Meet Our Ambassadors
Ambassadors represent a select group of Kate’s Club’s most engaged, active and dedicated supporters. Ambassadors can be Buddies, donors, former board members, member guardians, former KC members who are now adults, and/or volunteers who are uniquely committed to furthering the mission of Kate’s Club.
Each Ambassador serves a leadership role in ways that best fit their individual interests and skills. In addition to making a financial contribution to Kate’s Club, Ambassadors lead special event sub-committees; lead special projects; offer pro-bono professional services; and/or volunteer as a Buddy for a minimum of six shifts or at Camp Good Mourning. Ambassadors are encouraged to attend Kate’s Club programs and special events.
Ambassadors are formally recognized at events, on the website and various social media sites and in marketing materials. Interested in learning more, becoming an Ambassador or nominating a candidate? Contact Debra Brook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2018 Ambassadors!
"Kate's Club has been a part of my life since 2014. It has become my second home and family. (Among my favorite things are camp, new family orientation, clubhouse days, family nights, HUGS, outings, and school groups...ok that is almost everything KC offers but it is hard to say what I love most). When I am not at Kate's Club, you can find me working with my other amazing children doing play and sand tray therapy. Since I am married to a fellow Buddy Volunteer, Adam, we spend lots of time together both inside and outside of KC and also love our Maltese, Ferrell, living in Midtown and finding new and exciting places to go explore."
"I became involved in Kate’s Club through the Junior League of Atlanta in the summer of 2013. Since that time, I have volunteered at five Camp Good Mournings, several Kate’s Club outings and many clubhouse days. From the very beginning, it was easy to see how important Kate’s Club is for children and teens who have suffered a significant loss. It truly is a special place! I received a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s in communications from Purdue University. I work as a senior communications consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. When I am not working or volunteering at Kate’s Club, I enjoy live music, travelling, and spending time outdoors. I am also known to hit a dance floor - especially at the annual Spirit of Kate's Club Gala!"
"I lost my dad when I was 10 years old, and spent a lot of my early life struggling with my grief. At the age of 15, I created a grief program for children in South Carolina and went from school to school sharing my story and how children can cope with their grief. After moving to Atlanta to attend Emory Law, I wanted to find a place where I could continue to help children who had experienced loss like myself. I found Kate’s Club. For over a year I have been actively involved with Kate’s Club and it’s mission. I have met several children who have left a lasting impression on my heart, and who I feel I have left an impression on too. I am thankful that Kate’s Club exists, and would love to see it grow to other states like South Carolina who do not have a program like this."
"I am a Buddy, a member of the silent auction committee for Gala 2016, and just completed the Support Group Leader training. I also helped out in the office for a month this past Fall 2015. I became involved with Kate’s Club as a type of therapy, having experienced the death of a parent. It is imperative that such services exist as children and their families discover their new normal. I am the volunteer manager for Embracing Hospice. I earned a B.A. Psychology from West Chester University. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, sporting events, concerts, movies. I volunteer as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Ambassador with American Cancer Society."
"My parents met in the Army. They fell in love got married and were stationed all over the world. My dad was flying back from overseas when his plane crashed in Canada. I was 5 years old and witnessed the news account of the crash on the news alongside of my mother. I remember attending the funeral at Arlington. I did not cry. It would not be until 5th grade that I would truly grieve for him. I love my mom for keeping his spirit alive, telling stories--both good and bad, which allowed me to see him not as a mythical figure but a human being with needs, flaws and aspirations. I credit her openness and honesty as the biggest reason I am so comfortable talking about death and how it affects us. I will also give her credit for instilling in me her empathetic ways, that allows me to want, understand and help others."
"My father died when I was seven, and my sister and I started going to events within the first year or two of Kate starting the program. Within the program, I was able to find a way to express my pain and heal. I made friends that I still have to this day, and I learned ways to deal with my loss that I would not have received anywhere else. I watched the organization grow as a participant until I was 18, then moved into a volunteer role. I love the people I have met."
"I am honored to participate as a Kate’s Club buddy at clubhouse Saturdays, group outings, and Camp Good Mourning. My support of Kate’ Club mission stems from my own personal loss of my mother at a young age. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University in 2004 and went on to get my Juris Doctor from Mercer University Law School in 2008. I practice criminal defense in Atlanta and surrounding counties and began my own law firm in 2012. In my free time, I love to travel, read, volunteer for Kate’s Club and Buckhead Church, and watch college football!"
"I started volunteering with Kate’s Club in April 2013, and it has changed my life profoundly. Having lost my older sister at age 13 and my mother at age 16, I know what it is like to grieve without the guidance and support of an organization like Kate’s Club. Any time I talk with people about Kate’s Club, they always say what a great thing I’m doing and how much we’re helping these kids. I thank them and agree, but I see more and more each day how much this organization has helped me. I don’t feel like I’m giving up my time when I volunteer at Kate’s Club because I get so much in return. I think one of the things that makes Kate’s Club so unique is that they offer year-round support for the kids; monthly program days at the clubhouse, quarterly outings, the HUGS programs, and of course Camp Good Mourning! Additionally, the other volunteers are some of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life. It’s an incredible organization for which I am so thankful to be a part of."
“Sheree Martin has had a career in legal consulting across the country while living in Houston, Birmingham and Atlanta. She was born in Indiana and her early adult years were in Beaufort, South Carolina. Sheree began riding horses from a very young age and raised horses, showed, fox hunted and taught students to ride well into her 20s. For the last few years, she has spent her time with family activities, including providing support for her Mother whose death occurred in 2015, and with doing philanthropic volunteer work for organizations she believes in. She also enjoys doing art.
She has been involved with Kate’s Club since 2016 as a buddy, and finds it gratifying to help the children who are part of the Program and have an impact on their lives. Sheree and her husband Bob enjoy traveling and golf, and are involved with activities at Georgia Tech, where Bob went to college. Their travels currently take them to Asia each year where their daughter works for Coke and lives with her family, including their two grandchildren - in Hong Kong. "
"I started volunteering with Kate's Club in early 2011, but my love for Kate’s Club started in 2007 when I lost my mother. I felt lost and alone. My aunt Jennifer found Kate’s Club for me and I feel it has help shaped me into the woman that I am today. Kate’s Club allowed me to be normal. It allowed me to be like everyone else knowing I was not the only one who lost her mom. Fast forward to 2011 and I finally was able to give back and become a Buddy Volunteer. I know we are here to help these children but the kids of Kate’s Club help me in more ways than anyone could ever know. I have never witnessed so much strength and courage in young people in my life. Kate’s Club is an incredible organization that I am so honored to be a part of."
"I have been involved with Kate’s Club since 2009. I love everything about Kate’s Club-the mission, the employees, the other buddies, and of course the children/teens that are impacted by this wonderful organization. It felt natural to want to help others grieving the loss of a loved one as I had a personal loss in 1994 (my mom). My roles include camp buddy, ambassador, and co-captain of the Team Kate’s Club-Spin for Kids ride team. Serving others in this capacity is simply how I honor my mom’s life. Some unexpected benefits of being part of Kate’s Club include many friendships and leading the Kate’s Club-Camp Good Mourning ride team along with a few other KC buddies and employees. I graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2006 and began working for Liberty Mutual Insurance that same year. I am a senior sales representative and consistent member of the Liberty Leaders Club. I serve on the board of directors for two local organizations: Life Grocery and Café in Marietta and the Northeast Cobb Business Association. My hobbies include spending time with my fur baby, Bronson in addition to shopping, running, and cycling. I am married to another Kate’s Club buddy (Joe Bartolick) and have two step-children (Abby and Ethan)."
"Volunteering has always been part of my life. When I first moved to Atlanta I volunteered with a youth homeless shelter every week for over 6 years. When the program closed in 2015, I knew I had to find something to fill that gap. After doing online research about my passions for volunteering, mental health, and working with children, I found Kate's Club. I began volunteering at Kate's Club in the fall of 2015 and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. My personal journey has taught me the power and importance of mental health and wellness and that's why I am so passionate about the mission of Kate's Club. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such an amazing organization. My favorite thing about Kate's Club is volunteering with 'the littles' during the morning shift on clubhouse days, camp, and the friends I've made."
"I became involved in Kate’s Club through the Junior League of Atlanta in the summer of 2013. Since that time, I have volunteered at five Camp Good Mournings, several Kate’s Club outings and many clubhouse days. From the very beginning, it was easy to see how important Kate’s Club is for children and teens who have suffered a significant loss. It truly is a special place! I received a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s in communications from Purdue University. I work as a senior communications consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. When I am not working or volunteering at Kate’s Club, I enjoy live music, traveling, and spending time outdoors. I am also known to hit a dance floor - especially at the annual Spirit of Kate's Club Gala!"
"I joined Kate's Club in July 2017 and hit the ground running by volunteering as a Buddy, at Camp Good Mourning and now as an Ambassador. I'm an Auburn and Clemson alumna, and enjoy traveling, reading and spending time on Lake Harding when I'm not planning special events at Serenbe. My Father died in 1997 and my Brother died in May 2017, so the Club's mission not only hits close to home, but it has helped me with my healing as well. The children that come to Kate's Club inspire me with their strength, and I'm looking forward to many years of volunteering."
"Originally from Wisconsin, Dana McDougal has a BA from UW-Madison and works in PR/events. I have one son and try to instill my love for fitness, travel, and seeking new experiences in him. I became involved in Kate’s Club because I am a survivor of loss. My outlook on life changed after my brother died, then my best friend. I chose to overcome these obstacles by helping empower myself and others and truly believe in the power of positivity – and laughter. I am a Kate’s Club Buddy and supporting several Gala committees."
"Having lost my father when I was 18, the mission of Kate’s Club is one that is very close to my heart. I started as a buddy in the summer of 2014 and more recently, In addition to being a buddy during clubhouse days and summer camps, I have been lucky enough to sit on multiple Gala Committees and Co-Chair the Auction Committee in both 2017 and 2018. During the day, I work at Delta Air Lines as an Events Project Manager and in my spare time, I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband and dog."
"I have been a buddy volunteering with Kate’s Clubs since December 2012. I’ve had the privilege to sit on multiple Gala Committees and Co-Chair the Auction Committee in 2017, be a buddy at Camp Good Mourning for the past three years and become an ambassador. I was drawn to the mission of Kate’s club as I suffered the loss of my father at the age of 12. I love witnessing the impact Kate’s Clubs services has had on these children and plan to continue being a part of that as long as possible! By day, I am a National Relationship Manager with Aflac Group. In my spare time, I enjoy taking martial arts classes, cycling, and long walks with my Siberian husky."