Charlotte Ledger Announces its 40 Over 40 Winners


The Charlotte Ledger’s 40 Over 40 Awards, presented by U.S. Bank, honors and celebrates people who are making important contributions to this place we all call home — even if they are aged 40+.

The Charlotte region is filled with those who are working hard to improve our community’s quality of life, often with little fanfare, and 40 Over 40 finds them and celebrates them.

This year’s winners are making valuable contributions and improvements to our local communities in areas across the board–business, education, nonprofits, volunteer work, healthcare, and any other sector in Charlotte.

2023 40 Over 40 Winners:

  • Toya Bailey, Community Engagement Lead, Truliant Federal Credit Union

  • Reginald Bean, Managing Director, White Label Management Group

  • Tony A. Brantley, Business and CTE Instructor, Sugar Creek Charter School and Co-founder, LeadCity Youth

  • Ivanna Garibaldi Campbell, HR Manager, Bank of America and Mentor, Kidz That Care 

  • Carla A. Carlisle, Executive Director, The Compassionate Companion 

  • Alli Celebron-Brown, President + CEO, McColl Center

  • Steve Crump, Reporter, WBTV

  • Louis Foreman, Founder and CEO, Enventys Partners

  • Heather Call Fuller, Attorney, Lincoln Derr, PLLC

  • Teneika Funderburk, MSN, RN, CCHP, Owner and Founder of Loving In Home Care Services Inc. and Nursing Careers Institute Inc. 

  • Christian Gallardo, Agency Owner, Carolina’s 1st Choice Agency LLC

  • Nidiya Gaspar, Founder & President, Shakthi Corporation

  • Jessica Graham, President, Fionix Consulting

  • Tameka Gunn, President and CEO, Community Link

  • Shannon Harris, Managing Director Real Estate Development, Panorama Holdings

  • Emily Harry, Co-founder, Baby Bundles

  • Renee Hode, Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, South Piedmont Community College

  • Darlene Ifill-Taylor, MD, Founder and Medical Director, Three Strand Wellness, LLC

  • Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr., CEO and Lead Photographer, ACJ Holdings LLC

  • Josh Jacobson, CEO, Next Stage 

  • Dr. Robert A. Johnson, III, Senior Care Advocate, UHC, Optum

  • Brian Kahn, Charlotte Office Managing Partner, McGuireWoods and Co-Producer, Charlotte Squawks

  • Dr. Alyson Kuroski-Mazzei, CEO & Chief Medical Officer, HopeWay

  • Heather Leavitt, Co-founder, Baby Bundles

  • Brian Li, Financial Education Coordinator and Middle School Math Teacher, Providence Day School

  • Cat Long, Co-founder, Baby Bundles and Real Estate Broker, Compass

  • Shannon McKnight, Founder and Chief Consultant, Next Level Nonprofits

  • Raj Merchant, Director, Grant Thornton LLP

  • Tchernavia Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer, Care Ring

  • Joe Mynatt, Program Manager, Common Wealth Charlotte

  • Rashaan Peek, Chief of Staff, Charlotte Center City Partners 

  • Glenn Proctor, Founder, Reddjobb

  • Cheryl L. Richards, Ph.D., President & CEO, Catapult Employers Association

  • Mike Stolp, Investigative Producer, WSOC-TV

  • Jennifer Szakaly, Founder & CEO, Caregiving Corner

  • Brent Torstrick, Partner, Robinson Bradshaw

  • Shelley White, President and CEO, Ascend Nonprofit Solutions

  • April B. Whitlock, Head of Corporate Citizenship, LendingTree

  • Gregory A. Willingham, Program Director, SoundVizion LLC / Jazz ‘N Soul Music and Senior Managing Director, Point B Consulting

  • Amanda Wise, Director of Nonprofit Partnerships, SHARE Charlotte

40 Over 40 Awards Party:

On April 27th, we’re going back in time to celebrate these amazing winners and you are invited to join in on the ‘80s movie-themed celebration! Tickets start at $85 and include dinner from Plate Perfect Catering’s restaurants, beer, wine, ’80s music, and more!

Costume Contest: Guests are invited to join in on the ’80s movie theme (not required!) dress up as your favorite ’80s movie character for a chance to win prizes! (If not, let’s say the attire is [old-school] business casual.)

When and Where: The event will be held at the Charlotte Museum of History (3500 Shamrock Drive Charlotte, NC 28215) on Thursday, April 27, from 6-9 p.m.

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