About Our Belief In A Cure

The Board Of Directors



The Board is the executive branch of The Cure Starts Now. Its purpose is to approve all actions, budgets, and recommendations at the advice of the various councils.

Keith Desserich

Keith Desserich is a father, a parent of a DIPG child and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Cure Starts Now. He is an entrepreneur and President of Coit Services, RestorAid Remodeling and TAGI, LLC. He is also an author of "Notes Left Behind."

Gavin Baumgardner, DO

Gavin Baumgardner, DO completed his education at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine with residency at Doctors Hospital. He is currently with Ohio Health in the capacity of an Internal Medicine Hospitalist. He is Chair of the CSN Medical Advisory Council.

Doug Desserich

Doug Desserich is a board member of The Cure Starts Now and owned several Cincinnati area businesses which he co-founded. He also serves as Treasurer of CSN.

Tamara Ekis

Tamara Ekis is a kindergarten teacher and the mother of four children: Colin, Garrett, Grace and Claire. She was thrust into the DIPG community in January of 2007 when her then four-year-old daughter Grace was diagnosed with the deadly disease. Tamara and her husband, Brian, founded the Reflections Of Grace Foundation, a DIPG Collaborative member, in Grace's memory and have dedicated their lives to the fight against DIPG.

Trent Hummel, MD

Trent Hummel, MD is a pediatric neuro-oncologist and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He assists and advises in family-research relations and is a member of the DIPG Collaborative Council.

Melissa Saladonis

Melissa Saladonis is responsible for Government Relations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has been involved in pediatric cancer research initiatives at the local, state and federal level for many years.

Tori Glavin

Tori Glavin is a mom of three (Chelsea, Mason & Avah). Chelsea is a survivor after being diagnosed at 23 months old. Tori wants to assist more families who are impacted and continue to bring awareness to our cause for a brighter tomorrow.

Michelle Bjornberg

Michelle Bjornberg is the mother of Nick and Sydney. Sydney battled DIPG for 13 months and is her inspiration towards fighting every day to find a cure for childhood cancer. Michelle and her husband, Steve, are the North Texas Chapter Directors for CSN. If Michelle is not working on an event to raise money for childhood cancer research you will find her working as a physical therapist, attending soccer games, running, working out or skiing. 

Terry Regan

Terry Regan is the chair of the CSN Investment Advisory Council as well as a member of the Board of Directors. He is currently a partner in the McLaughlin Wealth Management Group of Morgan Stanley.