Kathy Riley, MPH CHESNational Director of Family Support

Kathy Riley leads the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's efforts to develop and execute family support programs for the more than 28,000 patients and their families impacted by a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis. A Certified Health Education Specialist, she brings more than 20 years of experience addressing the needs of hundreds of these families through the offer of information and community resources in addition to emotional, social, and educational support.

Before joining the PBTF in 2016, Kathy began her work in family support as co-founder and executive director of We Can, Pediatric Brain Tumor Network, a parent-initiated support network for families of children fighting brain tumors. Working alongside her We Can co-founder, she developed a hospital support program that sends trained parent mentors into the clinic and hospital setting to provide one-on-one support on the front lines of treatment, a brain tumor family camp program that provides opportunities for scores of families to escape the rigors of treatment and experience the strength and know-how that comes through mutual support among families, and educational and support meetings providing every family member opportunities to meet others like them.

Kathy's areas of interest include family-centered care, cancer survivorship, and the role of public board members as advocates in the hospital and nonprofit settings. She graduated "With Distinction" in the Master of Public Health Program at California State University Northridge. She is the mother of Peter, a long-term pediatric brain tumor survivor.