who we are

In May 2014, Christine Kondra (Doherty) along with her sister, Erin Kreszl (Doherty) founded The Bee Foundation inspired by their cousin, Jennifer Sedney, who died December 25, 2013 at the age of 27 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Christine, a previous biopharmaceutical director, successful entrepreneur and private chef, and Erin, an institutional investment consultant and University of Michigan Ross School of Business graduate, are dedicated to creating a vibrant and dynamic organization that will achieve its vision by focusing on their mission and leveraging their network and previous experiences.

Our Mission

The mission of The Bee Foundation is to raise awareness of brain aneurysms and increase funding for innovative research that saves lives. We are building a robust and dynamic research community with our Scientific Advisory Board, donors and network of researchers interested in grant funding to support meaningful research. Our community, anchored by and grant recipients and Bee Hive network, is committed to advancing brain aneurysm research.

TBF INSPIRATION

Jennifer A. Sedney

September 12, 1986 – December 25, 2013 

On December 25, 2013, we said goodbye to a remarkable young woman who was taken from us too early. At the age of 27, Jennifer A. Sedney suffered a fatal brain aneurysm that burst with few warning signs. Jenny danced through life and left a smile on the face of everyone she passed. She was a daughter, sister, soul mate, niece, cousin, colleague, student, partner, and most importantly, a true friend. The Bee Foundation was created with that spirit by her family and friends to raise brain aneurysm awareness and funds for innovative research.

To use her own words, Jenny worked hard and played hard. She was a lover of all things culinary, and a curious Philadelphia implant who took constant photos to document the world around her. In her free time Jenny became a certified health coach to support those around her become a little more radiant. Her health blog, The WellNest, was founded on three guiding principles which she lived her life by:

“Bee Curious. Bee Radiant. Bee Well.”

Board of Directors

Our Board Of Directors

Michael G. Kane, COO/Local Markets, USA TODAY Network, Wilmington DE

Christine Kondra (Doherty), Co-Founder, Director of Strategy Research & Policy 

Erin Kreszl (Doherty), Co-Founder & Executive Director

Steve McIlwain, Board Member, Health Care Consultant for Vynamic (not pictured)

Alison Sedney, Board Member and mother of Jennifer A. Sedney

Eileen Smith, Board Member, Health Care Consultant for Vynamic

J Mocco, Board Member, Professor and Senior Vice Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai

Mark Stevens, Board Member, Vice President for HartfordFunds (not pictured)

Todd Helton, MBA, Senior Director – Global Conferences & Events for Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (not pictured)

Our Team

Laura Geib, Director of Operations and Event Planning at The Bee Foundation

Christine Kondra (Doherty), Co-Founder, Director of Strategy

Erin Kreszl (Doherty), Co-Founder & Executive Director

Tricia Scobey, TBF New Jersey Team Leader

Photo of The Bee Foundation team Erin Kreszl, Christine Kondra, and Laura Geib

Awareness Ambassadors

Each of our Awareness Ambassadors’ lives have been impacted forever and suddenly by a Brain Aneurysm. 

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