Spencer Lueders – Founder
Spencer Lueders is our visionary, the man with the plan. His dedication to our mission began on that first ride around the Booty Loop and has been unwavering ever since. Spencer is passionate about changing the conversation about cancer and making a difference in the community. You will find him on his bike, in the gym, running his family’s business, practicing law, or spending time with his wife and children.
Rasmus Pedersen – Chair
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 U.S. 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. 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 and together they have 4 children. He is an active cyclist and athlete who has completed 24 marathons and 2 Ironman triathlons.
Katy Ryan – Vice Chair
Katy is an avid athlete, passionate community advocate and fundraiser, in that order. A native of Alaska, she studied neuroscience and psychology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Following her first (and only) job in corporate America, Katy jumped feet-first into the non-profit sector where she’s worked in fundraising, partnerships and community relations for more than 18 years. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Alexander Children’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alexander Youth Network. In her role at the Foundation, Katy manages major gifts, special events and donor stewardship. She is also responsible for oversight of the agency’s grant seeking efforts as well as their robust volunteer program, which engages more than 1,200 individuals and corporations each year.
Prior to joining Alexander, Katy served as Senior Development Director at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte; Vice President of Partnerships and Development at Girls on the Run International; Director of Business and Alumni Relations at Wake Forest University and Associate Director of Development at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Katy describes herself as 1 part entrepreneur (she started her first of many businesses, Dynamite Dog Walkers, at the age of 9), 1 part geek (How It’s Made is her favorite show) and 1 part dreamer (we can all make this world a better place!). She lives at Lake Twitty, NC, with her husband Steven and her three step-daughters, Amanda, Rebecca and Samantha.
Chad Frk – Treasurer
Mr. Frk serves as a Director for Kingfisher Capital. He is a primary point of contact for prospective clients and works closely with existing relationships to deliver a comprehensive wealth management approach and integrated family office services to achieve their unique security, lifestyle and legacy goals. Previously, he held a similar role at JP Morgan and worked in institutional brokerage at Northern Trust Securities. Chad earned a B.S. in Marketing from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was the captain of their varsity baseball team while earning All-Big Ten honors. Mr. Frk is also an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte, an organization whose purpose is to develop and enhance volunteer community leadership and he currently serves on their Alumni Service Committee.
Chad, a cancer survivor himself, hopes to help individuals from his experiences almost 10 years ago. Chad resides in Charlotte with his wife, a former nurse navigator, and son.
Marc Gustafson – Secretary
Marc 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, NC and brings years of board experience and commitment to to 24 Foundation.
Peter Levinson – Past 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 most early mornings.
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.
Bill is a longtime Charlotte resident, cyclist and educator who passionately believes in the mission of the 24 Foundation and understands the great need for relevant information and guidance for cancer patients and their families when faced with the fear of the unknown when it comes to their own treatment and recovery. My fellow board members and I are committed to supporting those organizations who do just that here in Charlotte, Indianapolis and Baltimore. Come join our movement and help us to help those most in need!
Bob has over 17 years of experience in banking. Since graduating from Queens University McColl School of Business, Bob has been involved in various community and non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the McColl School Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Morrison Executive Y board. Within the YMCA metro organization, he has been active on various committees assisting the Y organization in serving the community. Bob is married with two children and lives in Charlotte, NC. Outside of church, work and community efforts, he enjoys swimming, cycling, and running as well as spending time with his family outdoors.
Bryan M. McMillan is a senior global leader within Northrop Grumman Corporation with a proven record of establishing operational capabilities and profitable ventures in over 15 countries. Mr. McMillan’s expertise covers operational efficiency, international trade development, export/import compliance, cross-cultural personnel management and 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 since captained a team each year. 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 participating in half and full ironman distances.
Charlie Pitts is the President of Cigna of the Carolinas. Mr. Pitts is responsible for external operations in North 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 has served as chairman of the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk.
Chasse Bailey-Dorton, M.D.
Dr. Bailey-Dorton is medical director for Cancer Survivorship & Integrative Oncology at Atrium Health’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.
Gary is a founding member and Managing Director of GreerWalker Corporate Finance LLC, the investment banking arm of GreerWalker LLP, a 100+ person full-service accounting firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC. For nearly twenty years, he has represented middle-market private companies and their owners in merger and acquisition transactions and related engagements. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.
After encouragement from a GreerWalker colleague, Gary first participated in Charlotte’s 24 Hours of Booty event in 2011, becoming a top ten fundraiser in his first year and riding 120 miles on a neighbor’s borrowed bicycle. Having lost his mom to cancer in her late 40’s, the mission of 24 Foundation has special significance for him. The 2018 ride will mark his 6th time participating in 24 Hours of Booty, and through the generous donations of so many, he has been honored to be a top ten individual fundraiser each year. Gary is married with two daughters, and enjoys an occasional round of golf, staying active through F3 workouts and bike rides, and spending time with his family.
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 doctors and other staff on the IU Simon Cancer Center team, The Pedaling Cures.
“Dream Big, Worry Small.” If you ask anyone who knows Kevin you will be greeted with a smile and a unique connection. Kevin is a fun-loving and passionate person who is always challenging himself professionally and personally. He moved to Charlotte in 2004 where he worked for Pulte homes and became one of the top sales leaders in the country. From there he spent multiple years in the medical device industry. Kevin now works for Dell EMC where he is responsible for managing a multimillion dollar business in the Carolina’s.
In 2013, without owning a road bike and having never swam a lap in his life, Kevin signed up for a half ironman. He has since competed in 3 half ironman races and multiple other races. His claim to fame is being featured in the Charlotte Agenda as the Charlottean of the day as the top local male finisher at the Charlotte Spartan race. When he is not training or working, Kevin spends time with his family and friends.
Kevin is blessed with his wife Nicole who is a two-time cancer survivor, his dog Dabo and a new addition coming summer 2018.
Lexee Zutz has been a longtime 24 Hours of Booty participant and excited to now be a board member. She is a Senior Project Manager at Cushman & Wakefield, where she is an Owners Representative leading and managing commercial construction projects in a variety of industries including office interiors, education, healthcare and recreational sectors. Lexee holds bachelor degrees in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her previous work as the Director of sustainability for a fortune 500 construction firm focused her time in the green building industry and led her to a deeper commitment of a building a healthier environment. A former dancer, she has been committed to CrossFit since 2010 and is learning to love cycling. Lexee and her husband Bryan and stepson David love living in Charlotte and the great community in this city.
Mona Baset is Assistant Vice President in the Information & Analytics Services organization at Atrium Health, where she focuses on consumer and patient engagement strategies, and the technologies and processes that help enable those experiences. Prior to this role, she led digital marketing and analytics strategy for Atrium Health. Mona came to Atrium Health in 2013 after nine-plus years at Bank of America, where she led various marketing and communications teams. Mona holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Irvine, a master’s degree in Communications from California State University at Fullerton, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University. Mona has been involved with 24 Foundation since 2004, and was the founder of the Bank of America team. She leads the 24 Foundation Marketing Committee, and helps advise and support the board and staff on marketing and communication strategies and tactics.