Meet Our Team
Our team of caring professionals is here to help you and your family live actively with ALS. From homecare, range of motion exercises, arranging volunteers for families, care team development, resource referral, wheelchair transportation and to helping with daily living activities such as eating and getting dressed, we have a wide range of services.
Our team has a combined experience of 25 years in working directly with those with ALS. We strive to share what we know and help you find the answers you need.
phone: (704) 332-1929 ext. 801
Neil Cottrell has been helping people with ALS live actively for over two decades. He began by assisting Joe Martin for 9 years and learned how a caring community, quality caregiving, and a strong support network can improve quality of life. In 2007 he co-founded The Joe Martin ALS Foundation, which provides free home care to people living with ALS. Neil serves as president of the foundation and he has helped hundreds of families fight Lou Gehrig's disease. Planning assistance for traveling with disabilities, care giving workshops, and finding solutions to the challenges of living with ALS are his areas of specialty. Neil is the recipient of the National Alliance for Caregiving - Innovators in Caregiving Award, ALSA’s Susan B. Humphries Outstanding Service Award, and was a Seed20 finalist in 2019. He attended UNC Charlotte and earned a BA in Biology and Master’s in History with a concentration in Public History. Neil enjoys working for the foundation and believes: “I am fortunate in that my interest in caregiving and sharing people’s stories converged into a rewarding career.” He is married and a proud father of two.
Director of Development
phone: (704) 332-1929 ext. 806
Sarah Hayden graduated from Mercer University with a BA in Sociology in 2002. She began her non-profit fundraising career at the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2003 working with families living with ALS, SMA, Muscular Dystrophy, and other neuromuscular diseases. There she led fundraising efforts alongside families as well as coordinated their week long overnight camp. She joined The Joe Martin ALS Foundation team in May of 2014 as the Director of Development. Sarah's role with the foundation is to raise the funds needed to complete our mission of providing free home care services to those with ALS and connect families with volunteers and other organizations that can help them. Her favorite part of her job is working with the families served to provide them support and connecting people and companies to the cause.
phone: (704) 332-1929 ext. 802
Originally from Ohio, Laurie Foster has been in Charlotte for the past 29 years. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Laurie started a career in public relations in Los Angles, but moved to Charlotte upon getting married and switched career paths from PR to sales. Three kids later, Laurie switched careers again from sales to stay-at-home mom. The next twenty years were a blur with three active boys, and Laurie chasing them, volunteering at their schools, coaching their Odyssey of the Mind teams, and driving them to fencing, gymnastics, cross country, and diving practices. With one son in college, and with the other two on their way out the door, it was time for Laurie to get back into the workforce part-time. The Joe Martin ALS Foundation was the perfect place to land. It provides Laurie the flexibility to still keep up with her family, yet offers an opportunity to be part of an organization that helps people. She says, "I feel lucky and excited to come to work. I have met some very special people in my short time at the foundation."
Home Care Provider, CNA II
phone: (704) 332-1929
Doug was born in Rochester NY lived there until he joined the Navy in 1966. After the Navy Doug attended Monroe Community College. After graduating with an AAS degree in Audio/visual technology he moved to South Carolina to work and attend the University of SC and earned a Bachelor's in communications.
After retiring (he claims it was boring), he went back to school and earned his license to practice as a certified nursing assistant 1 and 2. Through another agency Doug was assigned to a client with ALS. The family recommended he apply to work for the Joe Martin Foundation. He enjoys working, helping, and serving clients and their families who have ALS. Doug is married and has three children and four grandchildren.
Home Care Provider
phone: (704) 332-1929
Felicia Stevenson was born and raised in Chester, South Carolina. She is a country girl who truly loves the Lord. She accepted the call on her life to share the good news and preach the gospel in 2015. Felicia is a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College where she majored in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. Most of all she is a woman after God’s own heart. She has dedicated her life to doing the will of God.
She serves God by serving others and she has been in the Developmental Disabilities field for 23 years. Felicia has been helping ALS individuals live their best life possible for 14 years and has worked with the Joe Martin Foundation since 2008. She feels that she gets more from the individuals and families she supports than she gives to them. It’s truly a blessing that keeps on giving as they become family.
Felicia is married with five children and nine grandchildren.
Home Care Provider
phone: (704) 332-1929
Lynne is married, mother of 4, and grandmother of 5 (with another on the way!). Her priorities are faith, family and fitness. She loves making memories with family and friends, enjoys cycling and running, and has competed in 5Ks and 3 half-marathons. I have always loved animals and have owned horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and many other furry little friends.
Lynne has worked as an Arabian horse groom, Florist, accounts payable clerk, receptionist, and more, but it wasn't until after the age of 50 that she discovered she was created to be a Caregiver. Lynne has always been compassionate and easy to talk to, and seemed to gravitate to those who needed some kind of help or emotional support. Lynne is grateful to work for The Joe Martin ALS Foundation where she can help people with ALS.
She says, “I know when I arrive at each client's home, I will be making a difference for them and their family.”
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.