BROOKE DICKHART
Founder/President

Brooke is the daughter of a former Navy SEAL who suffered from PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Brooke channeled her strong desire to help others like her dad and her frustration with the lack of treatment options available to veterans into creating The Joel Fund. Brooke brings her knowledge of entrepreneurship and personal experience to TJF in a effort to educate others about the hardships faced by our veterans. Brooke leads the TJF team and oversees fundraising, community involvement, and partnership development. Brooke is married and has three children. Brooke holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

 

NICOLE JAMES
Social Media Manager
Nicole was raised in South Florida but has lived and loved North Carolina for the past 15 years. She is extremely passionate about serving her community with her extensive background in corporate event planning.  Nicole has not only run her own business since 2014, but she has also volunteered her time and expertise to nonprofit work since 2017. Her organizational skills and project management strengths have allowed her to head up various programs and events at her daughters’ schools.  Her most cherished achievements rest in her loving husband and 2 beautiful daughters. Currently, Nicole has 2 family members serving overseas and the kindest father-in-law who is an Army Veteran.


Board of Directors


DAN SANDEROFF
Board Member

After a unique childhood that included 5 sets of legal guardians, Dan knew the Military was the right path for him.  He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 through the delayed entry program.  In the Navy, Dan served on the FFG 27 USS M.S. Tisdale and the DDG 56 USS John Paul Jones.  He separated from the USN as a Gunner’s Mate 2nd class in 1999. After separation, Dan started working in the Security/Access Control industry as a construction assistant and after over 17 years with the same company, he manages the installation and service for the company’s regional markets. Dan find’s time to keep in touch with his fellow Navy alums.  Dan is excited to be involved in TJF and this is his first Board Member position of a charity.  He is a husband and proud father of two boys, loves the Redskins and his country.

 

THOMAS LINDGREN
Board Member

Tom has been trying cases in New York and North Carolina  since 1983.  In personal injury litigation, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in over 100 personal injury cases including medical malpractice, automobile, railroad, trucking, products liability and class action cases.  Tom has represented and tried, to jury verdict, various commercial litigation matters including contract and fraud actions as well as represented contestants in various probate litigations.

 

BECKY HANNERT
Board Member

Becky was born on Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma and spent much of her childhood moving from place to place, including North Carolina. She returned to NC in 1996 with her family. She and her husband grew their company for over 20 years before she left to become COO for a local company conglomerate.  She has a B.A. in Art History and Visual Arts and oversees the marketing campaigns and development for several entities.  Becky believes the mental health care of our veterans should be a top concern for all. The Joel Fund does so many amazing things for veterans with all types of needs.  Becky wants to help see it grow and reach more of those in need.

 

JEFF JORDAN
Board Member

Jeff Jordan, a Raleigh native and an 82d Airborne Army veteran. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. from 1993 to 1997. Jeff and his wife are currently living and raising their son in North Raleigh. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in Information Technology Management and has worked in the Telecom industry for past 13 years. Jeff currently works for NOKIA supporting Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom and enjoys spending all of his free time with family. Jeff’s eager and proud to be part of The Joel Fund and hopes to help veterans connect, navigate and execute.

 

MIKE MCCARTNEY
Board Member

Mike McCartney is the son of an Army veteran and a longtime resident of North Carolina. Mike, his wife and two daughters live in North Raleigh. In joining The Joel Fund board of directors, Mike looks to leverage his extensive board experience and deep connections in the Raleigh business community to help The Joel Fund better serve our veterans.

 


Past Board:

JEFF LANTER

If it were up to Jeff, his bio would read, “worked on lots of stuff with people you may have heard of.” Despite his attempt at modesty, in actuality Jeff’s rap sheet is quite impressive, and he knows it. He has a gift for figuring out the best way to tell a story, and each one is unique. He enjoys working with all of our talented people who like to push the boundaries. Professional Summary: As President of Trailblazer Studios, Jeff oversees the daily operations of our four divisions: Entertainment, Production, Post, and Sound. Since joining the company in 2003, Jeff has helped develop relationships with cable networks and launch the move into original programming. Prior to his current role, Jeff headed up our Production team and before that, our Development team. In another life, Jeff worked as a producer in the spot world, producing commercials for nation brands including Land’s End, State Farm, and Honda. He also spent time producing for The CBS Morning Show and PBS.

 

MATT NEWTON

Matt is a CPA with over 30 years experience in public accounting, working closely with many non-profit organizations.  He has served on several Boards, and brings valuable insight and knowledge to The Joel Fund.  His wife Rebecca is also a CPA, and is currently serving on the Board of a large non-profit in the Chicago area.  They have two children, one at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and one at UNC.  Matt and Rebecca reside in Chapel Hill.

 

CYNTHIA WILSON

Cynthia Wilson comes from a military family. Her father was career Air Force, and a Vietnam War veteran. Her husband, several uncles, and brothers served in the armed forces. Cynthia has spent her career working in the public and non-profit sectors. Her service includes public elementary school teacher, teacher for non-profit extended-care kindergarten, university instructor and researcher, and Director of Operations of a non-profit urban youth leadership-development program. She also served as the Outreach Director for her church in Kansas City. Cynthia’s passion is to serve and be a voice for under-served and vulnerable communities. Cynthia earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from James Madison University. She earned a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on educational research and psychology, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Cynthia lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and three sons.
 
 
BLAIR BORDEAUX

Blair Bordeaux is a North Carolina native, father, North Carolina State Alumni and Professional Engineer. Blair is currently serving as President of Bordeaux Construction Company, a Raleigh-based commercial General Contractor and Construction Manager. Bordeaux Construction was founded in 1978 by Joseph T. Bordeaux, Sr. and has the unique distinction of being a 3rd generation family business, led by engineers from North Carolina State University. Blair is an avid outdoorsman and sports fan. On the weekend, you may find Blair hiking with the family at Falls Lake, on the golf course, camping and surfing at the Outer Banks, or just catching a NC State Basketball game or Carolina Panthers football game with friends.