Mark L. Griffith, CFRE
Director, Fund Development
Mark has been with Carolinas HealthCare Foundation since 2006 and serves as Director of Fund Development for Levine Children’s Hospital. He assists in all facets of fundraising that benefit Levine Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mark holds a B.A. in economics and brings strong organization and vision to his pediatric fundraising position.
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 Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, she served as Assistant Director of Media Relations for Carolinas HealthCare System. Kirstin holds a B.A. in communications from East Carolina University.
Armando L. Chardiet
Armando Chardiet is President of the Carolinas HealthCare 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 the System 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.
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.
Electa E. McPherson, MBA
Vice President and CFO
Electa brings more than 16 years of healthcare financial experience to Carolinas HealthCare 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.
Cacky Allen Higgins
Director, Fund Development
Cacky joined Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in 2008 after working as an event coordinator for the Carolina Panthers NFL organization. Because of her commitment to Carolinas HealthCare System, Cacky has been extremely successful in her tenure. She exemplifies what it is to be a team player, a leader, and a role model of Carolinas HealthCare System core values. In her current role as Director, Fund Development, Cacky is leading some of the Foundation’s most successful fundraising events and initiatives for the benefit of the oncology service line at Carolinas HealthCare System. She has been instrumental in establishing the region’s first major fundraiser benefiting ovarian cancer research (Stiletto Sprint) and is spearheading breast cancer, BMT, melanoma, and various additional cancer fundraising initiatives and major gifts. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned a B.A. in public relations from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Katherine joined Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in 2016. As a 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.
Patricia joined Carolinas HealthCare 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 CHF 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.
Director, Fund Development
Rachel focuses on fundraising for various CHS 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.
Senior Staff Assistant
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.
Senior Staff Assistant
Gina joined Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in 2016 as a Senior Staff Assistant. In this role she provides administrative support to several Foundation development officers and directors. Prior to coming to 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.
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.
Communications Administrative Assistant
As Communications Administrative Assistant, Annette serves as a member of the Foundation’s strategic relations and communications team to provide support for the Foundation Assistant Vice President, and other Foundation executives, as well as providing support for fund development and fundraising events. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Annette served in various support and management roles at the Charlotte Office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She holds a B.A. degree in organizational communications from Queens University of Charlotte.
Financial Services Manager
Jan holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has more than 30 years of accounting experience, the majority of which has been in the healthcare industry. She is responsible for general accounting functions at the Foundation and assists with managing offline and online financial transactions. Jan is a key player on the financial team and brings a high level of experience and proficiency to the organization.
Assistant Director, Strategic Relations & Communications
Kathleen joined Carolinas HealthCare 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.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Michele joined Carolinas HealthCare System in 1993. She provides administrative support to several Foundation development officers, directors and executives. Before her employment with CHS, 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.
Kelly H. Osborne
AVP, Grants and Contracts
Kelly joined Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in 2007 and is responsible for major gift fundraising for Levine Children’s Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center. Kelly’s professional experience includes non-profit and organizational management and fundraising. Before joining the Foundation, Kelly served as Director of Development for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from Howard University’s Honors Program. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Kelly considers herself a humanitarian dedicated to helping improve the well-being of others.
Financial Services Manager
Katherine comes to the Foundation with over 15 years of accounting experience, with the last five being in the Carolinas Healthcare System Corporate Reporting Department. A Charlotte native and graduate of NC State University, she is the newest member of the Foundation’s financial team. Katherine assists with general accounting functions and financial statement preparation.
Kathleen joined Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in 2013. As a development officer her responsibilities include fundraising and communication projects for Levine Children’s Hospital as well as for the Levine Cancer Institute. Before joining the Foundation, Kathleen’s professional experience focused on project management, fundraising, and event planning for various nonprofits in Macon, Georgia. Kathleen is a graduate of Bibb County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Macon 2012 program. She is also a graduate of Mercer University and holds a B.A. in Communications.
Senior Development Officer
Kellie McGregor serves Carolinas HealthCare Foundation as a Senior Development Officer 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 Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.
Sarah joined Carolinas HealthCare Foundation in 2014. As a Development Officer at the Foundation, Sarah concentrates on fundraising for Levine Children’s Hospital as well as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Her professional experiences span from clinical research and administrative support to project management, graphic design, and event planning. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Sarah earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in public health.