Staff


Terre A. Constantine, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Constantine is the Executive Director of the Brain Research Foundation. In her role as Chief Executive Officer, she provides professional leadership to the institution. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supports the Board in all ways and develops a productive relationship with every member of the Board. Her primary duties are fundraising, internal and external relations, and managing the relationships and activities that fulfill the mission of the organization.

Because of Dr. Constantine’s background as a trained scientist, she understands the importance of research and the difficulty in obtaining funding for innovative ideas. One of the major reasons she left research was the uncertainty in the opportunities for investigators to find support for their labs. Dr. Constantine realized that she could play a role in funding groundbreaking research by becoming involved with an organization whose mission is to advance neuroscience research. She strongly believes that supporting scientific research can be just as important as performing the actual research itself.


Sandra Jaggi DiPasquale 
Development Director
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Sandra joined the Brain Research Foundation as Development Director in October 2012. In her role, Sandra is responsible for strengthening the Brain Research Foundation’s fundraising strategy and increasing awareness among Chicago’s philanthropic community. An experienced fundraising professional who combines her passion for philanthropy with creativity and innovation, Sandra spent more than 12 years as a fundraiser for the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Having many friends and family members affected with neurological disorders, Sandra is committed to the mission of the Brain Research Foundation and the work they do.  She is particularly proud to be part of an organization dedicated to providing scientists with Seed Grants which supports groundbreaking research in its early stages.  Reporting to the Executive Director, Sandra looks forward to working with the Board of Trustees and the Associate Board to bring about unprecedented growth for the BRF locally and beyond.


Susan Gilman

Executive Assistant

Susan is the Executive Assistant of the Brain Research Foundation.  She joined the BRF with three years of non-profit administrative experience, and a background in event planning.  Susan obtained her BA from the University of Iowa with a concentration in Communication Studies and Journalism, and recently completed her Masters degree in Nonprofit Management at the Spertus Institute.  She is very passionate about working for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others, and is honored to be part of the Brain Research Foundation.  Reporting to the Executive Director, Susan is responsible for the logistics of meetings and events for the BRF, collecting donations, assisting in fundraising efforts, and general office management. 


Lisa Underwood

Bookkeeper

Lisa joined the Brain Research Foundation in December 2012. She comes to the BRF with over 5 years of bookkeeping experience. Lisa earned her degree from Ball State University with a degree in International Business and Finance. 

In the past, Lisa had been involved with some local non-profit organizations serving on the board. She still continues to volunteer during her free time. When she is not at the BRF she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Reporting to the Executive Director and Treasurer, Lisa is responsible for the day to day financial duties at the BRF.