Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Cure CP
Maurie Drambel graduated with a BS degree in English from University of Georgia. She started her career in marketing and advanced to an Executive Assistant for a Major Corporate travel corporation. She currently holds the most difficult position of her career, raising three beautiful children, including John Drambel.
Maurie is a co-founder of Cure CP. She is excited to help in the cause to helping children with CP improve their quality of life, so that other mothers of CP children will not spend the majority of their day planning their child’s next doctor appointment, surgery, PT, OT and Speech appointment.
Co-Founder, VP Sales, ACLS President / CEO Emerging Medical Technologies
Ed has been selling implantable medical devices since 1992. In 2004, Ed founded Emerging Medical Technologies and is the sole owner. Ed has been working with clinical studies in the medical field since 2006. Ed has a BS in Marketing from Penn State University. He is the father of three children, Will, Katie and John and husband to Maurie Drambel since 1999. In 2004, his twins were born and his life took on a new meaning. John was diagnosed with multiple acute micro infarcts in various parts of his brain due to apnea and bradycardia. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with CP.
Ed’s strong background in medical sales started back to 1991 with Biotronik, Inc. (pacemakers and defibrillators), where he is a current independent distributor for Biotronik as well as Medicomp Event Recorders. He has grown the Atlanta, Georgia market from $0 sales in 1991 to multiple millions on an annual basis. Ed’s journey is not only helping his child overcome Cerebral Palsy, but also help the other 800,000 people in the US who battle this on a daily basis.
Active Community Volunteer
Heidie Egan was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in English with a minor in Art History. In 2011, Heidie’s first child, Jillian, was born premature via emergency cesarean section. An unknown heart condition, later diagnosed as Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, caused Jillian to suffer a brain injury in utero. After months of uncertainty and many missed milestones, Jillian was diagnosed Cerebral Palsy diagnosis at seven months old.
Heidie joined the board of Let’s Cure CP last year. Her desire is that parents and caregivers to children with special needs never give up hope. Who knows what the future will bring for our amazing kids! Heidie and her husband, Shawn, reside in Roswell, Georgia with their two children, Jillian and Alexander.
Director Political Action, American Hospital Association
Shari Dexter is a native Washingtonian and as a result grew up getting involved in the Washington political arena by working on political campaigns, fundraising for progressive non-profits and teaching other about the importance of political activism. She is most proud of her work collaborating on a number of programs designed to help kids with special needs including a youth-driven media campaign; planning a medical symposium on current stem cell treatments for parents and professionals with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at John’s Hopkins; lobbying on Capitol Hill to educate legislators about the benefits of saving cord blood for future medical treatments; helping plan a gala to raise thousands of dollars for the March of Dimes; and pushing legislation focused on the inclusion of special needs kids in the classroom.
Her professional work focuses on her creativity. Shari has helped shaped the agenda for successful fundraising and promotional programs in both the business and political arenas. In addition, she has designed special events that have run the gamut… from corporate campaigns to political galas at national party conventions to academic lecture series. Her approach uses real strategic communications, branding and marketing methods to make every event a memorable occasion while adding an ounce of fun.
She is married and a mother of three — all under age 10. Her oldest, Timmy, was born with cerebral palsy and she has two younger girls, Abby and Caitlin. Her son’s medical condition has challenged her to tirelessly look for treatments to help him progress, strive and grow as any other child his age. She is constantly developing new relationships with other parents, medical professionals, therapists, and concerned individuals to share ideas and support each other. Her hope is that someday she will be able to help not only her son, but other children with disabilities, to find treatments beyond what is readily available.
G. Wayne Hillis, Jr.
Managing Partner, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Wayne graduated from the University of Georgia in 1983 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986. Wayne has been a practicing attorney in the Atlanta area for over 26 years specializing in litigation of securities, employment, and commercial disputes. He has spent the last 23 years at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, where besides maintaining an active litigation practice, he serves as the firm’s managing partner, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Wayne has always been active in the legal community and the community at large. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Minority & Diversity Clerkship Program. He has also served as President of Murphey Candler Little League and President of the Dunwoody Diamond Club. He currently is the Director of the Murphey Candler Challenger Program, a little league baseball program for children with special needs.
Wayne is married to Kay and has two sons, Grant and Will. On June 10, 1999, Wayne’s son Will was born prematurely, weighing only 1 pound 11 ounces. Shortly after birth, Will suffered two intraventricular hemorrhages, both bilateral grade 3 with components of grade 4 on the right side, and subsequently was diagnosed with CP. Wayne has supported Let’s Cure CP for years and was asked to join the board in 2012. Wayne and Kay are both committed to doing all they can to support and promote research into treatment options that will help Will and all children with CP lead happy and productive lives.
Active Community Volunteer
Seale joined the Cure CP board in 2015. She is no stranger to the organization as she has been raising money and awareness for Cure CP for several years. After a career in development for the Atlanta Historical Society, she decided to stay home with her two children. Seale spends much of her time in a volunteer capacity serving as a member of the Lovett School Alumni Board as well as the Trinity Presbyterian Preschool Board.
Seale lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Atul Rawat was born and lived his early years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He subsequently completed his high school in Bombay, and then went on to study at Boston University. After moving back to Bombay, he joined his family business with interests in Gemstone Mining in Africa, and now spends most of his time in their Real Estate business which involves Residential development in Mumbai and also Cinema and Retail developments in India.
He is married to Tanya and they have two children, Kiara and Vivaan. Their daughter Kiara suffered a hypoxic ischemic event at birth and was subsequently diagnosed with CP in 2002. They have spent the last 10 years rehabilitating Kiara to the best that she can be, and have succeeded to some extent largely due to Kiara being a highly motivated, hard working child. He is a Director in Lets Cure Cerebral Palsy. Helping children with special needs is a cause Atul feels very strongly and is an active contributor to special needs causes in India and America.
Managing Partner – NovaPoint Capital, LLC
Jeff Wright is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in economics. After serving after serving as an officer the US Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment, including combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with an MBA. He has worked in wealth management for over 6 years and is now an independent adviser and leads private wealth management services at NovaPoint Capital, LLC where he provides financial services to business executives, veterans, and special needs families.
Jeff is passionate about leadership and serving others and the community. Along with serving at CureCP, he serves as an elder at Piedmont Church in Marietta, and is a member of the NE Cobb Business Association and US Army Ranger Association.
Jeff and his wife Laura have 2 children: Kaitlyn is 7 and suffered a brain injury during birth and has been diagnosed with CP, and Jacob is 3. Together they have a dream to enable special needs families to achieve their maximum potential and quality of life through research and community.