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, 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!

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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, Nate, their little boy, Elijah, 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, their little boy, Grady, and their 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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Kayla Halleland, Marketing & Rally Kid Coordinator

Kayla serves as Rally’s Marketing and Rally Kid Coordinator. After growing up in snowy Minnesota, she decided to leave the cold weather to attend the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! She graduated from Alabama with a degree in public relations. At Rally, Kayla supports content development and graphic design for the organization’s social media channels, website, communications and events. Kayla also works closely with Rally Kids and their families to stay up to date on their journeys and coordinate hospital visits while they’re receiving treatment and fun experiences for the families. Kayla enjoys Alabama football, traveling and exploring her new home of Atlanta!

Courtney Cooke, Events & Rally Kid Coordinator

Courtney serves as the Rally Kid and Events Coordinator. In this role, Courtney works closely with the Rally Kids and their families to stay up to date on their journeys. She helps coordinate Rally Kid outings and hospital visits while they’re receiving treatment! Courtney also assists in the logistical execution of Rally events, including Rally On the Runway, Delta Double Play, Rally Athlete events and external events. She is from Atlanta but comes from a family of Auburn graduates, so she continued the legacy and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. War Eagle! Courtney was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 18, three days into her college career at Auburn. Courtney became a Rally Kid when she was diagnosed in 2011 and served as the fall intern for Rally in 2016. Courtney is so excited to not only be back in Atlanta with her family but be back at Rally with her Rally family! Courtney enjoys Auburn football, especially traveling to away games. She goes to as many away games as she can and has been to the national championship twice in 2010 and 2013!

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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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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Yvette S. Calobrisi, CPA, Accountant

Yvette serves as Rally’s accountant. A native of Florida, Yvette received her accounting degree from Florida State University and her Masters in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University. She began her career in public accounting in the tax department of a large firm in West Palm Beach specializing in the non-profit sector. Yvette and her husband, Tony, moved to Atlanta in 1999, and she has since worked in the tax departments of Blue Cross Blue Shield, ING and a regional public accounting firm. Having personally suffered the loss of family members to cancer, Yvette decided to return to the non-profit sector and utilize her experience to help further the mission at Rally. She currently resides in East Cobb with Tony and their three sons. Yvette and her family continue to travel to Florida often to visit family and cheer on the ’Noles.

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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.

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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.