The Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of eight individuals that loved and cared for Patrick immensely.
As Patrick’s mother, Karen is beyond heartbroken by his loss and for years prior was saddened by his struggle. She hopes this Foundation will help others impacted by CTE, and educate parents on the dangers of activities, which involve head traumas in order to prevent others from suffering the same loss. Karen is a retired public school Food Service Director. Her energy is now being focused on this Foundation. She also enjoys spending time with her two grandsons: Peyton, age 8, Deacon, 5 years old, and Penelope, 2 years old, as well as her husband, Doug.
Amanda is Patrick’s younger sister. She looked up to her handsome, charming, and brilliant older brother her whole life. She has a 5-year-old son, Deacon, and a 2 year old daughter, Penelope, and is a Realtor for RE/MAX in Pittsburgh, PA. She formerly was a PR Professional for Edelman Public Relations in New York City, and will dedicate her public relations skills and experience to the Foundation.
Kerrie is Patrick’s Aunt and always had a unique way of sympathizing with Patrick, even though she didn’t completely understand where he was coming from. The fact that he could vent to Kerrie without judgment really calmed him. Kerrie is an accomplished Graphics Designer and Interior Designer and owns and manages Finds Furniture Consignment in Hollidaysburg, PA.
Rich is Patrick’s brother-in-law. He played football with Patrick at Dartmouth College and lived with him in their fraternity house, GDX. Rich is the CEO of Noble Environmental Inc which provides landfills, recycling and environmental services in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rich brings the Foundation his business acumen, his knowledge of football, and his long friendship with Patrick.
Randi is Patrick’s former fiancée and is the mother of his 8-year-old son, Peyton. She is determined to make sure Patrick’s legacy lives on through their son. She is passionate about this Foundation and wants to prevent other families from being pulled apart by CTE, as hers sadly was. In addition to being a wonderful mother, Randi is an elementary school teacher. .
Steve is Patrick’s adopted brother. As they were close in age, he played football with Patrick in high school. Steve is a Foreman at the Allegheny County Airport in Pittsburgh, PA, and Owner of Prestige Landscaping.
Jackie is currently the a News Anchor for Eyewitness News at KTSP in Minneapolis, and lifelong family friend. By chance, through her involvement and reporting of CTE prior to Patrick’s death, Jackie was able to help the family obtain a prompt autopsy on his brain, which revealed CTE. Sadly, today the only reliable diagnostic test for CTE is post-mortem. Jackie is committed to raising awareness.
Doug is Patrick’s stepfather, and with Patrick’s mom feels the intense pain of losing a child. He brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to the Foundation. He is the President of Art Guild, Inc., a trade show marketing, exhibit and event firm. He is taking time away from his business endeavors to help the Foundation and is a key to its success.
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., is a forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant.
Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Wecht is certified by the American Board of Pathology, in anatomic, clinical, and forensic Pathology, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Cyril H. Wecht is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health, and holds positions as an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Sciences. He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. The author of more than 550 professional publications, Dr. Wecht is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications; editor of the five-volume set, Forensic Sciences (Matthew Bender); co-editor of the two and three-volume sets, Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning, Medical Negligence Cases (both published by Michie).
Formerly the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Saint Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh, Dr. Wecht is now the President of its medical staff and is actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author, and lecturer. Dr. Wecht has organized and conducted Postgraduate Medical-Legal Seminars in more than fifty countries throughout the world in his capacity as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine. He has performed approximately 17,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 additional postmortem examinations.
Nationally Acclaimed Forensic Expert
Being an expert in Forensic Medicine, Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey cases. His expertise has also been utilized in high profile cases involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, and Vincent Foster. A comprehensive study of these cases are discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht’s own professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, and Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? (All published by Dutton/Penguin).