Meet The Bonnell Foundation Team
Get acquainted with the passionate advocates behind The Bonnell Foundation.
Laura Teicher Bonnell, President
Laura was inspired to start the Roadmap to CF, The Bonnell Foundation: Living with cystic fibrosis because both her teenage daughters have CF. Laura’s husband has 7 siblings and she has two, prior to the birth of their girls no one was aware the CF gene was in the family genetics. A news reporter for 25 years (employed over the years at both WWJ and WJR) she has used her media talents and connections to get the word out about CF. Bonnell spoke in Lansing about the importance of New Born Screening for CF and it is now a reality. Over the past 16 years Laura and her family participated in the Great Strides walks, she spoke at the Tennis Auction Ball in 1995, her husband Joe does golf outings for CF, Laura has done a Celebrity baseball game with the wives of the Detroit Tiger’s and the Portraits of CF calendars to raise awareness and funds. Bonnell was the State Advocacy Chair for 2010-11. They have raised more than $100,000 for CF research both at the Foundation and The University of Michigan Health System.
Lori Tournay Liggett, Vice President
Lori is currently a sales executive at CBS Radio Detroit. Her previous work experiences include over 15 years in the local radio market in Marketing, promotion, sales and management. More recently Lori taught high school Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Radio & TV production and was the Director of Career Services at Davenport University. Lori joined the Bonnell Foundation in 2010 as a founding Board Member. Her goal is to add her expertise in marketing and organizational planning to the foundation. Her passion to fight CF is fueled by her friendship with founder Laura Bonnell and her daughter’s friendship with Emily Bonnell. Lori spends her free time with her husband Allen and her awesome son and daughter.
Patricia B. Jaeger, Treasurer
Patty is currently the Learning Resource Coordinator at Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak. Her job entails working with the students, faculty, and staff on all of their technology challenges as well as moving the school forward in current and upcoming technology. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Computer Science and a Master’s of Science in Administration degree both from Central Michigan University. Patty’s previous work experiences include over 20 years in Information Technology (IT) as a Senior Programmer Analyst at GM/EDS. She joins the Bonnell Foundation with the hope that she can add her treasurer, organizational, and multi-tasking abilities to the Bonnell Foundation. Patty sees first-hand Laura’s daughter Emily on a daily basis at the high school. She spends her free time with David her architect husband of over 31 years and their three sons Christopher age 25 a 4th year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Jonathan age 22 a graduate of Ferris State University majoring in Professional Golf Management and Andrew age 16 a junior at Shrine Catholic High School.
Scott Carmona, Board Member
Scott knows the daily struggles and challenges facing those with cystic fibrosis (CF). Scott was born with CF but not diagnosed until 2001 at the age of 34. Scott leads an active, healthy life, but knows not all people with CF are as lucky. His sister Margie also had CF and died when she was 28 years old. Since 2006 Scott has led two fundraising events in his sisters honor, raising more than $500,000. From 2007 to 2011, Scott served as President of the Volunteer Leadership Board for the Metro Detroit Chapter of the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Scott helped expand the chapter’s annual budget from $700,000 to more than one million. Scott has worked for Ford Motor Company for 22 years, and is a certified Emergency Response Team technician. Scott enjoys spending time with wife Heather and their two year old daughter Hope Margaret.
Roberta Jasina, Honorary Chair & Friend of the Foundation
Roberta and I (Laura Bonnell) have been friends for 20 years; Roberta is a dear and loyal friend. She has been the heartbeat of WWJ for almost 25 years, and is someone her listeners can trust. Roberta would never take credit herself– she always praises others, but I am here to say she is amazing. Roberta and WWJ Newsradio 950 have reported newsworthy stories about cystic fibrosis. We are thankful Roberta is committed to The Bonnell Foundation: Living with cystic fibrosis. Roberta is married to Alan and they have two fabulous boys. Roberta does a great job gardening too! You can hear Roberta Monday through Friday from 5am to 10am.