Meet Our Staff

Our Staff

Our organization has been fueled by volunteers for two decades. After many years, the president and founder Dawn Ireland has moved over to CHERUBS' parent organization, CDH International. CHERUBS' new President, Tracy Meats, began working with us as a volunteer over a decade ago. While our in-house staff remains small, we are blessed to have multiple volunteers who regularly help around the office.


Tracy Meats

President

Tracy is the mom of Ian Wesley, born April 3, 2004, at 36 weeks old. He was born with an undiagnosed left-sided CDH. He spent 53 days in the NICU at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ian was on ECMO for 7 days and had his CDH repair on day 5. On day 48, he had left and right inguinal hernia surgeries, along with an undescended left testicle surgery. He was on a ventilator for 29 days, of which 23 days was an oscillating vent. He endured many complications including pulmonary hypertension, NG tube feeds, developmental delays, minor oral aversions, hypoplastic left lung, chylothorax, pneumothorax, anemia, acid reflux, and oxygen dependency. Ian used oxygen for 546 days. He currently has abnormal systemic venous drainage above the heart with numerous collateral vessels and an echogenic mass on the heart, all due to ECMO. Ian loves school and his video games! Tracy began her work with CHERUBS as the Wyoming State Representative and Volunteer Coordinator before becoming President. She is married to her loving husband, Chris, and they have 3 other sons besides Ian; Cole, Shane and Toby. She is an Avon Representative and her full-time job is a stay-at-home mom. Tracy has a BS in Accounting and has worked as an auditor and tax consultant. She enjoys helping CDH families, reading, playing and listening to music, anything crafty, and fishing.

 

 

 


Vicki Erazmus

Office Volunteer

Vicki has been volunteering in the office since 2013. She has been a huge help over the years by assembling folders and totebags to be sent to the families in need, writing receipts and acknowledgements, processing donations made for the HOPE Totebag program, and helping us prepare for our annual Masquerade Ball. Vicki always has a smile on her face and is ready and willing to help whenever she's needed. She is the grandmother of local cherub Will and lives in the greater Raleigh area.

 

 

 

 


Kamal Saleh

Developer

For many years, Kamal has faithfully worked alongside of CHERUBS from his home in Egypt. He is the developer of the CHERUBS Research Database and helps run and maintain the CHERUBS forums and website. Whenever the office runs into a technical problem, Kamal is the first person to be contacted. Kamal is a kind-hearted individual and patiently helps the office when the need arises.

 

 

 

 


Oakley

Office Dog

If it weren't for Oakley, nobody would know when someone was coming up the stairs into the office. She offers punctuated moral support in between her almost constant napping. We're thankful she's here for no other reason than that she is a dog.

News from CHERUBS

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Featured Cherub of the Week is Sofia Marie Carman, she is the daughter of Steve and Katie Carman. 

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CHERUBS Annual Blue Jays Get Together, April 27, 2019

Save the date!  The annual Blue Jays Get Together is scheduled for April 27, 2019. Canada International Representative, Amanda Plakholm, is in the process of organizing a CHERUBS Get Together for families at the Toronto Blue Jays game on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The game is at 3:07pm against the Oakland A's. This is the 5th annual Cherubs Blue Jays Game gathering, where CDH families and friends can come together to raise CDH Awareness. To reach Amanda please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Featured Cherub: Steven Hilario Lagunas

Featured cherub of the week is Steven Hilario Lagunas. He is the son of Berenice and Steven Lagunas. He fought so hard for 6 months, a warrior in every sense of the word.  From Steven's GoFundMe page, "Steven was a beautiful boy with a personality that shines brighter than the sun. His smile and his long eyelashes stole everyone’s heart. He smiled regardless of what he was going through. He truly is the strongest little boy we knew. Although our time with him was cut short he will be incredibly missed and loved forever. The time spent with him will forever be cherished."

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2017 - News from CHERUBS

Featured Cherub: Sofia Marie Carman

Featured Cherub of the Week is Sofia Marie Carman, she is the daughter of Steve and Katie Carman. 

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CHERUBS Annual Blue Jays Get Together, April 27, 2019

Save the date!  The annual Blue Jays Get Together is scheduled for April 27, 2019. Canada International Representative, Amanda Plakholm, is in the process of organizing a CHERUBS Get Together for families at the Toronto Blue Jays game on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The game is at 3:07pm against the Oakland A's. This is the 5th annual Cherubs Blue Jays Game gathering, where CDH families and friends can come together to raise CDH Awareness. To reach Amanda please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Featured Cherub: Steven Hilario Lagunas

Featured cherub of the week is Steven Hilario Lagunas. He is the son of Berenice and Steven Lagunas. He fought so hard for 6 months, a warrior in every sense of the word.  From Steven's GoFundMe page, "Steven was a beautiful boy with a personality that shines brighter than the sun. His smile and his long eyelashes stole everyone’s heart. He smiled regardless of what he was going through. He truly is the strongest little boy we knew. Although our time with him was cut short he will be incredibly missed and loved forever. The time spent with him will forever be cherished."

The following is shared by cherub Steven's mom:

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