JDRF – Piedmont Triad Chapter Renames Major Awards to Honor Founders as it Recognizes Key Volunteers and Chapter Champions and Elects Board Members

Annual Meeting was held on May 24 at Proximity Hotel in Greensboro


Greensboro, North Carolina, July 5, 2018 – The Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF hosted its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 24, at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro. JDRF International Chancellor Red Maxwell gave an update on the State of the Foundation, and JDRF Grassroots Advocacy Manager Jeramie Irwin provided insights into his own journey with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and shared news of JDRF’s Top Research and Advocacy Advances over the past year.

Special guest Carmen ValcarcePhD, EVP and Chief Science Officer of vTv Therapeutics, a JDRF research partner based in High Point, gave an update on vTv’s ongoing clinical trial of TTP339 as an oral adjunctive treatment for T1D.

The Chapter renamed the awards it presents annually to outstanding volunteers in honor of its founders, Anne Hummel of Greensboro and Buff Perry of Winston-Salem. “Since founding our Chapter in 1994, Anne and Buff have touched thousands of people, building a community focused on creating a world without Type 1 diabetes,” said Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh, Executive Director of JDRF’s Piedmont Triad Chapter. “Each has a daughter with T1D, and each has poured herself into raising funds to cure, prevent, and treat this disease. They have made a huge difference in the lives of people dealing with T1D—not just locally, but around the world—and we are blessed to have them leading us in this fight.”

The Chapter’s Greensboro One Walk will mark its 24th edition on October 20, 2018. Anne Hummel served as Volunteer Chair—leading all volunteer and logistical efforts—for the Chapter’s first 22 Walks in Greensboro.  “Anne and her entire family walked in the 2017 Greensboro Walk—the first time in 23 years that Anne did not serve as Volunteer Chair,” Schaffner-Mosh said. “This was the first time Anne was able to walk the route and enjoy the day alongside thousands of other walkers.” In recognition of Anne’s tremendous volunteer leadership, the Anne Hummel Volunteer of the Year Award will now be presented every year to one or more extraordinary volunteers. This year, the Anne Hummel Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to two Chapter volunteers:

  • Debra Cowan, of Greensboro, who served as Auction Chair for JDRF’s 2018 Hope Gala. Debra’s passion for a world without T1D is fueled by her 17-year-old daughter, Hadley, who was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of five. As a result of Debra’s creativity and her inspirational leadership of dozens of Auction Committee members, the Auction raised nearly $175,000 for T1D research, breaking the record for the Hope Gala in Greensboro, and setting the stage for the record-breaking $1.3 million raised in total at the Gala.
  • Brandy and Mark Brandon, of Winston-Salem, who have served as Family Chairs for the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Alamance One Walks for two years. Brandy and Mark, who are committed to creating a world without T1D for their daughter Liv, spent countless hours on the phone and in person helping other families create and execute successful Walk fundraising strategies and making sure that those families got the most out of their participation in the Walks.

While Anne Hummel was leading the Chapter’s volunteer efforts in Greensboro, Chapter Co-Founder Buff Perry was making connections and devising strategies to enhance JDRF’s efforts across the Triad, especially in Winston-Salem. “Buff is so intuitive; she has an unparalleled ability to connect people, businesses, and ideas in unique ways, creating synergies that harness so much passion,” said Schaffner-Mosh. “That’s why renaming the Chapter’s SuperStar Award to honor Buff makes so much sense.”  This year, the Buff Perry SuperStar Award was presented to:

  • Mary Gay and Don Brady, Founder and Chairman of Brady Services, who served as the 2018 Hope Gala Honorees, a position they accepted before realizing that—at that very same moment—their grandson, Paul Farley, was being diagnosed with T1D. As Honorees, Mary Gay and Don focused all their powers of persuasion on raising awareness and funds for T1D research. Because of their efforts, the 2018 Hope Gala broke JDRF’s attendance and fundraising records for Greensboro: More than 1,000 people attended the event, which raised over $1.35 million. The Bradys are continuing their fundraising efforts through the Brady $100K Challenge, in which Mary Gay and Don are matching funds donated to the Chapter through July. Mary Gay and Don’s daughter, Amy, accepted the award on her parents’ behalf. Visittinyurl.com/BradyJDRFChallenge for more information.

To recognize the tremendous support of community partners, the Chapter created a new award in 2018. “We have such a strong group of corporate and community supporters who don’t meet the criteria of our traditional, individual-focused awards,” explained Schaffner-Mosh. “That’s why we created the Chapter Champion Award—to recognize those supporters who make such a difference for our Chapter, year in and year out. The inaugural Chapter Champion Awards were presented to:

  • WGHP FOX8, which has adopted JDRF and the vision of a world without T1D as one of its causes. FOX8 personalities serve as MCs and hosts for all local JDRF events, including the Hope Gala, all four Triad One Walks, and associated kick-off events. Recognizing that dollars raised here in the Triad are making an important difference in the lives of people with T1D all over the world, FOX8 encourages its viewers to get involved with the Piedmont Triad Chapter.
  • Vulcan Materials, which has hosted a golf tournament to benefit JDRF for six years. The Vulcan team became involved with JDRF because one of their associates lives with T1D; since then, the team has become passionate about the cause, inviting their associates and suppliers from across the region to participate. Held on May 11, the sixth annual tournament raised over $60,000 to benefit JDRF.

Annual Meeting attendees congratulated retiring and new Chapter Board members, who had been elected at the Board meeting immediately preceding the Annual Meeting.

– The following retiring Board members were honored for their service:

  • John Barnhill
  • Allan Burrows
  • Carolyn Chappell
  • David Gimenez
  • Anne Hummel
  • Andrew Keever
  • Marinda Maxwell
  • Steve Sharkey
  • Dean Sink
  • Laura Watson

– Ten new Board members were elected for two-year terms, beginning July 1, 2018:

  • Art Bloom, Community Volunteer, Winston-Salem
  • Brittany Carroll, B. Carroll Productions, Greensboro
  • Mary Kate Farley, Old North State Council – Boy Scouts of America, Greensboro
  • Anne Hogan, Community Volunteer, Burlington
  • Dan Hood, HICAPS, Oak Ridge
  • Mark Jarvis, HICAPS, Clemmons
  • Matt Leggett, Inmar, Winston-Salem
  • Dr. Christy Sherrill, High Point University, High Point
  • Beth Perry Skorich, Community Volunteer, Winston-Salem
  • Frances Wheeler, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem

– Eight returning Board members were elected for two-year terms, beginning July 1, 2018:

  • Brad Calloway, Reynolds American, Clemmons
  • Jim Christian, Tactical Alpha Group, Winston-Salem
  • Michael Fulks, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Winston-Salem
  • Brad Hayes, Community Volunteer, Greensboro
  • Mark Peters, Reynolds American, Winston-Salem
  • Sue Rich, Glen Raven, Burlington
  • Carlos Sanchez, CSBO Architecture, High Point
  • Sam Simpson, Simpson Commercial Real Estate, Greensboro

– Officers were elected for 2018-2019:

  • President: Kellon Tippett – BB&T, Winston-Salem
  • Immediate Past President: Brad Hayes – Community Volunteer, Greensboro
  • Nominating Chair: Jason Bush, Linville Team Partners, Winston-Salem
  • Corporate Development Chair: Brad Calloway, Reynolds American, Clemmons
  • Strategic Initiatives Chair: Greg Cox – Bank of America, Winston-Salem
  • Walk Champion: Jeannette Figueroa – UnitedHealthcare, Summerfield
  • Research Info Volunteer: Michael Fulks – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Winston-Salem
  • Research Info Volunteer: Dr. Fred McPhail – Novant Health, Winston-Salem
  • Advocacy Chair: Frances Wheeler – Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem

The complete Chapter Board of Directors for 2018-2018 includes:

  • Spenser Beasley, Greensboro
  • Sylvia Berkelhammer, Greensboro
  • Art Bloom, Winston-Salem
  • Jason Bush, Winston-Salem
  • Brad Calloway, Clemmons
  • Brittany Carroll, Greensboro
  • Jim Christian, Winston-Salem
  • Ken Cochran, High Point
  • Greg Cox, Winston-Salem
  • Neal Davis, Greensboro
  • Mike Faircloth, Lexington
  • Mary Kate Farley, Greensboro
  • Jeannette Figueroa, Summerfield
  • Michael Fulks, Winston-Salem
  • Brad Hayes, Greensboro
  • Anne Hogan, Burlington
  • Dan Hood, Greensboro
  • Janel Hunter, Winston-Salem
  • Mark Jarvis, Clemmons
  • Matt Leggett, Winston-Salem
  • Fred McPhail, Winston-Salem
  • Robb Mothershed, Winston-Salem
  • Mark Peters, Winston-Salem
  • Cathy Reeder-McIntosh, Clemmons
  • Laurie Regal, Greensboro
  • Sue Rich, Burlington
  • Carlos Sanchez, High Point
  • Christy Sherrill, High Point
  • Sam Simpson, Greensboro
  • Beth Perry Skorich, Winston-Salem
  • Kellon Tippett, Winston-Salem
  • Frances Wheeler, Winston-Salem




About Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

About JDRF: JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. Founded by a group of parents of children with T1D in 1970, JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement, and our vision of a world without T1D.  jdrf.org or @JDRF on Twitter

About JDRF – Piedmont Triad Chapter: Covering 15 North Carolina counties, the Piedmont Triad Chapter provides support for those living with type 1 diabetes and raises awareness and funds for T1D research through a variety of events, including its annual Hope Gala; One Walks in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Alamance County, and High Point; the Ride to Cure Diabetes; and the new Tennis to Tent to Tee event in Pinehurst. Learn more at jdrftriad.orgfacebook.com/jdrftriad, or @JDRFtriad on Twitter