The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter
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4 N. Blount St., 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601
Where I grew up: Fayetteville, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: I have always enjoyed helping others and my position with The ALS Association allows me to make a difference every day. This is by far the most rewarding work I have ever done.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family (wife Becky, daughters Samantha and Savannah) and friends, live music, travel, playing guitar, bad golf and grilling out.
Where I grew up: NC Foothills
Motivation for working with ALS: Working with families dealing with a life threatening illness like ALS gives me the privilege to interact with those who are grappling with health and mortality issues: life at it's most basic. It is work filled with heartbreak as well as joy. It is rewarding because it is authentic and real.
Hobbies: Knitting, handspinning, playing with my two Shih Tzus, helping my husband restore our 86-year-old bungalow, community activism in my Five Points neighborhood.
| Suzanne Gilroy, Care Services Senior Social Worker
Where I grew up: Raleigh, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: I have wanted to be a helping professional for as long as I can remember. As a member of the award-winning Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter of The ALS Association, I am provided a wonderful opportunity to serve those who are experiencing a time of great need. I am humbled that People with ALS and their families allow me to be a part of their life journey.
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, playing with my three dogs (Nugget, Tobey and Journey) and three cats (Stella, bandit and Chloe). I also love to sing and do that as often as possible.
| Claudia Winkler, Care Services Senior Administrative Coordinator
Where I grew up: Linden, NJ
Motivation for working with ALS: It is a wonderful feeling to know that every day I come to work I am in some way making a difference in the life of someone that needs help and support.
Hobbies: Reading, movies, music and spending time with my family and friends!
Where I grew up: Shelby, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: My parents were helping professionals, my father a sociologist and my mother a nurse, so not surprisingly I chose medical social work! I have always been passionate about advocating for the needs of others. I have both my Bachelor and Master of Social Work. The ALS network is a rich community and I feel fortunate to be a part of it.
Hobbies: Staying active, trying new things and spending time with my husband and two daughters. In my spare time I read, travel and watch science fiction. I have been a scuba diver since 2005 - it's always an adventure and you never know what you're going to encounter!
|Savannah Smith, Senior Development Coordinator
Where I grew up: Belmont, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: Growing up, I've always been involved in volunteer work with non-profit organizations. It became second-nature to me. After graduating fro college, this passion stayed with me and I decided I would like to make my career in non-profit work. I can't imagine a better feeling than waking up in the morning and going to work knowing that at the end of the day, I've taken action to help others. ALS has affected too many of my friends' families and I am so excited that I get to contribute in the fight against ALS.
Hobbies: Visiting family, spending time with friends, traveling, cooking, Wolfpack sports, watching hockey, and sitting on the beach.
Where I grew up: Poughkeepsie, NY, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: I believe that it is the duty of every human being to be aware of his or her fellow man and to live each day with compassion, joy and the will to help others. I feel extremely fortunate to be a member of the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter of The ALS Association and be able to work every day to help find a cure for such a terrible and draining disease.
Hobbies: Reading, swimming, hiking, traveling, cheering (loudly) for my teams and cooking.
|Megan Johnson, Development Coordinator
Where I grew up: Wilmington, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: Having watched ALS rob my grandmother of her independence, I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness of ALS. After a 4 year battle with the disease, my grandmother decided she was done fighting. I promised her I would keep fighting in her memory. Every day I continue that promise, she serves as an inspiration as do all of the amazing people I meet in this job!
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, playing with my 2 dogs, laughing with my friends.
Where I grew up: Chapel Hill, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: I really enjoy people. I spent 5+ years working and playing with the Carolina Rollergirls (also a not-for-profit) and I realized I would appreciate working in the not-for-profit sector not just in a volunteer capacity. I think I am naturally a caregiver and am pleased that I have found a way to utilize my skills to contribute to a better good on a daily basis.
Hobbies: I enjoy playing roller derby, hula hopping, playing the ukulele, singing and dancing. I also enjoy playing outside with my husband. 2 small dogs and 7 chickens and working in our garden.
Where I grew up: Fayetteville, NC
Motivation for working with ALS: I have always been involved in different non-profit organizations and I have become very passionate about working for a cause. I am not a doctor or a nurse, but I believe we can all use our talents and skills in a way that can help others and benefit those in need. The ALS Association is the perfect opportunity for me to fundraise and plan events for an organization that helps those affected by ALS while searching for a cure. My goal is to raise awareness for this terrible disease in hopes that we can live in a world without ALS one day!
Hobbies: Going to the beach with friends and family, cooking (mostly baking), I Love Lucy re-runs and Wolfpack football.