Meet the team behind the scenes at Loving Arms Cancer Outreach.
Shamichael (Shay) Traylor
President & Co-founder
My name is Shamichael Traylor. I am the President and Co-Founder of Loving Arms. I have been an RN for 24 years with a specialty in Oncology for the past 9 years. During the first 6 years of my Oncology career, I heard the cries of the cancer patients and their need for assistance with basic everyday things. Things like help paying a bill, groceries, gas or just someone to talk to that understands the cancer journey. So in 2011 a coworker and I started a non-profit organization called Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Inc. I started out working Loving Arms part-time out of a suitcase. But, as the organization grew and the needs of cancer patients in our community grew, I had to start working full-time. There is nothing on earth like walking in your calling and the feeling you get when you help someone truly in need. I love what I do and I know it is because of God’s grace Loving Arms has been able to impact our community.
Director of Operations
My name is Janet Graham. I came to Loving Arms 3 years ago as a volunteer and I loved it so much I stayed. I currently work as the Director of Operations making sure things run as they should in the organization. I have a BA in Business Administration and have worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years. I was born and raised right here in Georgia and am excited to be a part of an organization that has a heart for our community. I have experienced so much in my time here at Loving Arms. I just love meeting the patients and helping them with different needs. It is the most fulfilling experience I have ever had.
Our Board Members
Bill Branson serves as Chairman of the Board. He also serves as the Marketing Lead on our board. He retired after 30 years from IBM in sales and marketing. Bill spends most of his spare time volunteering at various organizations in the community.
Richard Wottrich currently serves as our Treasurer and serves on our Finance Committee. Richard is the CEO and Senior Consultant of International Services for DSI Global View, LLC. Richard’s wife is a cancer survivor and they both give back generously to the cancer community.
Debbie Grimes is one of the original Board Members for Loving Arms. Debbie is a cancer survivor and a retired teacher. She oversees a Cancer support group in Pickens County, GA
Vicki McKelvey serves as Board Secretary. She is the Front Lead in the WellStar Kennestone Radiation Department. Vicki has a passion or cancer patients and their needs, so she volunteers her time to help those in our community.
Michael Folk serves on our Finance Committee. He is the System Director Radiation Oncology at the WellStar Health System. Mike has lots of nonprofit Board experience with a specialty in helping cancer patients.
Jerry M. Wilson
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach sorely misses one of our original Board members, Jerry M Wilson. He passed away to glory in 2012. Those of us who knew and loved him felt like the night was a little darker once Jerry’s light here on earth was extinguished. But we are sure there was rejoicing in the heavens as he entered the “Throne Room”. We can imagine him sitting at the feet of Jesus, probably trying to figure out how to film the whole thing. In his honor, we give out the Jerry Wilson “It’s not about me” Volunteer of the Year Award. The recipient volunteers for us throughout the year, displays love and compassion for our cause, give selflessly to others and exemplifies the “It’s not about me” attitude.