Meet The Bonnell Foundation Team
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 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.
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.
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.