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Email:
Info@CatfishChapter.org

Phone:
1-919-755-9001
1-877-568-4347

By Mail:
4 N. Blount St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601


Our Staff

 

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Jerry Dawson, President & CEO

Where I grew up: Fayetteville, NC
Where I live now: Clayton, NC
Joined the Chapter: March 2000

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.


 suzanne  

Suzanne Gilroy, Director of Care Services

Where I grew up: Raleigh, NC
Where I live now: Wendell, NC
Joined the Chapter: July 2007

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.


Lisa
 

Lisa Hoskins, Care Services Social Work Manager

Where I grew up: Shelby, NC
Where I live now: Raleigh, NC
Joined the Chapter: March 2011

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!

 Lynn Sanderson  

Lynn Sanderson, Care Services Social Work Manager

Where I grew up: Stamford, CT
Where I live now: Kernersville, NC
Joined the Chapter: February 2014

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 F. Spanier   Kate Spanier, Care Services Coordinator

Where I grew up: Farmington, Maine
Where I live now: Cary, NC
Joined the Chapter: September 2014

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.

claudia  

Claudia Winkler, Programs Manager

Where I grew up: Linden, NJ
Where I live now: Apex, NC
Joined the Chapter: November 2007

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!

 Jackie  

Jackie Suarez, Director of Development

Where I grew up: Toledo, OH
Where I live now: Cary, NC
Joined the Chapter: July 2014

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.

 Kara  

Kara Strang, Senior Development Coordinator

Where I grew up: Poughkeepsie, NY
Where I live now: Raleigh, NC
Joined the Chapter: August 2011

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
 

Megan Johnson, Senior Development Coordinator

Where I grew up: Wilmington, NC
Where I live now: Wilmington, NC
Joined the Chapter: February 2012

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.


 Laura Cowan  

Laura Cowan, Senior Development Coordinator

Where I grew up: Fayetteville, NC
Where I live now: Raleigh, NC
Joined the Chapter: July 2012

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.

Beth Hawes  

Beth Hawes, Development Coordinator

Where I grew up: Winston-Salem, NC
Where I live now: Charlotte, NC
Joined the Chapter: January 2014

Motivation for working with ALS: During much of my time in the corporate world, I was lucky enough to work on cause-related campaigns, including fundraising and awareness campaigns for many military and healthcare nonprofits. I knew for a long time that I wanted to find a permanent home in the nonprofit world, but was looking for the right opportunity. I feel blessed to have found that perfect fit at the ALS Association!

Hobbies: Hiking, listening to live music, playing games with friends and hanging out with my German Shepherd-Husky mix, McCants.

 Tonya Salmon  

Tonya Salmon, Data and Special Projects Coordinator

Where I grew up: Annadale, VA
Where I live now: Cary, NC
Joined the Chapter: July 2014

Motivation for working with ALS: I really working with organizations that help the lives of others!

Hobbies: Running, traveling, and spending time with my family.

 Holly Gresehover Zahn    

Holly Zahn, Finance Manager

Where I grew up: Chapel Hill, NC
Where I live now: Raleigh, NC
Joined the Chapter: June 2012

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.

 Suzanne (Suzy) Morris   Suzanne (Suzy) Morris, Development Administrative Coordinator

Where I grew up: Augusta, GA
Where I live now: Raleigh, NC
Joined the Chapter: September 2014

Motivation for working with ALS: , Twelve years ago, I made a decision to leave the corporate world and work for organizations that are working for positive changes in this world. I am excited and honored to join the talented team working at the Catfish Chapter, and believe that together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of those suffering from ALS, and their caregivers.

 Hobbies: I love all kinds of music, but like to sing jazz and blues. I love photography and traveling. I really love it when I can combine travel AND photography!


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