Stewardship - We will faithfully utilize and protect our resources, both financial and human.
Inspiration - We value the enthusiasm and energy of visionary thinking and the pursuit of excellence in everything we do.
Our Mission: "To support, educate, and expand research on behalf of the hydrocephalus community."
Our Vision:"To create a world where hydrocephalus awareness is at the forefront of public attention and a cure is imminent."
Our Goal: "To be devoted to individuals and families affected by hydrocephalus, so they never feel alone. As well as, be partnered with medical professionals dedicated to helping and understanding the needs of those dealing with the complex issues of hydrocephalus."
Our mission, vision, and goal will be accomplished with the highest level of integrity and commitment.
Our Board Officers
Sheri A. Burdine, President, is a resident of New Braunfels, Texas. Born November 1966, apparently a healthy child; it wasn’t until she was age eleven years old before she was diagnosed with a neurological condition known as Hydrocephalus. She is married and a mother of two healthy children and a “Grammy” of a beautiful grandson. She was a nurse in her twenties, graduating with a 4.0, a music industry business owner and Songwriter in her thirties. She is a published Author. Her personal experience living with hydrocephalus and her business sense, as well as life-experiences make her a true asset to the cause. She has endured eight brain-surgeries to date due to hydrocephalus. She has become an unofficial student of non-profit law and has completed several workshops on the subject.
Holds several Certificates of Appreciation from various organizations to include: The Hydrocephalus Association, American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, and The MS150 Team No limits Bike to the Beach for acts of volunteerism to the community. Served on the American Cancer Society Entertainment Committee for Relay for Life. Awarded the 2010 Morgan’s Wonderland Walk of Fame Honoree, where she was presented a glowing butterfly with her named etched on it for all to see, permanently embedded on their Walk of Fame. This honor was presented to her because of her formation of Hydro Angels Over Texas and her loyal service to the hydrocephalus community. March 2012 Awarded The Jefferson Award presented by Randy Beamer of News4 - San Antonio.
Jessica Heggen - Vice President, My name is Jessica Heggen and I am so happy to be a part of HAOA. I grew up in Austin, TX and after a few years of traveling around the country for training, my family and I have now permanently moved back to Texas. My daughter was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of 3 months. Like anyone thrown into the unknown, I struggled with this diagnosis for my daughter and what it meant. I searched tirelessly for support for my daughter, myself, and for any way I could help. I came across Hydro Angels Over America webpage and contacted the founder, Sheri Burdine, who took time to talk with me not just once, but every time I called. Whether my concern is big or small, Sheri is always happy to hear from me, and always willing to lend an ear. I am continually inspired by Sheri, and all of the families living with hydrocephalus, and I am so happy to join this cause in helping others realize that they are not alone. By providing the best resources, assistance and information available, we can all ensure we raise awareness and support for hydrocephalus. I am a mother of a child with hydrocephalus. I am committed to raising awareness to this condition. I am here to help. I am not alone.
Shae Dimotsis - Treasurer Is a resident of San Antonio Texas. She grew up in the New Braunfels, Texas area. She is married and has three boys and one girl. She is employed at AllState. She has a caring heart for others, and has volunteered at the Hydrocephalus Walks since 2007. She is proud to be the HAOA Treasurer.
Georgia Wells - Secretary, is married and has two sons. She holds a BA in Speech Communications and Public Relations. She has been a volunteer with the Lions for over 19 years and has been a Lion member for 9 years, during this time has held various officer positions including President. She has also served as President of the Board for the Community Service Center. She is currently a homemaker and caretaker of her live in Grandmother. She enjoys photography and spending time with Family and volunteering for local as well as National Non-Profits. She has been a loyal supporter and volunteer of Hydro Angels over America since 2008. She has been touched by hydrocephalus through her longtime childhood friend, and the daughter of another friend. She is proud to be a Board Member and looks forward to serving the hydrocephalus community.
Doctor Patricia Aronin - Medical Advisory Board Committee Chair, She established her private practice at Central Texas Neurosurgery for Children serving the Austin community until November 2010 when she joined Dell Children’s Medical Center Neurosurgery Center and is co-director of the movement disorders program, providing surgical treatment for children with spasticity and dystonia. Doctor Aronin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (ABPNS). She received her re-certification from the ABPNS in June 2007. As part of the national research program, Children's Oncology Group, she was the Neurosurgical Coordinator for the protocols for the treatment of low risk medulloblastoma and the treatment of malignant brain tumors in infancy. She has been published in scientific journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Concepts in Pediatric Neurosurgery. She has given lectures at many national meetings in her specialty. Dr. Aronin is also a proud member of Hydro Angels Over Texas and has supported the Austin-San Antonio Hydrocephalus Walks with her team, Dr. Aronin’s Amazing Armadillos since October 2007.
If after visiting our website and learning about our service to the hydrocephalus community you feel compelled to join our cause, we welcome you to contact us. We are currently seeking HAOA State Representatives, Volunteers, Medical Advisory Members and future Board and Committee Members.
Jane Mitchell - Outreach Volunteer, She is a resident of New Braunfels and a mother of a grown daughter who has hydrocephalus. She was our past Treasurer and has now transitioned into our Community Outreach Volunteer. She is a loyal, valued asset to Hydro Angels Over America.
Our Board of Directors brings diverse backgrounds and expertise to our organization, and all share the desire to change lives. Thank you to all our current and past Board members for providing the direction to help shape Hydro Angels Over America into the wonderful organization it is today. We look forward to the future.