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The Lauren Beam Foundation is named in honor of Lauren Beam, who was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a coach, and an athlete. Lauren was, and will always be, a true inspiration. The Lauren Beam Foundation was founded by Lauren’s husband, family and friends to continue the love, inspiration and generosity she gave to everyone she met, before and after her cancer diagnosis.
The Lauren Beam Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.Mike Beam
President and Board Member
San Francisco, CA
Mike Beam is Lauren’s husband and he misses her every day. After losing Lauren, Mike retired from his job as a litigator at a prominent New York law firm to learn more about cancer. After completing pre-medical coursework, he started medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2015. Ultimately he hopes to go into oncology to help others who are fighting this terrible disease.
In his free time, he loves running, hiking, biking, golfing and anything that lets him enjoy the great outdoors.Dana Bratti
New York, NY
Dana met Lauren on the NYU campus way back in 1996. They had the same major (nutrition), then became roommates and amazing friends – as their love of running, racing, and guacamole kindled their long time friendship! Lauren inspired Dana to try triathlons and helped this former soccer player to swim in open water. She has since done many, including the half-ironman distance race.
After gaining her BS from NYU, Dana has worked for Eli Lilly for the past 15 years and has been in a sales leadership role for the last 10, coaching a sales team in the cardiovascular space. She is married to a fellow exercise nut and they have 2 children. They are also big time dog lovers! They have 2 Labradoodles and have trained one of them as a therapy dog to work in local hospitals.Nikki Hart
General Counsel and Board Member
Nikki met Lauren in 1997, when she worked as Women’s Assistant Swim Coach at NYU. They became close friends and their lives intertwined into that of “family” that all New York City transplants end of making, especially after she introduced Lauren to Mike Beam in 1999.
Nikki has practiced law since 2003, with the largest part of her career practicing sports law first at the NFL and now at Speedo. A competitive swimmer and avid runner her entire life, Nikki did her first triathlon in 2011 on Lauren’s bike and many since then (still on Lauren’s bike!). She has three amazing children that keep her humble and in awe of the world.PJ Mark
New York, NY
PJ Mark swam thousands of yards for Lauren in the killer sets she coached for the masters swim program at Chelsea Piers. Like every great coach she constantly pushed him as a swimmer to excel and be better; and as a friend she generously did the same.
PJ has been a book publishing professional for 20 years.Margie Pedder
San Francisco, CA
Margie coached swimming with Lauren at Chelsea Piers in New York City and NYU’s women’s swim team and as a fellow avid athlete, got her butt kicked by Lauren in many triathlons!
Margie has over eight years’ experience in the sports marketing world and after 5 years at IMG she currently works at MATTER Inc., Edelman’s Sports and Entertainment agency. Margie is a native from Great Britain who received her MS in Sports Business from New York University and has a BA in Communications from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Margie also represented her country swimming in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.Kelly Shimabukuro, CPA
Treasurer and Board Member
Kelly D (as Lauren called her) and Lauren were best friends that grew up together in Oregon. They spent their 20+ years of friendship together doing what they love – laughing, exercising and shopping!
Kelly has over 14 years of Accounting and Finance experience in diverse industries ranging from reinsurance, bio-tech, travel and consumer products.
Kelly began her career as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco and currently works at Integro Insurance Brokers. Kelly graduated with Cum Laude honors from Oregon State University with a BS in Business Administration – Accounting and International Business. Additionally, Kelly earned her CPA license in the state of California.
Branden is Lauren’s brother who has always been humbled by the fact that his younger sister could kick his butt. From day one he has admired and marveled at Lauren’s strength, toughness, determination, and athleticism.
Branden is a native New Mexican who now resides in Oregon where he received a BS degree in Business from Western Oregon University and has worked in high tech manufacturing for 15 years. Branden is a dog lover who enjoys the simple things and likes to play any and all sports.Carrie Smith
San Diego, CA
Carrie is Lauren’s sister who spent many wonderful days assisting Lauren with her life and her coaching while she received cancer treatment. Lauren’s determination to make the best “normal” life possible inspires Carrie every day.
Carrie coaches the Dance Team at San Diego State University and travels the country, judging, training, and teaching dancers and their coaches.Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith is Lauren’s sister, who from the time they were young, was Lauren’s shrimpy tag-along.
Courtney grew up in Oregon, and completed MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Oregon, which involved her conducting in-depth field research in West Africa. Courtney taught at both the University of Oregon and Hunter College, before moving to Portlandia. An endurance running-addict, she coached a running group in New York, and has finished over 35 marathons and ultramarathons. She now works for an executive search firm and with refugee communities in Oregon.Judy Smith
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