Behind the Hope: Our Journey

The Joe Niekro Foundation™ is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of Brain Aneurysms, AVMs and Stroke. We provide education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research.

Our Impact in Numbers

Since our inception in 2014, the Foundation’s journey reflects a steadfast commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by brain aneurysms, AVMs, and strokes. Through dedication and the support of our community, we’ve achieved remarkable milestones:

The Joe Niekro Foundation Team

Meet the dedicated individuals driving our mission forward. Our diverse team brings together expertise from various fields to lead and support our initiatives, ensuring impactful outcomes and meaningful contributions to brain health advocacy and research.

Elizabeth Hamburg

Executive Director

Wendy Rico

Patient Advocacy and 
Events Manager

Our Board of Directors

Meet the guiding force behind our mission. Comprised of visionary leaders and dedicated advocates, our Board of Directors provides strategic direction and oversight, shaping the trajectory of our efforts to advance brain health and support those affected by neurological conditions.

Jeff Mayer

Chairman of the Board

Brian Bagley

Board Member

Lindsay Bowerman

Board Member

Wes Jackson

Board Member

Christa Reed

Board Member

David J. Sokolowski

Board Member

John Welfare

Board Member

David Bergman

In Memory of

Our Medical Advisory Board

Meet our Medical Advisory Board, a team of distinguished experts in neurology and related fields. With deep expertise and commitment to excellence, they provide invaluable guidance and support in our mission to advance brain health.

Peter Kan

Chairman of the Board

Michael Chen


Bernice Gulek


Mahesh Jayaraman


Richard Klucznik

MD ‎

Justin Mascitelli


Gary Spiegel

MD ‎

Omar Tanweer

MD ‎

Arthur Wang


Support Our Mission

Every contribution brings us closer to a world where brain aneurysms, AVMs, and hemorrhagic strokes can be effectively treated and prevented. Your donation helps fund crucial research, supports patient advocacy, and spreads awareness.

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