Liz is the Founder and President of the HopeStar 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 three. 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.
Julia graduated from Elon University with a degree in Public Health in May 2020. Shortly after, at the height of the pandemic, Julia started her Master’s degree in Public Health at NYU's School of Global Public Health. She moved to Manhattan in April 2021 to finish her program in person. Currently, Julia is the Development Operations Associate at the Familial Dysautonomia (FD) Foundation in NYC.
Benjamin Winer is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming in the US and Israel.
Sylvia Abney is the Program Associate for the HopeStar Foundation. She has more than a decade of broad ranging experience in the non-profit sector, from administration, fundraising, community outreach and humanitarian aid. Abney graduated from the International University of Japan with a Masters in International Relations, and from Wesleyan College with a Bachelors in Studio Art. She is married with two young children and 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
Mary Louise Cohen, Phillips & Cohen LLP
Gibbie Harris, Former Public Health Director of Mecklenburg County