Meet the team behind the scenes at Loving Arms Cancer Outreach.
Shamichael (Shay) Traylor
President & Co-founder
Shay has been an RN since 1991 with a specialty in Oncology since 2003. Shay moved to Georgia in 2006 and began working as an Oncology Infusion Nurse. During this role she heard first hand from cancer patients 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. In 2011 Shay and a coworker founded Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Inc. Shay feels like she answered the call God placed on her life when she co-founded Loving Arms. The sole purpose of Loving Arms is to provide emotional and financial assistance to cancer patients as they go thru the cancer journey.
Director of Operations
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 of Operations 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.
Our Board Members
Richard Wottrich serves as our Chair of the Board and also on our Finance Committee. 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.
Karen Clark serves as Treasurer. Karen is a CPA who has been in practice for 28 years, owning her own practice for the past 25 years. Karen has three grown children and enjoys traveling with her husband, Russ.
Vicki McKelvey serves as Board Secretary. Vicki recently retired as Front Lead in the WellStar Kennestone Radiation Department and now enjoys real estate sales and volunteering. Vicki has a passion for cancer patients and their needs so she volunteers her time to help those in the community.
Bill Branson serves on our board and previously served as Chair 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.
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.
Penny Green has worked in the business office of Northwest Georgia Oncology for 23 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.
Kathryn Harbour joined our board in 2019. 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.
Julie Adams Jacobs
Julie Adams Jacobs joined the Georgia Attorney General’s Office in 2003, where she is a Senior Assistant Attorney General and the Section Chief of the Business and Finance section of the Commercial Transactions and Litigation Division. Julie has represented the State of Georgia in litigation matters in state and federal courts, including trial and appellate litigation. As part of her practice, she also assists the Attorney General with the regulation of charitable and nonprofit entities. In addition, Julie has served as the hearing officer in numerous hospital acquisitions involving the Attorney General’s review under the Georgia Hospital Acquisition Act. A 2003 graduate of Emory University School of Law, Julie received her B.A. in political science from Georgia State University. Julie is a member of the 2019 class of Leadership Cobb and a member of the 2020 Honorary Commanders class. She and her husband Chad live in Cobb County with their two children.
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.