Board of directors

Nadine Dunning
Nadine Dunning is a Business Development Director for Cengage Learning, a global education technology company serving millions of learners. Cengage provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. Nadine has been a successful sales leader for over 15 years with a BS in Marketing from Arizona State University. Nadine currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and two children.

Kaitlin Elledge
Kaitlin Elledge works at a leading global insurance company where she partners with consultants, businesses, and HR teams to drive employee attraction, retention, and education through wellness and benefits packages. She received her MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. A native Texan, Kaitlin currently resides in Dallas with her fiancée and two dogs. She is an avid runner, triathlete and Carry-A-Bead supporter.

Jean Gribbon
Jean is a former pediatric oncology nurse and has served the mission of Beads of Courage, Inc. since she founded the non-profit corporation in March of 2005. Jean developed the Beads of Courage Program while working on her dissertation at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. The first Beads of Courage Program was piloted at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in February of 2003. She holds two degrees from the University of Arizona College of Nursing including a Bachelors in the Science of Nursing and a PhD in Nursing. She is passionate about advancing the science of caring for children coping with serious illness through evidence-based interventions. In her spare time, Jean is learning to play the banjo, and enjoys the occasional long bike ride. She lives in Tucson with her three children Luke, Aiden and Brooke Ellen.

Deb Gaustad
Deb has recently retired from over 35 years in the mortgage industry. Prior services for non-profits include: Rotary Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Women’s Council of Realtors. Deb lives in Lakeside, Arizona with her husband.

Aaron Leal
Aaron Leal works for a major lending company in Tucson, AZ. He lives in Tucson with his wife and three children.

Michelle Hudman
Michelle has a passion for marketing and sales and has spent the last 30 years working in the industry. Currently she is a partner with a marketing group in Colorado and owns a media company. She grew up in Tucson and is currently living in Colorado where she spends time hiking and exploring the area.

Patricia Kaye Brown

Bio Forthcoming.

Cindie Luria-Wolfe
I have been a local Real Estate agent for 20 Years. Coming off a 6 year term on the board of Ben’s Bells I am absolutely so excited to be a part of the Beads of Courage Board. My niece Kelsey Luria was a bead recipient. The Queen Bee Bead was created for her.  I have lived in a Tucson for 30 years and I am a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County. I have 3 adult married girls that live in Massachusetts, Chicago & Florida. I am the ridiculous proud Grandmother of a baby boy & baby girl.