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Meet Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation’s team



Jennifer Clifford 

Chief development officer, jclifford@novanthealth.org 

Jennifer joined Novant Health in July 2018 as the inaugural Director of Stewardship for Novant Health Foundations focusing on grateful patient initiatives and donor strategies. Prior to joining Novant Health, Jennifer was director of Community Philanthropy for Communities Foundation of Texas, where she was instrumental in developing North Texas Giving Day, which became the largest giving day in the nation. Jennifer and her husband, Joe, relocated to Charlotte three years ago with their son, John, now a senior at Sewanee University, and their daughter, Kate, a sophomore at Appalachian State University. As the NHPMC Foundation leader, Jennifer believes in building a strong team with our board members and clinical teams, which together, will raise funding to save lives and improve the health of the communities we serve, one person at a time.  


Jessica Osborn 

Hemby ambassador, jposborn@novanthealth.org 

As the Hemby ambassador, Jessica Osborn’s role is to advocate for pediatrics at the administrative, clinical and foundation levels. Originally from Pittsburgh, Jessica attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she played volleyball and studied psychology. She is a certified child life specialist and is clinically trained in the developmental impact of childhood illness and injury. She lives in Charlotte with her husband Matthew and their two great Danes, Hedy and Lamarr.


Misty Santiago 

Development coordinator, mestroupe@novanthealth.org 

Misty has more than seven years of experience in the nonprofit industry. As development coordinator, she manages the foundation’s third-party funds and serves as logistics coordinator for all foundation events. Before joining the foundation team, Misty was the volunteer coordinator for Novant Health Hospice. Currently pursuing her master’s degree in public administration, Misty lives with her husband Dave and their two dogs, Boota and Chloe, in Kannapolis.  


Cullen Jones 

Development manager, cullen.jones@novanthealth.org 

Cullen is an American competitive swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and served as USA Swimming’s Olympian brand ambassador. Currently, he is the development manager for Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Matthews Medical Center and Mint Hill Medical Center. Cullen lives in Ballantyne with his wife, Rupi, his son, Ayvn, and his dog Vinny “Chase.” A graduate of North Carolina State University, Cullen plans to pursue a master’s degree in business in the near future.


Justin Trakas 

Development manager, jtrakas@novanthealth.org 

Justin has been with the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation team for over two years. He currently manages the foundation’s corporate, annual and employee giving programs. Prior to joining Novant Health, Justin was an assistant director of advancement for arts, sciences and engineering at the University of Rochester. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts from Duquesne University. Justin lives in Charlotte with his wife, Erin Trakas, MD, a physician at Novant Health and their three sons, Jackson, Greyson and Jones.


Sarah Trimmer 

Development manager, sjtrimmer@novanthealth.org 

Sarah has spent her entire career in the nonprofit industry, with roles in fundraising, alumni relations and event management. Currently, she serves as the gift officer supporting Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and the John M. and Claudia W. Belk Heart and Vascular Institute and Edward I. and Agnes B. Weisiger Cancer Institute. Sarah engages donors and their passions with clinical teams to address priority needs and make a lasting impact. Prior to joining Novant Health, Sarah was a major gift officer with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore. She graduated with a BA from Dickinson College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. Sarah and her husband, Mark, recently arrived in Charlotte and enjoy exploring the city’s various neighborhoods, along with their two French bulldogs, Kally and Hudson.


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