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Board of Directors


Tracey Gamer-Fanning — President
"Every day I truly believe that I'm the luckiest woman alive!" says CTBTA President and Co-Founder Tracey Gamer Fanning. After being diagnosed with a Malignant Brain Tumor in 2006, Tracey was told she had a 3-5 year life expectancy. All Tracey heard that day was that she could expect more life! Persevering through seizures, surgery, paralysis and brain radiation, she continues to live, thrive and strive to give hope to others living with Brain Cancer.

In her pre Brain Tumor life, she had a very successful career in Advertising and Marketing. Now, a 7 year survivor, Tracey and her Brady Bunch family of 7 live in West Hartford, CT.

Tracey Gamer-Fanning

Andy Pace — Vice President
Andy's wife Jennifer was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma in February 2006. As Jen's primary caregiver during her recovery from surgery and subsequent radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Andy understands the importance of the caregiver role and the support that is critical to ensuring a patient's successful recovery from a tumor diagnosis. Andy and Jen are the proud parents of two children, Luke and Cate. A Hartford native and a graduate of the University of Connecticut and RPI, Andy is currently a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Conning Asset Management in Hartford. Andy Pace

Ron Mairano — Treasurer
Ron lost his mother-in-law Sue Heath to a Glioblastoma Mutliforma IV in 2004 and helped form the CTBTA as a way to support others affected by this terrible disease. He has held various executive positions in the insurance industry during the last 20 years and is currently a founding partner at AIX Inc. - a specialty insurance company located in Windsor, CT. Ron received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Simsbury, CT with his wife Stacey, children, Hayley, John, Chad and Tate and yellow lab, Henry. Ron Mairano

Kim Hodnett — Secretary
Kim's mom, Sue Heath, was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme IV in December 2003. Together with her sister Stacey, father and brother in-law Ron, they were blessed to be primary caregivers throughout Sue's courageous 11-month battle with brain cancer that took her far too soon in October 2004. As a founding member of the CTBTA, Kim hopes to raise awareness and much needed funding for brain tumor research. She earned a B.S. in Marketing and has held various marketing and analysis positions, including over six years experience in the medical communications industry. Kim currently lives in Glastonbury. Kim Hodnett

Jennifer Pace — Director
Jen was diagnosed in February 2006 with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. After receiving surgery, radiation and chemotherapy she became one of the founding members of the CTBTA. She is committed to raising awareness about brain tumors and brain cancer, as well as raising money for research. Prior to her brain cancer diagnosis, Jennifer worked as a marketing director in New York City's fashion industry. After moving to Connecticut to begin raising her family, she has held a variety of part-time positions with WFSB's Channel 3. Her most important role is that of wife to her husband Andy and mother to her two young children, Luke and Cate. Jennifer Pace

Stacey Mairano — Director
Stacey was a primary caregiver to her mom, Sue Heath, from December 2003-October 2004. Stacey's untiring strength, care and compassion throughout her mom's illness parlayed into her desire to help others dealing with brain cancer. Her work through the CTBTA helps mollify the effects this disease has on patients and caregivers alike. Prior to staying home to raise her 4 children, Stacey received her B.S. from Central Connecticut State University and worked for 10 years in specialty insurance marketing. Stacey Mairano

Susan Lemkuil — Director
Susan was diagnosed with an Oligodendroglioma in February 2007. She underwent two successful brain surgeries, one at St. Francis and the other at Yale. She is an owner of Shimkus, Murphy & Lemkuil, Inc. - a real estate insurance firm in Hartford, CT. Susan received her B.A. from Boston College and her Master's from St. Joseph College. She is married with 3 children. Susan Lemkuil

David Lemkuil — Director
David is the husband of Susan Lemkuil and was a primary caretaker following her successful brain surgery procedures. He is an owner at Shimkus, Murphy & Lemkuil, Inc. and remains very active in the community. David is involved with West Hartford Rotary and Catholic Charities and serves as Chairman of the Salvation Army board, just to name a few. However, the CTBTA is his passion. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and coaching his children's various sports teams. David holds a B.S from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. David Lemkuil

Gregory Shimer — Director
Greg's wife, Tracey Gamer-Fanning, was diagnosed with a primary Brain Tumor in September of 2006. He has been her primary caregiver since then, raising five children and several animals at the same time. He has been a Corporate Accounts Manager at Staples Copy & Print, since the spring of 2011, helping regional and local businesses with their marketing and print/promo needs. He is a Past-President of Rotary International, former Chairperson of the Brooklyn EDC, former board member of the Northeast Economic Alliance, and an adjunct member of the Quiet Corner Democrats. He received a B.S. in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy from Eastern Connecticut State University. His spare time, a sparse reality, is spent with his kids, traveling, cooking, visiting farmers markets with his wife, reading, working around the house and if he's lucky, the occasional movie. Gregory Shimer

Maria Grove — Director
Maria Grove lost her mother Katherine Wichlac to a Glioblastoma tumor on February 22, 2012. She had been the primary caretaker of her mother during her very brief battle with cancer. Maria has become very committed to raising awareness of brain tumors and raising funds for research and support. She is a full time Mother to her young daughters Holly Kate and Clara and also serves as the Event Chair for the Glastonbury Relay For Life. She is a graduate of Canisius College with a degree in International Relations and post grad work in National Security. Maria comes from the political sector, having worked on the Communications staff for the State Treasurer and having served as the Chair of the Marlborough Board of Education. Maria Grove

Founding Director

The CTBTA extends its sincere gratitude to our Founding Director, Terry Gamer, for her efforts in starting this organization and years of service as a Board Member.

Terry Gamer
Terry, together with her daughter, Tracey, worked tirelessly to launch the CTBTA. A life-long entrepreneur with experience in the newspaper and golf industries, Terry will continue to assist the Board by attracting some of the country's most prestigious golf courses for the CTBTA Golf Tournament Live Auction and creating high-profile events to benefit the CTBTA. Terry resides in West Hartford, CT, and has "two wonderful daughters and five sensational grandchildren." Terry Gamer