About Children’s Flight of Hope

Our Mission

Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH) offers hope and healing to families by providing air transportation to children in need of specialized medical care. For most families, this means we reserve tickets on commercial airlines for the child and one adult companion to travel for treatment. Some families travel once a year, some every three weeks and many have changing needs as a child’s treatment evolves. On limited occasions, our resources allow us to provide private flights for a child who is medically unable to travel on a commercial airline.

We had our best year ever in 2019! Learn more in our Annual Report.

Our Team

Staff

Pat Nelli
Executive Director
pat@cfoh.org
984.465.0482

Stephanie Thompson, MS
Director of Mission Delivery
stephanie@cfoh.org
missions@cfoh.org
984.465.0481

Carol Pyszkowski
Manager of Events and Community Engagement
carol@cfoh.org
919-466-8593

Board of Directors

Jennifer Wade
CFOH Chair
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Owner

David Byerley
CFOH Treasurer
BB&T now Truist
Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banking

Rick Gardner
CFOH Immediate Past Chair 
RGA Investments
President

Deborah Nunn
CFOH Secretary
D&H Support Solutions, Inc.
Owner

Herbert Fuchs, MD
CFOH Vice Chair
Duke University Medical Center
Head of Pediatric Neurosurgical Services

Rachid Bendali
Parker LORD
Vice President, Global Aerospace & Defense

Gill Cooper
First Federal Bank
Commercial Relationship Manager

Ben Griffith
Microsoft
Naval Aviation Advisor/Technology Sales

Dale L. Thomas, Jr.
Attorney
Gray Newell Thomas, LLP

Matt Callahan
Callahan Construction & Development Co.
President & CEO

Joe Dillon
Curi Capital
Managing Director

Debra Perry 
Chief Growth Officer/ Consultant
tiptap

Jeff Causey
Causey Aviation
Chief Operating Officer

Joe Elphick
Business Consultant
EP, LLC

Jeff Stocks
Chairman and CEO
The Nautical Group

Advisory Board

Rob Gooding
Vice President
Accentuate Staffing

Abel Zalcberg
Owner
ABCZ Properties, LLC

Robert Sasser
Partner
Barringer Sasser LLP

Richard (Dick) Ambrose
Retired
LORD Corporation

Stories of Hope

The greatest reward for CFOH is hearing the stories of the families weve helped.

They are stories of courage, of compassion, of love, and - most certainly - of hope.

Kristy

Julia

Alexandra