HA Announces Dawn Mancuso as Chief Executive Officer

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By Paul Gross, Chairman of the Board

dawn mancusoI am pleased to share the news that Hydrocephalus Association has successfully concluded its search for a new Chief Executive Officer with the appointment of Dawn Mancuso, FASAE, CAE. We are very excited to have Dawn join HA as our new CEO, and I am really looking forward to working closely with her and having the benefit of her extensive leadership and advocacy experience. We couldn’t have asked for a better and more suited individual to lead our entry into Washington D.C.

In her new role as Chief Executive Officer, Dawn will be responsible for all HA programs with continued focus on effective research, support, advocacy and awareness initiatives. She will also oversee the financial and operational aspects of the organization, including the creation of a headquarters office in Washington D.C. Dawn will officially start in her new role on December 1st.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Hydrocephalus Association – it is accomplishing so much with unlimited potential to make a real difference for individuals and families coping with hydrocephalus.” said Mancuso. “I feel very passionately about HA’s mission and am excited to have the opportunity to work as an advocate for the individuals and families affected by hydrocephalus.”

Mancuso brings significant association leadership experience to her new role at HA. For nearly fifteen years, she has served as Executive Director/CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), a non-profit trade association of 500 air and critical care ground ambulance service providers. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President and Deputy CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, and Executive Director of the Educational Dealers & Suppliers Association International.

Dawn has served on the Board of Directors of four separate, nationally recognized organizations and is currently a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Mancuso holds a Masters in Association Management (MAM) from George Washington University. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in International Law, Organization and Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Welcome Dawn!


Paul Gross, Chairman

Board of Directors

2 Comments for : HA Announces Dawn Mancuso as Chief Executive Officer
    • Hilary
    • October 29, 2011


    Congratulations! I am hoping that part of the advocacy effort will involve lobbying NIH for increased research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. I suffer from NPH, and had to retire on disability because of it. If you would like to have an insider perspective on how this disorder affects not only individuals, but their ability to contribute to the economy, I will be glad to talk with you. I am also a convenient source, as I live in the Washington, DC suburbs.

    Hilary Weiner

    • Steve Jewell
    • October 24, 2011

    Dawn, just ask us if you need help in your new field. I’ve had Hydrocefalus for years and have served on many boards and in offices, too. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind! Your experience will be an asset.


    past president of BR Jaycees
    Organizer, first President, LA Premium Finance Association
    survivor, Hydrocephalus

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