Foundation Professionals

Dianna Beaty
Program Associate
Dianna Beaty
Program Associate

Dianna Beaty is a Program Associate for The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Program Associate, Dianna supports Senior Program Officers in evaluating grant proposals, conducting background research, and preparing proposals for review. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Dianna worked as a Program Director for The Parkinson Association where she helped plan and host educational symposiums for the community. A native of Claremont, NC, Dianna graduated from The University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew, biking, and visiting dog parks with her dog, Calli.

Jennifer DeWitt
Program Officer
Jennifer DeWitt
Program Officer

Jennifer DeWitt is a Program Officer at The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Program Officer, Jennifer is responsible for evaluating grant proposals, program research and identifying new grant opportunities.  She works primarily in the Education mission area. Before joining the Foundation in 2019, Jennifer worked for Duke Energy supporting community affairs, philanthropic investments, and corporate communications. Prior to that, she spent several years in South Carolina overseeing community engagement for Greenville Water and leading initiatives for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. Originally from Indianapolis, Jennifer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Clemson University. She enjoys reading, barre classes, outdoor activities and exploring Charlotte’s culinary scene.

Sara Fedyna
Grant Operations Specialist and Senior Program Associate
Sara Fedyna
Grant Operations Specialist and Senior Program Associate

Sara Fedyna is the Grant Operations Specialist and a Senior Program Associate with The Leon Levine Foundation. As Grant Operations Specialist, Sara helps craft and implement policies and procedures for the grant evaluation process. As a Senior Program Associate, Sara works across all mission areas and is responsible for evaluating grant proposals, program research and supporting Senior Program Officers in implementing mission area strategies. Before joining the Foundation in 2016, she worked as a special education teacher and in higher education at her alma mater, Queens University of Charlotte. While there she led the university’s scholarship programming and local student recruitment. A Charlotte native, she and her husband, Rost, enjoy exploring greenway trails with their dog Nina.

Janice Gearheart
Senior Accountant
Janice Gearheart
Senior Accountant

Janice Gearheart is the Senior Accountant for the Levine Family Office. As a Senior Accountant, Janice maintains financial record systems and provides auditing services, financial statements and tax preparation services to the family office’s and Foundation’s management team. Janice joined the Family Office in 2019, after working as a consultant with CliftonLarsonAllen’s Cast division. She was also formerly a Senior Manager in the general services group of McGladrey and Pullen. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Janice earned a degree from Radford University. She has two adult daughters. Janice enjoys spending time outdoors in her flower gardens and spending time and a glass of iced tea with friends and family on the front porch.

Darrow Goff
Associate Portfolio Manager
Darrow Goff
Associate Portfolio Manager

Darrow Goff is an Associate Portfolio Manager with the Levine Family Office. As Associate Portfolio Manager, Darrow performs daily portfolio management and reporting, conducts initial diligence of external public and private investment managers, and works with the Investment Committee to implement portfolio investment strategies. Prior to joining the Family Office in 2018, Darrow worked with Bank of America as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Chief Finance Officer Group. Originally from Boone, NC, he is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University. In his free time, Darrow enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, backpacking, and spending time with his greyhound, Boss.

Lauren Joseph
Program Associate
Lauren Joseph
Program Associate

Lauren Joseph is a Program Associate with The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Program Associate, Lauren supports Senior Program Officers in evaluating grant proposals, conducting background research, and preparing proposals for review. Lauren joined the Foundation in 2020, after working as an Account Recruiting Manager for a local staffing firm. Originally from Washington, Illinois, she earned a degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband, Lucas, enjoy biking the greenway and hiking with their dog, Koda.

Thomas (Tom) W. Lawrence III
President

Tom Lawrence is the President and a member of the Board of Directors with The Leon Levine Foundation as well as Chief Financial Officer of the Levine family office. Tom joined the family office in 2002 to oversee the personal finances, tax compliance and investment portfolio management for the family and its Foundation. As President, Tom is responsible for directing the overall staff, program, and administrative activities of the Foundation. He works closely with the board to develop the Foundation’s vision and strategies. He previously worked in the Family Wealth Planning division of Arthur Andersen in Charlotte and with the general services group of McGladrey & Pullen in Richmond, Virginia. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Gina, have two children.

Deborah Majewski
Senior Program Officer
Deborah Majewski
Senior Program Officer

Deborah Majewski is a Senior Program Officer at The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Senior Program Officer, Deborah oversees the grantmaking program, vision, strategy, and team for the Human Services mission area.  Deborah joined the foundation in 2018 after working primarily in financial services, most recently at Bank of America. She is a native of Buffalo, New York, and is a graduate of The University of Rochester and SUNY Geneseo. She and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending their free time in the North Carolina mountains.

Rebecca Muse
Director of Accounting
Rebecca Muse
Director of Accounting

Rebecca Muse is the Director of Accounting for the Levine Family Office. As the Director of Accounting, Rebecca oversees the Accounting team and is responsible for tax preparation, financial and bookkeeping services, internal auditing as well as payroll. Prior to joining the Family Office in 2017, Rebecca worked at Elliott Davis Decosimo, PLLC as a Senior Manager. A native of Houston, Texas, she is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and the College of Charleston. She and her husband, Jimmy, have two children. They enjoy exploring North Carolina’s greenways.

Sarah Ott
Grants Administrator
Sarah Ott
Grants Administrator

Sarah Ott is the Grants Administrator with The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Grants Administrator, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the grants management system, obtaining and maintaining reports from grantees, initiating grant payments and preparing grant information for the board. Sarah joined the Foundation in 2012, after working as an Administrative Assistant at a local import/export company. A proud Army brat, Sarah earned a degree from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and is delighted to now call the city home. She and her husband, Dave, are animal lovers with two cats and a dog.

Dr. Michael Richardson
Senior Program Officer
Dr. Michael Richardson
Senior Program Officer

Mike Richardson is a Senior Program Officer and member of the Board of Directors with The Leon Levine Foundation. He has worked with the Levine family since 2004 and joined the Foundation in 2009. As a Senior Program Officer, Mike oversees the grantmaking program, vision, strategy, and team for the Healthcare mission area. In addition to his work with the Foundation, Dr. Richardson is also the Associate Medical Director for Genetics at the Levine Cancer Institute. Previously, he served as a primary care physician for 25 years. Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Mike is a Morehead Scholar and graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He and his wife, Kelli, have two adult children. In his free time, Mike kayaks in the mountains of NC. If he’s not with his paddle, he’s spending time with the Levine Scholars and alumni.

Gina Ringelberg
Senior Program Associate
Gina Ringelberg
Senior Program Associate

Gina Ringelberg is a Senior Program Associate with The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Senior Program Associate, Gina works across all mission areas and is responsible for evaluating grant proposals, program research and supporting Senior Program Officers in implementing mission area strategies. Before joining the Foundation in 2018, Gina worked as a Senior Substance Abuse Counselor at Carnegie Hill Institute in New York. A native of Park City, Utah, she was a QuestBridge scholar earning a degree from Amherst College. Gina spends her free time camping, skiing, and playing trivia.

Justin Steinschriber
Director of Operations and Senior Program Officer
Justin Steinschriber
Director of Operations and Senior Program Officer

Justin Steinschriber is the Director of Operations and a Senior Program Officer with The Leon Levine Foundation as well as the Director of Operations for the Levine Family Office. As Director of Operations, Justin is responsible for internal family office and Foundation operational activities, creating policies and procedures and supporting the President in implementing Foundation vision and strategies.  As Senior Program Officer, Justin oversees the grantmaking program, vision, strategy, and team for the Jewish Values mission area. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Justin worked at Wells Fargo Private Bank and Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, advising high net worth families on comprehensive legal, tax and wealth management matters. Originally from Northridge, California, Justin is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He and his wife, Kirsten, have two children. He enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams, cooking new recipes and traveling.

Michael Tarwater
Senior Advisor
Michael Tarwater
Senior Advisor

Michael Tarwater is a Senior Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors with The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Senior Advisor, Michael works closely with the President and the board on crafting and implementing Foundation vision and strategies. Before joining the Foundation in 2019, Michael enjoyed a 35-year career with Carolinas HealthCare System (Atrium Health). While there he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately retiring as the system’s President and CEO in June of 2016. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Michael is a member of North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a graduate of the University of West Florida and the University of Alabama – Birmingham. He and his wife, Ann, have three adult children and seven grandchildren. They enjoy travel, the arts, and their grandchildren.

Cindy Woller
Senior Accountant
Cindy Woller
Senior Accountant

Cindy Woller is a Senior Accountant for the Levine Family Office. As a Senior Accountant, Cindy maintains financial record systems and provides auditing services, financial statements and payroll services to the family office’s and Foundation’s management team. In 2005, she joined the Levine Family Office, and the Foundation full time. Previously, Cindy served as the Corporate Cash Manager for Family Dollar Stores while also working part time for the Levine family and their Foundation. She is a native of Charlotte and graduated from Wingate University. Cindy and her husband, Scott, have two adult sons and one granddaughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading and gardening.

Andrew Yavorski
Junior Program Officer
Andrew Yavorski
Junior Program Officer

Andrew Yavorski is a Junior Program Officer with The Leon Levine Foundation. As a Junior Program Officer Andrew is responsible for evaluating grant proposals, program research and supporting Senior Program Officers in implementing mission area strategies. He works primarily in the Human Services mission area. Andrew joined the Foundation in 2014, after holding several congressional and policy internship roles in Washington, DC. A Charlotte native, Andrew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He is an avid sports fan, particularly of his alma mater and hometown Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets.