Board & Staff

Pamela B. Ellis - President

Pam and her husband, Dave, have been in Atlanta since 1981. While accounting was her college focus, she excels in executive support. She has worked for senior executives in retail, construction, high tech and currently supports the President at J. Smith Lanier & Co. Pam became aware of BTFC when J. Smith Lanier & Co. became title sponsor of the Charity Classic Golf Tournament in 2005. Since then she has been involved in not only the golf tournament, but many other events and activities of the foundation and joined the Board of Directors in 2011.

As President of the Board of Directors, Pam hopes to assist in the growth of BTFC with strategic planning and continued follow thru on the mission statement of the organization.

Pam is active in the Atlanta tennis community as a regular volunteer with Special Olympics Georgia and captaining ALTA tennis teams. She and her husband live in Johns Creek along with their two cats. They enjoy tennis, travel and working out. 

Robert Flamini, M.D. - Vice President

Rob Flamini became involved with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children following the sad diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor affecting his 10 year old daughter, Margot. After a short battle, Margot passed away in February 2003. As a recipient of the endless support of BTFC, and as a provider for other children affected with tumors, the links with the Foundation became stronger. Both Rob and his wife Gail became active with the Foundation, and now both work to raise funds to help support other families in need.

Rob is a Pediatric Neurologist currently in practice, and the Medical Director of the Children's Epilepsy Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Gail, and their two children Monica and David.

Eddie Johnson - Secretary

Eddie Johnson is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and is a graduate of Florida State University were he received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting in 1994.  Eddie is employed with Ferguson Enterprises as a Regional Credit Manager. 

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William A. Guzak - Treasurer

Bill grew up in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. He moved to the Atlanta area in 1996 after living in Huntsville, Alabama for eight years. Bill received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1986 and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988. Bill is senior research engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute. 

Bill has two sons, Nicholas and Samuel. Samuel was diagnosed with a rhabdoid brain tumor in 1997 and he has been off treatment since 1998. 

Bill has been a board member of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children since 2000 and was elected treasurer in 2003. 

Sonia Crumpler

Sonia Crumpler, an Atlanta native, attended Boston University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance concentration. Sonia is a Client Advisor in SunTrust’s Private Wealth Management Group and a Registered Representative of SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. Prior to joining SunTrust in 2011, she was an Investment Analyst for LCG Associates, an Investment Consulting firm in Atlanta. Following that, she served as a manager for the digital media and business development team for Cumulus Media until 2011.

Sonia’s involvement in the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children is directly connected to her passion for youth development through support, creativity and education. Sonia has been actively engaged in the community and supports various organizations including Junior Achievements, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dress for Success, High Museum of Arts, and the United Way. Sonia resides with her husband, Alex Crumpler, in Peachtree Park. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family, practicing Bikram yoga, and traveling to new destinations.

Lucinda Dallas

Lucinda Dallas grew up in Thomaston, GA.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in History at Emory University in 1983 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from UGA School of Law in 1986.  She graduated Southern Trust School in 1999.    Lucinda currently works as an Investment Consultant with CFS Wealth Management.  Her interest in the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children comes as a result of her son A.J. Bentley, III (7/3/96 – 4/7/00) who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 3 and was treated in Atlanta.  Lucinda has been actively involved with BTFC in various ways over the last couple of years.

Jay Douglas

Jay is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Brigham Young University in 2001 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Jay later graduated from the Duke University School of Law in 2007. After a brief time in private practice with the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Atlanta, he made the transition to in-house counsel at Synovus Financial Corp., where he works on transactional matters, corporate and regulatory compliance, and other general legal issues that arise in the banking sector. Jay is a father to three children, one of whom was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in March of 2011. After a 7-month struggle with cancer, Madi Douglas, age 3, passed away in November of 2011. 


Julie K. Earnhart

A native of South Carolina, Julie has lived in Atlanta since 1990. She received an A.B.J. degree in Public Relations, summa cum laude with highest honors, from the University of Georgia in 1989, followed by an M.B.A. degree in 1990, also from UGA. Julie is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Development and Alumni Relations, at Emory University.

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Marsi Thrash

Pittsburgh-native Marsi Thrash began volunteering with BTFC following the DIPG brain tumor diagnosis of a neighbor's son.  She joined the Board of BTFC in 2009 and currently chairs the Patient and Family Services Committee. 

Marsi graduated from La Roche College with a Bachelor's in Journalism and the University of Pittsburgh with an MBA.  Over the years, Marsi has worked in a variety of health care roles, including lobbyist, policymaker, advocate, government health plans, and oncology medical education.

She lives in Douglasville, GA with her son, Jordan.  Marsi enjoys cooking (often with Jordan,) entertaining, updating her food blog, reading, and raising awareness about pediatric cancer.

Rick Sauers - Chairman Emeritus

Until January 2001, Rick was the only President of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC), which he co-founded in July 1983. At the beginning of 2001, he assumed the post of Chairman of the Board where... 

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Staff Members 

Mary Moore - Executive Director

Raised in New York and Boston, Mary has lived in Atlanta since 1984. She has worked primarily in the medical field during her career and has served in various capacities at medical facilities including Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, Emory University Department of Medicine, and The Emory Clinic. Devoted to the brain tumor cause since 1999, Mary initially provided support to adult patients and families in Atlanta and worked on a special project for the North American Brain Tumor Coalition in 2001. 

She has been with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children since June of 2001. Mary has four children and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband Wayne. 

Tammy Bates - Director of Patient & Family Services

Tammy Bates is a native of Atlanta.  She has worked primarily in customer service & management in the corporate world but has spent the last eight years as the Site Director for a private Christian school.  There, her primary responsibilities included developing the early education program, managing the facility, and creating the best school experience for the children and their families.  Tammy has been married to her wonderful husband Vince for 25 years.  They have been blessed with two terrific boys, Brockton, 16 and Brody, forever 8.  They live in Dallas, Georgia and attend Grace Baptist Church.

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Katie Sheridan - Office Manager

Katie Sheridan, our office manager, is a native of Atlanta. She attended Centre College and Georgia State University where she graduated with a BS in Sociology. Katie has been a long time volunteer to many organizations around the Atlanta area. Her volunteer work and previous internship at Camp Twin Lakes encouraged her to follow her passion for helping children and working for a nonprofit, which ultimately lead her to join BTFC's staff in August 2010.  Katie lives in Marietta, GA with her husband Jonathan.