Deana’s relationship with ABC2 began in 2009 when she first served as a volunteer at the Race for Hope DC. Deana was introduced to the Race by David Cook and his fans and over the next four years she stepped up to both manage David’s Team for a Cure and helped organize his “Night for Hope” event at the State Theatre. In the fall of 2013 she was asked to officially join the team at ABC2.
As Director of Events Deana works with volunteers and participants to raise the event-based funds that help drive ABC2 research. Her core focus is on our three annual signature events, the Race for Hope DC, the Florida Brain Cancer 5K, and the San Diego-based Over the Edge for Brain Cancer. In addition, Deana works with ABC2’s amazing ambassadors, including Maria Parker, BethAnn Telford and David Cook, on various events ranging from film screenings to crossing the Grand Canyon to raising $1 Million for brain cancer research.
Deana graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Theatre Arts and a focus in Stage Management. She spent three years in Philadelphia creating a movement-based theater company. Before joining ABC2 she spent 7 years at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions doing sales and marketing for trade shows.
After her Dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, Deana knew that she wanted to move her career into philanthropy and that opportunity emerged with ABC2. She is inspired by the fearless brain cancer warriors who fight every day for themselves and others; by the doctors and researchers who are constantly searching for new ways to fight this terrible disease; and by her teammates at ABC2 who work together “like a tight knit family.”