CKc Co-Founder Chairman of the Board

CKc Co-Founder Chairman of the Board

Michael Wiggins, B.a., J.D.

Michael Wiggins is the father of Cannon Wiggins and a founding member of the Foundation. Michael was born in Pennsylvania and attended and graduated from Pine Grove Area High School. He attended and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate. He has practiced law for the past 25 years in Orlando, Florida as a civil trial lawyer, and is a founding partner in the law firm of McDonald, Toole, Wiggins, P.A. He serves as a board member for the Central Florida YMCA and the Miracle Miles of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. He is married to Melissa and they have four children: Olivia, Cannon, and twin boys, Gray and Arran. Their family resides in Orlando, Florida.

 
Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Ashley VanDermark

Ashley VanDerMark has extensive experience in outreach and community development and she is passionate about the mission of Cannonball Kids’ cancer. Her spirit of service is reflected in the many hours she dedicated to supporting the Wiggins family after learning of Cannon’s diagnosis and also by leadership positions she has held with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Greater Orlando Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club.

Ashley received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Florida State University and has more than twenty-five years of experience in real estate and project development, overseeing the design and construction of many of Central Florida’s finest multi-million dollar properties. She excels at multi-tasking and managing complex projects.

Ashley, a native Floridian, and her husband, Skip, reside in North Carolina with their three children, a son and twin daughters.

 
Secretary

Secretary

Michele Nilles

Michele has over ten years of experience in Human Resources Management and Talent Acquisition. As a current VP of Human Resources, she is responsible for all Human Resources initiatives.

As such, she led organizational change, leadership development, talent acquisition, employee relations, and compensation and benefits. Michele has partnered with many Fortune 500 companies throughout her career. Michele attended Florida State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Michele resides in Orlando with her husband and two daughters.

 
Treasurer

Treasurer

jennifer taggart

With years spent in operations of one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships in the United States, Jennifer Taggart, CPA, has held financial positions including Controller/CFO and Vice President/General Manager.

Other positions held include CFO of one of the largest blood centers in the United States, and Senior Auditor of a regional accounting firm.  Jennifer’s varied background provides excellent financial research, training, and the ability to determine operational measures of success.

Jennifer founded Taggart Consulting Services in October of 2009 after her extensive experience in multiple practices. Jennifer’s independent firm was created to supply her knowledge and proficiency of consultation to a variety of industries. Currently, Jennifer still consults small businesses along with larger operations. Her industry experience includes powersports dealerships, large not-for-profits, distributorships, restaurants, retail, and logistics.

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

dr. Gregor Alexander, MD

Dr. Alexander, board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, received his medical degree from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. He completed his pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida and his neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. After he completed his training, he came to Orlando and became Director of the NICU expanding this unit from six babies to a capacity of 142 beds.

Dr. Alexander is the recipient of innumerable awards and has been a key leader in establishing important programs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He was a leader in building Arnold Palmer Hospital and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. In June, 2010 the NICU was named after Dr. Alexander “Alexander Center for Neonatology”.

Dr. Alexander’s commitment to these hospitals and the babies in his care are well known. Dr. Alexander serves as the immediate past chair of the Orlando Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation after nine years as Chairman and has recently been appointed as the Ambassador of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center. He is one of the Founding Fathers of the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation of Greater Orlando and currently serves on the CMN Hospitals Board of Governors.

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

Ryhan Hanna

Ryhan learned of the lack of education, research and funding of children’s cancer after observing her close friend, Melissa, go through a horrific time after Cannon’s diagnosis.  Being a mom herself, she was inspired by the Wiggins' will to persevere in finding cures for Pediatric Cancer.

Ryhan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Finance from San Diego State University.  She is no stranger to hard work.  After working in real estate, she followed in her Grandfather’s footsteps to work relentlessly in the male dominated, Motorcoach industry.  In the eight years that she has worked in the industry, her team has been managing two of the largest accounts in the East Coast.

A native Minnesotan, Ryhan moved to Florida when she was eleven and considers this her home.  She lives in Winter Park with her husband Jay and their two sons Lawson (3) and Marshall (21 mos.) and their French Bulldog, Duke (12). Ryhan adores being a mom of boys with all the dirt and lizards that come with it.  In her free time, Ryhan enjoys taking the boys to the park or going to the beach.  Before her two boys took over her life, she enjoyed surfing and traveling the world. 

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

john mccarroll

John is the Sr. Director of Construction for Brandywine Realty Trust. Brandywine (NYSE:BDN) is one of the largest publicly traded, full service, integrated real estate companies in the United States with a core focus in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Austin markets. John leads the construction initiative on behalf of Brandywine while providing support to the development and leasing teams. John has a B.S. and M.S. in Construction Management & Real Estate from Drexel University as well as an MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. John and his wife, Sue, reside in Haddonfield, N.J., with their three sons, Liam, Owen and Declan. When he is not playing dad, John is an avid sports fan who also enjoys playing golf, competing in long distance triathlons and following his beloved Glasgow Celtic Football Club.

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

bruce parker

Bruce graduated with Honors from Johns Hopkins University where he played lacrosse and football. He was captain his senior year. Bruce graduated first in his law school class. He joined Semmes, Bowen & Semmes and became a partner. He left to create a new firm, Goodcell, DeVries & Gray. After working there for 15 years, Bruce joined Venable, LLP as a partner.

Bruce was President of International Association of Defense Counsel. He served on the Boards of the Lawyers for Civil Service and DRI. Bruce has served on civic boards such as Roland Park Place and several terms as President of First English Evangelical Lutheran Church. He has been married 39 years to Clare Parker and have two adult married children, Zach and Jessica.

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

Kay rawlins

Kay Rawlins is Director of Community Relations for Orlando City, President of the Orlando City Foundation and also a founder of the Orlando City Soccer Club. Originally from the UK, Kay has lived in the US for over 10 years. She owned and ran children’s pre-schools in the UK, served as an educational assessor, lectured on signs and symptoms of child abuse to pre-school educators and taught parenting classes. The last five years has seen the rise of Orlando City, playing their first season in Major League Soccer in 2015 and a new stadium set for completion in 2017.

Kay’s role at the Club includes most of the community outreach, sending players to schools and youth groups to talk about exercise and healthy choices. She also heads up the Orlando City Foundation, is on the Community Leadership Council for the Howard Phillips Center, the advisory council for Fifth Third’s Summer of Dreams, is a board member for the Commission on Homelessness, leading the Youth Homelessness Committee and is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club. Kay was recently awarded 2016 Businesswoman of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal.

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

guy redford

Residing in Glasgow, Scotland, Guy Redford is a class AA PGA Golf Professional with 20 years’ experience in the industry and currently Director of Golf at Loch Lomond Golf Club.  Loch Lomond Golf Club is a Private International Members Club with 600 members from over 30 countries.

Guy has represented Scotland as an amateur golfer and competed for his country at various International tournaments around Europe.

In 1992-1993 he attended Midland Junior College, Texas, on a golf scholarship and was a team member on the NJCAA National Championship winning team in 1992.  He returned to Scotland in 1994 to start his career as a PGA Professional and held the position of Head Golf Professional at Open Championship venue Turnberry prior to joining Loch Lomond Golf Club in 2013.

He is a committee member of the PGA in Scotland and a Director Ayrshire Golf Scotland.

 
Advisory Board Chair

Advisory Board Chair

Karen Revels

Karen Revels is the Senior Manager of Philanthropy at the Edyth Bush Institute, she serves as an instructor and consultant to the many nonprofit organizations in Central Florida. She also works very closely with the Donors Forum of Central Florida in addition to serving on the board of the Central Florida Foundation's Better Together Collaborative and The Victory Cup Initiative. Karen has more than 18 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience in roles as Executive Director with The American Cancer Society and the International Fibrodisplaysia Ossificans Progressiva Association; and as Development Director with The Jewish Community Center and the Institute of Internal Auditors. She was awarded the Women of Distinction Award from the Citrus Council of Girl Scouts, is a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 69 and Leadership Brevard Class 2005. She received both a B.S. in Public Administration and Masters of Science in Management from the University of Central Florida.

She has been married to her husband Jeff for 17 years and has three children, Kate (15), Carson (11) and Chancellor (4).

 
CKc Board Member

CKc Board Member

Philip wade

Philip holds the position of SVP and Chief Investment Officer of Xenia Hotels & Resorts, a $3 billion publicly traded hotel real estate investment company, which he helped launch in 2007 and where he is responsible for advising the company on all capital allocation decisions and executing all transactions. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Tulane University with a concentration in business and finance.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Philip first relocated to Orlando in 2002 for a job with the CNL Companies and married his wife Edyta in 2010. They now reside in Winter Park, FL and are the proud parents of two young boys. Philip and Edyta first met the Wiggins family and became advocates for their cause in 2013 after Cannon's diagnosis.