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

2018 Light Ups for CDH Awareness Day

Buildings and Landmarks in the United States and Canada lit up blue, pink and yellow on April 19th for CDH Awareness Day.  The CN Tower will light up on April 28th in Toronto, Canada.

The following locations lit up for CDH Awareness Day in 2018:

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CDH International Telethon on April 19th

On CDH Awareness Day, April 19th, CDH International interviewed families, researchers, doctors and volunteers as they all shared stories, tears and trials as we raised awareness and money for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia via live video on Facebook.  We had guests live from around the globe, truly an international day of CDH Awarneess.  The goal was to reach $50,000 over 15 hours during a live Facebook telethon.  Donors were able to make a donation by calling in, donating on any of the member's Facebook telethon fundraisers or directly on the website.  As the telethon closed, CDH International surpassed the goal bringing in $51,388.  This number is on the rise, where the final total will be announced on April 30th.  Facebook fundraisers for the telethon are still ongoing and the charity waits for any checks arriving by mail.

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2018 Salt Lake City Bees Game for CHERUBS

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, CHERUBS held a CDH Awareness Ballgame. This was the 5th annual CDH Awareness ball game for the charity.  The game has been a yearly celebration of CDH Awareness Month. CHERUBS members, family and friends got together for a great night of baseball, meeting other CDH families and raised a ton of CDH Awareness. Abby Rush, 15 year old CDH survivor, got to throw in the 1st pitch of the night and kick off the celebration for the charity.  Wearing her wings, Abby threw the 1st pitch like a pro and raised a ton of CDH Awareness.

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2017 - News from CHERUBS

2018 Light Ups for CDH Awareness Day

Buildings and Landmarks in the United States and Canada lit up blue, pink and yellow on April 19th for CDH Awareness Day.  The CN Tower will light up on April 28th in Toronto, Canada.

The following locations lit up for CDH Awareness Day in 2018:

Read more...

CDH International Telethon on April 19th

On CDH Awareness Day, April 19th, CDH International interviewed families, researchers, doctors and volunteers as they all shared stories, tears and trials as we raised awareness and money for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia via live video on Facebook.  We had guests live from around the globe, truly an international day of CDH Awarneess.  The goal was to reach $50,000 over 15 hours during a live Facebook telethon.  Donors were able to make a donation by calling in, donating on any of the member's Facebook telethon fundraisers or directly on the website.  As the telethon closed, CDH International surpassed the goal bringing in $51,388.  This number is on the rise, where the final total will be announced on April 30th.  Facebook fundraisers for the telethon are still ongoing and the charity waits for any checks arriving by mail.

Read more...

2018 Salt Lake City Bees Game for CHERUBS

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, CHERUBS held a CDH Awareness Ballgame. This was the 5th annual CDH Awareness ball game for the charity.  The game has been a yearly celebration of CDH Awareness Month. CHERUBS members, family and friends got together for a great night of baseball, meeting other CDH families and raised a ton of CDH Awareness. Abby Rush, 15 year old CDH survivor, got to throw in the 1st pitch of the night and kick off the celebration for the charity.  Wearing her wings, Abby threw the 1st pitch like a pro and raised a ton of CDH Awareness.

Read more...