The Foundation's Board

Joshua R. Aaron, PhD (Secretary)

Joshua R. Aaron is an Assistant Professor of Management at East Carolina University.  He earned his PhD from the University of Alabama in 2008.  His research interests include executive compensation, healthcare management, strategic management and human resource management.  Dr. Aaron has published work in the Corporate Reputation Review, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Review of Management Innovation.  He has presented at the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association annual meetings as well as the Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference.

Leanne Camp

Leanne's primary responsibility is being the mother of two daughters.  She also works full-time in the corporate world as a database programmer. Leanne is actively involved with her church serving on the leadership team for Children's ministry as well as teaching a children's Sunday School class.  Since the summer of 2006, Leanne and her family have been involved with the Family Support Program of Duke's Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program.

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD

Susan Dees Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Professor of Pathology

Chief, Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Co-Director, Stem Cell Laboratory

Director, Carolinas Cord Blood Bank

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, is an internationally renowned expert in umbilical cord blood transplantation. She is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She also serves as Co-Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory and Director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke, a public cord blood bank, established in 1996 with research funding by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Kurtzberg has concentrated her work on applying basic research to the clinical setting and has published almost 400 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has written more than 30 chapters for textbooks including Principles and Practices of Pediatric Oncology and Cancer Medicine. Information about her work has appeared on U.S. and British television networks, in video documentaries, and in U.S. and European magazines and newspapers.

Dr. Kurtzberg holds positions on a number of scientific advisory boards, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation. She is a member of several national and international committees, including the Medical Advisory Board of the International Children’s Cancer Society, the FDA BRMAC Committee, the National Cancer Institute, and the Children’s Oncology Group. She also serves as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and currently co-chairs the National Marrow Donor Program Cord Blood Committee.

Danny (Treasurer) and Rebecca Smith (President)


Danny and Rebecca have experienced the needs that the foundation will address first-hand.  During the time that they spent in Durham with Rachel they realized the need for comfortable housing and readily available support.  They enjoy every moment they can with Rachel’s little brother, Nathan.  Rebecca spends her time now working on getting the foundation up and running and setting up the plans to assist families as soon as possible. 

Danny and Rebecca are both graduates of Christopher Newport University in Newport  News, Virginia.  Danny has his BS degree in Business Management.  Rebecca has a BA degree in Philosophy, with concentrations in Values and The Professions, and Religious studies.  She also obtained minors in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. 


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