|Kristin Connor, Executive Director
Kristin Connor joined CURE Childhood Cancer in March 2006 as Executive Director after a personal experience with childhood cancer changed and redirected her life. Kristin’s second son was diagnosed in Oct 2001 at a month old with an aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. The suffering of children and families at the hands of childhood cancer caused her to leave her law practice and take the reins at CURE Childhood Cancer.Kristin graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1991 with a B.A. in International Studies. She attended law school at University of Georgia and graduated with a J.D. in 1994. She practiced law at Arnall Golden Gregory until 2004 when she took a leave of absence to work as Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development at a national childhood cancer nonprofit. She joined CURE as Executive Director in 2006. Under Kristin’s leadership, CURE has experienced 275% growth in revenue, allowing the organization to grow its investment in childhood cancer research and patient and family services, refocused its mission, rebranded the organization, established a strong Scientific Advisory Board and strengthened board leadership. Kristin is a strong advocate for strategic collaborations and seeks out opportunities to work with other mission driven organizations to further the goal of eradicating childhood cancer in our lifetime and supporting the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families.
|Lisa Branch, Director, Patient & Family Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lisa Branch joined CURE Childhood Cancer in July 2009 as Assistant Director, Patient & Family Services and became the Director in in 2010. Lisa has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked as a school teacher for the past 15 years.Lisa relocated with her family to the Atlanta area in 2008 and quickly became a key volunteer in the CURE office. Her first introduction to CURE came in 2006 as she walked the childhood cancer journey with a close friend. Through this journey, Lisa was often overwhelmed by the problems children diagnosed with cancer and their families faced and became an integral part of her friend’s support. In her role at CURE, Lisa will have the opportunity to directly support other families as they face the difficult trials of childhood cancer.
|Leigh Smith, Patient & Family Services Manager (email@example.com)
Leigh Smith joined CURE Childhood Cancer in February 2011 as Patient & Family Services, Assistant. Leigh is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She served as a Preschool Teacher for the last 3 years. Because of a strong desire to work in a position that provided meaningful opportunities to give back, Leigh found her way to CURE.
|Kim Osborne, Director, Patient & Family Services, Savannah
While working on her Master’s Degree in Savannah, Georgia in 2005, Kim’s world changed forever her son was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). His care was so consuming that she left her job and graduate school. The ensuing months were filled with inpatient chemotherapy in Savannah and a bone marrow transplant in Atlanta followed by months of recovery and trips between the two medical facilities. Kim came to know CURE through other “cancer moms” and was honored to attend the first year of CURE’s “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes.” From her own experience, she recognized a need for patient and family support and was drawn to the work CURE was doing. Kim began volunteering for CURE in Savannah, specifically helping with CURE’s Early Outreach Program. She also founded and led a small nonprofit whose mission was to help all families facing a cancer diagnosis. After several years of leading this group, Kim wanted to refocus on serving families of children with cancer because she understood the unique journey they were on. She also wanted to use her voice to bring an awareness to the need for targeted research in childhood cancer. This desire grew to an urgent need when pediatric cancer hit her small family again. Her young niece was recently diagnosed in the spring of 2012 with rhabdomyosarcoma. Kim is honored to be a part of the team at CURE. She is thrilled to be able to work daily helping the families she has grown to love.
|Sharon Bryan, Patient & Family Services Liaison (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sharon Bryan joined CURE Childhood Cancer’s staff on a part time basis in July 2006 after years of volunteer service with CURE. Sharon has a degree in elementary education and has been a preschool teacher for more than 15 years. Sharon brings to CURE a special compassion borne out of her own experience as the mother of a child who was diagnosed with cancer at age 14. As she visits with families at the Aflac Cancer Center at both the Egleston and Scottish Rite campuses of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Sharon warmly offers a face of experience and, more importantly, hope as her son is a long time cancer survivor.
|Paula T. Collins, Development Manager
Joining the CURE team in March 2012, Paula Collins focuses on the overall management of the stewardship of donors and database, from support for the Annual Campaign to external events and anything in between. Paula is a native of Atlanta and brings a deep understanding of the overall functions of development and the importance of building and enhancing relationships with donors, prospects, and other constituent groups. Prior to joining CURE, Paula worked most recently for several non-profit independent schools in development, marketing communications, admissions, and database administration. She is committed to excellence and integrity and will help CURE maximize fundraising opportunities. She believes in the mission and vision for CURE and hopes that her work will somehow positively impact the children who are fighting for their lives every day. In her spare time, Paula is usually cheering on her children at their sporting events. She also enjoys walking, gardening, and baking.
|Shelley Howard, Office Administrator (email@example.com)
Shelley Howard joined the staff of CURE Childhood Cancer in 2002, after working with a children’s wish organization. Prior to that, Shelley worked as office manager for CogniTech, a software company. At CURE, Shelley acts as office manager and is an instrumental part of our team as she wears many hats, from handling bookkeeping to managing the Family Emergency Fund to coordinating special outings for our families when opportunities arise.
|Tania Jackson, Development and Operations Assistant
Prior to joining CURE Childhood Cancer, Tania started her career as ground staff for Air Rhodesia and South African Airlines. She then worked with large corporations, first as the Human Resources Officer for two subsidiaries of Delta Corporation (SA Breweries), then as an Executive Assistant for Stockholder Systems, Inc. (now CheckFree Corporation), as well as Client Conference Coordinator for SunGard. Tania has worked for numerous charitable organizations since 2001 and joined CURE Childhood Cancer originally as a volunteer in 2006. She now works at CURE full-time helping with Development and Database Management. Tania was drawn to CURE because she believes that every child should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest. She believes in CURE, its people and the battle to fight each and every day to conquer childhood cancer.Tania is called Nona to 7 grandchildren.