Mary L. McCormack
Senior Director — Legacy Giving
Mary joined Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in October of 2013, as the Senior Director of Development for Legacy Giving. Prior to becoming a member of the Children's team, Mary was the Senior Director of Development - Central Programs for the University of Georgia. In that role, Mary was responsible for the management and direction of the Gift & Estate Planning program and she supervised the Foundation and Corporate Relations team as well. Mary served UGA for 15 years in both Gift & Estate Planning and as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations for the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. A prior background in financial planning (Merrill Lynch & JC Bradford & Co.) and a brief law school experience have enabled Mary to understand the nuances of gift planning from the donor's perspective, and to value the advice and expertise of the donor's professional advisors. Mary has served on the ACC-SEC Gift Planning Professionals team and has been an 8 year board member of the Georgia Planned Giving Council. Mary is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and attended the Cumberland School of Law at Sanford University. Mary and her husband Tom have three children and enjoy travel, sports activities, and life in the country!
Kelly Curran Johnson
Development Officer — Legacy Giving
Kelly joined the Legacy Giving team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in 2014 as a Development Officer, bringing with her a strong background in not-for-profit fundraising, management and partnership building. Kelly's first experience with Children's (then Egleston Children's Hospital) was in 1988 as a Community Relations intern, later coming on board full time to serve in both the Advocacy and Development teams until 1997. During that time, Kelly successfully raised both public awareness and financial support for the hospital through her roles as Executive Director of Egleston's Safe Kids of Georgia campaign, Marketing Manager for the annual holiday Festival of Trees and Christmas Parade, and Events Manager for the Celebrity and Pro-am Golf Tournaments in conjunction with the former BellSouth Classic. Kelly went on to help build the Sponsorship & Community Relations Practice Area within the Atlanta office of Ketchum Public Relations, creating national best practices and benchmarking tools for companies across multiple industries. She led Ketchum's International Health Practice Area to develop and host the Geneva global launch of the not-for-profit vision health organization, the AMD Alliance International. She later transitioned from Ketchum to serve as the first Executive Director for the AMD Alliance, growing the organization's various boards of directors, membership and financial partners. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, enjoys running (speed is overrated), and is an active community volunteer. Kelly and her husband, Eric, have two boys and spend much of their free time cheering from the sidelines at cross country, swimming and basketball events!
Administrative Assistant — Legacy Giving
An experienced and active community volunteer with such not-for-profit organizations as Hands on Atlanta, Susan G. Komen and Dress for Success, Raquel first joined the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta team in 2012 as a volunteer at Egleston hospital. Shortly after, Raquel was recommended as a strong candidate for the position of Family Experience Concierge at Scottish Rite hospital - a role that she accepted and fulfilled for nearly two years before joining the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation's Major and Legacy Giving team in mid-2014. Prior to joining Children's, Raquel spent 14 years at Cox Enterprises, Inc. serving in a number of high level capacities including Senior Travel Consultant for Cox Senior Leadership, Facilities & Office Manager for Cox Automotive Division, and Executive Assistant to both the VP of Marketing & Strategic Planning and the VP of Finance for US Operations. Currently, as Administrative Assistant with Legacy Giving, Raquel brings a wealth of positive and professional administrative experience to the team. Raquel is a native New Yorker and attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she focused on Business Administration. Raquel is the proud mother of a son who has followed in his grandfather's footsteps as a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Program Coordinator — Major and Legacy Gifts
Deb joined Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in 2011 as a Program Coordinator utilizing her seasoned project management skills to coordinate a number of cross-functional teams within the Foundation to reach multiple development metrics goals. Deb's depth of expertise in the fields of fundraising, writing, editing, technology, photography and project management is the result of experience in a number of arenas including the Goodwill Games, Turner Broadcasting Systems: Turner Program Services, Turner International, and Turner Publishing, and her role as Co-Founder, Vice President and Partner of Lionheart Books where she published a number of titles, including The Complete Far Side (New York Times bestseller), CNN Reports: Hurricane Katrina State of Emergency, and Sir Edmund Hillary & the People of Everest. She was also Editorial Director and Author of Why We Walk: The Inspirational Journey Towards a Cure for Breast Cancer, dedicated to her godmother, a breast cancer survivor and the inspiration behind the book.
After nearly a decade with Lionheart, Deb became a publishing director at Anderson Press. Titles she published while at Anderson Press include a book/CD package entitled VOICES Reflections on an American Icon Through Words and Song. This project, in collaboration with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, debuted at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as part of an annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. She also produced a vault book for Whitman Publishing entitled Barack Obama the 44th President (ranked 25 on USA Today's Best Seller List).
In 2009 Deb chose freelancing in order to work from home and have more time for her two young children. Her first project was with Automotive Quarterly producing a vault book entitled the 75th Anniversary of the Antique Automobile Club of America. She also project managed and produced two books for the Storyline Group - The Mayfield Family: 100 Years of Milk & Ice Cream and The St. Christopher's School: A 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Deb is a single mother of two young boys she adopted from Russia. An avid sport enthusiast and hiker, Deb and her boys like to travel, read and enjoy the outdoors.