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 (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.
Janice is a retired business leader with more than 35 years of experience in Finance and Human Resources. She had an extensive career with the General Electric Company and then moved to Greensboro, NC in 2011 to be the Head, Compensation & Benefits, North America with Syngenta.
She started competitive swimming in the 7th grade and spent her teen years teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding at the YMCA.
Janice graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Finance and is a four-time Division II All-American swimmer. She was Team Captain, school record holder and a Student Leader. She continues her love of swimming by competing in US Masters and she met Charlie at swim meets in North Carolina.
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 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.
Minnie is nationally recognized for public school advocacy and for board of education leadership. President of the NC School Boards Association, officer of the National School Board Association and the Council of Urban Boards of Education, university professor and other management roles are included on her extensive resume.
Minnie was elected to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education in 2004 and served as a member, vice-chair and chairperson positions until 2020. She taught at NC Central University in the departments of English and Mass Communication until retirement in 2011. She currently serves as adjunct faculty. She has also taught at AASA, Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy. Her statewide experience includes an appointment to the NC Council of the Status of Women and the NC Gang Advisory Task Force. She is co-founder of the East Durham Children’s Initiative and board member for KIPP:ENC.
In addition to her numerous community service awards, she was granted the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest honor in 2011.
Minnie will head up Swim for Charlie’s community outreach efforts both locally in Durham and across the state.