Get to know the leaders of FJC! 

CO-CHAIR | CARLY LOUX

Carly is a native Atlantan. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with BBA in Marketing and currently works in advertising at 22Squared.

Carly became a member of FJC in 2014 through coworkers, after attending (and loving!) several FJC events she joined a planning committee for Cheers for Children and then joined the board as marketing co-chair then marketing chair. This is Carly's third year on the board.

In her free time, you can find her cheering on the Dawgs between the hedges at UGA, attending concerts, finding new restaurants in Atlanta and cooking.


CO-CHAIR |MARIA RIGBY

Maria is originally from Nashville and moved to Atlanta after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a degree in finance. 

Maria joined FJC in January 2014 because she wanted to get involved with CHOA and meet new people.  After having a great experience serving on the Cheers for Children committee and serving as the 2016-2017 Signature Events Vice-Chair, she now serves as co-chair of the FJC Board.

Maria works in development at The Walker School, and in her spare time, she enjoys live music, brunch, and warm southern weather (especially after surviving northern Indiana winters for 4 years).  She loves bringing people together for a great cause and is excited to help plan this year’s signature events!


MEMBERSHIP CHAIR | MIGUEL ORTIGAO

MEMBERSHIP VICE-CHAIR | SCHAFER SMITH

Schafer grew up in the Athens, GA area and attended Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School. He traveled to Georgia College & State University and graduated in the spring of 2016 with a B.B.A. in Management and a minor in Finance. After graduation, Schafer moved to Atlanta to work for C.H. Robinson in the logistics and supply chain sales industry. He currently works for Procter & Gamble as a Territory Sales Manager in their Professional Oral Health division. 

Schafer attended and worked at the Athens YMCA summer camps growing up, and was looking for volunteer opportunities in the Atlanta area to help serve local children again. He discovered and joined FJC in December of 2016, and later helped on the Cheers committee this past spring. 

In his free time, you can find him playing golf, enjoying some live music, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. 


HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER CHAIR, SCOTTISH RITE |NATALIE WIRTZ

Natalie is an Atlanta native who attended the University of Georgia after graduating from Walton High School. With a degree in Publications Management, Natalie currently works in Marketing for Choate Construction Company. Having been involved with CHOA since High School, Natalie loves being involved with FJC. 

In her spare time Natalie enjoys cheering on the Dawgs and adding to her menagerie of dogs (if she brings one more stray home to her parents they may disown her – those Sarah McLachlan commercials get her every time).




HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER CHAIR, EGLESTON | MEAGAN JONES

Meagan is originally a Tarheel – she was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!).  After graduation, Meagan began working for Huron Consulting as a healthcare finance and operations consultant.  Her job allowed her to travel extensively, working for hospitals in New York City, Boston, New Orleans, Memphis, and even Mumbai, India, and eventually led her to settle here in Atlanta.

While at UNC, Meagan got involved with Dance Marathon, a student group benefiting the local Children’s Hospital.  When she moved to Atlanta, Meagan wanted to join a similar charitable organization.  She was excited to find the FJC, which provided an opportunity to help kids in the community, and meet other young professionals who were interested in doing the same thing.

In her free time, Meagan enjoys traveling, running, eating her way through Atlanta’s awesome culinary scene, and spending time with friends and family.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP CO-CHAIR | JOHN ROSS

John grew up in Columbus, GA and moved to Atlanta in the fall of 2013. During his senior year at Auburn University in 2010, he worked in digital media for the Southeastern Conference and began raising money for various charities in Alabama and Georgia. John currently works as a Capital Finance and Fundraising Consultant for OmegaFi, a financial management service company serving fraternal organizations nationwide. 

John learned about CHOA through yearly family visits to the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. After working as the WSB Care-A-Thon in 2014, another volunteer recommended joining the FJC group and the rest is history. In his spare time, you will find John on the golf course, a music venue or at a tailgate cheering on the Auburn Tigers! 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP CO-CHAIR | JAMES DANTZLER

MARKETING CHAIR | JAMI HOROWITZ

Jami is a Georgia native who graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising. She now works in the marketing department at Tropical Smoothie CafĂ© as a Manager of Brand Awareness and primarily focuses on Public Relations, Social Media, and brand activation to support the brand’s over 500+ locations. 

Jami previously served as the marketing chair for the Young Atlanta Leadership League and was introduced to FJC through friends. After volunteering to support the Cheers for Children event in 2015 and serving as the marketing co-chair in 2016, she now serves as the marketing chair. 

In her spare time you can find her exploring Atlanta, on the tennis court, or in Athens cheering on the Dawgs!  


SIGNATURE EVENTS CHAIR-PARTY ATLANTA | ALYSSA EVANS

Alyssa is originally from Central Illinois, but has lived coast to coast in San Diego and Philadelphia, now settling in Atlanta. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Human Resources. She loves her job as Supplier Relations Manager for a Vendor Management Company, ZeroChaos, and working onsite at the Cox Enterprises Campus.

She began coming to FJC events through her employer, had the opportunity to serve on the committee in 2016/2017 and is now joining the board as Signature Events Co-Chair (and couldn’t be more excited!)

In her spare time you can find her enjoying live music, hanging out with friends, or playing with her German Shepherd!


SIGNATURE EVENTS CHAIR-CHEERS FOR CHILDREN | KELLY HUBBLE

 Kelly has lived in Georgia since 1995. She went to McIntosh High School in Peachtree City and graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is currently the Marketing Events Coordinator for Veristor Systems, Inc. helping plan their corporate and regional events in the Southeast.

Kelly joined FJC in 2017 after learning about the organization from a friend and wanting to become more involved in the community. She has volunteered on the Cheers for Children event committee and is excited to now be the Signature Events Chair for the upcoming term.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys traveling (Australia & New Zealand are next on her bucket list), running along the various beautiful trails in the Atlanta area, playing volleyball, spending time with family and friends and taking in a comedy show.


SOCIAL CO-CHAIR | EMMA CAREY

An Atlanta native, Emma grew up in the Druid Hills & Decatur areas. She attended St. Pius X for high school, then later graduated from Valdosta State University with her bachelors degree in speech communication arts, emphasis in public relations. Emma has always had a passion for philanthropy and giving back. She is now on the development team at The ALS Association of Georgia, where she leads their largest annual fundraising event, the Walk to Defeat ALS. 

Aside from the office, Emma loves to play tennis, walk the Beltline, travel, and have fun nights out with her friends! She originally joined FJC to broaden her network and become involved with CHOA and the community, and she is thrilled to become even more involved as social chair this year. 


MARKETING AND SOCIAL VICE-CHAIR | HINA SURANI

Hina was born in Los Angeles, CA, but considers herself a true Atlanta native. Hina attended Georgia State University where she received her degree in Communications and Public Relations. Post-graduation, Hina took on an externship at FleishmanHillard (FH), a public relations agency. After her time at FH, she decided to go to Los Angeles where she volunteered as a delegation liaison at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

Hina currently works at The Home Depot where she is a Social Media Specialist for their internal communications team. In her free time, Hina loves to spend time with her family and friends, explore Atlanta’s food culture, go to concerts, travel, and attend Atlanta United games! Additionally, she is also an avid food-Instagrammer and Yelper.

Hina was inspired to join FJC after attending Georgia Tech’s annual Dance Marathon with her sister. By taking on the Marketing and Social Vice-Chair role, Hina hopes to bring her passions and love for people (and food!) to create entertaining, engaging, and enjoyable experiences for the young professional community.




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