Meet the team behind the scenes at Loving Arms Cancer Outreach.
Janet came to Loving Arms in 2012 as a volunteer and loved it so much she joined the team in 2014. Janet currently works as the Director, making sure things run as they should in the organization. Janet has a BA in Business Administration and has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2004. Janet has lived in Cobb County, Georgia her whole life and loves being part of an organization that has a heart for the local community.
Development and Outreach Assistant
Michelle started off as an intern from KSU in the fall of 2018 and she enjoyed working at Loving Arms so much she decided to complete both her internships at our organization. While finishing college she stayed to help out part-time to help with front desk duties. She graduated KSU in 2020 with a BA in Human Services and was hired to be part of the team full-time in 2021. She works closely with Janet and assists with a variety of tasks such as social media, grant applications, intake and everything in between.
Peggy is a vital piece for Loving Arms' success. If you call in you will very likely be greeted with her kind and warm "hello"! She manages our phones as well as helps execute our weekly assistance. She works closely with clients and their doctors to ensure we are able to serve our clients to the best of our abilities. She completes most intakes and determines how we can best assist our clients based on their current needs.
Our Board Members
Shamichael "Shay" Traylor
Shamichael Traylor became Board chair 2022. Shay cofounded Loving Arms in 2011 and served as the President until 2021. Shay has been an RN since 1991 with a specialty in Oncology since 2003. During this role she heard first hand from cancer patients their need for assistance with basic needs. Shay feels like she answered the call God placed on her life when she co-founded Loving Arms.
Kathryn Harbour joined our board in 2019 and currently serves as our Board Treasurer. Subsequent to earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Kathryn went on to gain experience in consulting, recruiting (Goizueta Business School and Accenture) and health care (CDC) in addition to real estate. She and her husband have started three businesses, and have enjoyed their own successful real estate investment projects. Those endeavors allow Kathryn to leverage her personal proficiencies on behalf of her clients while minimizing obstructions and maximizing profits in every transaction. In fact, the vast majority of properties in which she has been involved has been under contract within a few days or hours. On a personal note, Kathryn lives in Acworth with her husband, Britt. In her spare time she loves to hike, kayak, travel, and dance! Her #1 bucket list item was fulfilled when she participated in Cobb County's Dancing with the Stars in 2017.
Penny Green serves as our Secretary of the Board. Penny has worked in the business office of Northwest Georgia Oncology for 24 years, overseeing receivables accounting. Penny is actively involved in her church, her high school alumni association and her community. Penny has been volunteering and serving on the Loving Arms Advisory Board for many years.
Richard Wottrich served as our Chair of the Board 2019-2021. Richard is the CEO and Senior Consultant of International Services for DSI Global View, LLC. Richard and his wife are both cancer survivors 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
Carletta Cunningham received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville. Through her volunteer and advocacy work she seeks to give back to the cancer community that provided support and much more to her during her treatment.
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.