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Dawn Ireland, President

Dawn is the current President and Founder of CDH International. As the past President (1995-2017) of CHERUBS, the world’s largest charity for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, she founded the organization in 1995 out of thin air and led it to be the most successful NPO of it’s kind. Through her leadership, CHERUBS has helped over 6,300 families in 70 countries, found a voice on Capitol Hill, raised awareness on national media, created relationships with hospitals and celebrities, pushed for more funding through NIH, created and funded support services and information for families, bought together the global CDH community, published medical data and raised over $1 million dollars. She has also laid the foundation for and/or assisted with the creation of 11 other CDH charities. Dawn is honored to mentor many other cause charities, and she was the first charity leader to set up a 3-prong cause agenda of
research, awareness and support 20 years ago.


Katherine Haney, Vice President

Kat is a highly accomplished public speaker who is well versed in all aspects of politics and is an advocate for children’s health. She serves the State of North Carolina as the Director of the ABC Commission’s Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking. She also has 20 years of experience in marketing, grassroots organizing,  electioneering, diplomacy, precision writing, and media relations. She is a native of Golden, Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder



M. Shane Perry, Secretary

Shane is from Charlotte, NC and has practiced law since 2006, primarily in consumer law, where he is Partner of his firm. Shane has also represented clients in motorsports and television. He is an avid musician who plays guitar, bass and keys and he sings. He has volunteered with developmentally challenged children since he was 12.  Before he was a lawyer he was a professional musician and he worked in law enforcement and volunteered in fire and rescue services. He plays Texas Hold ’Em pretty well and Call of Duty very poorly. He was a daily motorcycle rider until 2016. He enjoys restoring old Fords.


Tara Henderson

Tara Henderson is the owner of Tara Lee Consulting, a virtual assistant business where primary services are social media management, website maintenance, data entry, proofreading and bookkeeping. Tara has a passion for detail and will make sure that the work is done accurately.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Advertising, Art & Design and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications, both earned at SUNY Farmingdale in New York. Tara lives in Youngsville with her husband, Brian and their son, Alex. She likes to take pictures of wildlife, go on hikes with the Scouts, do DIY projects and read.


Tracy Meats

Tracy Meats is the current President of CHERUBS. She is the past Parent Advisory Board Chair and Volunteer Coordinator for CHERUBS and her passion remains helping families with children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, providing support services, promoting research, and raising awareness.  Tracy has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and was an auditor and tax consultant before she chose the path of raising kids and volunteer work.  She is the proud wife to Chris and mom to four boys. In her spare time she enjoys reading, anything crafty, playing the piano, fishing and camping.

Warren Sumner

Warren is a broker at Triangle Specialists, Fonville Morisey’s Top-Selling real estate franchise. He is also a managing Partner of CR&S Appraisal Services since 2000 and the Graphic Designer/Account Rep at Sumner Communications, a family owned advertising firm. Warren is the Lead Singer and Bassist of Suicide Blonde, a local ’80s tribute band. He is the proud husband to Pam and father to Grant and Drew. He also has a B.A. in Communication Arts from East Carolina University – GO PIRATES!


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