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Liz is the Founder and President of the Winer Family Foundation. Liz has a history and passion for connecting, convening, and catalyzing action with the vision of fostering intergenerational health and mobility in the Carolinas. She collaborates to advance upstream and strategic programs and initiatives that focus on the whole child and combine health and education, primarily during prenatal to age five. Liz serves on the Boards of NC Smart Start and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation and Advisory Boards for the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She also serves on the NC State Board for Nurse Family Partnership home visiting program.


Brad is a former managing director with Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC, previously serving as managing director and partner at McColl Partners, LLC.  He supports work encompassing social justice, mobility and Jewish life. 



Sylvia Abney is the Program Associate for the Winer Family Foundation. She has more than a decade of broad ranging experience in the non-profit sector, from administration, fundraising, community outreach and humanitarian aid. In her former role as Manager of Community Outreach Programs with the Humane Society of Charlotte she oversaw programs for families with pets in underserved neighborhoods and coordinated with community partners to leverage the impact of the respective organizations. Prior to that she was a Supervisor for CBCC helping to recruit specialty blood donors to provide blood products for critical medical procedures. Abney graduated from the International University of Japan with a Master of Arts in International Relations, and from Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. She is married with two young children and currently lives in Huntersville, NC. 



MC Belk Pilon, John M. Belk Endowment

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, PhD, MSW, K. B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Susan Gale Perry, North Carolina DHHS

Dan Gerlach, Dan Gerlach, LLC.

Janice M. Gruendel, PhD, EdM, Bridgeport Prospers

Carmen Hooker-Odom, Former Secretary of North Carolina DHHS

Sara Horstmann, MD, Atrium Health

Brandon Lofton, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Easter Maynard, Investors Management Corporation / ChildTrust Foundation

Dr. Marcus Plescia, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Jake Sussman, The Justice Collaborative

Judge Elizabeth T. Trosch, North Carolina Judicial District 26

Stacy Warren, The Duke Endowment

Sue Worrel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Mary Louise Cohen, Phillips & Cohen LLP

Gibbie Harris, Former Public Health Director of Mecklenburg County