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Laura Long Collins
President & Executive Director

Wake Forest

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Laura Collins attended NCSU and loved Raleigh so much that she's lived here in Wake County ever since. She has 20 years' experience in business with a focus on project and program management. Laura is a Technical Program Manager at Oracle. She enjoys empty-nester life with her husband Scott, cat Mabel, and dogs Max and Marley. Her oldest daughter studies engineering at NCSU and her youngest, twins, are current and former United States Marines.

Laura learned about Carolina Cares several years ago and was impressed by how many people are helped by the small core group of volunteers and by the larger Carolina Cares donor community. She saw how everyone had such a willingness to help each other and was inspired to do more herself. Laura began working more closely with Carolina Cares in 2019 and helps manage the Carolina Cares Facebook community, as well as assisting with in-person events and governance work as needed. She is proud of the work that Carolina Cares does to serve our local community.

Laura Long Collins

Clarise Tittle


Clarise works in healthcare and helps people on a daily basis in addition to her work with Carolina Cares.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she has called Garner home for many years. She began volunteering with Carolina Cares in 2018 and has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for all of our events. Clarise can be found many nights leading up to our Christmas event collecting, cleaning, shopping, and organizing toys and donations. She is passionate about helping people where they are, however she can.

Monique Lockhart

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Beth Owens
Wake Forest

Beth is a native of Alabama but has called the Raleigh area home for many years. She brings a bright passion to working with Carolina Cares and serving our community with dignity. Beth is an automotive aftermarket specialist with many years in technology and marketing. She lives in Wake Forest with her husband Tommy and youngest son, while her two older children attend Appalachian State University and UNC Wilmington. Roll Tide!



Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Susann "Zanny" Wigger
September 9, 2023

Susann “Zanny” Wigger, 47, had a kind heart and a passion for helping others. She believed in helping everyone attain dignity and self-sufficiency, and lived her life with compassion and acceptance for all she met. Her work touched many lives, even countless people who may not have even known her name. She helped people because she believed in it, not because she wanted accolades. She had a long history of civic and community involvement, driven by her compassion for the earth and love for all who live here. A long-time vegetarian then vegan, she believed all life to be precious.


Zanny was preceded in death by her father, who passed earlier this year, and by her late husband Ben, who passed over 6 years after beating stage IV esophageal cancer. She is survived by her fiance Paul, her sweet cats Maxi and Mittens, and many friends who loved her like family.

She began volunteering with Carolina Cares in 2015, initially helping prepare and distribute food and meals to the homeless and helping with events. In 2018 she joined the administration for Carolina Cares, and when Carolina Cares became a 501c3 not-for-profit Zanny was Vice-President. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes and on center stage to help as many people as possible. In 2020 she joined the Board of Bridge the Gap Mission to further both groups’ missions.


Zanny was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she made many lifelong friends. She had a career of over 20 years in marketing, consulting, and communications in both industry and in the non-profit sector. She spent many years doing consulting work, and in 2021 began working with Medical Leverage.


Zanny loved people, music, dancing, food, plants, camping, the outdoors, travel, and all things funky and colorful. She was a free spirit and marched to the beat of her own music. We know she will continue to live in our hearts forever, as will the impact she made on the world.


We, her dearest friends, love and miss her so; thank you for reading about her today and keeping her legacy alive.


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Dr. Donna Goldstein
Community Outreach Liason


“Dr.Donna” grew up with parents in the social work and teaching professions , who taught her that it is our responsibility each day to do something to help repair the world.

Trained as a corporate psychologist , she served as the Director of Training and Wellness for an Atlanta based insurance company and later provided consulting and training services to 200 + organizations including over 50 nonprofits. She served as an adjunct faculty member at six universities and contributed to 28 books. She’s been an active volunteer for 45 yrs w/charities that serve the homeless and hungry , as well as the arts. She recently relocated to Raleigh and jumped right in volunteering for the Food Donation Connection and as one of the key volunteers for Carolina Cares, helping to organize the 2023 Christmas giveaway and the pop up give -away afterwards . She co-leads our monthly food pop-up , sponsored by MOM’s, at Trophy Brewery and is excited about also coordinating the Halloween Costume Swap and Giveaway. She has enjoyed mentoring several members our community and looks forward to continuing to be of service.

Christy Van Ness
Christmas Development Chair

Info coming soon



Millie Starliper, Maureen Moffatte, and Colette Starliper (left to right)

Friends of Carolina Cares are people who are dedicated to helping Carolina Cares help our community. They are empowered to represent Carolina Cares out in the community to help us further our goals. Friends do not have set days, hours, and tasks, and can choose when and how to spend their time in service of Carolina Cares.

Friends' primary goals:
- Conducting community outreach, sharing Carolina Cares' vision in person and on social media
- Fundraising within their own networks among their friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers
- Collecting food, hygiene, toys, and school supply donations throughout the year
- Building relationships with small businesses and other not-for-profit organizations
- Hosting personal small fundraising parties and food, school supplies, coat, or toy drives

A typical goal for a Friend may be collecting donations from a grocery store, or speaking to a business owner about sponsoring an event or donating goods. While Friends do not enter into contracts on behalf of Carolina Cares, they play a crucial role in increasing our outreach in the community. 

Would you like to be a Friend of Carolina Cares?  Email


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