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.
Allison served as a Kate’ s Club board member for four years, where she worked on the Special Events Committee and assisted with fundraising. Prior to joining the board, she was a volunteer for two years on the Cabaret planning committee. Allison became involved with Kate’s Club after meeting Kate and recognizing the importance of helping children suffering from a loss. In early 2009, Allison lost her own father very suddenly, which gave her an even deeper understanding of the need for Kate’s Club. Today, she continues to support Kate’s Club and is proud to have the Joel J. Griffin Memorial Library at the Clubhouse, named for her late father. Allison is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and is a Director of Office Brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield, where she has enjoyed a successful career for the last 12 years. Allison enjoys scrapbooking; reading; fly fishing and spending time with her family. She is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, sits on the executive committee of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and was recently nominated to the Rhodes College Executive Alumni Board. Allison has been married to her college sweetheart, Phil, for 12 years and they have two sons, Griffin and Leighton.
I have been a buddy with Kate’s Club since March 2013. Currently, I sit on the Gala Communications Committee and i have partnered with KC Connects as a closed-group facilitator with KIPP Ways. Additionally, I have attended Camp Good Mourning the past two years as a buddy and Cabin Leader. The mission of Kate’s Club means everything to me as I have seen first-hand the positive impact had by the organization on particular kids. I am moved by these kids and the supportive relationships they have cultivated with one another that would not have been possible without Kate’s Club. During the day, I crunch social media numbers as a Sr. Analyst at Oracle. I also teach an online Master’s course with the University of Florida, Social Media Metrics & Evaluation. In my spare time, I enjoy running and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
I first became aware of Kate’s Club in 2012 when I suddenly lost my only child. My daughter left behind a 4 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. My grand children have been Kate’s Club members since their Mom’s death. When I retired from my corporate job in 2014, I began volunteering at Kate’s Club. I go once a week during the day and help out with whatever clerical needs arise. I am also very active in the annual Memory Walk and raise money for Kate’s Club. My friends and family all know that in October and November I will be contacting them for donations in memory of my daughter. I do what I do because Kate’s Club has done so much to help my grand children as well as thousands of other children who have experienced the loss of a love one. I volunteer at my grand children’s school once a week working in the library as well as frequently volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. When I am not volunteering, I like spending time with my grandkids, painting, antique browsing or reading.
I started volunteering with Kate’s Club in early 2015 after searching for an opportunity that would really make a difference. After losing a parent at a young age, I was absolutely amazed at the ways Kate’s Club helps children cope with the loss and the grief after the death of a loved one. I started volunteering as a Buddy for clubhouse days and Family Night but continued to get involved with Camp Good Mourning, serving on the Memory Walk committee, and volunteering for any program days I could. Being a part of this community I not only a life-changing experience but a meaningful one. I graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. I currently work at the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation and a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. I’m not married and have no children but enjoy wine tastings, museum tours, yoga, classic movies, working out, and elephant sanctuaries.
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.
Originally from Wisconsin, Dana McDougal have a BA from UW-Madison and work 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.
I am a buddy at Kate’s Club and have been so for the past 3 years. After reading an article about Kate’s Club in a local magazine I quickly got involved. Both of my parents died when I was 14 years old, and I could quickly relate to many of the issues the kids are facing at Kate’s Club. One of my biggest goals as a buddy was to ensure our kids know it’s normal to feel the many feeling they will have as they struggle through their grief, and that as they continue their life’s journey, they too will succeed. My parents died in 1980. Since then I graduated from the University of Delaware. During college, I was enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. After college, I attended flight school and became a pilot. After 11 years as a pilot in the Air Force, I got out of the military and was hired by Delta Air Lines where I have currently worked for the past 15 years. I am married to my beautiful wife Liz and we have three precious girls: Kate, Allie, & Morgan. When not at work you can usually find me doing some type of physical activity, playing golf, or coaching softball. If not there look for me at Kate’s Club!
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 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).
Kate’s Club offers my daughter a support system of people who “just get it”. I work with a platform technology company that is focused in GI so helping people is part of my DNA. My daughter and I enjoy hockey games, concerts, shows, dinners out and playing board games. Over the years we have supported many programs including The Ronald McDonald House, CHOA, Ride to Live for Diabetes and 12+ years volunteering for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids. Kate’s Club is now a big part of who we are and what we support.
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Anna Ruth Williams
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.