Chris Swope Cholewa Joins the American Brain Tumor Association as Chief Advancement Officer

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November 13, 2015

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) announced today that Chris Swope Cholewa has joined the organization as Chief Advancement Officer. Cholewa will oversee the organization’s fundraising efforts as well as expansion of the ABTA’s nationwide grassroots volunteer network.

Chris brings to the ABTA a solid record of accomplishment in nonprofit fundraising and volunteer leadership,” said Elizabeth M. Wilson, president and CEO, American Brain Tumor Association. “Her drive, professionalism and experience in building lasting relationships is a strong complement to an exceptional and forward-thinking management team committed to achieving the ABTA's strategic priorities.”

“I am thrilled to join the ABTA and eager to engage a dedicated and extraordinary group of staff, supporters and volunteers,” said Cholewa. “The ABTA has made great strides in its mission advancement strategies, and I look forward to building on these efforts.”

Cholewa most recently served as CEO of Affinium Services, LLC where she consulted on fundraising and sustainability strategies for small- to medium-sized nonprofits and businesses. Her professional background and experience in the nonprofit sector includes serving as interim CEO for the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS); executive director for Sharing Connections, a nonprofit with more than 300 volunteers and a $2.5 million budget; director of development and interim executive director for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Illinois Chapter; and director of development for Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago.

Cholewa resides in Lombard, Ill. and currently serves as president of the Lombard Town Centre.


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing education and information on all tumor types and for all age groups. For more information, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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