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

Featured Volunteer: Josh Hensley

Josh Hensley is the father of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.  It is hard to put into words how important this person is to the charity. Back in October 2010, this individual sent CHERUBS an email interested in being a volunteer with CHERUBS. Having lost two children to CDH, this member wrote in this email that he felt immense responsibility to “wage war” on CDH. His wife and he wanted to set up a CDH awareness tree at the festival of trees for Primary Children’s Hospital that year and wanted CHERUBS to be a part of it. From there, the rest is history. Josh Hensley is currently the Research Director at CDHi and has held many volunteer positions at CHERUBS since late 2010. He has traveled the world raising awareness and continues to wage war against CDH and we know he will not quit until that war is won. He has been a voice of reason throughout the years, for we don’t get much Dad point of views on our volunteer team. He is a one of kind man, has a big heart and is out there in the trenches fighting to put an end to CDH. Josh and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of 4 girls. Today, we thank Josh for all he does for CDH International and CHERUBS, his passion in wanting to wage war on CDH and his desire to help all families that are affected by CDH.

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Featured Cherub: Phoebe Kleensang

Featured cherub of the week is 5 year old Phoebe Kleensang.  Phoebe is the daughter of Megan and Aaron Kleensang.  Cherub Phoebe is a fighter and such an inspiration to many!

This is Phoebe’s story, written by her mom Megan:

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New Product in Online Store: CDHi’s “Merry Christmas Around the World” Ornament

Spread CDH Awareness with holiday cheer with one of our official CDHi Christmas ornaments! These ceramic ornaments attach securely to the tree to ensure that they’re both cat and child-proof.

.: One-sided printing
.: Golden string included for hanging
.: White ceramic

 

 
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2017 - News from CHERUBS

Featured Volunteer: Josh Hensley

Josh Hensley is the father of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.  It is hard to put into words how important this person is to the charity. Back in October 2010, this individual sent CHERUBS an email interested in being a volunteer with CHERUBS. Having lost two children to CDH, this member wrote in this email that he felt immense responsibility to “wage war” on CDH. His wife and he wanted to set up a CDH awareness tree at the festival of trees for Primary Children’s Hospital that year and wanted CHERUBS to be a part of it. From there, the rest is history. Josh Hensley is currently the Research Director at CDHi and has held many volunteer positions at CHERUBS since late 2010. He has traveled the world raising awareness and continues to wage war against CDH and we know he will not quit until that war is won. He has been a voice of reason throughout the years, for we don’t get much Dad point of views on our volunteer team. He is a one of kind man, has a big heart and is out there in the trenches fighting to put an end to CDH. Josh and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of 4 girls. Today, we thank Josh for all he does for CDH International and CHERUBS, his passion in wanting to wage war on CDH and his desire to help all families that are affected by CDH.

Read more...

Featured Cherub: Phoebe Kleensang

Featured cherub of the week is 5 year old Phoebe Kleensang.  Phoebe is the daughter of Megan and Aaron Kleensang.  Cherub Phoebe is a fighter and such an inspiration to many!

This is Phoebe’s story, written by her mom Megan:

Read more...

New Product in Online Store: CDHi’s “Merry Christmas Around the World” Ornament

Spread CDH Awareness with holiday cheer with one of our official CDHi Christmas ornaments! These ceramic ornaments attach securely to the tree to ensure that they’re both cat and child-proof.

.: One-sided printing
.: Golden string included for hanging
.: White ceramic