Pat Lacey and Kyle Matthews lead Beat Nb. Kyle serves as Executive Director, while Pat is President of the Board. Both are fathers of sons with neuroblastoma, and directed separate nonprofits with a shared mission before merging in 2016.

Their shared passion has driven over $6m in research dollars, changing the nb story with novel treatments and innovative options. Our team works closely with doctors, researchers, families, and advocates across the world to Beat Nb.


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Yvette Pullara, Operations Manager. If it can be described using the word "data" - Yvette's on it.

If you've supported our mission through a donation, you've received a handwritten letter from Yvette saying thanks!

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AJ Hurley, Creative Director. AJ creates the videos and photographs Beat Nb releases.

A storyteller at heart, AJ introduces you to kids fighting cancer, those fighting alongside them, and more.


Board of Directors

Our board is an incredible group of talented people with a passion for seeing neuroblastoma and other solid-mass childhood cancers cured.

Patrick Lacey
Founder, Beat Nb
Brian Shactman
Anchor for NBC10 Boston and NECN
Kyla Callahan
Co-founder and Executive Director, Ryan Callahan Foundation
Eric Caisse
Chief Investment Officer, Csenge Advisory Group
John Foley (Chair)
Partner, Wayzata Investment Partners, LLC

Advisory Board

Our Senior Advisors are fiercely committed to assisting Beat Nb in moving forward our mission of beating neuroblastoma.

Erica Copeland
Copeland Family
Marissa Devins
Partner, United Talent Agency
Joseph Driscoll
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Government Affairs, South Shore Health
Bryan Jamele
Senior Director, Government Affairs, Care.com
Kate Jaspon
CFO, Dunkin’ Brands
Melissa Mikulak
Max's Mom / Co-founder, Max's Ring of Fire

Previous Board Members

Directors serve 2 year terms at Beat Nb. We are grateful for our past Directors’ service, and proud of this team.

Erica CopelandCopeland Family
Kevin DyerOwner, AP Insurance Group
Marissa DevinsPartner, United Talent Agency
Joseph DriscollSenior Vice President, General Counsel & Government Affairs, South Shore Health
Xuan “Sing” HurtProprietor, Anise Global Gastrobar
Bryan JameleSenior Director, Government Affairs, Care.com
Kate JasponCFO, Dunkin’ Brands
Rick LockhartDirector of Environmental Services and Property Management, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health
Jen LynchTrademark Paralegal, Boston Office, Fish & Richardson P.C.
Melissa MikulakMax's Mom / Co-founder, Max's Ring of Fire
Robyn MatthewsEzra's Mom / Co-founder, Because of Ezra
Ryan NegriTechnology & Innovation Consultant
Lisa RinioloDirector, Beat Nb NY
Ryan McGeeAttorney, Morgan & Morgan
Amy McHughDirector of Media Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Tom SecaurCOO, Citisoft, Inc.