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Brigance Brigade Foundation Appoints Valued Baltimore Professionals as New Board Members

The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization that supports ALS patients and their families created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, announced that it has appointed Baltimore businessmen Christian Mester and Todd Jennings to the Brigance Brigade Foundation Board of Directors. As board members, Mester and Jennings will play an integral role in raising critical funds and awareness to further the Foundation’s mission of equipping, encouraging, and empowering those living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

“Chanda and I, as well as the rest of the Brigance Brigade Foundation’s Board of Directors, are excited to welcome Christian Mester and Todd Jennings to the organization,” said O.J. Brigance, Co-Founder of the Brigance Brigade Foundation. “I am continually thankful for the valued group of professionals that sit on our board and we think Mr. Mester and Mr. Jennings will be indispensable additions.”

Mester is a Partner at the law offices of Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester, LLC where he focuses exclusively in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical malpractice litigation. Throughout his career, he has earned preeminent ratings for his legal ability and ethical standards and many peer-selected honors including being named to Super Lawyers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. and The Best Lawyers in America. Mester attended DeMatha Catholic High School and Brown University. A cum laude graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Mester also serves on the Sacred Heart Glyndon School Board and Yenza, Inc. Board, a nonprofit that works with disadvantaged youth in South Africa. Mester lives in Reisterstown with his wife and three children.

“I am honored to be joining the Brigance Brigade Foundation Board of Directors,” said Mester. “O.J. and Chanda’s passion for helping those living with ALS has helped make the Brigance Brigade Foundation a leader in the ALS community. I am excited to share my experience and contribute to the future direction and growth of this organization.”

Jennings is the Founder and CEO of Panthera Technologies, an organization dedicated to helping its clients align their technological vision with business strategies. Prior to his work with Panthera, Jennings served as the Chief Information Officer for Quality Health Strategies (QHS). In addition to earning a bachelor’s of science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida, he also served as a Petty Officer assigned to Admiral Staff Duty in the United States Navy. Jennings is currently the Chairman of the Board for TriColumbia and a board member for There Goes My Hero, which provides hope and nourishment to Leukemia patients and their families.

“I have witnessed O.J. and Chanda Brigance’s unwavering strength and love for years and could not be more excited to officially be a part of their organization with my appointment to the Board of Directors,” said Jennings. “O.J. and Chanda are truly an inspiration to all those inside and out of the ALS community. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the board to elevate the Brigance Brigade Foundation’s identity and raise awareness and funds to help battle this terrible disease.”

The Brigance Brigade Foundation Board of Directors currently includes: Tammy Edwards, Tim’s Automotive Services; James Gibeaut, Enterprise RAC Company of Baltimore, LLC; Bonnie Downing, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Wanda Draper, WBAL – TV 11; Mike Gathagan, Maryland Jockey Club; Lori Smyth, 98 Rock & WBAL Radio; Gary S. Williams, Williams Asset Management; Senator Francis Kelly (Emeritus Member), for
mer Maryland State Senator & current Chairman of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.; Francis X. Kelly III (Emeritus Member), Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.