Our Board



Rhonda Brown

Joshua’s mother and co-founder of Joshua’s Great Things Foundation.  Rhonda spent Joshua’s life finding the best available treatment and care, while always trying to make life fun for him.  Her previous years working in Human Resources, with a knowledge of benefits and employee relations, helped Rhonda work with hospitals and medical staff over the years.  She is committed full time to the foundation and looks forward to the chance to encourage families affected by pediatric brain cancer.  As President and co-founder, Rhonda will be involved in all aspects of the foundation.  She is the proud mother of Allison (10), who continues to bring joy and wonderful insight into their family.


Doug Brown

Douglas Brown

Joshua’s father and co-founder of Joshua’s Great Things Foundation. Doug led his family through many challenges over the 9 years of Joshua’s life. During this time, he worked at Woolpert, Inc., an architecture and engineering firm, where he is currently a Project Director. Among his other board experiences, he serves as a deacon at his church and he was president of the Scott Field Post for the Society of American Military Engineers. He has many wonderful memories of watching Phineas and Ferb with Joshua, going to SLU games, and sword fighting. He knows that Joshua is safe in God’s arms now and he trusts God’s plans until the time that he will be there as well. He is passionate about finding a cure for brain cancer and helping children make the most of each day and triumph in their battles.

Denise BreunigDenise Breunig

Friend and co-worker of Doug Brown. Denise has worked alongside Doug at Woolpert throughout all the years of Joshua’s life and she offered constant encouragement to Doug and their family. Her daughters were wonderful baby-sitters for Joshua and Denise has always been willing to step in and help whenever needed, especially over the last year. With over 20 years of experience in architecture and management, she looks forward to volunteering as a Board Member to help the Browns share the hope and inspiration that Joshua’s short life gave so many people, including her own family. Denise hopes that the families and children affected by brain cancer are touched by the Foundation’s work, experience a strengthening of their faith and realize that all lives, no matter what the length, have a God-given purpose.

David Appel

David Appel

David Appel is a teacher at Belleville East High School.  He and his family have been friends with the Browns for many years.  David, his wife Gayle and children, Grace and Grant, had the wonderful privilege of knowing Joshua throughout his life.  They enjoyed hanging out with Joshua at church and family gatherings.  David and his wife worked with Joshua in the Grace Church Kids Choir for several years and although they could not talk him into actually singing on stage, he participated in every practice and was a very special part of each performance by helping direct in the front row.  David is honored to participate on the Joshua’s Great Things Foundation Board and looking forward to keeping Joshua’s memory alive and helping children and their families struggling with similar situations.

Dennis O-ConnorDr. Dennis O’Connor

Joshua’s first Neuro-Oncologist.  Dr O’Connor has been on staff at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for over 40 years.  He was Joshua’s doctor during Joshua’s first rounds of treatment from 2004-2005.  Currently, he works with the Footprints program at Cardinal Glennon and has served on many different boards for children’s foundations.  Dr O’Connor always offered wisdom and insight over the years regarding Joshua’s treatment and always found a way to make Joshua smile.

Crystal SchleglCrystal Schlegl

Former co-worker of Rhonda Brown.  Through the years, Crystal offered encouragement and support to the Browns and is she excited to continue Joshua’s influence in people’s lives.  Crystal has over 17 years in the executive department of Stifel Nicolaus and has served on boards for other non-profits in the St Louis area as well as currently serving on her church board.  Her son and Joshua shared a common love for Phineas and Ferb as well as SLU basketball and Joshua loved his time visiting with them.

Jake Barnett

Jake Barnett finished his MBA at Saint Louis University (SLU) in May of 2014 and currently works for a distribution company, in St. Louis.  During his time at SLU, Jake was a shooting guard for the men’s basketball team.  Jake first met Joshua at the beginning of the 2012-13 basketball season.  From that time on, their friendship grew and they became very close.  Jake loved Joshua very much and is excited at the opportunity to join the Board of the Joshua’s Great Things Foundation.  In his position on the Board, Jake’s hope is not only to honor Joshua’s life, but also support a mission that aims to find new and better treatment options for those who struggle with pediatric brain tumors.


Executive Officers

Rhonda Brown, President

Douglas Brown, Vice President



Rhonda Brown- Mother of Joshua Brown


Douglas Brown – Father of Joshua Brown