Curing Kids Cancer is governed by a volunteer executive advisory board as well as board of directors. Take a moment to learn about the wonderful leaders who make our organization possible.
Board of Directors
Grainne M. Owen
Curing Kids Cancer Co-Founder; Board President
A native of London, England, Grainne graduated with B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. She worked as an international affairs advisor at the London Stock Exchange, distinguishing herself in the city’s financial district. Grainne has also been recognized by the Junior League for her tireless work toward finding childhood cancer cures.
Clayton K. (Clay) Owen
Curing Kids Cancer Co-Founder
Clay directs Curing Kids Cancer’s public relations, web and social media initiatives. He does this around his full-time work as director of communications at AT&T in Atlanta. He worked as a network television producer at CNN in both London and Atlanta. He was producer of the London-based World Business Today program, and was location producer at European Union, G7 and G8 Summits. Clay was also a contributor to CNN’s award-winning coverage of Princess Diana’s funeral. After CNN, Clay moved to Cingular Wireless. His work in spearheading media relations during Cingular’s launch was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) with a Silver Anvil Award.
Clay’s work with Curing Kids Cancer has been honored by both the PRSA and the International Association of Business Communicators. He holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina, where he is a distinguished alumnus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He also holds an M.A. from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.
Tim Huban is a managing director in GE Capital's Telecom, Media & Technology financing business. He began his career at GE in 1981 in their Financial Management Program (FMP) in Schenectady, NY. Tim has held a number of positions in corporate finance and in sales leadership, with a significant focus on media, communications and technology-related companies, and has received numerous achievement awards. Tim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bryant University.
Kristin (Kris) S. Rinne
Kris Rinne is a retired AT&T Executive. She is a member of the Wireless Hall of Fame and Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.
Casey J. Nickels
Casey Nickels is a Director of Client Experience at Revenue Analytics. He was born in Pierre, South Dakota, but has called Georgia home for 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business (Cum Laude) and was a letterman for the Georgia Bulldogs playing from 2006-2009. He and his wife Danna had their first child, Owen, on Feb 12, 2016.
Stephanie H. Ellenberg
Board Member at Large
Stephanie Ellenberg is AVP of product development for emerging devices at AT&T Mobility in Atlanta. As a recent cancer survivor and skilled businesswoman, Stephanie has brought valuable insight to the Curing Kids Cancer board. She earned a BS from the University of Florida and a MBA from Southeastern University.
Herb A. Kossover
Board Member at Large
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Herb Kossover has called Atlanta home since 1980. This award-winning director/DP has moved than 27 years experience in producing, directing and image consulting. IN addition to the Curing Kids Cancer board of directors, Herb serves on the board for the American intercontinental University and is a member of NAPTE, NATAS, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Herb's images are represented worldwide by Getty Images/The Image Bank, Inc. and Corbis Motion.
Board Member at Large
As Director of Sponsorship Sales at List Partners Inc., Brian has helped hundreds of non-profits, event organizations, and professional sports teams build partnerships with major brands. From small non-profits in Alaska, to large professional sports organizations like the LA Lakers, Brian has helped companies of all shapes and sizes go after new partnerships and sponsorships more efficiently.
Prior to joining List Partners Inc., Brian worked with several leading software companies representing Fortune 500 clients. Originally from New York, Brian now resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Libby, and daughter, Evelyn.
Board Member at Large
Before starting Trenches Sports and Entertainment, Brad was part of the founding leadership team of the College Football Hall of Fame. As the Chief Revenue Officer, Olecki lead the efforts to raise the funds to build and operate the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Prior to joining the Hall and Trenches, Olecki worked in managerial roles for ISP Sports (now IMG College), the Atlanta Spirit and Action Sports Media. He specializes in strategic sales planning and team leading, relationship building, philanthropic fundraising, creative partnership development and execution along with partnership negotiation. A long time Atlanta resident, Olecki attended Morehead State University where he received his bachelor’s in Business Administration and was the Team Captain and All-American on the Eagles’ football team. Olecki lives in Smyrna with his wife, Margaret Anne and two boys Benjamin and Andrew.
Board Member at Large
Cameron is the founder and principal of the Shahab Group, an Atlanta-based law firm. Cameron holds a J.D. from Rutgers Law School, New Brunswick, N.J. and a B.A. from Emory University, Atlanta. Before, becoming an attorney, Cameron worked in law enforcement, including service in an elite federal intelligence unit focused on the war on terror.
Board Member at Large
Owen Shull is CEO and Founding Partner of Intersect Partners. Intersect Partners is a sales and events company that specializes in running first-class vendor-partner programs for large companies to benefit charitable organizations. Prior to starting this business, Owen served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for PlayOn! Sports in Atlanta. Other experience includes a career in collegiate athletic with various organizations in sales and marketing roles - serving as the chief revenue officer for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl and the College Football Hall of Fame, sales management roles with ISP Sports/IMG, and working for the athletic departments at Florida State, University of Kentucky, SMU, and Vanderbilt. Owen holds a bachelor of arts degree from Rhodes College and Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Florida State University.
Christopher M. (Chris) Arena
Legal; Chris Arena is a law partner at Baker Hostetler Law Firm.
Dr. D. John Bergsagel
Medical; Dr. John Bergsagel is a Doctor of Hematology and Oncology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
Curing Kids Cancer Executive Director
After beginning his business career as an investment advisor and financial analyst, Abrams transitioned to commercial real estate development and asset management in 1984 when he joined Financial Properties, Inc. Over the next 14 years, he led the successful development of several major retail centers, helped reposition and diversify that company’s portfolio of commercial income producing properties and eventually became its president and CEO.
In 1999, Abrams became CEO of Abrams Industries, Inc., a construction, manufacturing and real estate company publicly traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market (Nasdaq-ABRI). He then spearheaded the total “re-invention” of the business through a series of M&A transactions. Under his leadership, the company became an industry-leading provider of energy efficiency products and services for commercial and institutional buildings, was re-named Servidyne, Inc. (Nasdaq-SERV) in 2006 and was ultimately acquired in an all-cash transaction at a favorable valuation for its shareholders in 2011.
Abrams moved into the nonprofit world, where he spent two years as the president of WBOP, Inc., and most recently has offered specialized business consulting and executive coaching services as president of CEO Writes, Inc.
Executive Advisory Board
Analyst, ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning College GameDay; former head football coach at the University of Louisville and University of Indiana
Craig and Ashley Kimbrel
Chairman of Players Curing Kids Cancer
Boston Red Sox All-Star Closing Pitcher
President and CEO, COS Phones, Union, N.J.
Mr. College Football,” College Football Today, The Tony Barnhart Show, The SEC Network
Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina and former CNN Senior White House correspondent
Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs, University of South Carolina
Executive Director, Atlanta Sports Council
Football Analyst, College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Former NFL Offensive Lineman
Former Head Football Coach at Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky; former NFL player in Green Bay, Baltimore, Houston and Los Angeles
Head Auctioneer, Mecum Auctions
Anchor, WVLT, Local8, Knoxville, Tenn.
John and Diane Hovas
Curing Kids Cancer supporters and philanthropists, Texas
Seven2 Principal, Spokane, Wash.
President and CEO, AT&T Mobility, Atlanta
Head Equestrian Coach, University of South Carolina SEC Championship Team
Founder, CEO and Managing Partner, CFO4Life
Brian & Lynda (Duffy) Perilloux
Williams and BP representatives, Texas
President and CEO, PlayON! Sports
University Athletics Ambassador & Consultant, University of Florida
Assistant Athletic Director, University of South Carolina
President and CEO, The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies
"Dream Team" Medical Advisory Board
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology and Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine
Clinical Director Pediatric Oncology and Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Director of Translational Research for the Center for Childhood Cancer Research and Medical Director of the Steam Laboratory - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Scientific Director for Clinical Research Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Professor Pediatrics and the Scott and Tracie Hamilton Chair in Cancer Survivorship Medical Director in Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Service Chief, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Lydia J. Lee Professor in Pediatric Oncology
Stanford Children's Health
Senior Staff Oncologist Haematology/Oncology and Director of Cancer Genetics Program
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto
The Children's Hospital Philadelphia
Vice-Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics and Robbins Family Chair in Pediatrics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Director of Oncology and Cancer Programs and the Deb Kieisinger Endowed Chair of Novel Cancer Treatments - Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers
Chair of the Oncology Department
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Chief of Staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
Director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
R. Alan Ezekowitz Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital
Goalie for Canadian Women's National Soccer team and Western New York Flash
American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He is a five-time All-Star, and led the National League in saves for four consecutive seasons from 2011 through 2014.