Our Philanthropy Team
Get to know the team whose passion is connecting your vision for giving to the project where it will make the most impact.
VP & Chief Philanthropy Officer
In her role as VP & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Michelle Schneider puts her decades of fundraising leadership to work for a mission that matters greatly to her: helping to tangibly improve the lives and well-being of our community members.
A long-time leader in fundraising, Michelle has dedicated her work to taking critical community fixtures — UNC-Greensboro, Habitat for Humanity and United Way — to a new level. As a consultant, she helped transform the philanthropic work of organizations like the YMCA, Greensboro Science Center, Holy Trinity Church and others.
She joined Cone Health in 2017 and often takes time to round with care providers and to engage in systemwide initiatives; this helps her to see, comprehensively and first-hand, the needs of the organization along with the impact of giving.
Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration from UNC-Greensboro. She and her husband Bill have two adult sons, Wil and Dennis, and two dogs, Mogul and Luna. They’ve lived in Lindley Park for more than 25 years. She loves to spend down time in the NC mountains. She is a member of the Women’s Professional Forum and Women to Women.
Senior Manager, Philanthropy Operations
Senior Manager Paul Crellin leads the operations of Institutional Advancement. Having spent his working life in service to various communities throughout North Carolina, Paul joined Cone Health in 2006 and now leads operations through data management and reporting, gift processing and stewardship, prospect research, grant writing and communications.
Paul grew up in England in a family with a proud history in the medical field. With a passion for nonprofit work, he earned his bachelor’s in history from the UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's in public administration from East Carolina University (ECU), and went on to serve the community through the Country Doctor Museum, the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, ECU University Advancement and Elon University Advancement — all before joining Cone Health.
Tammy Dove is a North Carolina A&T State University Magna Cum Laude graduate with a bachelor’s in accounting. She joined the Cone Health team in 1997 and held roles as an accountant and clinic registrar before working in philanthropy as a gift processor.
Tammy is extremely passionate about helping others and about community activism. At Cone Health, she values the opportunity to help community members maintain good health and enjoys participating in community engagement that connects them to critical Cone Health services. In addition, she likes to work with community nonprofits and currently serves on the board of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Tammy cares for her two children, Maya and Mel.
Ruth Darling Heyd
Philanthropy Officer - Heart & Vascular
Ruth Darling Heyd is a dedicated member of the Greater Greensboro community inside of Cone Health, and out. From Charlotte, NC, she first came to Greensboro to study piano performance at UNC-Greensboro. She has spent her career making an impact for many Greensboro staples including Lucky 32, Greensboro Montessori School and O.Henry & Proximity Hotels, before becoming executive director of the Greater Triad region for the American Heart Association.
Ruth is passionate about her work in healthcare philanthropy because "All folks need great and accessible health care". That’s why she is so proud to be part of a great team that focuses on patients, their care and experience, and their continuum of care.
When not fundraising, Ruth likes spending time at the coast with her wife Stephanie, enjoying great food and fun beverages with family and friends.
Sr. Executive Assistant to Michelle Schneider, Chief Philanthropy Officer
Michelle Morgan has been a part of the Cone Health system since 2004. A dedicated teammate, she has held various roles including support of Women's Hospital Facilities Management and coordination of Volunteer Services.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Michelle attended Massasoit Community College and earned an associate's degree in office administration, then Bridgewater State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, exercise science/health fitness with a minor in business.
When not working to serve others, Michelle enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, three amazing children, and little fluff ball Fenway, a Maltipoo.
Engagement and Annual Giving Officer
Amy Postel joined the Cone Health team in 2007 and graduated from Elon University with a bachelor’s in human services. Amy is a dedicated teammate that has served in various departments within the health system including Wesley Long Surgery Center and Volunteer Services before becoming an engagement and annual giving officer.
When not living out the Cone Health promise by always lending her co-workers a helping hand, Amy loves spending time with her son and two cats, Jersey and Mistletoe. If not working in health care philanthropy, Amy would help lead an adoption agency to better the lives of children, a passion, like health care, that runs deep.
Jennifer Shoffner has a significant background in health care philanthropy. Prior to joining the philanthropy team at Cone Health Jennifer served as the marketing director for the Alight Foundation, a nonprofit supporting local women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer. Proudly, Alight is now integrated as a program offered by Cone Health.
Jennifer is a graduate of the UNC-Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in communications. Having grown up in a Navy family, Jennifer now calls Greensboro home. She and her husband David have two children, Ashton and Jorja, along with pets Gunner, a Boykin Spaniel, and Jellybean, a loveable Ohio barn kitty.
Prospect Research & Database Coordinator
RK Spearman joined Cone Health in 2020 as the prospect researcher & database coordinator. She considers herself a life-long learner, having matriculated from UNC-Greensboro with a bachelor’s and a master’s in accounting, East Carolina University with an MBA, and Northcentral University with a post-baccalaureate degree in training and development. From front-line fundraising to call center management, her passions for philanthropy and training have inspired her career and led her to Cone Health!
She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and Temple Memorial Baptist Church, where she sings on the Praise Team and teaches the upper elementary class during Children’s Church. She most enjoys spending time with her family and her godchildren.
Philanthropy Officer - Women’s & Children’s Services
As a philanthropy officer, Tricia Teter directly supports pediatric and OB/GYN care through the Women's & Children's Fund, NICU, Pediatric Complex Care Program and many other Cone Health priorities. Tricia is a proud double graduate of Elon University with a bachelor’s in strategic communications and a master’s in business administration. (Go Phoenix!)
Tricia lives the Cone Health promise of servant leadership in both her professional and personal life, serving on the board of directors for United Way of Greater Greensboro.
Naturally vivacious, Tricia needs no caffeine to power her and help balance the many facets of her life. In addition to serving the community, she teaches yoga and can also be found outdoors or eating a home-cooked meal with her fiancée Alex.
Stokes Ann Hunt
Director, Annie Penn Foundation, Rockingham County
Stokes Ann Hunt became the director of the Annie Penn Foundation in 2011 after serving on the board of directors from 2006-2010. She now works very closely with the board to manage operational, strategic and planning of all foundation activities. She also is a registered nurse with a master's degree in health administration.
Health care and its availability is a matter that is near and dear to Stokes Ann’s heart, including the expansion of health care in rural and underserved communities, and also organ donation. In August of 2020, Stokes Ann’s sister passed away from her battle with diabetes and chronic renal failure. In 2016, her husband had a kidney transplant due to polycystic kidney disease. Stokes Ann is deeply acquainted with the importance of access to excellent care — her commitment shows every day in her work to connect donors with projects that make a difference for community members and patients.
Program Manager Foundation and Community Care
Taylor Lake joined the Annie Penn Hospital Foundation in 2018. As program manager, Taylor serves the foundation in event planning, marketing, and community outreach and manages the donor database. By engaging with board members, community and staff about the Cone Health system and what it has to offer, she is able to help forward the foundation’s mission.
Originally from Eden, North Carolina, Taylor attended UNC-Charlotte and earned her bachelor's in communications, with a concentration in health communications and a minor in sociology. When not serving the foundation she loves a great cup of coffee and spending time with her daughter Charleigh, her husband Roby and golden retriever Champ.
Director System-wide Philanthropy & Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation, Alamance County
In her 7 years as the director of system-wide philanthropy and the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation, Katie has helped further Cone's mission of providing high-quality, accessible, prevention-based health care. She exudes a clear passion to provide programs and services in the community where they're needed most.
Katie is originally from Eastern North Carolina and a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s of psychology. She went on to earn a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. Along with her husband Robert, she has two children, Frank and Sophie. Katie also has a love for animals, tennis, playing cards and the outdoors in God’s glorious sunshine.
Cindy Skinner recently joined the Cone Health Philanthropy team. She was drawn to health care philanthropy after 9 years of caring for sick parents while working full-time and also supporting her friends with sick parents. Born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina, Cindy spent 25 years with the SAS Institute in Cary after graduating from St. Mary's Junior College and Elon University, where she earned a degree in history with a minor in communications.
If Cindy weren’t working in health care philanthropy she would be a patient advocate, specifically for those with congestive heart failure, and working to cure it through education and prevention. When Cindy has time away from her work in philanthropy, she enjoys time at the beach or with her two rescue cats Tinker and Gabriel.
Program Manager, Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation
Program manager, Jordan Wood, has been with the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation since 2017. Originally from Mebane, North Carolina, Jordan earned a bachelor’s in communications from Peace College, with a concentration in public relations and minors in Spanish and business.
Jordan was drawn to her work in healthcare philanthropy after her own father valiantly fought cancer three times. In her own words, "The journey is difficult and long — support and advocacy are needed to get them through and to help them focus on getting better!".
When not living out the Cone Health promise through teamwork, marketing, event planning and donor database management for the Foundation, Jordan loves spending time with her family, being outdoors and enjoying all things sports!