Staff

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Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO

Dean Crowe is the Founder and CEO of the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally), a national non-profit organization based in Atlanta that funds childhood cancer research through grassroots initiatives. By vision and leadership, Dean works to empower a nationwide group of volunteers, families and friends who want to “do something” to help in the war against childhood cancer. Dean has a background in commercial real estate sales and was a mortgage loan officer. She got her start in fundraising by serving as the Campaign Director for Young Life’s national camp, Sharp Top Cove. She fondly refers to that experience as fundraising baptism by fire! Dean is a graduate of Auburn University and Harvard Business School Executive Education Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She and her husband, Reid, live in Atlanta and have two sons.

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Emily Kallos, Director of Development

Emily Kallos is Rally’s Development Director and is focused on individual, institutional, and foundation giving to further Rally’s mission to cure childhood cancer. After losing her mother to a blood cancer, Emily wanted make an impact to find cures so that other families would not lose a loved one. In 2010, along with her family and friends, she formed a fundraising team for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which has raised more than $300,000 since their inception. Following this volunteerism, Emily made a career transition to non-profit and joined the LLS staff in a senior role. We were so excited when she then decided to join the fight at Rally! Emily enjoys photography, volunteering in her community, and spending as much time with her friends and family as possible. She and her husband, Peter, live in Johns Creek with their dog Penny.

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Adam Cohen, Events Manager

Adam joined Rally in April of 2016. In his role as Events Manager, he oversees the Delta Double Play, Rally Athlete, and events in our extension cities. Adam lived in Atlanta for seven years where he worked as an Assistant Director for JCC Day Camps and Special Events Manager for Camp Twin Lakes, prior to moving to Savannah where he was the Director of Events for Telfair Museums. Adam is thrilled to be back in Atlanta where he lives in Dunwoody with his wife, Herchelle, and their twins, Elyssa and Joey, and dogs, Wylie and Munson. They love traveling, tailgating, and trying new restaurants!

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Marcie Smith, Senior Development, Grants, and Advocacy Manager

Marcie serves as the Senior Development, Grants and Advocacy Manager. In this role, Marcie oversees fundraising efforts with Rally’s various community partners and schools. Marcie also works closely with Rally’s Medical Advisory Board to facilitate grants with Rally Researchers, and she supports the organization’s advocacy efforts on a state and national level. Marcie is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta class of 2016. With 10 years of nonprofit experience, Marcie is passionate about serving the needs of children and families through community activism. Marcie lives in Marietta with her husband and their two dogs, Jack and Fiona.

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Lindley Presley, Marketing And Communications Manager

After serving as Rally’s very first PR and Marketing Intern in 2008, Lindley officially re-joined Rally as the Marketing and Communications Manager in January 2017. In this role, she oversees all marketing strategies to ensure effective communication to internal and external audiences. Her project management and content expertise leads Rally’s communications team in terms of print and digital marketing collateral, social media community management, and media relations. Before returning to Rally, Lindley served as the Managing Director of Brandware Public Relations, where she led teams working on health technology, automotive B2B and consumer accounts. Lindley lives in Marietta with her husband, Tom, and their little boy, Grady, and dachshund, Lucy. Atlanta natives, Lindley and her family love cheering for our home teams – especially the Georgia Bulldogs. She’s travelled to 11 of the 14 Southeastern Conference football stadiums to root for the Dawgs and can’t wait to check the others off her list!

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April Piplica, Marketing Specialist

April serves as Rally’s Marketing Specialist. She has over five years of experience in marketing and communications, in both the private and public sectors. In 2012, she met a 16-year-old girl named Summer who was battling childhood cancer. This life-changing experience drove her to embrace “Career 2.0” and she went on to graduate with a Masters in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Public Policies. April also holds a BSBA, Management & Entrepreneurship from the University of Central Florida. April is passionate about health and community and currently serves on the board of Team Summer, a nonprofit that connects kids with cancer through surprise gifts to help them forget about cancer, even just for a little while. April lives in Brookhaven with her husband, AJ and dog, Gilbey and they love traveling, cooking, and spending as much time outside as possible!

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Maureen Barry, Volunteer Coordinator

Maureen is an FSU graduate with a degree in English Education. As a former teacher, she’s always had a love for kids. Ten years ago, two dear friends from high school introduced her to Rally and the match was made, she was hooked. After volunteering herself for many years, she now enjoys coordinating the volunteers for Rally events. Maureen lives in Marietta with her husband and three children.

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Robin Rohrbach, Rally Grassroots Consultant

Robin Rohrbach is Rally’s Grassroots Consultant and combines her passion for children with her own daughter Alexa’s battle with Neuroblastoma. Robin assists schools and community organizations with their fundraisers. After the loss of her 11-year-old daughter, Alexa, Robin is even more committed to helping in any way possible to further the mission of Rally and advocating for kids with cancer and their families. Prior to her cancer advocacy, Robin was employed as Assistant Director of Education and classroom teacher at a non-profit residential treatment center for at-risk youth. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling. Robin has been with Rally from its earliest days!

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Elaine Kay, Director of Rally Nashville

Elaine Kay is the Director of Rally Nashville and keeps us laughing constantly. She is full of passion, vision and can meet anyone she sets her mind to meeting! Elaine’s passion for Rally’s mission began soon after experiencing childhood cancer firsthand through her son, James. When James was 11 years old, he was the 27th person in the world history to be diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma originating in the kidney. Thankfully, James is a healthy sophomore at Auburn University. Elaine earned her undergraduate degree from Ole Miss and her master’s from Vanderbilt.

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Whitney Brinkley, Events Manager | Rally Nashville

Whitney is the Events Manager in Nashville. After attending Rally on the Runway last year she knew she would love to be a part of the Rally Team and join the fight to beat childhood cancer. Whitney brings 5 years of corporate event planning/project management experience and is excited to be following her passion of event planning for a Nonprofit. Originally from Kansas City, she has lived in Nashville the past 3 years with her husband Beau, Long Snapper for the Tennessee Titans. She spends a lot of time volunteering in the community and has a soft spot for abused/neglected animals. She loves spending time with her 3 rescued dogs and cat, and showing her 2 horses, which has been a lifelong hobby. Her and Beau also enjoy traveling the world as well as exploring everything the great city of Nashville has to offer!

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Cindi Bonner, Director | Rally Pensacola

Cindi Bonner is the Volunteer Director of Rally Pensacola. She was first introduced to childhood cancer in May of 2013 when a four-year-old neighbor was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. In order to help the family build a precise and informative website and Facebook page, Cindi researched Ewing’s Sarcoma. Based on her findings, Cindi quickly became interested in learning more about underfunded research dollars and the #1 disease killer of children in the US. Today, she leads Rally Pensacola’s fundraising and advocacy efforts. Cindi is a 5th generation Pensacolian and is passionate about philanthropy and giving back to her community. She enjoys fitness (she has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology!) and spending time with her children, Lauren and Chad, and her husband Chad.