BOARD OF

DIRECTORS

Anna Lonon

President 

As founder of The Lonon Foundation, Anna is driven by her own experience to help children in the Lowcountry who have a parent or caregiver with cancer.

 

Anna is a Visiting Instructor in English at the College of Charleston, with a focus on composition and rhetoric. She earned her Masters in English from the College of Charleston and The Citadel.  She earned her BA at The University of South Carolina, where she met Michael Lonon.

Formally, Anna served as the Assistant Director of Strategic Development and Communication for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Krista Godek

Chair

Krista earned her undergraduate dual degree in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She began her career in Maryland, where she worked with students with emotional disabilities.

In 2007, Krista relocated to Charleston, South Carolina and earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. As an LISW-CP, Krista has a wide variety of experience in school social work, direct clinical practice, program development, and supervising clinical staff. Krista is certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and emphasizes the importance of trauma-informed care as it relates to treatment services for clients and their families.  Krista also specializes in program development and operations. 

Kate Mahrer Rogers, LMSW

Vice Chair

Kate Rogers is a social worker whose career has been dedicated to serving patients with serious illnesses and/or at the end of life.

 

She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia and spent the first ten years of her social work career working with patients and their families with a community hospice in the Charleston area.  She is currently a social worker with the Palliative Care consult team at The Medical University of South Carolina.  

 

Kate formerly served as a member of the Family Services board with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and is excited to serve on the board of The Lonon Foundation.  

 

In her free time, Kate enjoys nothing more than hanging out with her husband James and adorable preschool son, Barnes.

Krista McGuire

Secretary

Krista McGuire is a Special Counsel at the law office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, where she practices in the litigation area focusing on  the defense of professionals, directors and officers and employers. She also defends tort actions and serious injury claims, including wrongful death matters.

 

Krista is a 1997 graduate of the Florida State University and a 2001 graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received high honors.

 

Krista was an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, was a member of the Leadership Charleston Class of 2010, and is a founding member of the local nonprofit corporation, Lowcountry Warrior Moms.

 

Krista is married with two children and is a member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral.

Krishna Bhat

Krishna is a Continuous Improvement Liaison with MAHLE Behr Charleston.  With more than 26 years in logistics, operations, and management in various industries, he believes in stretching the dollar while maximizing quality.

 

Krishna has a Masters in Logistics from Maine Maritime Academy.

 

Krishna enjoys playing tennis, traveling and spending time with his wife and three children.

Jennifer Stout

Jennifer Stout serves as a South Carolina State Certified Educator for Dorchester School District Four. She has 15 years of experience in elementary education serving as a tutor and mentor in grades K-5, teaching gifted and talented students, and teaching grades 5th-6th. Jennifer enjoys working with children to help them achieve their full potential. 

In her free time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, pets, and friends. She also enjoys reading, cake decorating, and nature. She is excited to be able to make a positive contribution while working with The Lonon Foundation and the UPLIFT Program. 

Allison Hardy

As a Director in the Physician Alignment organization at Cerner, Allison and her team of Physician Alignment Executives partner with client clinical leaders to influence satisfaction and EMR efficiency.  Allison personally works with her clients to drive value of strategic partnerships, ongoing client relationships, Physician advocacy and overall influencing the physician experience.  She makes an impact through fostering physician relationships and sharing physician workflow acumen with all Cerner organizations.

Allison is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Management. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis in English, marketing and communication.  Allison currently serves as a member of the Clinical Decision Committee for the FirstHand Foundation. 

Jody McAuley

Jody McAuley is the branch manager and senior vice president of Robert W. Baird’s Private Wealth Management office in Charleston, South Carolina. For twenty years he has worked helping families secure and invest their life savings.

 

Jody and his wife Chloe graduated from the University of South Carolina and have two daughters in high school.

 

Jody has been a past board member for The Chamber of  Commerce and Habitat for Humanity and spends a great amount  of his free time serving as the President of a homeowners  association in a local Mount Pleasant neighborhood. In his spare  time Jody likes to run marathons and triathlons and plays guitar in a local band called Wentworth Underground.

McKenzie Wofford

Mckenzie Wofford is a rising Junior at the College of Charleston, where she is a Public Health major. She will be transferring to the Citadels nursing school to later get her Masters and become a nurse practitioner. Mckenzie has a passion for photography, traveling, and spending time with her italian greyhound.

 

She has a love for children and aspires to continue to work with children throughout her career. Mckenzie volunteers in the nursery at Newspring church and is a member of the executive board of The Lonon Foundation, serving as the Director of Finance & Administration. She has completed the SCRUBS volunteering program through Roper Hospital, in addition to her many other volunteer opportunities.

Liz Snyder

Dr. Liz Snyder is in her 21st year as a public educator in North Carolina.  She began her career as a high school English teacher before moving into school administration, serving all three levels, elementary, middle and high school. She is currently the principal of Hickory Ridge Middle School in Harrisburg, N.C. where she earned the honor of Principal of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools for 2017-2018.  She is currently serving Leadership Cabarrus to implement a service project for the long-term improvement in Cabarrus County. 

 

Liz holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University, an Educational Specialist Degree from Appalachian State University and completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

 

Liz and her husband, Russ share two children, Ryan and Emma and are members of First United Methodist Church of Salisbury. 
 

Ellie Tate

Ellie Tate is the Director of Marketing for Wonder Works, named one of the top toy stores in the South by Southern Living Magazine. Through her work, she aims to inspire creativity and a sense of wonder through hands-on play.

 

Ellie is a 2013 graduate of the Honors College at the College of Charleston, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was recognized as one of Charleston’s Best & Brightest young professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2016.


 

Driven by her personal experience with a parent undergoing cancer treatment, Ellie is excited to support local children through the Lonon Foundation and UPLIFT! She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, exercising, reading, traveling, and any outdoor activity.

Ellie Tate

Ellie Tate is the Director of Marketing for Wonder Works, named one of the top toy stores in the South by Southern Living Magazine. Through her work, she aims to inspire creativity and a sense of wonder through hands-on play.

 

Ellie is a 2013 graduate of the Honors College at the College of Charleston, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was recognized as one of Charleston’s Best & Brightest young professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2016.


 

Driven by her personal experience with a parent undergoing cancer treatment, Ellie is excited to support local children through the Lonon Foundation and UPLIFT! She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, exercising, reading, traveling, and any outdoor activity.

Chloe McAuley

Chloe McAuley has taught at The Little School at Grace Church for the past six years. Prior to this, she taught the Fourth Grade.

Chloe attended The University of South Carolina, where she double majored in Art History and English. She then attended East Carolina University for her teaching degree.

She has been married to Jody H. McAuley for 25 years and has two daughters, Chloe, a sophomore at The University of South Carolina, and Clark, a rising Senior at Porter Gaud School.

Chloe met Anna, Mike and Jack when Jack was in her 4 year old class at The Little School. Being able to provide support to Jack during such a difficult time was very important to Chloe and she hopes to be able to help other children in similar circumstances.

Libby Ralston

Dr. Ralston, the founding director of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, an accredited Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) in Charleston, now serves as the Director Emeritus of the Center. She is clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, served on the NCA Board and the mental health standard committee.

 

Dr. Ralston participated in developing the CAC Director's Guide to Mental Health Services and a CAC Director's Tool Kit to implementing the NCA 2017 MH accreditation standard. She currently serves on the South Carolina Foster Care Health Advisory Committee and is the chair of the SC Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

Dr. Ralston's history as an advocate for children's mental health and well-being has positioned her as a leader in these efforts. She has played a crucial role in The Lonon Foundation's new continuing education program, leading a two-part series on childhood trauma.

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