CTF Appoints First Ever Executive Director

Pittsburgh, PA – Clear Thoughts Foundation (CTF) is excited to announce the promotion and appointment of Cait Fenello to be our first ever Executive Director. Established in 2010, CTF is a non-profit organization located in Pittsburgh’s north with a mission to fund the discovery of breakthrough drugs and novel treatments to eliminate dementia. Since the organization’s founding twelve years ago, CTF has grown from local grass-roots effort to a board of 20 members and advisors, a full-time employee, the hosting of annual large-scale events such as Dementia Awareness Month (May) and Roll for a Reason Gala (November), and has recently awarded $200,000.00 towards its continued research efforts through the CTF Consortium!

Ms. Fenello has had the privilege of experiencing many ‘firsts’ within her time with the nonprofit thus far, serving as the Foundations first full-time employee hired on in February of 2019, and now three years later receiving promotion to serve as CTF’s first ever Executive Director. Ms. Fenello aided in the progress of key growth milestones such as the development and launch in early 2020 of novel research initiative, The CTF Consortium. This cooperative, composed of top researchers and doctors from University of Pittsburgh including Dr. Robert Friedlander, Dr. Oscar Lopez, and Dr. Amantha Thathiah, garners collaboration amongst these brilliant and renowned researchers to accelerate advancements that will ultimately expedite the elimination of dementia.

Having a background that spans across various industries, Ms. Fenello continues to find creative ways to grow CTF’s mission, executing action alongside the dedicated board to continue the vital mission of funding the fight against dementia here in Pittsburgh. Hayley D. Jameson, CTF’s Founder and President shares, “The continuous growth CTF has experienced over the years, now allowing us to expand into the development and promotion of our first ever Executive Director, has been made possible only through the steadfast generous support received from our Pittsburgh community. We look forward to what the future holds for our research advancements as well as the positive impact that Ms. Fenello’s leadership will provide to CTF within this new role. I am proud to raise awareness of this horrific disease and, most importantly, to raise funds so that one day we can all live in a world free of dementia!”