Maren lives in Fargo, ND, and became part of the brain tumor community when her husband, Patrick, was diagnosed with a tumor in 2017. Despite multiple surgeries and challenges, Maren and Patrick have not lost their love for life, and still are full of optimism and joy. Together, they have five children, and in Maren's spare time she enjoys camping, family game nights and spending time with friends. Maren first became involved with Pray for Gray as a volunteer, and is now a board member! She is excited to be on this journey with such a wonderful community.
Ashley is a mother to two beautiful children Ava and Alijah. She is dedicated to creating a brighter world for her children to grow up in. As an occupation, Ashley works in corporate accounting for Microsoft. Prior to moving to Fargo in 2016, Ashley attended college with in Bemidji. In 2018, Ashley’s young daughter Ava was diagnosed with brain cancer. Pray for Grey served as a great resource to the family and maintains a very special place in her heart. Ashley is dedicated to serving others in their time of need as she continues to navigate and celebrate uncharted territories with her daughter. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her children, photography, and loves home and crafting projects.
After obtaining Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Child & Family Development, Hiliary completed Master's work in Human Development, while starting her career in the disability field. Hiliary has been a disability specialist since 2010, and has served as the CEO for a disability non-profit since 2015. Hiliary began her time as Executive Director with Pray for Gray in March 2023, and brings her past personal and professional experiences to the Pray for Gray team. Hiliary is passionate about the nonprofit world and seeks to bring growth and new opportunities to Pray for Gray. When she isn't working, Hiliary enjoys spending her time with her family and friends, traveling, and experiencing new adventures.
Brad Schenck worked as a Moorhead Police Officer for 16 years, and served on the SWAT team during his time as an officer. He also served in the marine corps and the ND Air Guard. After experiencing vision, reading and memory difficulties, Brad was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 80% ot the tumor was removed and radiation and chemo were completed. However, after experiencing a seizure later on, Brad had discovered his tumor had returned. The return of the tumor forced Brad to retire from both the police department and the military. Since, Brad has become a Pray for Gray Board Member to help others who are experiencing similar journeys. When not assisting with Pray for Gray, Brad spends his time with his wife and three kids. He enjoys spending time at the lake in the summer and Mexico in the winter.
Candice Ahmann is a Partner at Express Employment Professionals and has dedicated the last 15 years to the hiring and recruitment industry while helping businesses grow. Candice graduated from North Dakota State University, met her late husband Craig, and has now been in Fargo for almost 20 years. Candice first learned about Pray for Gray as Craig was a past honoree and lost his battle to brain cancer in the Fall of 2019. Candice joined the Board of Directors in 2021 to help other families like theirs while continuing to honor her husbands’ legacy. In her free time, Candice volunteers with the business community and other non-profits such as the National Brain Tumor Society. Candice continues to reside in Fargo and stays busy with her two boys.