MEET THE JOEL FUND TEAM

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 an 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

Operations 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.

KATIE BRASWELL

Technology platform manager

Katie is a creator, designer, and editor and desires to use her abilities to serve her community. Since moving to North Carolina from her home state of Indiana in 2015, she has honed and developed these strengths. Katie values faith and family above everything else. She is a proud wife of an Air Force Veteran who served his country as a SERE Instructor. She is a blessed momma of two handsome boys. Their time together is precious, so they make the most of it! They love trips to the family beach cottage as well as outdoor fun on the family farm. Katie understands first hand the importance of support and camaraderie, especially within the veteran community. She believes we are all meant to serve others and our communities with our unique gifts. With The Joel Fund, Katie looks forward to making an impact in the lives of veterans and their families.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAN SADEROFF

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. After over 17 years with the same company, he manages the company’s regional markets’ installation and service. Dan finds 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 within a charity. He is a husband and proud father of two boys and 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 the 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’s 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.