About Us

Our Board

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

Board Chairman

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

Board Secretary

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

Board Treasurer

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.

Brian McCue

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.

Brad Olecki

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.

 

Cameron Shahab

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.

Owen Shull

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.

 

 

Advisory Board

 

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.

Alan Abrams

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

Lee Corso

Chairman
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

Jerry Abramov

President and CEO, COS Phones, Union, N.J.

Tony Barnhart

Mr. College Football,” College Football Today, The Tony Barnhart Show, The SEC Network

Charles Bierbauer

Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina and former CNN Senior White House correspondent

Charles Bloom

Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs, University of South Carolina

Dan Corso

Executive Director, Atlanta Sports Council

Randy Cross

Football Analyst, College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Former NFL Offensive Lineman

Bill Curry

Former Head Football Coach at Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky; former NFL player in Green Bay, Baltimore, Houston and Los Angeles

Mark Delzell

Head Auctioneer, Mecum Auctions

 

Ted Hall

Anchor, WVLT, Local8, Knoxville, Tenn.

John and Diane Hovas

Curing Kids Cancer supporters and philanthropists, Texas

Tyler Lafferty

Seven2 Principal, Spokane, Wash.

Glenn Lurie

President and CEO, AT&T Mobility, Atlanta

Boo Major

Head Equestrian Coach, University of South Carolina SEC Championship Team

Levi McMellian

Founder, CEO and Managing Partner, CFO4Life

Brian & Lynda (Duffy) Perilloux

Williams and BP representatives, Texas

David Rudolph

President and CEO, PlayON! Sports

Steve Spurrier

University Athletics Ambassador & Consultant, University of Florida

Charles Waddell

Assistant Athletic Director, University of South Carolina 

Michael Weiss

President and CEO, The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies

 

"Dream Team" Medical Advisory Board

James Amatruda, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology and Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

John Bergsagel, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine

Kenneth Cohen, MD

Clinical Director Pediatric Oncology and Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD

Director of Translational Research for the Center for Childhood Cancer Research and Medical Director of the Steam Laboratory - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Lee Helman, MD

Scientific Director for Clinical Research Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Howard Katzenstein, MD

Professor Pediatrics and the Scott and Tracie Hamilton Chair in Cancer Survivorship Medical Director in Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Michael Link, MD

Service Chief, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Lydia J. Lee Professor in Pediatric Oncology
Stanford Children's Health

 

David Malkin, MC, FRCP(C), FAAP

Senior Staff Oncologist Haematology/Oncology and Director of Cancer Genetics Program
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto 

John Maris, MD

Pediatric Oncologist
The Children's Hospital Philadelphia

Paul Meyers, MD

Vice-Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics and Robbins Family Chair in Pediatrics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John Perentesis, MD, FAAP

Director of Oncology and Cancer Programs and the Deb Kieisinger Endowed Chair of Novel Cancer Treatments - Cincinnati Children's Hospital

David Poplack, MD

Director
Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers

Ching-Hon Pui, MD

Chair of the Oncology Department
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Stephen Sallan, MD

Chief of Staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Alan Wayne, MD

Director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Howard Weinstein, MD

R. Alan Ezekowitz Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Charity Spokespeople

Tony Barnhart

Lee Corso

Randy Cross

Sabrina D'Angelo

Goalie for Canadian Women's National Soccer team and Western New York Flash

Craig Kimbrel

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.

Cassiday Proctor

Zach Seabaugh

Steve Spurrier