Armando L. Chardiet
Armando Chardiet is President of the Atrium Health Foundation.
Mr. Chardiet is a recognized leader in the world of philanthropy and has significant experience in establishing a strong culture of charitable giving. Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation and Atrium Health in March 2017, he was chair of the Philanthropy Institute at Cleveland Clinic and was responsible for all philanthropic initiatives and capital campaigns. Prior to that role, Mr. Chardiet was the chief advancement officer and assistant vice dean at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He has previous experience at the Washington Hospital Center Foundation, the development arm of the largest teaching hospital in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his development career, he held positions at the American Red Cross, Brown University and American University.
Mr. Chardiet received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and Latin American studies from Southern Connecticut University in 1973. Five years later, he earned a master’s degree in social policy research from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an advanced certificate degree in research.
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Relations
Kirstin’s professional background encompasses healthcare public relations, marketing, and advocacy, as well as advertising and fundraising. She currently directs all communications programs for the Foundation. Her roles include producing print and electronic publications, strategic planning, coordinating philanthropic groups, writing and managing a team of consultants. Kirstin works closely with the administrative team on fundraising campaigns and special projects and serves as a liaison to CHS Marketing. Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation, she served as Assistant Director of Media Relations for Atrium Health. Kirstin holds a B.A. in communications from East Carolina University.
Bailey joined Atrium Health Foundation as a Student Intern in September 2018. In her current role she provides administrative support for Foundation communications and strategic donor relations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bailey worked as the Development Intern at the Intentional Growth Center, a non-profit based in Western North Carolina. She volunteers regularly with several non-profit organizations in Charlotte and in her hometown of Waynesville, NC. Bailey will graduate in May 2019 from Queens University of Charlotte with a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Human Service Studies.
Sara E. Piner, CAP®
Director of Gift Planning
Sara joined Atrium Health Foundation as Director of Gift Planning in 2019. Sara works with individuals, families, and their professional advisors to create and implement charitable plans as well as support the creation of philanthropic legacies for the benefit of Atrium Health. Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation, Sara served as Planned Giving Officer at Foundation For The Carolinas. Sara also held positions at Bank of America, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, providing investment consulting services to high net worth individuals, multi-generational families, trusts, foundations and endowments. Sara is a graduate of Central Michigan University (B.S. Hydrogeology/Environmental Science) and received her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) from the American College of Financial Services in 2018.
Patricia joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2013 after working in various administrative and managerial positions for over 5 years in a local Charter School. As a Project Manager at the Foundation, Patricia serves as a key member of the AHF Management group. She oversees the Foundation’s internship program, prospect research, and donor stewardship. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Patricia holds a B.S. in International Business.
Ellyn Brotherton supports fundraising initiatives for Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation as a Development Officer in 2018, Ellyn served as the Piedmont Area Director with the USO of North Carolina. Her non-profit professional career experiences span from operational management and program development to media relations, event planning and donor stewardship. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University.
Tanja joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2018 with nine years of experience as an Administrative Assistant within Atrium Health. Before her employment with Atrium Health, she worked at The Duke Endowment supporting the Rural Church Division. Raised in Houston, Texas, Tanja attended The University of Texas at Austin and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication. In her current role, Tanja provides administrative support to Foundation President, Armando Chardiet.
Director, Fund Development
Rachel focuses on fundraising for various AH divisions including neuroscience and behavioral health, and oversees the Foundation’s legacy giving program. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Rachel managed membership and annual fund programs at The Mint Museum and Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, and served as a fundraising professional in Colorado and Texas. A graduate of Baylor University, Rachel holds a BA in art history and museum studies.
Gina R. Foster
Gina joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. In this role she provides administrative support to the Communications team as well as Foundation development officers and directors. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Gina worked in the Insurance, Banking, and Service industries, bringing over 25 years of office management and customer service experience to the Foundation.
Senior Vice President, Development
Jim Ervin is Senior Vice President for Development of the Atrium Health Foundation. He is responsible for overseeing philanthropic activities around principal and major gifts, planned giving and annual giving. Jim also manages the Foundation’s Development team, a group of professionals dedicated to cultivating philanthropic partnerships and inspiring transformational giving to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.
Jim is a passionate champion for helping children and families in our community, the Carolinas and beyond. He also enjoys working closely with patients to express gratefulness and extend philanthropic support to exceptional Atrium Health physicians, nurses, research scientists, and other talented healthcare providers that played meaningful roles in their care.
Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation, he served as Executive Director of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon’s premier pediatric health center. Earlier in his development career, Jim held development leadership positions at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Raised in Gastonia, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mark L. Griffith, CFRE
Assistant Vice President, Major Gifts
Mark has been with Atrium Health Foundation since 2006 and serves as Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts. He oversees all fundraising for Levine Children’s Hospital and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. Mark is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. in Economics), a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class XXVI, and received his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential from CFRE International in 2012. He is also a Sunday School teacher at Christ Episcopal Church and has been a youth baseball coach at Myers Park Trinity Little League since 2004.
Cindy is responsible for donor and gift management. This includes the banking, recording and acknowledgement of donations, and processing of daily financial reports. Prior to working for the Foundation, Cindy held positions in donor and gift management for 2 years at a local non-profit healthcare agency, and for 9 years at an independent school.
Julian Ryan Heidelberg, MBA
Director, Prospect Development
Julian Heidelberg joined Atrium Health Foundation as Director of Prospect Development in 2018. He oversees the prospect research program in support of the Foundation’s fund development activities by implementing strategies for prospect research, management and analytics. Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation, Julian served as research management specialist at Novant Health Foundation and as research/applications specialist at Alabama A&M University, where he implemented prospect development strategies, as well as provided support for database maintenance and reporting. Julian received his BBA in Risk Management, Insurance and Financial Planning, as well as Business Information Systems from Mississippi State University; he earned his MBA from Alabama A&M University.
Alli joined Atrium Health Foundation as a Development Officer in August 2018. In her current role, she supports local Children’s Miracle Network annual giving programs and corporate partnerships for Atrium Health Levine Children’s. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alli worked as a media strategist for Mower Agency. Her non-profit experience extends to work with Palmetto Health Foundation in Columbia, South Carolina and University of South Carolina Dance Marathon. As a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Alli holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Finance with a minor in Public Relations.
Scott Kerr, MBA, CPA
Senior Vice President
Scott has served as an executive officer of the Foundation for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the Foundation’s grant-making activities, Scott works closely with and directs fundraising initiatives for cancer, cardiac and neurosciences programs, along with medical education and research. Scott is a CPA who holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.
Kathleen G. LeFever
Director, Strategic Relations & Communications
Kathleen joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2013 after serving as the Communications Manager of the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC. In her current role, Kathleen fosters strategic donor, community, and patient relationships, and develops communication strategies to enhance the Foundation’s digital footprint in philanthropic giving and outreach. She is responsible for managing the Foundation’s website development, online fundraising platforms, email marketing, and social media. Kathleen also assists as an editor and content creator for Foundation publications.
Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Kathleen served as the Director of Communications for Health Care Central Georgia Inc. (Macon, GA). Her professional experience includes project management, strategic planning, graphic design, marketing, public relations, social media and website management. Kathleen holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Arts Management from College of Charleston.
Supervisor, Data Management & Donor Information
In addition to corresponding regularly with donors, M.L. is responsible for managing donor and gift data for the Foundation. Additionally, he performs daily and monthly financial reconciliations, general ledger financial reports, and drafts and coordinates a significant portion of the Foundation’s acknowledgement correspondence for the 100 various funds held at the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, M.L. worked at Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Co. for nine years as an underwriting assistant serving the West Coast. He holds a B.A. from Pfeiffer University.
Electa E. McPherson, MBA
Vice President and CFO
Electa brings more than 16 years of healthcare financial experience to Atrium Health Foundation. A graduate of Clemson University, she serves as controller and financial manager for the organization. Before joining the Foundation, Electa served as a Senior Financial Analyst for Johns Hopkins University. She provides a level of leadership and professionalism that is crucial to day-to-day operations.
Director, Fund Development
Kellie McGregor serves Atrium Health Foundation as the Director of Fund Development for Children’s Programs. Her previous sixteen years of philanthropic employ at Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Chamber, Classroom Central, and Trinity Episcopal School has enabled her to hone the very strategic partnership building skills she’ll use to raise funds and bring additional awareness to Levine Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.
A lover of language, the arts, and the vibrancy that comes with thriving and diverse communities, Kellie is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Studio Art and a Minor in French. Presently, she sits on the Board of Managers for the Johnston YMCA where she is a devoted volunteer with the Y Readers program. Her deep commitment to the Charlotte community has now been indelibly enriched by her work with Atrium Health Foundation.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Michele joined Atrium Health in 1993. She provides administrative support to several Foundation development officers, directors and executives. Before her employment with AH, Michele gained administrative experience in healthcare systems in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Kansas City. She studied secretarial science and Gregg shorthand at West Los Angeles College. Because of her diverse knowledge of the organization, Michele assists with a variety of projects and activities supporting the Foundation’s mission.
Sarah Beth Munson
Sarah Beth joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2017 after working in government affairs for the N.C. Department of Labor and N.C. State University. In her role, she provides support for fund development programs, special events, and donor stewardship activities. A graduate of N.C. State University, Sarah Beth earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism.
Financial Services Manager
Katherine joined the Foundation in 2015 following five years in the Corporate Reporting Department of Carolinas Healthcare System. She is a Charlotte native and graduate of NC State University. Katherine handles the monthly accounting functions and prepares the financial statements for the Foundation.
Senior Development Officer
Katherine joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2016. As a Senior Development Officer, her responsibilities include fundraising initiatives and projects for the Levine Cancer Institute. Before joining the Foundation, Katherine served as a special events manager for the Charlotte Knights organization. Katherine is a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she earned a B.A. in Mass Communication.
Candice Hagins, MBA
Candice comes to the Foundation with multiple years of accounting experience, with the last five being in the Atrium Health Medical Group Finance Division. A Brooklyn, NY native and recent MBA graduate at Strayer University, she is the newest member of the Foundation’s financial team. She is responsible for general accounting functions at the Foundation and assists with managing offline and online financial transactions.
Laura joined Atrium Health Foundation as a Development Officer in 2017. In her role, her responsibilities include fundraising and event planning for Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute. Prior to joining the Foundation, Laura was the Director of the Driven Brands Charitable Foundation responsible for fundraising for various charitable organizations including Levine Children’s Hospital.
Laura is a Charlotte native and a graduate of North Carolina State University holding a B.A. in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing.
Leslie Sykes, JD
Director, Corporate Relations
Leslie joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2018 after serving as the American Red Cross Grants and Foundations Specialist for the state of North Carolina. As part of Atrium Health, Leslie builds strategic, long-term relationships with our corporate donors to deepen the meaning and impact of their philanthropy.
Leslie’s background is in both nonprofit development and law. She has held positions at the American Red Cross, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Georgia Public Interest Research Group, and at the law firm of Dean & Gibson, PLLC. Leslie holds an J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.
Meghann joined the Atrium Health Foundation team as a Development Officer in 2018. She manages the third-party fundraising programs and is the liaison between the Foundation team and local organizations. She previously served as a Human Resources Consultant within Atrium Health’s Corporate Operations for over three years. Meghann is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and holds a B.A. in Human Resources with Minors in Marketing and Spanish.
Associate Development Officer
Madeline joined Atrium Health Foundation in 2018 as Associate Development Officer. In her role, she supports the planning and execution of the Foundation’s fund development activities and annual giving programs. Prior to joining Atrium Health Foundation, Madeline gained significant experience planning and executing special events and programs for professional and amateur sports, corporate hospitality, and higher-education. A graduate of Elon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Event Management, Madeline is also a certified wedding planner.