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Names: Brian and Tamara Ekis
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Bio: Brian and Tamara Ekis, of North Huntingdon, PA, formed the Reflections Of Grace Foundation after the devastating death of their 5 year old daughter, Grace, on Valentine's Day 2008. Brian is a Senior Underwriting Analyst for PNC Financial and Tamara is a kindergarten teacher for the McKeesport Area School District. Brian and Tamara have three other children, Colin, Garrett and Claire.
Biography updated October 2011

Name: Dan Dodaro
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Bio: Dan Dodaro, of North Huntingdon, PA, is an Operations Auditor for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Dan and his family began their friendship with Grace and the Ekis family when they became neighbors in 2005 and has been involved with the Reflections Of Grace Foundation since its inception. Dan and his wife, Milissa, have two children, Emily and John.
Biography updated October 2011

Name: Patricia Mahlstedt
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Bio: Tricia Mahlstedt is a Member of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. Tricia and her family became friends with Grace and the Ekis family at the church they both attended. She has been involved with Reflections Of Grace since its formation in 2008. Tricia and her husband, Dave, live in Forest Hills, PA and have two children, Eddie and Megan.
Biography updated October 2011

Name: Ashley Metz Leax
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Bio: Ashley Metz Leax, of North Huntingdon, PA, is a Human Resources Consultant for the Westinghouse Electric Company. She is also a dance instructor at The Elite School of Dance by Elena. Ashley first met the Ekis family at Love & Learn Children’s Center, the daycare facility that Grace and her brothers attended for several years. Ashley was part of the inaugural Race For Grace in December 2007 and has remained committed to the fight against DIPG ever since.
Biography updated October 2011