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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 and Awareness

Emily Kallos is Rally’s Director of Development and Awareness. She 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 to 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 nonprofit 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, Senior Events Manager

Adam joined Rally in April of 2016. In his role as Senior 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!

Kristen Ryan, Events Specialist

Kristen serves as Rally’s Events Specialist. In this role, Kristen assists in the execution and logistics of Rally events, including Rally on the Runway, Delta Double Play, Rally Athlete events and external events. A University of Florida grad, she started her career in sports journalism at ESPN. After losing her father to cancer in 2012, she began to pursue her passion for service by working alongside multiple nonprofits and fell in love with Rally, having a huge heart for our mission. Kristen lives in Atlanta with her chocolate lab, Beau, and loves all things outdoors and adventurous.

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Gretchen Hornsby, Marketing and Communications Manager

Gretchen Hornsby serves as Rally’s Marketing & Communications Manager. In this role, she oversees the marketing plan, including the creation of digital content, print collateral and social media. After spending nine years teaching in Cobb County Schools, she decided to pursue a career in communications and has worked at Mt. Bethel UMC and in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services at Kennesaw State University. Gretchen was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma as a young adult and underwent both chemo and radiation treatments. As a cancer survivor, she is passionate about carrying out Rally’s mission so that others will have the hope of better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and ultimately, cures. Gretchen and her husband, Will, live in Marietta with their two boys, Alex and Andrew.

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Jacob Zawoysky, Development Specialist

Jacob serves as the Development Specialist. In this role, Jacob works closely with the development team in regards to Salesforce management, fundraising initiatives for community partners and overseeing various fundraising campaigns throughout the year. Jacob will also assist with the fundraising efforts for the Rally chapters at the University of Georgia and Georgia College in an attempt to further spread Rally’s mission. Jacob graduated from Georgia College in the spring of 2017 with a degree in mass communication. Jacob served on the executive board for his college’s organization, Georgia College Miracle, for three years, and they were able to raise more than $400,00 over that time for Children’s Miracle Network. Jacob is excited to join the Rally family and continue to make a difference in the lives of so many amazing kids and their families. Jacob lives in the Alpharetta area and enjoys watching NFL (Go Steelers!) and taking hikes with his dog, Ben!

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Shanon Bonds, Administrative Specialist

Shanon Bonds assists with accounting tasks and is the contact for Rally’s Family Emergency Fund. She graduated with a BS in marketing from Berry College and an MS in marketing from Georgia State. Shanon lives in Marietta with her husband and two 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 loves to share the “Rally Bug” with everyone she meets! 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 a PNET Ewing’s Sarcoma originating in the kidney. Thankfully, James is now a healthy Auburn University graduate. Elaine earned her undergraduate degree from Ole Miss and her master’s from Vanderbilt. She is very involved with the 100-year-old Kiwanis Club of Nashville, a service club that has also helped with various Rally Nashville events. Elaine and her husband enjoy traveling to visit both James and their daughter Caroline, who is a graduate of University of Virginia and is a traveling pediatric oncology nurse.

Millie Mathis,Events and Programs Manager

Millie serves as the Events and Programs Manager at our Rally Nashville office. With over 7 years of nonprofit, campaign and corporate event and program experience; she hopes to help Rally Nashville grow and meet new goals! After graduating from Florida State University she served as an AmeriCorps’ VISTA working in the nonprofit field around children’s advocacy issues that have always held a special calling to her. After her service, professional opportunities lead her to Nashville and she has called it home for the past 4 years. Millie enjoys traveling to see her family and friends as much as she can and cheering on her Noles during football season!

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Cindi Bonner, Director of Rally Pensacola

Cindi Bonner is the 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.