Board

Jon Klein
Chairman

Jon is a Family Physician at Orange Family Medical Group, part of UNC Health, where he has practiced since 1988.  He has served the community as a member of the Orange County Board of Health, Orange County Schools Health Advisory Committee, as well as the Orange Congregations in Mission Child Care Center and the Healthy Carolinians Advisory Councils.

Jon met Charlie at the Chapel Hill Community Center’s masters swim program in 1991.  Charlie convinced him to swim in his first masters meet, one of many he and Charlie were to attend together.   He continues his passion for swimming and competition at masters meets throughout the US.

His love for his friend Charlie, his interest in Public Health and the well-being of children, as well as his joy of swimming are what drive him to make the Initiative successful to grow statewide.

Don Gilchrist
Vice-Chairman/Treasurer

Don (MBA) is currently associate director of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, a national commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm with a branch office in Morrisville (Raleigh).

Don’s long history of competitive swimming started at age 7 and continued with collegiate swimming and he currently swims with US Masters. He has instructed community, age group and masters swimmers.  Don has been involved with organizing and directing significant swimming events on local, regional, and national levels that included two USMS Championships and a USAS Junior Nationals.

He was president of NC Masters Swimming, served on USMS finance and championship national committees, as well as numerous community boards.  He was on the Greensboro bond committee and advisory board in the funding and development of the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Don was a long-time friend of Charlie’s and was the captain of Wake Forest swim team while Charlie was captain at Duke.

Meg Pomerantz
Secretary

Meg Pomerantz is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of the Triangle. Early in her career, she served as the Aquatics Director and Director of the Lifetime Fitness Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Meg has taught and coached various age groups from youth sports to adult novice running and swimming programs. Meg began swimming competitively at age 10 and later competed at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Meg earned her MA in Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Susi Lieff
Fundraising

Susi has worked with many health and human service agencies in professional and volunteer capacities locally, throughout the US, and abroad, including Cooperative Parent-Teacher Child Care, Women’s Health, Sexual Abuse Prevention, Pediatric HIV, and Sickle Cell Disease.

She earned an MSW at Columbia University, a Masters degree in Maternal-Child Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from UNC. She has held research and teaching appointments at UNC and Duke University.

Susi’s commitment to this Initiative is the result of many years being part of Charlie’s extended family, celebrating joys and accomplishments and marking losses and defeats – personal, professional and political.

Susi and her husband Arthur Axelbank have lived in Hillsborough for more than 3 decades, and are very proud to be members of the community launching Swim For Charlie.

Jim Tucker
Finance

Jim is a Certified Financial Planner with the investment and financial planning firm of Tucker Bria Wealth Strategies, LLC.

His business experience includes time as a Wall Street investment banker and as an investment manager. Jim was a member of the management team that grew Natural Wonders from a venture capital backed start-up into a publicly traded company. Jim earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Public Policy and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jim is a former Duke University swimming record holder and current member of U.S. Masters Swimming.

He has served the community as a Finance committee member of the Emily Krzyzewski Center and as an Investment committee member of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham and Chapel Hill. He is past president of the Board for the Community Home Trust and a Board member of the Harvard Club of the Research Triangle.

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