Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter
Proudly serving all 100 counties and sponsor of all 5 ALS clinics in North Carolina
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4 N. Blount St., Suite 200, 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: 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.
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!
Where I grew up: Stamford, CT
Motivation for working with ALS: Social Workers are generalists, meaning that we can work in
a variety of fields. Working as a
Medical Social Worker first opened up my initial experiences with patients with
a diagnosis of ALS. I was the Social
Services Director at sub-acute and skilled nursing facilities in Pensacola,
Florida. It was in these facilities that
I met 3 people with a diagnosis of ALS.
A patient’s wife gave me a piece of paper with the information available
on ALS and it wasn’t even a ½ page long. I have been motivated to help people
with ALS and their families ever since.
Hobbies: What I enjoy the most is being with my grandchildren and
family. I enjoy football, reading, dogs,
music and standing with my feet in the water at the beach at sunrise or sunset
with my husband.
|Kate Spanier, Care Services Coordinator
Where I grew up: Farmington, Maine
Motivation for working with ALS: I have worked in the Social Services and Care Management fields for the past 12 years in Colorado, and have recently relocated to the Raleigh area with my family. I was drawn to the mission and energy of the Catfish chapter, and feel so privileged to have been asked to join an organization that supports and cares for the ALS community. I respect the work that is being done so much and feel truly honored to be part of this team.
Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, hanging with my dog, kids, hubby, friends, learning (I have been trying for 6 years!) to play golf, and getting to know my way around the Raleigh area and beautiful state of NC. After being in Colorado for the last 12 years, I can’t get enough of the ocean. Is staring at the ocean and smelling the sea a hobby? One of my all time favorite places to be.
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: Toledo, OH
Motivation for working with ALS: The motivation for working for ALS can be found in my desire to put the patient and their families first in everything I do. I want to use my skills in a way that contributes to the fight to defeat ALS.
Hobbies: Cooking, writing, playing with my dog Lucca and travelling.
Where I grew up: Poughkeepsie, NY
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.
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 dog, laughing with my friends, random road trips and live comedy shows.
Where I grew up: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Motivation for working with ALS: My personal connection to ALS is a driving force and seeing the stories of hope only inspires me to do the best I can to make a real difference. I worked with the ALS Association Florida Chapter for 4 years and am blessed with the opportunity to play my part with the Catfish Chapter. I live my life by the familiar quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and it continues to motivate me as a change agent.
Hobbies: I enjoy running, cycling, roller skating, duathlons and entertaining. I also stay engaged in my community by volunteering for my neighborhood association and Raleigh Greenway Program.
Where I grew up: I was born in Corpus Christi, TX, but lived mostly in
Lafayette, LA, San Diego and Houston as a child.
Motivation for working with ALS: I am moved to work with ALS to help fund the research that will find a cure for ALS after the hearing stories of committed volunteers whose families have dealt with ALS.
Hobbies: I love group fitness classes of all kinds, especially the hip-shaking of Zumba. I feel that my need to work out goes hand-in-hand with the joy of baking. My husband and I enjoy traveling in North Carolina to discover places we’ve never been and sights unseen. We also feel incredibly fortunate to have all of our immediate family in state, allowing us plenty of time to hang out with our seven nieces and nephews.
Where I grew up: Annadale, VA
Motivation for working with ALS: I really enjoy working with organizations that help the lives of others!
Hobbies: Running, traveling, and spending time with my family.
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: When not taking care of a pair of twin toddlers I enjoy hula hooping and playing ukulele.