As the past Chairman and Co-Founder of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Tim issued the challenge now heard around the world and one that has brought temporary baldness to so many in support of childhood cancer. The foundation, a 501(c)3 organization has raised over $147 million in 20 countries over the past 13 years. Tim has served on numerous boards, including Chairman of the Admissions Committee of the Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in the City of New York.

A graduate of the University of Limerick with a Diploma of Business Studies, Tim has also studied in London; at the Institute of Credit Management (M.I.C.M.), and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He also studied at St. John’s College of Insurance in New York. Tim started his career in Shannon, Ireland before relocating to New York in 1987.


Jeffrey M. Lipton, MD, PhD
Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
New Hyde Park, New York

Since 2005, Dr. Jeffrey Lipton has spearheaded the creation of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation program to fund childhood cancer research, ensuring that its grant categories are the most effective way to accomplish our mission.

A New York native, Dr. Lipton is the Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park; investigator at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; professor at Feinstein’s Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine; and a professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Dr. Lipton received a Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Syracuse University and his medical degree magna cum laude from Saint Louis University Medical School and was elected to the Honor Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). He did his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and his pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

As the president of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO) from 2010 to 2012, one of his priorities was the development of mentoring and career development opportunities for members. He also has mentored many medical students and summer college students. He is currently on the Executive Committee and Liaison of the Section on Hematology Oncology (SOHO) of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Lipton’s main interest is bone marrow failure, and his current work is devoted to understanding the genetics, cellular and molecular biology of Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA), in particular to understand the strong cancer predisposition in patients with DBA.

Among other numerous awards and recognition, Dr. Lipton is the recipient of the 2010 Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine Alumni Merit Award and is an author of 200 original articles, reviews and book chapters. Most importantly, Jeff has been married to Linda for 47 years. They have two sons David, married to Bonni and Joshua, married to Marina and four grandchildren Halle, Aryn, Zachary and Sasha.


Katherine Lugar
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Washington, D.C.

Katherine Lugar is president and chief executive officer of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the largest trade association representing the U.S. lodging industry. In this role, she is responsible for setting the strategic vision for AH&LA and all of its affiliates, while championing the industry’s voice on Capitol Hill, within the Administration and beyond Washington, D.C. Working directly with the volunteer officers and board of directors, Lugar has transformed AH&LA since joining three years ago, growing the 24,000-strong group to its highest point in the organization’s history and focusing its core mission on advocacy. In addition, she also oversees AH&LA’s two affiliate organizations, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) and the Educational Institute (EI).

Since the beginning of her tenure at AH&LA, Lugar has been pivotal in transforming the association and spearheading the rollout of a new membership model and growing its base, which now represents more than 24,500 hotels in the U.S., including global brands, REITS and owners of hotels, management companies and independent properties. In just under three years, she led the association to grow to its highest point in its 100-year history, achieved record HotelPAC contributions, now surpassing $1 million in PAC contributions, increased the focus on advocacy and ensured greater industry engagement. Her success at AH&LA has been recognized beyond the hotel industry. In 2015, The Washington Post named her as a “leader to watch,” describing her as an “influence guru” inside the Beltway and for two years running, she was named by The Hill as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists.

She has also led the development of a three-year strategic plan that will guide the association as it navigates the numerous opportunities and challenges that face the hospitality industry. With a renewed focus on advocacy, Lugar’s depth of experience in public policy and Capitol Hill will help shape the agenda the industry seeks to center its priorities around: workforce issues, technology and distribution and travel and tourism promotion.

She has more than 20 years of experience in private sector public affairs, working on Capitol Hill and previously served as executive vice president, public affairs, with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). While at RILA, she was the principal contact for the public affairs and government relations program. Her tenure at RILA was marked by several significant accomplishments, including the development and execution of a major campaign to regulate debit swipe fees (hailed by Politico as the biggest legislative battle of 2011) and the creation and implementation of a dual state-federal campaign to level the playing field on on-line sales tax collection.

Before her time at RILA, she was vice president of government relations for Travelers Insurance, serving as the company’s chief representative before Congress and the administration. Prior to that, she served as vice president of legislative and political affairs at the National Retail Federation.

Katherine Lugar’s career in Washington, D.C. began on the staff of Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer and she is a graduate of The University of Colorado – Boulder. In addition to sitting on the St. Baldrick’s board, she also serves as a board member for the US Travel Association and the Bryce Harlow Foundation. She is also a member of the Chamber’s Committee of 100.


Chris Lynch
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Accomplice
Boston, Massachusetts

Chris Lynch is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Accomplice, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Chris backs entrepreneurs building companies based on disruptive enterprise technology and is most often the founding investor. He is also co-founder of hack/reduce, a non-profit that is driving Boston’s big data ecosystem, hack/secure, a non-profit shaping the Cybersecurity community across the U.S. and is an advisor and mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs and startups.

Before joining Accomplice, Chris held CEO and leadership roles at tech startups where during his career he raised over $150M in capital and returned more than $7B to his investors. Chris was CEO of Vertica (acquired by HP) and Acopia Networks (acquired by F5 Networks); and held executive leadership positions at Arrowpoint Communications (IPO, then acquired by Cisco), Prominet (acquired by Lucent) and Wellfleet Communications (acquired by Bay Networks).

Chris is an avid supporter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. He first became involved with St. Baldrick’s more than four years ago when he launched the first annual hack/reduce and Boston Big Data fundraising event. Since then, the event has raised more than $1M to help fund pediatric cancer research. Chris was born in Yonkers, New York and attended Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems; followed by Bentley College’s Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business, where he received an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Chris also received an honorary doctorate of commercial science from Bentley University. A father of five children, he and his wife live outside Boston.


Enda McDonnell
Founder
President & CEO
Access Reinsurance
Hamilton, Bermuda

A native of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, and a graduate of University College Dublin, Enda McDonnell was the Co-Founder of Access Reinsurance, Inc. in Westfield, New Jersey and is currently President & CEO of Access Reinsurance Ltd., in Hamilton, Bermuda. Enda’s career has spanned 17 years in the reinsurance industry, brokering deals that enable insurance and reinsurance companies to share risk and protect clients in times of catastrophe.

As one of the three founders of St. Baldrick’s, Enda grew the mane of hair which inspired the first head-shaving event in 2000. A kid at heart, Enda’s leisure time is devoted to golf, practical jokes and helping children with cancer. In July 2007, Enda married his soul mate, Tiffany Wise, who looks forward to seeing Enda’s bald head again and again. Despite his ready supply of laughs, Enda is serious about finding a cure for kids’ cancer and his favorite mantra, “If it’s fun, they will come,” is shared with St. Baldrick’s supporters throughout the world.


Kathleen Ruddy
Chief Executive Officer
St. Baldrick's Foundation
Monrovia, California

With more than 25 years of professional non-profit fundraising, marketing and public relations experience, Kathleen began work in the childhood cancer community in early 2001 - the same day she began planning the growth of what would become the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The daughter of two cancer survivors, Kathleen believes in paying it forward, and enjoys managing and serving as a board member for the Foundation, in addition to being a two-time shavee, DWYW participant and active advocate for children with cancer. She is a frequent speaker at non-profit conferences and gives her time to advise start-up charities and young people pursuing careers in the non-profit sector.

Kathleen’s professional experience includes raising over US $300 million for religious and educational organizations, hospitals, disaster response and recovery and social service organizations, as well as childhood cancer research organizations. She has served on the Alumni Board of Directors for her alma mater, and continues to volunteer for several charities, church and political organizations.

Kathleen received a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies/Public Relations and a Minor in Business Administration/Marketing from Loyola Marymount University in 1988. She lives in Altadena, California.


Board Members Emeritus

Joe Bartlett
News Director
WOR Radio
New York, New York

Joe Bartlett serves as News Director of WOR and morning newscaster for the popular John Gambling Show. While delivering the news with authority and credibility, Joe also brings warmth and personality to the morning news. Among his many honors the award of “Best Newscaster in New York City. Joe is much more than a newsman; he is a versatile talent, who also hosts “The First Morning News” a half-hour news update to start the day at 5:00am. He also hosts the “Joe Bartlett Saturday Show” Saturdays from 6am to 9am, which has become an outlet for Joe’s creative side.

He has won numerous awards for his reporting. Among the awards: “Best Spot News Coverage” from the New York State Broadcasters Association for his coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks, the New York Press Club “Gold Typewriter” and Society of Professional Journalists “Deadline” award for public service. He has also won numerous “Best Newscast” awards from both the Associated Press and New York State Broadcasters.

Joe came to WOR in 1987, after working in both radio and TV in the Albany, New York market. After working just 6 months as a street reporter and anchor, Joe was promoted to Managing Editor and one year later was named News Director. Beyond his leadership of the respected WOR News Department, Joe is a past President of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, and a member of the Radio TV News Directors Association.


Charles M. Chamness
Chairman Emeritus
President & CEO
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Indianapolis, Indiana

Charles (Chuck) M. Chamness is president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). NAMIC is a full-service property/casualty insurance trade association with 1,400 member companies in the U.S and Canada which represent 40% of the U.S. domestic p/c insurance market. Chuck joined NAMIC in 1995 as vice president, public affairs. He became president and CEO in 2003.

Prior to joining NAMIC, Chuck worked in Washington, D.C. in a variety of positions in financial services and housing policy. His background includes service in the first Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD under Secretary Jack Kemp, Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Housing Finance Board and as a press secretary on Capitol Hill.

Chuck serves on the board of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and as chairman of the board of NAMIC Insurance Company (NAMICO), a $45 million asset A-rated professional liability insurer. He is a member of the Association Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Chuck holds a BA from Indiana University, Bloomington and lives in Indianapolis, Ind. with his wife Briget and their four children, Charlie, Sally, Robbie, and Joey, all of whom like Dad, have been St. Baldrick’s shavees. He became committed to the Foundation as a shavee and Volunteer Event Organizer (VEO) in 2005 when his son Joey was being treated for osteosarcoma. Chuck travels the country touting the virtues of mutual insurance companies and seasonal baldness.


Francis Feeney
Managing Director
AVM, L.P.
Boca Raton, Florida

Born and raised in County Roscommon, Ireland, Francis began his career in investment banking in London in 1989. By 1993, Wall Street beckoned and he emigrated to the United States. Joining AVM, L.P. in 1998, Francis continued to make his mark with the firm, of which he is currently the Principal. It was in New York that Francis was reunited with childhood friend, Enda McDonnell, and through Enda, Francis came to know St. Baldrick’s. As the father of two beautiful children, St. Baldrick’s instantly touched his heart and he became an enthusiastic supporter, facing the clippers for the first time in 2004 and shaving every year since then.

Francis joined the Board in 2005 and serves as Secretary and Chairman of the Finance & Investment Committee. As the owner of Sláinte Irish Pub in Boynton Beach, Florida, his pub plays dual roles as both business-endeavor and venue for his annual head-shaving event. His leisure time is often spent playing soccer on his Pub’s team, Sláinte Wanderers. And, along with his wife, Rosa, Francis also enjoys watching their son, Aidan, play on the Sláinte Juniors team or supporting their daughter, Ally, at her cheerleading competitions. As for St. Baldrick’s, it’s the children that inspire him more than anything. “They’re so much braver and courageous than we all tend to give them credit for.” His favorite St. Baldrick’s memory was when his 4-year-old son, Aidan, shaved his head.


Tom Leonhardt
Senior Vice President
Towers Perrin
Chicago, Illinois

A Senior Vice President with Towers Perrin Reinsurance in the Chicago office, Tom began his career in 1974 with Guy Carpenter & Co. in New York. For the ten years prior to joining Towers Perrin he was a Senior Vice President for reinsurance at AON Re, Inc.

In May of 1996, he joined Towers Perrin Reinsurance and opened their Chicago branch office where he is today. Tom has served on a number of insurance and reinsurance panels and committees, including the National Association of Reinsurance Brokers Board, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Workers’ Compensation, and Guest Speaker for CPCU, NAPSLO and AAMGA. Tom is a frequent contributor to insurance publications, including Best’s Review and National Underwriter.

Tom originally planned to shave his head at the 2002 St. Baldrick’s event at Jim Brady's in NY. However, a good friend of his, John Bender, had other plans for his involvement and recruited Tom to help start the first St. Baldrick’s event in Chicago. With the help of a few friends and colleagues, his first event generated over $70,000. Since then, Tom has been shorn eight times in seven event seasons and that 'little' Chicago event went on to inspire legions of Chicago area participants to join the cause! In 2008 alone, over 100 events took place in the state of Illinois.

Tom and his wife, Donna, have two sons – Brett, an architect in San Francisco, and Payton, who is currently in pre-med at the University of Chicago and hopes to pursue a career in pediatric oncology - having already mastered the art of shaving!


John McKenna
Fire Chief
Northport Fire Department
Northport, N.Y.

John studied at State University of New York – Farmingdale and Stony Brook University, before beginning a 20 year career in the fire service. As Fire Marshal for the Northport Fire Department in Northport, NY, John, a strong believer that a leader in the fire service is only as good as those he leads, sees his brothers and sisters in the fire service as his second family. When the opportunity to join the Board for St. Baldrick’s arose, John felt strongly about representing the fire community – ensuring they had voice on the board – and accepted the role.

Now heading the Board’s Committee for Fire & Police Recruitment and Retention, 2009 marks John’s ninth year as a shavee, though he’s actually shaved his head ten times – twice in 2007. John is known for organizing many events in a single year – having once coordinated seven in the same year! When not working on St. Baldrick’s John enjoys skiing, snowmobiling or boating and is the proud uncle to 13 nieces and nephews.


Forever in our Hearts
Robert Arceci, MD, PhD
1950 – 2015
Chair, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scientific Advisors
Director, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Co-Director of the Ron Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Translational Genomics Research Institute

Phoenix, Arizona

On June 8, the world lost a cancer research pioneer, thought leader and a kind, beloved humanitarian. Dr. Arceci served as a member of the board and led the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

 

In March 2013, he left his position as the King Fahd Professor of Pediatric Oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to become co-director of a new state-of-the-art medical research institute that will bring new hope to young patients facing life-threatening diseases, the Ron Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine.

After attending medical and graduate school at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Arceci completed his residency at the Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston. Mass. and his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. While serving as director of the hematology/oncology division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, it was Dr. Arceci’s idea to invite filmmakers to make a documentary which became the award-winning film, “A Lion In The House,” following five children and their families as they battle pediatric cancer.

Dr. Arceci has headed or been part of several childhood cancer research initiatives, including the Children's Oncology Group Myeloid Disease Committee. He was particularly interested in translational research in pediatric malignancies and optimizing comprehensive care for children and adolescents with cancer.