Meet The Bonnell Foundation Team
Laura Teicher Bonnell, President
The idea for The Bonnell Foundation: Living with Cystic Fibrosis came about after Molly and Emily (Laura’s daughters) were diagnosed with CF. Laura and husband Joe, with 9 siblings between them, had no history of CF in their family. Laura (and Joe) discovered they were carriers of the genetic disease after their daughters were diagnosed. It was then she realized there was a need for a Foundation that worked with CF families. It was years before Bonnell was able to get the Foundation up and running. A news reporter for 25 years (employed at WWJ and WJR most of her career) Laura was able to use her media talent and connections to get the word out about cystic fibrosis. Bonnell spoke in Lansing to talk about the importance of having CF on the list of diseases for newborn screening (officially added in 2007). For 16 years the Bonnells raised funds for the Great Strides Walk for the CF Foundation and Laura was a speaker at the Tennis Auction Ball in 1995. Celebrity softball games became a fundraiser in 1999 with the wives of the Detroit Tigers kicking off the inaugural game. Then the Portraits of cystic fibrosis calendars were born in 2003. Both events raised about $100,000, some going to the CF Foundation and the University of Michigan. In 2010 Laura started the Bonnell Foundation. The Foundation helps families with lung transplant grants, financial assistance and college scholarships. As of this writing, we’ve given out about $500,000. Bonnell is currently the State Ambassador for the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD).
Lori Tournay Liggett, Vice President
Lori is currently the General Sales Manager at Cumulus Media Nashville. Her previous work experiences include over 25 years in the local radio market in Marketing, promotion, sales and management. Lori also has her Master of Arts in Teaching degree has spent time teaching Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Radio & TV, 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 playing competitive tennis and enjoying family 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.
Cathy Nagle, Physical Therapist
I am a retired Physical Therapist but currently working 4 days a week at multiple non-profit agencies. I am a wife and mother of 4 grown children. I am honored and excited to serve as a Board Member for the Bonnell Foundation, serving the CF community.
When first meeting Laura, a fellow CF Mom, I immediately saw this fun, amazing woman with passion who has committed herself to improve the lives of other CF families. So when I was asked to join her on her mission, I felt honored to become a Board Member of the Bonnell Foundation. I am a wife and mother of three; an Aussidoodle, a son (11 years) and a daughter (9 years), with my daughter having Cystic Fibrosis. Prior to being a mom, I received a Business Management degree at Southern Oregon University and worked in the corporate world for 4 years before I moved into the Nonprofit field. From there I proceeded to volunteer once my children were born. Volunteering became my new norm, through sports, school, church, and our nonprofit organizations that hit home. I am finding a balance now and enjoying my family time, my friends, cooking, exercising and planning future travel adventures. As a CF mom I hope to share the hope, strength and knowledge I have gained and continue to work on through this CF roller coaster ride of life.
Rachel Ann Miller, Bookkeeper
Rachel Ann is honored to be part of the Bonnell Foundation and comes to us with several years experience in accounting and bookkeeping. She holds a Certificate in General Accounting from Oakland Community College and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. In addition to supporting the goals of the Bonnell Foundation, Rachel Ann works with various other clients and especially enjoys working with organizations that are helping individuals and the community. When she’s not crunching numbers, Rachel Ann loves to spend time with her family, listen to podcasts, relax at yoga, cook, and paper craft.
Anne enjoys spending time surrounded by her faith, family, and friends. She has three grown children; JP, Eric, and Clara, and husband John. She is a nurse at Beaumont, and helps patients prepare for surgery. She has been a part of Shrine and Royal Oak her entire life, minus the four years she spent in Ann Arbor for college and where she met John. Anne learned about and became involved with CF back in 1991 when her cousin’s twins were diagnosed. Being able to help care for and nurture Catherine and Elizabeth into the healthy young ladies they are today is a gift Anne will always cherish. Anne is honored and excited to be a part of The Bonnell Foundation.
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.