About Children’s Flight of Hope

Our Mission

Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH) offers hope and healing to families by providing air transportation to children in need of specialized medical care. For most families, this means we reserve tickets on commercial airlines for the child and one adult companion to travel for treatment. Some families travel once a year, some every three weeks and many have changing needs as a child’s treatment evolves. On limited occasions, our resources allow us to provide private flights for a child who is medically unable to travel on a commercial airline.

Our Team

Staff

Pat Nelli
President and CEO
pat@cfoh.org
O: 984.465.0482
M: 919.815.0405

Leigh Longino
COO
leigh@cfoh.org
O: 984.465.0483
M: 252.670.7190

Heather Miller
Manager of Events and Community Engagement
heather@cfoh.org
984.465.0484

Desiree Vassel
Mission Delivery Coordinator
missions@cfoh.org
984.466.8593 x 103

Board of Directors

Jennifer Wade
CFOH Chair
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Owner

David Byerley
CFOH Treasurer
Truist
Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banking

Rick Gardner
CFOH Immediate Past Chair 
RGA Investments
President

Deborah Nunn
CFOH Secretary
D&H Support Solutions, Inc.
Owner

 

Rachid Bendali
Parker LORD
Vice President, Global Aerospace & Defense

Gill Cooper
Benchmark Community Bank
Vice President, North Carolina Market

Debra Perry 
Vice President of Alliances
Kurmi Software

Dale L. Thomas, Jr.
Attorney
Gray Newell Thomas, LLP

Matt Callahan
Callahan Construction & Development Co.
President & CEO

Joe Dillon
Curi Capital
Managing Director

Ric Richards 
The Richards Advantage, Inc.
President and CEO

Jeff Causey
Causey Aviation
Chief Operating Officer

Ben Griffith
Microsoft
Naval Aviation Advisor/Technology Sales

Jeff Stocks 
The Nautical Group
Chairman and CEO

Advisory Board

Rob Gooding
Vice President
Accentuate Staffing

Abel Zalcberg
Owner
ABCZ Properties, LLC

Robert Sasser
Partner
Barringer Sasser LLP

Richard (Dick) Ambrose
Retired
LORD Corporation

Stories of Hope

The greatest reward for CFOH is hearing the stories of the families weve helped.

They are stories of courage, of compassion, of love, and - most certainly - of hope.

Mackenzie

Kristy

Maalik