- Who We Are
- Why We Exist
- Mission Statement
- Board of Directors
- Patient / Survivor Support Facilitators
- Medical Advisory Board
- Contact Us
Melissa Chalmers – Executive Director
A 20 year brain aneurysm survivor, Melissa has been a huge advocate for the Joe Niekro Foundation for many years. She is passionate about helping other survivors as is the facilitator for the JNF Dallas/Ft. Worth Support Group. Melissa is a seasoned business executive and her background includes a strong history of consistent success in monetization, marketing, business development, financial analysis, project management, data analysis; and developing systems, processes, and procedures to streamline corporate operations, increase revenues, and enhance profit performance. Melissa has brought her corporate expertise to JNF to help grow and expand the foundation’s efforts. Melissa currently lives in the Dallas, Texas area with her husband and two dogs. She is a long-time vegetarian and dog lover and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, creating new vegetarian recipes, and practicing hot yoga.
Joanna Nicoletti – Events and Development Coordinator
Joanna Nicoletti graduated from The New School University in New York City with a degree in Psychology. She began her career working within the non-profit sector as a residential counselor and slowly began transitioning into development and major events. Joanna relocated to Singapore where she worked with several organizations on events management, fundraising campaigns, strategic alliances, vendor negotiations, donor management, community management and on-site event execution. She was an active member of The American Women’s Association of Singapore and held a board position as Social Chair. Upon repatriating back to New York City, Joanna worked with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation as their Development and Program Associate playing an instrumental role in executing their annual gala, which raised over $1.4 million to support the organizations programs. Joanna currently resides in North Carolina and in her spare time, is an active member of her local running group, has completed the NYC Marathon, has a passion for hot yoga, and is an avid traveler.
Anneliese Sparks – Social Media and Communications Coordinator
Anneliese Sparks is the Social Media & Communications Coordinator at JNF. She holds a Communications degree and comes from a digital marketing background. She started her career at LiveOnNY, an organ procurement organization, where she worked extensively on their Hate the Wait campaign. She expanded her digital marketing knowledge as a Marketing Associate and Social Media Manager for SEMrush and as a Content Writer for The Krazy Coupon Lady. She has a passion for keeping up on the latest digital marketing trends, whether it’s social media, content marketing or SEO – she loves it all.
Anneliese is proudly from the Detroit area and in her free time likes to camp, take film photography and watch Detroit Tigers baseball.
Erik Walsingham – Patient Advocacy Program Coordinator
With a mixed background in emergency medical services and non-profit family programming, Erik is thrilled to accept the new and rewarding challenges that come with this role within the organization. Working in the EMS field for 3 years, Erik graduated from paramedic school in 2009. However, he quickly jumped into the non-profit world and began leading youth and family programs for the YMCA. His passions are focused around how we, as a society/team, can serve the world in a greater purpose than our own.
Growing up and going to school in Florida, Erik now lives just north of Charlotte, NC in the small town of Cornelius with his wife and 2 dogs.
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- Subscribe to our Knuckle-Up Newsletter
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- Join our Online Aneurysm/AVM Support Group
- Join our Online Parents Support Group
- Join our Online Young Adult Survivor’s Support Group
- Join our Online Aneurysm/AVM Caregivers Support Group
- Join our Online Honoring the Taken Support Group
- Support Group Locations