Our dedicated team has more than 75 years of collective experience in philanthropy/fundraising. We’re passionate about supporting Regional One Health’s mission to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing compassionate care and exceptional healthcare services. We’re diligent in our work to ensure every dollar raised takes us one step closer to realizing our vision of a modern academic medical center committed to delivering world-class patient care, right here in Memphis.

Rachel Alkire | Regional One Health Foundation

Rachel is an experienced fundraiser with a background in major giving.

Rachel began her career in development by fundraising for the College of Arts in Science at the University of Missouri. During her four years on the team, she managed a portfolio of over 100 prospects and played a pivotal role in the university’s capital campaign. In addition to her fundraising responsibilities, Rachel was instrumental in building Mizzou’s donor pipeline in St. Louis and Houston, Texas.

In her current role, Rachel is responsible for growing Regional One Health Foundation’s major gifts program (individual donations of $5,000 or more). By connecting passionate donors to transformative campaigns and system priorities, she allows the foundation to make a greater impact on Regional One Health.

Rachel lives in Memphis with her husband, Zach. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Sheilla joined Regional One Health in 2007 after relocating to Memphis from Chicago, IL. She began her career at Regional One Health as an Administrative Assistant in the Pharmacy department. Sheilla joined the Foundation in 2012 where she now serves as a Development Associate.

Sheilla enjoys coordinating with the entire Foundation team to bring the group’s efforts together in a cohesive plan. She also serves as the administrative liaison for the Foundation’s Board of Directors and coordinates the acknowledgment and gift entry processes.

Sheilla knows first-hand how important the Regional One Health system is to our community. The life of one of her family members was saved by the outstanding care they received. By serving as a Development Associate, Sheilla can help protect and advance the life-saving work of the Regional One Health system.

Sheilla resides in Memphis and is the proud mother of a teenage daughter, Lyric.

Mary Catherine joined Regional One Health Foundation in October 2014, bringing with her almost 10 years of experience in event management and public relations.

In Mary Catherine’s previous corporate meeting and events position, she worked on such notable events as the grand opening of the new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards, which has such distinguished honorees as the Dalai Lama, Al Gore and B.B. King.

Mary Catherine’s vast experience in corporate meeting and event management is instrumental in her role as Director of Events. Mary Catherine oversees and implements all the current and potential Foundation events, including the Foundation’s largest, most exciting fundraiser of the year, the annual gala.

Mary Catherine is a native Memphian. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga and is an avid runner.

Nikki is a dedicated nonprofit professional with a passion for community service.

Nikki has a rich background in events, hospitality and tourism with a focus on creating experiences that bring communities together. Her experience includes work with New Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the Convention Center in Downtown Memphis. In her current role, Nikki is responsible for expanding event operations that support fundraising campaigns and system programming for Regional One Health.

She earned her BA in Communications from UT Knoxville, and her MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College.


Jonathan Blake came to Regional One Health in 2022 with a long tenure at the non-profit Transplant Foundation.  While at Transplant, Blake was responsible for creating and fulfilling strategies to increase donation rates through nurturing partnerships and educating hospital staff.  His professional experience also includes creating print and electronic media, as well as sales proposals and presentations.  He gained his bachelor’s in advertising and his master’s in Journalism from the University of Memphis.

Blake strives to communicate messages, publish stories, and to persuade audiences to make a difference.  He invests his talents at the Foundation in the areas of email marketing and design, fundraising, and project management.

He is married to Rossana and has three children, Emily, Elizabeth, and Ethan – and they all enjoy walking their dogs and keeping fit out in Mississippi.


Tammie has served as the Executive Director of the Regional One Health Foundation since 2004. She has more than 20 years of philanthropic experience. 

Tammie is often seen walking the halls of the hospital visiting with our clinical teams, meeting with patients and families and seeing how we can better meet their needs. She stays current on innovative medical solutions and healthcare trends, as well as healthcare philanthropy to identify opportunities to make our organization stronger.

No two days are the same for Tammie. In her role, she serves as a relationship manager by connecting philanthropists to programs, causes, clinical leaders and others who can fulfill their desire to change healthcare and positively impact the lives of others. Tammie also connects physicians, researchers, nurses and innovative industry leaders to the philanthropists who can support their efforts to save more lives, to improve patient outcomes, to keep their patients healthy, and to prevent devastating illnesses and injuries.

Tammie is a proud native Memphian. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, an internationally recognized designation for philanthropic fundraising executives. Tammie is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and Vistage International. She is a former member of Leadership Memphis (Class of 2004), The Healthcare Management Academy, the Memphis Downtown Rotary Club Board of Directors and served as President of Women of Achievement.