Spencer Lueders – Founder
Spencer Lueders is a social entrepreneur with a passion for bikes and changing the conversation about cancer. Spencer has a track record of rallying groups of people to impact his community. He is the founder of 24 Foundation, which has raised more than 18.7 million dollars since inception, the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, SC, and serves on the LIVESTRONG Foundation Young Leaders Council. Spencer is the Owner Loyalty Manager at East Charlotte Nissan and has more than a decade of intellectual Property experience as an attorney with Aslton & Bird and NASCAR.
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Christy Blakely – Board Chair
Christy Blakely joined the Retail Division of The Keith Corporation (TKC) in June 2007. Her primary focus is on build-to-suit retail development. She is a licensed broker in North Carolina and a licensed salesperson in South Carolina. Prior to joining TKC, she worked as a Business Development Manager with hotel developer Winegarden and Hammons. Christy has specialized in single tenant build-to-suit development for eight years. She has worked closely and loyally with clients to successfully achieve their company expansion goals, across the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic and throughout the Southeast. Christy earned undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in English literature at both the University of Toledo and the University of Cincinnati. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), an associate of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and a volunteer with the Junior League.
Ben Wilhelm – Vice Board Chair
Ben is President of the Southeast region and responsible for overall construction operations in the south-east United States for Shiel Sexton, Inc. He provides overall leadership, execution of strategic objectives, client satisfaction, resource allocation and community investment. He joined Shiel Sexton in 2000 and serves on the corporate board of directors. Ben volunteered to be partner-in-charge of the southeast regional operations and subsequently moved to Charlotte, NC in 2007. Shiel Sexton has completed over $300 million put-in-place construction in the Carolinas. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Charlotte Chamber, Executive Committee for Charlotte Preparatory School Board of Directors and he is a youth coach with YMCA of Greater Charlotte. Ben is an alumnus of the Leadership Charlotte, Stanley K. Lacy Leadership program, Diversity Leadership Academy of Indianapolis and has served on multiple not-for-profit and professional organization boards. He is married with two children and enjoys endurance triathlons, reading and music.
Peter Levinson, Immediate Past Board Chair
Peter is a Senior Vice President of Wealth Management with the LMAC Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch. He has been providing wealth management and investment consulting services to individual and institutional clients for 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is married to Cindy and has 2 daughters Jill and Sophie. Peter is very involved in the Jewish community and has served on several boards including those for NC Hillel, Temple Israel, Temple Beth El and the Jewish Community Center. He also plays lead guitar in a Jewish worship band known as The Ruach (which means “Spirit” in Hebrew). In addition, Peter has served on the Sustainability Committee for Girls on the Run International. He is an avid cyclist and is the founder of The COCAC, Charlotte’s best and largest early morning training ride. The COCAC leaves The Corner Of Carmel And Colony roads at 5:15 a.m., SHARP, each Monday through Friday and includes a portion of The Booty Loop on the route. Unless the weather is inclement, this is where you will find Peter early most mornings.
Chasse Bailey-Dorton, M.D.
Dr. Bailey-Dorton is medical director for Cancer Survivorship & Integrative Oncology at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute. She is a 12-year cancer survivor, climbed Kilimanjaro with the inaugural LIVESTRONG Survivor Summit in 2012 and has biked from South Carolina to Texas as part of Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer. A graduate of Appalachian State University, she received a master of science in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctor of medicine degree from East Carolina School of Medicine.
Charlie Pitts is the President of Cigna of the Carolinas. Mr. Pitts is responsible for external operations in North Carolina and South Carolina and oversees the sales team to foster and deepen the relationships with employers, providers, brokers and consultants in the region. Mr. Pitts holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and a master’s in business administration from the University of Alabama. Mr. Pitts, an advocate of health and wellness, can be found on the Booty Loop in Charlotte several mornings a week. He is also a member of the Charlotte Rotary Club, has served as a director of Charlotte’s BRIDGE Jobs program, has served as director of the North Carolina Association of Health Plans and as has served as chairman of the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk.
Bill Anderson is the former executive director of the public education advocacy group MeckEd, and now serves as the University’s College of Education as special assistant to the dean for community relations at UNC Charlotte. Anderson is a veteran teacher, administrator and educational policy leader with nearly four decades of experience.
Baset has been involved with 24 Foundation for 11 years as a rider and volunteer, and was the founder of the Bank of America Team in 2004. She currently works for Carolinas HealthCare System and will offer board guidance through various forms of marketing and communication.
Marc Gustafson – Secretary
Gustafson has been involved with 24 Foundation for 10 years as a supporter and fundraiser, and recently secured the adoption of Hopedale Avenue on behalf of 24 Foundation as part of the City of Charlotte’s Adopt-A-Street project. He is an employment attorney with Essex Richards, P.A. in Charlotte, N.C. and brings years of board experience and commitment to non-profits to 24 Foundation.
Rasmus Pedersen – Treasurer
Rasmus Pedersen is a Senior Vice President, Service Delivery Consultant at Bank of America, where he is responsible for service delivery, strategy and initiatives in the contract labor program. Prior to his current role he was a SVP, Sourcing Manager responsible for procurement and contract negotiations supporting the third party labor channels across the enterprise. Rasmus joined Bank of America in 2011 as a VP, Program Manager in Global Risk Technology; before joining Bank of America, Rasmus held various positions across finance, operations, project management, and IT over 17 years with Maersk Inc., an international shipping company. A native of Denmark, Rasmus became a US citizen in 2016. Rasmus is Six Sigma Black Belt certified, holds a bachelor degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a concentration in Finance, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2004, Rasmus was diagnosed with Melanoma stage 0; the early detection allowed for quick treatment and he has been without relapse for 14 years now. A member of the 24 Foundation 2018 Street Team, he is also a frequent volunteer at the Mecklenburg Special Olympics through the Bank of America volunteer program. Rasmus is married to Natalya, together they have 4 children. He is an active cyclist and athlete who has completed 24 marathons and 2 Ironman triathlons.
Bryan M. McMillan is a senior global leader with a proven record of establishing operational capabilities and profitable ventures in over 15 countries. Mr. McMillan’s expertise covers international trade development, export/import compliance, cross-cultural personnel management & support, enterprise risk management and long-term strategic upgrades. He is fluent in developing and implementing strategic initiatives for private and non-profit organizations globally. Bryan became involved with 24 Foundation in 2008 with the event’s arrival in Columbia, MD. Bryan reached out to volunteer as an Ambassador for the event and has captained a team each year since. Team bootySTRONG has had the honor of being the largest team registered year over year in Columbia. When Bryan lost his best friend to cancer in 2010 he doubled his cancer advocacy efforts, serving on the Board of the Ulman Cancer Fund and volunteering as a LiveSTRONG Leader. Mr. McMillan holds an Executive Certificate in International Marketing Strategy from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, an MBA and a Bachelor in Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Mr. McMillan remains active with Johns Hopkins University, currently serving as Secretary on the University Alumni Council. He serves on numerous non-profit boards, where he is responsible for helping set the strategic direction and mission of each of the organizations. Mr. McMillan is an Ironman triathlete racing competitively in half and full ironman distances.
Justin is an attorney with the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Indianapolis, IN. His practice focuses on economic development, real estate and government services. Prior to entering private practice, he served in state government at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Office of Management and Budget. He has also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He earned his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2015 and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Government and Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2006. Justin is a cancer survivor and became involved with 24 Foundation in 2013, where he rode with his doctor’s and other staff on IU Simon Cancer Center team, the Pedaling Cures.