Chris serves as the Executive Director of Lighthouse Family Retreat, an organization that serves families living through childhood cancer, where families have an opportunity to laugh, restore relationships and find hope in God. Chris received both his Bachelors degree in Education and Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Jan and three children.
Home Roam: Roam Dunwoody
1. What sparked the idea for Lighthouse Family Retreat? Why are you passionate about what you’re accomplishing?
Lighthouse was started in 1999 by a pediatric oncology nurse out of Children’s Healthcare of Atl. Her vision was to provide families going through childhood cancer an opportunity to be a family for a week and experience what many of us take for granted…a week’s vacation at the beach. I first became a fan when I was introduced to the founder and once our kids were old enough, we came as a family and served with Lighthouse for a week at the beach. We instantly went from fan to raving fan. The time we spent serving with our kids was priceless, and we made such great friendships with the families we served. We made it an annual trip. When the opportunity opened to be the Executive Director, it didn’t take long for my wife and I to decide we wanted to be a part of the organization full time. I started as the Executive Director in 2012 and it has been an amazing journey. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of making an impact in the lives of the families we serve.
2. What do you consider to be the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the people I get to work with. We have an amazing team at Lighthouse, and I am so fortunate be on this journey with them. Not only do we have an amazing staff, we have a great board of directors to work with and an amazing group of volunteers that serve with us. I love seeing the impact serving has on the lives of the people we work with…it is life-changing.
3. How are you utilizing Roam to further your dreams with Lighthouse Family Retreat?
Roam has been a great resource and environment for our team at Lighthouse. We use Roam for a majority of our meetings with donors, volunteer leaders and board members. It offers us a great central location that is convenient for so many of the folks we meet with. We love the feeling you get at Roam…it reminds me a little of “Cheers”, its a place where everyone knows your name.
4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
This is a tough question…I have received a lot of great advice over the years and on a lot of different topics/areas of life. The one that tends to transcend all relationships and environments, “A life well lived is not a life about you, but a life invested in making others better.” I have seen this played out in several mentors’ lives…where they have spent their life pouring into the lives of others…their life is full and they have so much joy because of the difference they are making in the lives of others. A great model to live by.
5. What is your signature drink at Roam?
A sugar-free vanilla latte