Curtis Joe, is the Executive Director for The Relatives Inc. in Charlotte, NC and has been at the agency since 2003. The Relatives provides a Crisis Center, On Ramp Drop in Resource Center, and Journey Place Independent Living Home.
In his 10 years as a leader at The Relatives, Curtis has made an impact on countless children, young adults, and families, as well as on child welfare, education, and family support systems and policy.
As a child, he was a runaway due to being abused in foster homes. In 1986, he ran away from a home 336 times before someone did anything about the abuse him and his sister encountered.
Under Curtis ‘dynamic leadership, The RelativesServices has evolved from a small provider of out-of-homecrisis care to one of Charlotte’s, most respected multi-service agencies. Today, the agency works with over 6,000 participants throughout its 7+ programs.
Curtis has successfully created a culture for the continuum of services for young adults by linking affordable housing while focusing on strategic community economic development, education and public safety initiatives. Curtis was a significant piece for the expansion of the Safe Place network program for The Relatives by increasing them to nearly 600 sites in the community.
Mr. Joe was appointed to the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness Board of Directors in January 2017, and is currently a National Safe Place Advisory Board member since April 2012.
Curtis completed his Masters of Science in Leadership/HRM and his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Nonprofit Management at Pfeiffer University.
Curtis’ passion for helping children and families is contagious. It is not only his true pleasure to advocate for children and young adults, it is his passion!
Dawn graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a BFA, with a concentration in graphic design. She later earned her MBA with a concentration of marketing from the McColl School at Queens University of Charlotte.
Dawn has always been dedicated to giving back to the community. She currently serves on the finance committee for Charlotte Woman’s Club and the on the advisory board of Foundation for Girls. Her past volunteer roles include chairing the McColl School Alumni Association Board of Directors and serving on the boards of Leadership Charlotte and 24 Hours of Booty. She has served on the board and various committees for Women Executives, the most recent being the 40th-anniversary celebration committee. Dawn was honored in 2002 by the Charlotte Business Journal with a “Women in Business Achievement” Award and was named to the prestigious 2006 Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of young leaders of accomplishment in recognition of her business achievements and commitment to the community. Dawn was recognized by 107.9 The Link (WLNK-FM) and Cambria Estate Winery as a “2006 Link Leading Lady.” In 2007 she received a Vision Award from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and was selected as a “Business Impact Leader” by Charlotte Business Leader magazine. Dawn was also named to the “50 Most Influential Women” list by The Mecklenburg Times in 2009.
In addition to being featured in The Charlotte Observer and in television and radio interviews in the Charlotte area, Dawn has also written marketing communications-oriented articles that have been published in the Charlotte Business Journal, The Mecklenburg Times and The North Carolina Journal for Women.
Dawn is married to Andrew – who is a fabulous general contractor – and has two dogs: Nannerpus (super sweet and lazy) and Tilly (super sweet and crazy energetic). She loves to read and travel – especially loves to read while traveling. She is the oldest of five siblings and aunt to three. She enjoys red wine, anything near a pool or beach and is a surprisingly good parallel parker.
Liz is a 25+ year banker including ten with Bank of America, primarily as an SVP managing strategic initiatives for Finance and Technology and Operations. Shebegan her career in Connecticut where she received a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut. A lifelong volunteer, Liz has served Union County Public Schools, the parent council of NC School of Science and Mathematics, and the music ministry of Matthews United Methodist Church. Committed to Shreya’s vision and the mission of Foundation for Girls, Liz has provided leadership and consultation since our early days.
Kay Montross, retired Head of Lower School at Providence Day School, has spent her professional life in education in both the public and private sectors. She has a Masters of Education degree from St. Francis University. Kay has traveled as a Fulbright Teacher Award winner to Japan and achieved the Global Educator certification at Providence Day School. Kay is excited to be a part of the Foundation for Girls. She believes that through greater understanding and learning people can create opportunities, find a resolution to complex issues, and that through growing empathy we will develop a kinder world.
Gayle Butterfield is a Master’s level Professional with experience in building new programs, national accreditation processes, process and performance improvement and curriculum design. She received her Bachelors degree from Belmont Abbey College with a Major in Education and a Minor in English and completed her Masters degree at Pfeiffer University with a Major in Christian Educations and a concentration in curriculum.
During her professional career, she focused her attention in the non profit sector beginning with residential programs, higher education and health and human services. She employed with Florence Crittenton Services as the Program Administrator where she will oversee the residential programs, Human resources, the clinical department and the admissions department. Her work with the Junior League of Charlotte added Program of the year award to her list of accomplishments.
As a native Bermudian living in Charlotte NC, Gayle appreciates the diverse expat community. Growing up in Bermuda, Newfoundland and South Korea helped her to develop a taste for other cultures. She enjoys reading, arts, Theater, spending time with friends and family, travelling, small intimate gatherings with friends and watching Cricket.