Like the Kids we Serve: Small but Mighty
Trish has led the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation since 2006, deftly steering the evaluation of research grant opportunities, overall strategy, team leadership and operations. Her wealth of non-profit experience is a result of working for The Corning Museum of Glass and Habitat for Humanity; but it’s her personal experience as the sibling of a childhood cancer survivor – her sister Karen was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 6 – that most inspires Trish’s work today. Trish’s clinical knowledge of childhood cancer is surpassed only by her compassion and camaraderie with families battling the disease.
“When I was a child, I wanted to be a dancer.”
In addition to Karen, Trish has five more siblings! But today, with her son Jason living in Philly, Trish only has to share space with her husband, Fred, and their two pups — Charlie (the good one) and Gunner (the naughty one).
Director of Communications
Susan has more than two decades of communications experience under her belt, half of that managing major travel and consumer brand accounts for a global PR firm in NYC. Her favorite role at the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is “storyteller in chief” – creating meaningful campaigns that connect people with the Foundation’s mission of improving outcomes for kids with cancer. Susan considers it a privilege to collect and share the stories of courage and hope from the families and clinicians on the front line of childhood cancer every day.
“WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I WANTED TO BE A veterinarian.”
The closest Susan got to her childhood dream was working on a goat dairy for a couple of seasons — proving she’s as comfortable working from a Manhattan high-rise as she is in a barn during kidding season.
Brian came to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation armed with a Master’s degree in Leadership Communication, seven years working for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and a lacrosse stick. He’s the head coach of one of Charlotte’s top high school lacrosse teams and demonstrates equal prowess supporting our fundraisers, dreaming up bigger and better events, and exploring new opportunities to join the fight against cancer. Need guidance on how you can help raise money for childhood cancer research? Brian is your go-to-guy.
“When I was a child, I wanted to be a cowboy in Montana.”
When asked to name his hero, Brian said he always roots for the underdog. He’s also a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan…coincidence?
With a head for numbers but a heart for helping folks in need, Patience landed at the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation after serving as a program coordinator for the Charlotte Housing Authority’s Family Self Sufficiency Program – where she helped local families achieve economic independence by providing training and housing. At JGCF, she manages the Foundation’s database, processes donations, and coordinates the donor stewardship program. What it’s all about for Patience? Connecting with families and helping to make a positive impact.
“When I was a child, I wanted to be a horse trainer.”
We can’t decide if we’re surprised Patience was named after a cat versus the personality trait, but she’s always the first to gently remind us.