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. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Katy served as the Vice President of the Alexander Children’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alexander Youth Network. In that role, Katy managed major gifts, special events and donor stewardship. She was 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.
Katy has also 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) 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.
Regional Director – Carolinas
Lisa Dale is a longtime 24 Foundation rider and fundraiser. Lisa has over 30 years of experience specializing in vision creation by partnering with Fortune 500 companies to execute their mission and message through a phased plan that creates brand awareness, increased profitability, and fosters brand loyalty. She is a Corporate Promotional Consulting partner with HALO Branded Solutions. She graduated with an associates in Business Management and Marketing. Lisa is an active runner and cyclist that you will frequently see on the COCAC, Unknown-Dornier, Adiamo, OMB, and MOJO group and charity rides. She resides in Charlotte and has two children Morgan and Jon Michael. Contact Lisa.
Regional Director – Indiana
Nanci Bonfield joins 24 Foundation from Indianapolis, where she works remotely. Nanci’s previous work encompasses frontline fundraising, event coordination, team events/special event planning, donor relations and corporate development for multi-state markets. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Nanci worked for Autism Speaks, helping raise over $900,000 in the past 2 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, in Therapeutic Recreation, and has background working in Physical Rehabilitation. Her passion for fundraising has been lifelong, starting with her kids’ activities on a volunteer level as a stay at home mom. She resides in Indiana with her husband, Mike and 3 kids, Drew, Katie and Dylan. Contact Nanci.
Ann Marie Smith
Communications and Marketing Director
Ann Marie’s passion for the mission inspired her to join the 24 Foundation crew where she now oversees the organization’s marketing strategy, brand and communications. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Ann Marie served as the Email Marketing Specialist for the Ragnar Relay Series, where she managed all email communications for the organization’s 30+ 24-hour running events. Ann Marie’s marketing background also includes work in the finance industry, real estate and higher education.
Ann Marie earned a Bachelor of Science in English from Utah State University. She is also an avid reader and writer. However, she will happily put down a book to go for a long run or spend time outdoors. Ann Marie and her husband, Jordan, moved to North Carolina in 2017 and currently live in north Charlotte. They are expecting their first child – a girl – in February. Contact Ann Marie.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Caroline brings more than nine years of communications and marketing experience to her role. She earned a bachelor of arts in communications, public relations, and sports management from North Carolina State University, and currently freelances in social media marketing and public relations. Caroline currently lives in Matthews with her husband, David, and their three daughters, Nora Beth, Annablair and Jane Ellis. Contact Caroline.
Special Events and Survivorship Coordinator
Carrie is a 15-year cancer survivor of both breast cancer and an incurable form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She first was introduced to 24 Foundation in 2004 when she participated in the event with a team of cancer survivors from the Strides to Strength cancer wellness program. The uplifting spirit of the event & the camaraderie among the riders impacted her to be more proactive within the cancer community. Carries has been a member of the staff since 2006, mostly assisting with 24 Foundation’s mission booth & survivorship activities. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management. Carrie is responsible for special events and survivorship efforts as well as working closely with our beneficiary partners. Contact Carrie.
Bob Zoeller oversees accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, and financial planning. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of accounting and has been a CPA since 1988. Bob has a diversified background in accounting and systems and has worked with both small and large companies with a record of increasing responsibility. Contact Bob.
Donations and Matching Gift Coordinator
Anina comes with a very unique skillset. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Anina graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. After spending six years as a Radiological Chemist and three as an Asphalt Chemist, she got married and followed her husband to Charlotte. Searching for a career change, Anina chose to pursue non-profit, and more specifically with a focus on cancer as her family has been affected by the disease. Prior to joining our staff, Anina served as a volunteer for the Baston’s Children’s Hospital in the cancer wing, but left after realizing she wanted to be connected more to the survivors and patients. Anina will primarily be responsible for processing donations and matching gifts, as well as assisting with fundraising. Contact Anina.
A native of Wisconsin, Cass earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She moved to Charlotte in 2018 and brings with her valuable experience in communication, human resources and project management. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Cass worked as the Marketing Communications Specialist at Eggers Industries as well as the Assistant Director of Desk Services for her alma mater. Cass oversees office administration, donation processing, board preparation and overall holding down the fort at 24 Foundation HQ! Contact Cass.