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Board of Directors

SCARE for a CURE has a working Board. Each member is a regular face at all of our events, work days, and run nights.

Susan Pratt

Susan Pratt

President

Susan Pratt retired this past June, after 24 years of teaching elementary and middle school language arts, science and theatre. She has a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Austin College (Sherman, TX) and a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching form the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA).

She has volunteered with Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination, and the Breast Cancer Resource Center among other organizations. This is her 19th year working on haunts. She loves seeing the creative team start with a blank slate and watching everything develop and come together by the end of October. She joined SCARE for a CURE in 2007 and currently serves as President.

Debra Buffington

Debra Buffington

Vice President

Debra Buffington is a retiree after serving over 33 years in the field of education.  Formerly, Debra worked as the Library Technology Coordinator for Austin Independent School District.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a dual major in Dance and History at Southwest Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her favorite holiday is Halloween, where she enjoyed decorating her yard and dressing up to scare the neighbors.  As a fan of Britannia Manor and Haunted Trails, she found others who shared her passion and joined the Scare for a Cure family in 2008.  Her first job at scare was fabricating stone castle walls out of styrofoam. She has worked every haunt event since 2008 and continues to scare guests, tech special effects or work behind the scenes.  Her favorite skill to teach, blooding a room or adding body parts for a specific room in the haunt. 

 Other organizations she volunteers for are the Breast Cancer Resource Center, and several dog rescue groups.

Jarrett Crippen

Build Director

Jarrett Crippen recently retired from the Austin Police Department after serving for 25 years.  Although he’s a native Austinite, he now calls Manor, TX  home.  Jarrett co-founded SCARE for a CURE, a non-profit that hosts an annual haunted house that has raised more than $300,000 for breast cancer-related charities.  Since 2012, SCARE for a CURE also calls Manor home and has donated thousands to the Manor ISD.  Jarrett now spends his time volunteering for a variety of charities and emceeing a wide range of events around the world.

Alexander Petak

Treasurer

Alexander Petak is an attorney in the energy industry, helping to keep the lights on around Texas. Alex has been a volunteer for Scare since 2011, when he had entirely too much fun being a clown and throwing slime onto guests. Born in Houston, Alex came to Austin to study psychology and law at UT and has been an Austinite for 15 years. When not haunting, Alex enjoys frisbee, board games, and chess.

Brooke Garrett

Brooke Garrett

Volunteer Director

Brooke Garrett currently works at the Austin Police Department as a Law Enforcement Records Specialist as well as co-owns a costuming business, “Raven’s Closet”, with a fellow SCARE volunteer. She dedicates most of her time to volunteering and board games.

Brooke started volunteering with SCARE for a CURE in 2012 and has been the Volunteer Director since 2013.  She is excited to continually grow the volunteer pool of SCARE volunteers while working with them to produce another AMAZING show in the pursuit to raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer and other local Manor charities.

Suzie Hawley

Suzie Hawley

Operations Director

Suzie Hawley is a manicurist at Michael’s Hair Company in Northwest Austin, where she specializes in manicures and spa pedicures. She’s worked in the salon industry for over 15 yrs and enjoys helping her clients look and feel better. She was also the Office/Student Services Manager & Network Admin at a local IT technology & health careers trade school, and has had various other IT-related jobs over the last 24 years.

Suzie has completed an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Technology, Local Area Network Systems Administration, with a specialization in Security Administration, and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She loves learning and hopes to continue her education in the future.

Suzie’s passions include her family, outdoor activities (camping, canoeing, hiking, etc,) and spending time with her friends and family at Scare.

Suzie joined Scare for a Cure in 2012, the year of Summer Camp Massacre. She has worked at Scare as an assistant manager for FX, Props, and the Art Dept, and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Operations Manager. She loves being a part of the Scare family, and is thankful for the opportunities that Scare gives her to support the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas and give back to the local community.

Ray Anne Evans

Ray Anne Evans

Secretary

Ray Anne Evans is a passionate advocate for women with breast cancer and puts her advocacy into action through her work with Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). She began her relationship with BCRC) as a client when was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. When she completed her treatment, she volunteered for the organization and joined the staff in 2004. She held the positions of Volunteer Services Coordinator and Director of Client Services before becoming the Executive Director in 2012.

Ray Anne is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, a Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science graduate and a member of One Voice – a coalition of health and human services leadership. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Texas Association of Non Profit Organizations. 

Ray Anne also serves on the Transit Empowerment Fund board and the board of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas and is the 2016 winner of the Dorothy Gibbons Trekker Award.

She is the wife of Rush Evans III, mother to Chris Calfee and Rush Evans IV and grandmother to Leila and Ford Calfee.

Tim Gruwell

Tim Gruwell

Marketing Director

Tim Gruwell is a software engineer with a passion for solving hard problems. Originally from Iowa, he received his BS in Computer Engineering at ISU before moving to Texas in 2015.

As a Halloween enthusiast he started volunteering with SCARE for a CURE in 2017, joining and eventually leading the Special Effects team.

When not volunteering in his community, Tim enjoys software development in the fields of robotics and machine learning.