Chief Play Officer
Eric is the founder of Roc Solid Foundation. With his mind on the mission, he manages the staff and oversees all key initiatives, including children’s hospital partnerships, major sponsor relationships and Roc Solid’s strategic growth plan.
As a pediatric cancer survivor, Eric is all too familiar with the battle a family faces when their child is diagnosed. And that’s what drives him daily toward the vision of one day building hope for every child fighting cancer.
Eric is an avid reader and dedicated leader who speaks to large groups regularly, sharing his personal story. If you’re around him long enough, you’re sure to hear a metaphor or reference to a self-growth book he’s reading.
With a “think big, act small” approach, Eric puts the highest value on relationships and those who have supported the organization as it’s grown. He keeps Roc Solid staff members busy with never-ending “larger than life” ideas, always pushing the envelope and always with the mission in mind.
Director of Communications
Ashley officially joined the Roc Solid team as Director of Communications in 2017 after managing the organization's brand and marketing efforts as a volunteer for nearly seven years. She oversees all communication to volunteers, sponsors, donors and the public. She's also Eric's go-to for implementing "big ideas," of which there are many.
Ashley graduated from the University of Central Florida (#goknightsgo) with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. For 10 years, she was senior account manager for Hampton Roads' premier PR firm. She never planned to work in the nonprofit sector, but when this opportunity presented itself, she couldn't say no.
Ashley is extremely passionate about Roc Solid's mission and maintaining its brand as the organization grows. She thinks of herself as being organized, and her habit of writing everything down in long to-do lists overwhelms her colleagues... but they never have to worry something will fall through the cracks.
And #shelikestocommunicate, so you'll be hearing from her soon!
Director of Programs
Megan is the queen of logistics at Roc Solid, overseeing the Play It Forward initiative in our Virginia and North Carolina Regions, as well as playset projects outside those regions - aka our "travel builds." She also runs the Ready Bag program, managing inventory and working with partner hospitals on distribution.
With a degree in political science from Old Dominion University (2016), it’s safe to say Megan’s career took a different path than she originally planned, but her “change the world” mentality remains; she’s doing just that, one Roc Solid family at a time.
Megan keeps her cool in stressful situations, laser focused on the end goal. And although she’s the more serious one in the office (aka “fun police”), she says her job is way too rewarding to feel like work.
Kelly is Roc Solid’s people-person. A mom of four, she is a natural caregiver and encourager.
Her role includes overseeing finances and human resources, as well as assisting Roc Solid's executive team.
A former banker, Kelly was exposed to Roc Solid through a community service project that coincidentally benefited a family she knew. After signing on as a volunteer, this position opened, fitting her interests and personality perfectly.
Kelly never takes herself too seriously and is known to keep her coworkers on their toes with jokes and pranks. But she is also extremely hard working, reliable and flexible to filling whatever role is needed at the time.
Engagement Coordinator – North Carolina
When Kara was 20, she heard the three words nobody wants to hear - You have cancer. It was her sophomore year at Hillsdale College in Michigan. She was on the basketball team, and life was good. But then life as she knew it stopped completely.
After treatment, Kara finished her degree, plus a Master’s at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and then worked as a surgical assistant. But fate and a desire to give back led her to Roc Solid, where she is responsible for the growth and development of the North Carolina region.
Kara’s a goal-driven team member who makes people feel comfortable in any situation and likes to have fun in the process.
“Working with Roc Solid is my opportunity to not ‘waste’ my cancer,” she says. “There’s nothing I could be more passionate about.”
Engagement Coordinator - Virginia
Misty wears her "positive pants" to work every day. She oversees Roc Solid's Virginia region, working with families, sponsors and hospitals to bring the essential element of play back into the lives of kids fighting cancer. And she does all of that with a smile - always.
When Misty's was 11, her grandmother, who raised her, lost her third battle with cancer, and the community stepped in with incredible support. She's not sure where she'd be without those who rallied around her, and she feels lucky to have the opportunity to support kids going through tough times here at Roc Solid.
"It's not just a playset," she says. "It's surrounding a hurting family with love and showing them they're not alone. I'm honored I get to be a light in a dark place for our families."
Misty graduated from Elms College with a degree in Sociology and previously worked for a nonprofit that recruits foster families.