Kim Jackson

“Elmer”

Kim is our President and one of our Founders, and her son Jacob’s initials are part of the Camp LUCK logo. Kim and Jacob dreamed of bringing a camp for heart kids to the Carolinas, like the one Jacob had attended in California. Sadly, Jacob passed away after heart surgery at age 17, after attending the first Family Camp. His memory motivates Kim every day to keep moving forward and sharing Camp LUCK with heart kids and their families. She loves how the camp changes kids in such a short time, and the memories last a lifetime. Jacob is always with them in spirit – especially when she sings the Jacob Song!

If Kim could describe herself in one word, it would be “optimism.” This suits her, because she is always looking forward to the next big thing to come along. On simpler days, it’s just a chocolate chip cookie. Other days she wishes for time travel. She has so many camp memories after all these years, we know she would visit them all again if she could!

Byron Mulligan

“???”

Bryon Mulligan dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s (along with his law firm) to make Camp LUCK the non-profit organization it is today. He’s also a Dad to a Levine Cardiac Kid, like so many others on the Board of Directors, and is its Secretary. He’s no mind reader – like he would choose if he had a superpower – but he knew just what Camp LUCK needed to get on the books and get rolling!

While his legal skills may be by the book, Byron sees himself as multifaceted. He’s just as much at home looking for creepy crawlers in the creek with campers as he is in the law library, or figuring out how to get new places on his bike instead of in his car. He truly believes Camp LUCK is the best camp anywhere!

Adrienne Mauntel

“???”

Adrienne is a super-organizer, which is why she's so great at fund development for Camp LUCK. She even considers organizing her superpower! She loves sharing her exceptional process-engineering skills with Camp LUCK, which to her, is both “family” and “a way of life.”

She has been with Camp LUCK since its beginning because her son Ford was born with a CHD. In fact, her favorite camp song is the Ford song! She loves to sing it, though her favorite camp memory is hearing the Doo-doo-dilly-whopper story. It sent her reeling with laughter in a way we’d rather not explain! We’re glad she uses her superpower for good!

Chris McKenzie

“C-Mac”

Besides sharing a nickname with the Panthers’ famous running back, Chris McKenzie is a devoted dad to his kids, including his youngest, Mary, who was born in 2002 with a congenital heart defect. After Mary’s second surgery, C-Mac wanted to give back, and Mary’s doctor suggested starting a support group. Levine Cardiac Kids was the group from which Camp LUCK was born!

C-Mac also keeps track of the budgets and fundraising for Camp LUCK, so kids can keep coming. We know he has an important job, but he says his family gets so much in return. Chris is a loyal friend to heart kids and would definitely take any chocolate chip cookie you wanted to share with him.

Sara DeVries

“???”

Sara is a one-time project manager known for her leadership and fierce attention to detail. But then she traded that fun business life for a world of exploring her passion for writing, and spending more time with her kids – including daughter Adelaide, who has a rare heart defect. After spending time at Camp LUCK as the parent of a heart kid, she knew she wanted to help! Sara puts her project manager skills to great use heading up Baby LUCK for our youngest heart kids.

If you wanted to surprise Sara, you could bring her vanilla cake – her favorite – while she sings Wishy Washy Woman around the campfire with Megan. Like Jay Bird Thompson, Sara wishes she could freeze time, probably to enjoy the Glow Party at Family Camp – a magical moment to write home about, for sure!

 

Nicola Roark

“???”

Nicola Roark leads an all-important part of Camp LUCK – the Parent LUCK Network. After all, where would Camp LUCK be without the support system of parents who make it happen? Camp LUCK is truly the Fantasy Island (in a good way) that our heart kids need to enjoy life like other kids for a little while.

Nicola got involved in Camp LUCK when her son Camden was diagnosed with a CHD. It makes sense that if she could choose a superhero power, it would be healing (that’s a good one, Nicola!) Who wouldn’t want that power when surrounded by all of these great heart kids? If she’s being honest (which she says is the word that describes her best), she’ll tell you her favorite camp memory is… all of them! We can’t choose either, Nicola. Honestly 😊

 

Gillian Jonathas

“Chef Gillian”

As her nickname implies, Gillian has done some cooking – in fact, it’s her favorite memory of Camp LUCK! She once made 750 pancakes with her husband to feed all of those hungry campers. Now THAT’S cooking!

Gillian and her husband joined Camp LUCK when their son, who had a congenital heart defect, passed away. A sad time in their lives turned to a desire to help others – like a lot of our heart families – and in turn, Camp LUCK became their warm and loving family. If Gillian could choose a superhero power, it would be time travel – no doubt playing, talking, and enjoying a piece of triple chocolate mousse cake with a layer of crushed Oreos at Camp LUCK!