Katy Ryan | Executive Director

Born and raised in Alaska, Katy 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 20 years. Before joining 24 Foundation, Katy served as the Vice President of the Alexander Children’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alexander Youth Network. She 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 also sits on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte, and the Bowdoin College Advisory Network.

Katy lives at Lake Twitty, NC, with her husband Steven and her three step-daughters, Amanda, Rebecca, and Samantha.


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Katherine Murphy | Director of Community Partnerships

A native Charlottean, Katherine attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. Following college, Katherine worked in the sporting industry for Toyota Racing and was the Director of Special Events for the Charlotte Knights Baseball Club. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Katherine served as a Senior Development Officer for Atrium Health Foundation with much of her focus on fund development for Levine Cancer Institute. As the Director of Community Partnerships, Katherine is responsible for securing sponsors and community partners, fund development and working with 24’s beneficiaries. Katherine lives in Charlotte with her husband, Ned, daughter, EB, and their dog, Coco.

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Caroline Arey | Marketing & Communications Director

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 oversees the organization’s marketing strategy, brand, and communications. She also 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.

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Cass Hibbard | Operations Director

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!

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