The founder, Brandy Sims a transplant from Saint Paul, MN, has been passionate and committed to serving the underserved community for over 20 years. Philanthropy dating back to late 90’s, Ms. Sims worked at Pillsbury Neighborhood Services and helped execute the “Bottoms Up” campaign, advocacy for quality childcare rights for low-income families in Minneapolis, MN. The success in the campaign led to approval of 3 million in funding for the Minnesota TANF childcare assistance program in 1998, helping low-income families afford quality childcare.
Life changing purposes, such as losing her mother at a young age to breast cancer in 2008, she founded Elizabeth House Foundation in 2011, being her passion to end cancer, turned into her purpose.
Elizabeth House Foundation goal is to provide access to critical breast healthcare via mobile screenings to underprivileged minority women in local communities throughout the Charlotte region. We believe in early detection; education awareness is critical in the fight to end cancer and advocacy for health equality in underrepresented, marginalized communities.
Is a proud mom of two young men that has always enjoyed being active, staying fit, and giving back to the community. As a lupus survivor, Jannel quoted, "I resonated with Brandy’s will and passion for change while pushing the preventative healthcare initiative and breaking barriers we minority women face in that system." Jannel has also been a longtime volunteer of the Lupus Foundation of America, in North America NC Chapter. Jannel has an extensive background in administration and coordination of events, being the church secretary for over 10 years.
Joyce Wright is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, a proud graduate of West Charlotte Senior High School Class of 67. Presently serving on the board of Elizabeth House Foundation, of which she is proud to support the mission of the Foundation. As a 30 year + Breast Cancer Survivor, Joyce is passionate to help others become survivors also. There is a great need for this Foundation in our city. Elizabeth House partners with other organizations to offer assistance for those less fortunate in underserved communities.
Joyce has 2 sons (Rodney and Chris) and 5 grandchildren. She is a member of The American Business Women’s Association, presently serving as National Secretary Treasurer, and has been a member for 39 years, serving in various leadership positions. A member of New Emmanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, where she has also served in many leadership roles. Joyce enjoys time with family and friends, building puzzles together, doing word search puzzles, and traveling. Most of all, she enjoys Life and contributing her time and resources where she can.