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The Shepherd Center Foundation team and therapy dog, smiling and wearing Pursuing Possible branded hard hats.

Our Team

The Shepherd Center Foundation is the major fundraising entity for Shepherd Center. Our tireless leaders make it their mission to support Shepherd Center’s life-renewing work.

Shepherd Center Foundation Team

Sarah Batts

Executive Director

Tracy Womack

Project Coordinator

Dr. David Apple

Medical Director Emeritus

Dr. Donald P. Leslie

Medical Director Emeritus

Julie Shepherd

Director of Founding Family Relations & Canine Therapy Program Lead

Lanza II

Facility Dog


Ellen Perry

Director of Strategy

Melissa Pierce

Campaign Manager

Leslie Jackson

Advancement Manager

Cara Roxland

Engagement Manager

Roma Bracewell

Engagement Coordinator

Jennifer Heffron

Donor Engagement Coordinator

Allison Hunn

Prospect Research Developer

Donor Relations

Dean Melcher

Director of Development Operations

Liza Vega-Smart

Associate Director of Sustained Giving

Lauren Tucker

Grateful Patient & Grants Senior Manager

Jessica Ayres-Williams

Donor Services Manager

Matt Darian

Gift Processing Specialist

Erica Spurling

Special Event Associate

Shanna Thorpe

Cause & Community Engagement Manager

Lisa Ruger

Cause & Community Relations Associate

Derek II

Facility Dog

Kaitlyn Long

Annual Giving Officer

Mary Beth Hellmann

Annual Giving Officer, Grateful Patient

Global & Regional Initiatives

Penny Morrison-Ross

Director of Global Initiatives

Marie Landis

Global Senior Philanthropy Officer

Geneen Johnson

Global Philanthropy Associate


Jon Roxland

Senior Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships

Linda Levy

Senior Philanthropy Officer

Courtney Harris

Senior Philanthropy Officer

John Ross

Philanthropy Officer

Ali Prickett

Philanthropy Officer

Megan Collins

Philanthropy Associate

Volunteer Services

Alex Seblatnigg, CAVS, CPXP

Director of Volunteer Services & Internal Engagement

Gale Eckstein

Family Support Services Coordinator

Stephany Sance

Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Trustees


Andrew Alias, Chair
Sherry Abney
Elizabeth Allen
David F. Apple, Jr., M.D.
James R. Balkcom, Jr.
Eric Bernath
Angela Blank
John Carlos, Emeriti
Kari Carlos Dunn
Millard Choate
Brad Courts
David Dabbiere

Paul Donahue
Laura Garrison
Bonnie Hardage

Richard Hazel

Fred Henritze

Lauren Hooks

Debbie Howard

Larry Kelly

Michael Keough

Candace Klein

Donald P. Leslie, M.D.

Adam Malone

Billi Marcus, Emeriti

Elizabeth Morris

Shane O’Kelly

Elizabeth Pearce

Kelly Regal

Sheryl Sellaway

John W. Stephenson, Jr.

Ron Stewart

Mark West

Buck Woodruff