ABOUT OUR BELIEF IN A CURE
CSN Board of Directors
The Board is the executive branch of The Cure Starts Now. Its purpose is to approve all actions, budgets, and recommendations at the advice of the various councils.
Keith Desserich, Chair
Keith Desserich is a father, and DIPG parent to Elena Desserich, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Cure Starts Now. Professionally, he is an entrepreneur of over 7 businesses with 25 years of experience. He is also an author of "Notes Left Behind."
Gavin Baumgardner, DO
Gavin Baumgardner, DO completed his education at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine with residency at Doctors Hospital. He is currently with Ohio Health in the capacity of an Internal Medicine Hospitalist. He is Chair of the CSN Medical Advisory Council.
Doug Desserich is a board member of The Cure Starts Now and owned several Cincinnati area businesses which he co-founded. He also serves as Treasurer of CSN.
Tamara Ekis is a kindergarten teacher and the mother of four children: Colin, Garrett, Grace and Claire. She was thrust into the DIPG community in January of 2007 when her then four-year-old daughter Grace was diagnosed with the deadly disease. Tamara and her husband, Brian, founded the Reflections Of Grace Foundation, a DIPG Collaborative member, in Grace's memory and have dedicated their lives to the fight against DIPG.
Trent Hummel, MD
Trent Hummel, MD is a pediatric neuro-oncologist and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He assists and advises in family-research relations and is a member of the DIPG Collaborative Council.
Melissa Saladonis is responsible for Government Relations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has been involved in pediatric cancer research initiatives at the local, state and federal level for many years.
Dustin Glavin is the Central High School Building Operator in Salina, Kansas and a father of three (Chelsea, Mason & Avah). Chelsea is a brain tumor survivor who was diagnosed at just 23 months old. Dustin wants to spread awareness about pediatric brain cancer and believes that The Cure Starts Now's approach is how a cure will be found.
Alyssa Hawranko is a Senior MSL for AstraZeneca's Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease team. A mother of two (Nick and Noah), Alyssa is also the founder and leader of the CSN Western Pennsylvania Chapter as well as the head of the Strategic Advisory Council. Her work with The Cure Starts Now, especially raising awareness for DIPG, is driven in memory of her daughter, Alyson.
Terry Regan is the chair of the CSN Investment Advisory Council as well as a member of the Board of Directors. He is currently a partner in the McLaughlin Wealth Management Group of Morgan Stanley.