Board of Directors

Brenda J. Alexander

Brenda joined the CLOVES SYNDROME COMMUNITY online before it became a formal organization in the summer of 2011. She participated in small-scale fundraising efforts for CLOVES patients since 2002. In March 2011, Brenda became more actively involved in the CLOVES community through the CLOVES family conference held at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Brenda is a certified Elementary and Special Needs Teacher. She previously worked in public elementary schools in Massachusetts as a Special Education Teacher with young students identified with learning disabilities. Currently, Brenda sits on her local school committee as its vice-chairperson.

Brenda has lived in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband John, daughter Callie, and son Ben.


Emily Burgess

Vice Chair of the Board, CLOVES Syndrome Community

Emily's daughter Anna Grace (5) was diagnosed with CLOVES at the HVMC at Cincinatti Children's Hospital.  During this time, Emily and her Adam, found CLOVES Syndrome Community, and became interested in advocating for their daughter.  

Emily has a graduate of Limestone College with a degree in Psychology.  Emily served on the CLOVES Syndrome Community Family Advisory Council before becoming a Board Member.  A stay at home mom, she enjoys being with her family and teaching dance classes a few days a week.  


Adrienne Davis Guier

Adrienne joined the CLOVES SYNDROME COMMUNITY in October of 2011. She has participated in various CLOVES events since 2002.

Adrienne is a Personal Assistant and Nanny for a family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She volunteers regularly at her daughter's elementary school and also volunteers at Tulsa Girls Art School.

Adrienne lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Shawn, and daughters Mackenzie and Makayla.


Kristen Davis
Chair of Board of Directors

Kristen Davis started the CLOVES Syndrome Community website and support system in 2009, after her daughter was diagnosed with CLOVES. At that time, no formal organization existed to support families with a loved one with this rare syndrome. CLOVES Syndrome Community was developed with the understanding that when parents and loved ones are informed, empowered, and connected with others facing similar challenges, they will be better equipped to support their children’s, or their own, medical, emotional and physical needs.

Kristen is an advocate for people affected by rare diseases and chronic illnesses and enjoys collaborating with other organizations for people with complex vascular anomaly syndromes. Additionally, Kristen loves learning how current social media trends are affecting health care and patient advocacy. Her educational background is in Social work, Social Justice, English and Writing. 

Kristen lives in Maine, with her husband Marc, son Cole and daughter Riley.


Richard Fuisz

Richard Fuisz has been involved with the CLOVES Syndrome Community since 2011, and became a Board Member in February of 2017. Richard is currently a college senior majoring Bioengineering at Stanford studying DNA synthesis, computer science, and synthetic biology. Richard enjoys advocacy for people diagnosed with CLOVES and driving rusty old cars on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Richard currently lives in Palo Alto, California.


Ashley McNamara

Ashley joined the CLOVES SYNDROME COMMUNITY during the process of becoming a formal organization in the summer of 2011. She has participated in small-scale fundraising efforts for CLOVES patients since 2002.

Ashley is a certified public accountant.  She was previously the Director of Accounting at an oil and gas company and a Senior Audit Manager at an international accounting firm. 

Ashley lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Steve and children, Loretta and Van.   

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