Karena is the co-president of B*CURED, a grassroots non-profit raising awareness and funding for brain cancer research.  She joined B*Cured in 2008 two years after losing her mother to terminal brain cancer.  Karena grew up in Greenwich, CT and attending Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich Academy and then graduated from Colby College in 1999.  She is a special events producer, working for private and corporate clients including Conde Nast Publications.  She serves in committee roles for GCDS, The Greenwich Land Trust, Rock Out For The Cure, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.  Karena lives in Riverside, CT with her husband, Peter, and their two boys Noah and Silas and their dog Petunia.

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