Junior Board Members

Meet the Max Cure Junior Board of Directors

rsz_dante_colettaDante Coletta, Paso Robles, California

I’m a sophomore at Paso Robles High School. In October 2015 I coordinated a Dunk Your Kicks fundraiser, which resulted in a collection of over 70 pairs of shoes. In addition to my involvement in the Max Cure Foundation, I’ve been class treasurer for both years in my high school career. I’ve also served as a student senate representative for the last two years. During the summer of 2015 I volunteered to conduct field research on Santa Cruz Island, CA. During the course of the school year, I participated on the boys’ Varsity basketball team, and competed on the school’s track and field team. After graduating from high school, I plan on attending college.

Elizabeth Gillum, Maryland

Elizabeth is a student at the University of Maryland, College Park and is currently pursuing a double major in finance and supply chain management. In high school, she served as the committee chair for recruitment for the Dulaney Relay for Life where she recruited over 100 students to participate, raising nearly $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. Elizabeth currently works as the Chief Marketing Officer for Launchable Consulting, a non-profit consulting firm and hopes to use these experiences to make a positive difference in her future work with The Max Cure Foundation.

Brandi Heasty, New Jersey

I’m a senior Health Studies major at Monmouth University. I volunteered at an outpatient therapy gym for Children’s Specialized Hospital this last summer and I also have been involved in helping to jumpstart a new nonprofit foundation for autism called AutismMVP. I’ve been a pharmacy technician for about 3 years. I’m hoping to attend graduate school for occupational therapy and hopefully work in a children’s hospital. In addition to that, I would like to continue working with nonprofits that help to benefit children throughout the country. My favorite place is Disney World and I also love dogs and coffee!



Essence Hightower, New York

Essence Hightower comes from Long island, New York and will be graduating in June of 2016 from Lawrence High School with an advanced diploma. At Lawrence High School, Essence has recently been promoted to Piece of Mind coordinator, which is a literary club where students can express their feelings through poems, stories, and artwork. Additionally, she was vice president of the GSA club that ran throughout the year of 2015. Essence has recently been recruited on to the bowling team, making her the only African American female bowler at Lawrence high school.  After graduating she plans to go into the medical field, to pursue a career in obstetrics.

Neha Thippana, Texas

Hi I’m Neha! I’m now a junior at Lake Travis high school in Lakeway, TX. During my spare time I love to hike, be outdoors and spend time with my family and friends. My goal is to become a doctor one day and help people in underdeveloped countries gain access to better quality healthcare. I love helping people and hope that in my lifetime I will be able to make this world even a slightly better place.




Jason Rodriguez, Arizona

Hi, I’m Jason. I am a student at Central Arizona College. I have just graduated from High School. In school I was a cadet inside the MCJROTC program we had there, I rose to the rank of 2nd lieutenant and before that the company first sergeant where I was responsible for about 150 cadets on the enlisted side of the rank structure. Inside MCJROTC I had also done a variety of community service events and planned and coordinated many events for the organization.  I also was a co-founder of a Youth Group at the school. In my Junior year of high school I joined the CAVIT Nursing Assistant program and got my CNA license and Direct Care Worker certification. I was also the first CAVIT Nursing Assistant clinic manager. Also I was a member of HOSA and I competed in the HOSA state competition for Arizona direct care worker and took first place. I graduated CAVIT my senior year of high school as the outstanding Nursing Student of the year. I also graduated high school with honors. After graduation i was asked to volunteer for my brother with the Max Cure Foundation charity event in which I had began to get an interest in the foundation. I hope to be able to make a change for the children and someday for others as well.


Skylar Goodsell, Arizona

My name is Skylar Goodsell and I am a Senior at Casa Grande Union high school. I joined The Max Cure Foundation because of my involvement Cactus Classic football tournament in May of 2016. I learned about the needs of local families who have a child battling cancer and felt it was my duty to get involved and make a difference. I am also involved in other community service clubs such as youth commission, National Honor Society and Key Club. I also play varsity volleyball and tennis for Casa Grande Union High School. I look forward to continuing my involvement in the Max Cure foundation through more fundraisers and projects.