UMAR LEADERSHIP

Being employed with UMAR is more than just a job, it is a mission. From humble beginnings to a team of over 200, we continue to develop to meet the needs of our participants. We are blessed to have so many dedicated and passionate members working to make UMAR the best every day.

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Marilyn Garner

Marilyn Garner

President and CEO

Marilyn Garner became the president and Chief Executive Officer for UMAR in January 2014 after serving for four years as the non-profit’s Chief Development Officer. She has a diverse experience base in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors with more than 25 years of leadership experience.

Before joining UMAR, Marilyn was the Chief Advancement Officer at the American Red Cross in Charlotte, held sales and managerial positions with BellSouth and managed a 500-seat restaurant in Winston-Salem. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Wake Forest University and her Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte.

Born in Oregon, Marilyn grew up in a military family but has lived in North Carolina since the age of 12 when her father retired to Southern Pines, NC. She is married with no children and credits her membership in a national service fraternity during college as the catalyst for living out her Christian commitment to service. Today UMAR is blessed to have such a tremendously talented leader guiding us into the next phases of growth.

Denise Shockley

Denise Shockley

Chief Financial Officer

Denise was raised in Missouri and graduated from the University of Michigan. With over 16 years experience working in non-profit finance, Denise brought her wealth of knowledge and expertise to UMAR in March of 2016. She is married with 2 children, and has 3 grandchildren. She loves being outdoors in the Mountains, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Ed Maner

Ed Maner

Chief Development Officer

Ed joined the UMAR team in January of 2018. With over 25 years of nonprofit experience and an MBA, he brings a wealth of experience in philanthropic giving and donor relations from a higher education background. In 2010, Ed took on the role of Director of Marketing, rebranding a university and helping to set the stage for an enrollment surge from 2,300 students to now 8,000 students. His work also extended to the Director of Alumni and External Relations positions and has been instrumental in securing large gifts for the university. Though he has a tremendous passion for people, fundraising, marketing, and public speaking, his foremost passion is his heart for his family. Ed has two children, a daughter who is a Crown Scholar at UNCC and a son who is following his passion of serving his country by preparing to enlist in the United States Air Force.

John Weatherford

John Weatherford

Director of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance Officer

John Weatherford has been with UMAR since 2013 and serves as its Executive Human Resources Director / Corporate Compliance Officer, and Leadership Team Executive.  John holds credentials as a SHRM -CP & PHR – Certified Licensed Professional in HR and is also a Qualified Mental Health Professional & Intellectual Developmental Disability Professional with 23 years of experience working in the MH/IDD field. 

Jonathan Briggs

Jonathan Briggs

Director of Program Services

Jonathan Briggs grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. He has 30 years of health care experience as a Social Worker, Nursing Home Administrator, and Assisted Living Executive Director. Jonathan was hired with UMAR as a Quality Professional in July 2010, and has moved his way up, serving as our Director of Program Services since 2016. Jonathan is married to Jan, and they have 4 children, 4 dogs, and two cats.

Kim Jonas

Kim Jonas

Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator

Kim has worked with children and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for over 20 years, and has worked in the public school setting as a Special Education Teacher, specializing in Autism, as well as private practice and non-profit environments. Since joining UMAR in June of 2016, Kim has shown how extremely passionate she is about supporting all persons to achieve independence and reach their goals.  She is a lover of health and wellness, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her two young boys.

UMAR’s BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 
Parks Hunter

Parks Hunter

Chairman of the Board

Billy Morton

Billy Morton

Vice Chairman of the Board

Ed Imbrogno

Ed Imbrogno

Board of Trustee

Morry Johnston

Morry Johnston

Board of Trustee

Pat Mirabelli

Pat Mirabelli

Board of Trustee

Theresa Hall

Theresa Hall

Board of Trustee

Max Daniel

Max Daniel

Board of Trustee

Tom Hollowell

Tom Hollowell

Board of Trustee

Donna Frye

Donna Frye

Board of Trustee

Gil Middlebrooks

Gil Middlebrooks

Board of Trustee

Immediate Past Board Chair