Cure JM Foundation Staff

James Minow

James Minow

James Minow

Executive Director

James Minow brings more than 30 years of nonprofit experience in executive management and fundraising to Cure JM Foundation. He served as the Chief Development Officer at the Foundation Fighting Blindness from 2005 to 2014, where he created and implemented programs that doubled annual revenues to $35 million. This funding has supported clinical trials that actually restored vision to the blind.

Before joining the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Jim held leadership roles at nonprofits across the country, working closely with patient, physician, and research communities to rapidly expand research programs, leading to better treatments and cures.

In all of Jim’s leadership roles, he has created and spearheaded many annual giving programs, events, major gifts, and planned giving programs that have led to each organization’s ongoing success.

He has worked closely with patient, physician, and research communities to rapidly expand research programs, leading to better treatments and cures.

Jim is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and now resides in Olney, MD. He has two grown children, Brandon and Carson.  Jim’s personal interests include historic preservation, including the restoration of his 1876 home.  An aviation enthusiast, Jim owns and flies a Beechcraft Bonanza whenever he can find the time.

Jim looks forward to strengthening the Juvenile Myositis research program, to find better treatment options and ultimately a cure.

Andrew Heaton

Dr. Heaton

Andrew Heaton, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Heaton brings a 30-year career in pharmaceutical discovery, development, and translational studies to Cure JM, and most recently served as the CEO and President of Heaton-Brown Life Sciences and Novogen North America. Dr. Heaton, ushered several oncology compounds from the laboratory through Phase I, II and III clinical trials.

As CSO, Dr. Heaton serves as Cure JM’s science and research leader, proactively driving the growth and effectiveness of Cure JM’s grants and clinical research program. He serves as key staff to Cure JM’s Research Committee and Medical Advisory Board, providing strategic oversight, guidance, and leadership in executing Cure JM’s Research Priorities.

Dr. Heaton is the senior author on over 100, globally granted-patents, covering a wide range of molecular architectures and diseases and has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr. Heaton received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tasmania, his doctorate from James Cook University of North Queensland, his MBA from Melbourne Business School, and completed a sabbatical at Imperial College, London.

He currently lives in Florida.

Shannon Malloy

Shannon Malloy

Shannon Malloy

Director of Development and Family Engagement

Shannon Malloy has been with Cure JM since 2013 and manages Cure JM’s fundraising and internal operations programs, including the regional chapter and walk programs, volunteer engagement, annual Holiday Challenge, National Leadership Council, family fundraising events, and other events.

Shannon received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from the University of Kansas.

She began her career in marketing at Intel where she managed operations, revenue, and demand forecasting for a complex and critical business segment. She then transitioned to Dell where she worked in procurement, managing operations for two strategic supplier relationships.

Shannon lives outside of Seattle with her husband Rich and two sons. In their spare time they enjoy reading, hiking, gardening, and traveling to the Oregon Coast.

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Suzanne Edison

Suzanne Edison

Suzanne Edison, M.A., M.F.A.

Mental Health Coordinator

In 2007, after more than a year of searching for answers to her daughter Flora's declining health, Suzanne’s life was altered forever when Flora was diagnosed with JDM. Since then, as part of Suzanne's own healing process, she has turned her journey as a parent dealing with JM into poetry, winning grants and publishing much of her work.

She also leads support groups for parents whose children have JM and other chronic illnesses. She has started a writing workshop for parents of kids with chronic illness at Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH), where her daughter is treated, and in 2010 was asked to join the Family Advisory Council at SCH.

Suzanne believes that bringing people together for education and support, raising awareness of JM and the effects of chronic illness on families, is now her life's mission. To that end, she continues to learn, write and teach about JM and other chronic illnesses. She lives with her husband, John, Flora a dog and cat, in Seattle.

Suzanne has been active in Cure JM for many years, participating in dozens of fundraisers and serving as Director of the Family Support Network, Family Support Representative for International Families, President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter, member of the Leadership Council, member of the Board of Directors, and member of Cure JM’s Research Committee.

Susan O'Brien

Susan O’Brien

Susan O’Brien

Communications Manager

Susan O’Brien joined Cure JM as Communications Manager in January of 2022 and has over 20 years of experience in communications and marketing. Over the years, she has worked as a Program Director at Iowa State University, Marketing and Communications Director for various private companies, and owned her own businesses in both publishing and communications/marketing consultation. Most recently, she was the Director of Communications and Development for the Diocese of Sioux City, where she led all efforts in fundraising for the Diocese, 16 Catholic school systems, and over 50 parishes. She also managed all of the social media, printed materials, email marketing, as well as media relations.

Susan has a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from the University of Iowa, as well as her master’s degree in English from Iowa State University. She is a published author, and has extensive knowledge in online communication and social media. Susan is excited to be a part of the Cure JM team and looks forward to moving the mission forward with her experience and understanding of both strong communication and successful development efforts.

Susan and her husband Todd live in Sioux City, Iowa and have five children and two dogs. Contact Susan at .

The Alvord Family

The Alvord Family

Lauren Griffiths Alvord

Development Manager

Lauren Griffiths Alvord came to Cure JM through the Intel Corporation Encore Fellows Program, a program where Intel retirees work for a nonprofit organization while receiving a stipend from Intel. Lauren chose to work at Cure JM because of her friendship with Mason Smedley and his family. For many years, Lauren had been a supporter of Cure JM through the Smedley family and had participated in many Cure JM fundraising events, including the Smedley Family’s annual Kids’ Fest in Hillsboro, OR.

Lauren is Cure JM’s Program Manager for the Walk Strong Across America to Cure JM® program. With annual walks being held in cities across the United States, the Walk Strong® program is Cure JM’s signature fundraising event, having raised over $500,000 in its first year.  Learn more at

Lauren brings over 30 years of Human Resources and project management experience from Intel Corporation to her work at Cure JM. She attended California State University, Chico where she studied Human Resources Management and Economics.

Lauren lives in California with her husband and two young sons. Contact Lauren at .

Pam Aldred

Betsy León

Betsy León

Development Associate

Betsy León is a San Diego native and a University of California, San Diego alumna. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. 

Her interest in providing support, resources, and advocacy to disadvantaged communities comes from her passion of understanding cognitive and behavioral relationships. Since her recent college graduation in 2020, she worked as a paraprofessional with Autistic families. She obtained the skills to communicate and coordinate with families and supervisors to provide support and therapy to the best of her ability. The connections she made with each child challenged and motivated her to continuously learn, unlearn, and grow her understanding of neurodivergent and/or disabled communities.

Betsy joins the Cure JM Staff as a Development Associate providing leadership to the Walk Strong Across America and Giving Tuesday Holiday Challenge programs. Betsy aims to further Cure JM’s mission for improved treatment and a cure for Juvenile Myositis.

Outside of her professional endeavors, she loves to play piano and the alto saxophone.

Pam Aldred

Dawn Moltzan

Dawn Moltzan

Development Associate

Dawn Moltzan joined Cure JM as Family Engagement Associate in April of 2022 and has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and sustainability. Having served organizations that work with the homeless, those with Autism and higher education. Most recently, working as a consultant to a variety of nonprofits helping with fundraising research, planning and data optimization, including grant management, research and writing.

Dawn has a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Management from City Vision College and two associate degrees, one in Business Management and one in Accounting from Montana State University.

Dawn shared, “I am so proud to be a part of the Cure JM team. As a mother of a child with a heart condition, I understand the challenges and worries for both the family and the child. Working to find better treatments and a cure, and to make a better life for those who are living with this disease, is truly an honor.”