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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces Board Changes

August 2, 2022
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  • For Immediate Release
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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces Board Changes

Los Angeles (Aug. 2, 2022) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research grants, is pleased to announce the appointment of Franklin W. Nutter as Chair of the Board and welcomes Ryan Brown CAIA, CFP® as the newest member of the Foundation’s board. St. Baldrick’s also recognizes Katherine Lugar as she completes her term as Chair of the Board and board member.

Franklin “Frank” W. Nutter, president of Reinsurance Association of America (RAA), has been a member of the board of directors for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation since 2020 and is now appointed as Chair. As Chair, Nutter will be supporting his fellow board members as they maintain St. Baldrick’s mission and fund promising research grants in motivation to find cures for childhood cancers and ensure survivors have long and healthy lives.

Nutter is currently serving on the advisory board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large-Scale Disasters, the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, and the Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Board. Nutter obtained a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati.

Ryan Brown is the newest member of the St. Baldrick’s board of directors. Brown’s motivation for serving on the board stems from the recent cancer diagnosis of his friend’s child. Brown and his wife now aspire to make childhood cancer research their central charitable focus.

Brown works in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, where he serves as a vice president advising ultra-high net worth clients, family offices, and select institutions. Brown earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in finance, economics, and entrepreneurship in 2013, and a BS in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona in 2008.

Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive officer of American Beverage Association, steps down from her role as Chair of the Board having successfully led the board through the pandemic, when the organization worked to protect the childhood cancer research pipeline. Lugar will now hold the title of Chair Emeritus in recognition of her distinguished service to the organization. During her tenure, the Foundation advocated for and secured passage of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, secured funding for the National Cancer Institute’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, implemented an effective strategic planning process, and expanded the board of directors, among other achievements.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Board of Directors
St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s Board of Directors include: Chair of the Board, Franklin W. Nutter, President of Reinsurance Association of America (RAA); Founder & Chairman Emeritus, John Bender, President & CEO of Allied World Reinsurance; Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, Director of Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship at University of Alabama at Birmingham; Ryan Brown, CAIA, CFP® of Goldman Sachs; Jill Cetina, Vice President of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Susan L. Cohn, MD, Professor and Section Chief of Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant at University of Chicago; Founder & Chairman emeritus, Tim Kenny, Executive Chairman of Aran Insurance Services Group; John M. McManus, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of MGM Resorts International; Robert “Bob” Martin, Founder and President of Bridge To A Cure Foundation; Phil Ralston, President of American Nevada Company; Kathleen Ruddy, Chief Executive Officer of St. Baldrick’s Foundation; Thomas Selquist, Managing Director of J.P. Morgan; John K. Smith, CPCU, President & CEO of Pensylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company; Jason T. Yustein, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine and Director at Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center.

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About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Every 2 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer. In the U.S., 1 in 5 will not survive. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, is on a mission to give kids a lifetime by supporting the most promising research to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. When you give to St. Baldrick’s, you don’t just give to one hospital – you support virtually every institution with the expertise to treat kids with cancer across the U.S. St. Baldrick’s ensures that children fighting cancer now — and those diagnosed in the future — will have access to the most cutting-edge treatment, by supporting every stage of research, from new ideas in the lab to the development of new therapies, to life-saving clinical trials. Join us at and help #GiveKidsALifetime.