Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Sandra’s journey began in 2011 when her husband Wes was diagnosed with ALS. After Wes became a client of the JMALSF, Sandra realized the importance of the organization’s mission & vision for people with ALS to live with purpose, with joy and with hope. The community of JMALSF, along with the compassionate home care and access to resources provided the path for moving through the ALS journey for Sandra, her family and friends. After Wes’ death in 2015, Sandra continued to be an advocate to support for the families of ALS patients. She has been on the JMALSF Board since 2018 with a focus on fundraising. In 2022 Sandra became the Chairperson for the JMALSF Board.
With over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing Operations experience and as an Operating Partner with Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses, Theresa brings her operational expertise and heart to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation board. She has a lifelong love for those in need starting out her career working with Children and Adults with disabilities and supporting causes such as the American Cancer Society, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and even starting her own non-profit, Face-to-Face which raised money to support awareness of Social Media Impact. She has been involved in the inaugural JMALSF Softball Rivalry Challenge and has helped the event scale to where it is today. Theresa has been a proud supporter of The Joe Martin ALS Foundation after losing her brother, Steven Opladen to ALS in 2016 and is looking forward to expanding her involvement as a board member.
Pat has worked in all aspects of fundraising, public relations, institutional awareness, and relevant organizational development for the last 30 years.
She works with a particular focus on positioning in the philanthropic marketplace using a strengths-based approach. Pat also has significant experience with start-up development efforts.
She and her husband Jim have made Charlotte their homebase for the last 35 years and are proud parents of two grown-ups, Kathren and James.
Claudia Ramirez Tate is a seasoned IT professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. Known for her exceptional ability to work closely with executives, Claudia plays a vital role in helping organizations navigate complex challenges, achieve their strategic initiatives, and drive innovation.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Claudia is a dedicated philanthropist, actively involved in making a positive impact in her community. Claudia's passion for philanthropy stems from the example set by her parents and their efforts supporting the Charlotte community. After her father's diagnosis with ALS, she became devoted to raising awareness and finding a cure. Claudia is committed to keeping her father's legacy alive and strong. She honors his memory by advocating for ALS research, raising awareness, and supporting individuals and families affected by the disease
Claudia and her husband, Jeff, are both native Charlotteans and proud parents to their two children, Genevieve and Lochlan. Outside of her professional and philanthropic pursuits, Claudia treasures time with her family and enjoys travel, cooking, running, and practicing yoga.
Jennifer is a New York native who has made Charlotte her home since 2007. She is a registered architect and UNC Charlotte MBA / MSRE graduate, working with her husband at their commercial construction company, J.D. Goodrum General Contractors.
Previously serving on multiple professional boards, Jennifer is most proud of her work serving the ALS community through the Joe Martin ALS Foundation board. Her father, Bill Orman, passed away from ALS in 2017 and she credits the Foundation for helping their family through many difficult days. Now, she feels it is her turn to give back to those in need.
Jennifer and her husband, Jamie, live in Concord with their two children, Brooklyn, and Jayce.
Aaron Putnam is an experienced marketing executive and the founder of Joyride Productions, a creative studio that specializes in video production, branding, and content creation. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Aaron has worked with a wide range of clients, from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, helping them to develop and execute successful marketing campaigns.
In addition to his professional work, Aaron is also a dedicated philanthropist and has been closely affiliated with The Joe Martin ALS Foundation for many years. His connection to the foundation stems from his close friendship with Ryan McGeary, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2014.
Ryan was a father of three young children and despite the diagnosis, he and his family remained optimistic and committed to living actively with ALS.
Although Ryan passed away from ALS in 2018, Aaron remains committed to his friend's legacy. As a member of The Joe Martin ALS Foundation board of directors, Aaron strives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by ALS.
Robbie Howell spent over 25 years working in the non-profit sectors including higher education and healthcare philanthropy, and leadership development.
Robbie was introduced to ALS through her work as the Director of Development for Carolinas HealthCare Foundation (now Atrium Health Foundation) and was fortunate to work with Joe Martin and other Charlotte leaders in the founding of Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS Center. During that time, a dear college friend, Christy Sloan, was diagnosed with ALS and from day one, “Doing nothing this not an option” was her motto. Christy spent the last five years of her life fighting for research funding and awareness.
Robbie is honored to serve on the Board of Directors to help further the mission of the Foundation.
Sara Slone was introduced to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation when her father, Bernie, was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. Neil Cottrell and JMALSF cared for her dad for several months before he lost his battle in October 2008. Since then, she has always tried to give back to the ALS community and especially to JMALSF. She is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors to help further the mission of the Foundation. Sara grew up in Connecticut and then attended Clemson University. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Charlotte and has called it home since 2000. Sara and her husband, Todd, live in the Ballantyne area and have two boys, Brodie and Cooper, and two dogs, Lacee and Rocco. She spends her weekdays as a Compensation Executive for Wells Fargo and her weekends usually at a baseball field watching her boys play. She loves Clemson football, exercising or running in the early morning, and traveling to different MLB ballparks with her family.
Laurie Jones Martin
The Joe Martin ALS Foundation's mission is to empower families as they face the challenge of living actively with ALS by providing home care and other services at no cost.
We believe a strong support net can help people living with ALS (PALS) and their families obtain the best caregiving techniques, equipment, and bolster their will to fight this disease.