Some of Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors Council represents The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation and its mission through speaking engagements, public appearances, media interviews, fundraising, and other leadership opportunities.  We have an ongoing dialogue with a number of other notable individuals who have expressed an interest in helping us raise awareness for Brain Aneurysms and saving lives.  Here are just a few of our talented, loving, and passionate Ambassadors.

Mario Batali
Celebrity Chef

Mario Batali is not only a celebrity chef, but he is also a Brain Aneurysm survivor (1999).  Today, Batali counts 26 restaurants, ten cookbooks, numerous television shows and four Eataly marketplaces among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness.  Mario appears daily on ABC's "The Chew", a daytime talkshow that celebrates and explores life through food.  He is proud to help The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation raise awareness and save lives!

Maryam D'abo

Maryam Dabo is an English film and television actress, best known for her role as James Bond 007 girl, Kara Milovy, in  the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.  Maryam is a Brain Aneurysm survivor (2007).  She is married to director Hugh Hudson.

Joey Gase

Joey is a stock car driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and drives select NASCAR Sprint Cup races.  Joey entered into a historic partnership with The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation to raise awareness for Brain Aneurysms at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June, 2016 by placing the TLCF logo on the hood of his car along with several pictures and names of those affected by Brain Aneurysms.  Joey lost hist mother, Mary Jo, to a ruptured Brain Aneurysm (2011) when he was just 17 years old.

Richie Gilmore
NASCAR Executive
ECR Engines

Richie Gilmore is President, Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines.  His responsibilities include overseeing the business operations, daily operations in all departments of ECR, contract negotiations with employees, contract negotiations with new and old engine lease customers, and development of technical partnership.  Richie miraculously survived a Brain Aneurysm rupture (2007) while at Talladega Superspeedway.  He has been honored as a survivor by The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation and is committed to raising awareness through the NASCAR community.

Whoopi Goldberg
Actress, Television Host
The View

Whoopi Goldberg is an award-winning comedian, actress, and longtime host of the ABC daytime talk show "The View".  The day after Lisa Colagrossi passed from a ruptured Brain Aneurysm, Whoopi paid an emotional and heartfelt tribute to her former ABC colleague on "The View" and encouraged everyone to love their families each day "because of moments like that".  Just over one month later, Whoopi lost her only brother, Clyde Johnson, to a ruptured Brain Aneurysm (2015)

Tommie Harris
NFL (Retired)

Tommie is a member of the board of directors of The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation.  He was an eight year veteran of the NFL Chicago Bears and standout defensive tackle.  Tommie lost his wife, Ashley Harris, to a ruptured Brain Aneurysm (2012) and is now raising their two children Tinsley and Tyson.



Albert Haynesworth
NFL (Retired)

Albert Haynesworth is a former NFL defensive tackle who played ten seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Albert survived two Brain Aneurysms (2014) and his touching story was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter in April, 2016.



T.J. Jones
Wide Receiver

T.J. is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he was a standout wide receiver.  He is currently a starting wide receiver with the NFL Detroit Lions in only his third season and is widely expected to replace the NFL's #1 receiver, Calvin Johnson, who retired at the end of the 2015 season.  T.J. lost his father, Andre Jones, to a Brain Aneurysm (2011).



Emme Tomimbang

Emme Tomimbang has been the President of EMME, Inc. since 1993 and serves as Executive Producer of Emme’s Island Moments.  Emme is a veteran broadcaster in radio and television, with over 35 years of experience in media.  She is easily the "Barbara Walters" of Hawaii's journalism industry and has interviewed a "who's who" of celebrities throughout her career.  Emme miraculously survived a ruptured Brain Aneurysm (2012) and is now committed to saving the lives of others through raising awareness for this silent killer.