While raising his family, Bob spent 25 years as a youth sports coach for both boys and girls and spent several years as the President of one of the largest and most successful youth baseball leagues in the state of Illinois. Bob and his family also owned and operated a sports memorabilia store for many years in his home town of Lombard, Illinois.
Bob worked as a mechanical engineer and his accomplishments in that field include designs used in ICBM guidance systems, early versions of ATM machine mechanisms and the first soft serve ice cream machine for McDonald’s.
Many of his designs are still in use today. Bob eventually moved on to a family run construction business and continues today working full time in the construction industry.
In addition to his work as founder and President with Clusterbusters Inc., Bob sits on the Executive Board of AHDA (the Alliance for Headache Disorder Advocacy) and was one of the founding board members of AHMA (the American Headache and Migraine Association). Additionally, Bob is proud to serve many other positions within headache disorder advocacy groups including the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Advisory Council, the Eli Lilly Patient Advisory Board and the governance committee of CHAMP.
Bob’s work and accomplishments within the headache community include legislative initiatives and organizing events for the patient community and medical professionals in Washington DC. Among these successful issues have been the adoption of legislation, increased research funding, testifying before the FDA for additional treatment options and the formation of a training manual for SAMHSA.
Since the founding of Clusterbusters, the organization has grown to the largest cluster headache support and advocacy non-profit organization in the U.S. Bob’s work with Clusterbusters has included research projects carried out at institutions such as Harvard, Yale and the University of West Georgia in the United States, McGill University in Montreal Canada and Hannover Medical School in Hannover Germany.
Clusterbusters brings awareness and understanding of cluster headaches through such projects such as two National Geographic documentaries, magazine articles as well as TV, radio, newsprint and web based news outlets. Their education initiatives include regional patient meetings and highlighted by their annual patient conference. The 2019 conference will be their 14th and it’s annual growth continues to make it the largest gathering of cluster headache patients, caregivers and professionals in the world.
Mrs. Course also manages the social media pages for Clusterbusters on Facebook and Twitter, posting updates on studies, research programs, and responding to direct messages, emails, and inquiries. She has experienced episodic cluster headaches for nearly 35 years and comes from a medical background. She was a specialist nurse in the area of oral and maxillofacial surgery for many years and now runs a small online business. Mrs. Course is honored to be a board member and a part of an amazing team of individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of cluster headache patients and their caregivers.
As a wife and mother of two, Mrs. Brewer balances her life in the headache community with various personal commitments, including sitting as the President of a preschool, leading a Girl Scout troop, and managing several real estate investment properties. Eileen has devoted herself over the years to many volunteer opportunities including local and national political initiatives, and event planning and advocacy for local charities.
Mr. Cleminshaw has more than five years of experience in banking and financial management, making him an excellent addition to the Clusterbusters Board of Directors as Treasurer. He has served on the board since 2018 and has a special interest in pediatric cluster headaches as he’s been treatment refractory since the age of 12.
Todd attended Furman University on a football scholarship, and graduated in 1995, with a BA in Accounting. Todd is currently the general manager of Charles Pittard and Company, a real estate investment company, focusing on property management. He is also the co-founder of 2funguys.com, a mushroom company focusing on log grown mushrooms, specifically shiitake and oyster mushrooms. 2funguys gives 10% of profits to Clusterbusters. To date, 2funguys have been able to donate over $15,000 to Clusterbusters. Todd never dreamed of starting a mushroom company, but life had other plans, so here he is today.
Todd was diagnosed with episodic cluster headaches in 2004 – six years after his first attack. After a rough hit, he knew there had to be a better way to treat these headaches other than the current pharmaceutical treatment plan his doctor had prescribed. He began to research cluster headaches online, which led him to Clusterbusters. He joined Clusterbusters immediately and began to read everything on the message board. He talked over all the options with his parents and they all agreed it was worth a try to give mushrooms a shot. He busted for the first time in 2010, and with continued busts throughout the years, has been virtually pain-free. He has attended every Clusterbusters conference since 2011 – the conferences where he has met many of his now closest friends.
Todd has also volunteered and participated in Headache on the Hill twice. Headache on the Hill is a lobbing event held every year. The group of participants lobby their congressional representatives for advancements in the treatments and therapies of cluster headaches and migraines. Todd is proud to have participated in this event, and hopes to be able to attend in the future, and continue to contribute in helping make changes within the system.
To say Clusterbusters saved his life is not an understatement. Therefore, Todd joined the board in 2020, and is eager to lend any and all of his talents to help advance the Clusterbusters mission. Todd currently resides in Brookhaven, Georgia with Brittin (wife), Leroy (dog), Turbo Taco (cat) and their girls (the hens).