Education and Training

Free online support group facilitator training courses

The ABTA is committed to making brain tumor patient and caregiver support resources available in every community. As part of that effort, we have designed a brain tumor support group facilitator training program. By training support group leaders, we are helping to meet the unique needs and challenges of brain tumor patients and caregivers in communities nationwide.

The program is also open to all individuals who are interested in brain tumor support group leader training. These courses were created by credentialed subject matter experts and focus on evidence-based practices.

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Mindee Plugues

Member

Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten

Member

Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.