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.


Terri Reniva

Executive Assistant

Terri provides administrative support to the Brain Research Foundation team.  Terri has a deep appreciation and commitment to empowering small organizations and the communities they serve through inclusive, mindful, and strength-based approaches. Prior to her work at BRF, Terri managed projects for a real estate start-up company in Chicago that specialized in community-oriented design and was deeply engaged in youth development work throughout her undergraduate school.  A native of Illinois, Terri loves the outdoors, reading, and health and fitness. In her free time, she is very involved with her two children’s school and sports activities, and serves as a volunteer caregiver for two dog rescue organizations.