Fundraising Committee Chair
Julie Knafelz is a Registered Nurse, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Prior to moving to Charlotte from Chicago 20 years ago, Julie worked with individuals with HIV/HCV related issues at Home Access Health Corporation. She also has experience working with various organizations including Easter Seals and Goodwill helping people with disabilities develop meaningful employment within the community.
Since living in Charlotte with her husband Rick, who works in Information Technology with the Bank of America, Julie stayed home to raise her two children Sarah (20) and Matthew (17). During these years, Julie spent countless hours volunteering within Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools including serving as PTA/PTO President, Vice President, and School Leadership Team Member at each school her children attended.
At Providence Spring Elementary School, along with serving on the PTA Executive Board for several years, Julie also served as room parent, character education coordinator, speech therapy/literacy volunteer, and health room coordinator. Julie also coordinated a Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event to help raise funds for the American Heart Association, organized a schoolwide collection of school supplies for Classroom Central, worked with Loaves and Fishes for a schoolwide food drive, and partnered with Urban Ministries to help support homeless neighbors.
At Jay M. Robinson Middle School, Julie helped coordinate several fundraisers as PTA President and Vice President to help fund a media center facelift including updated technology to help support teachers and students. Julie also implemented an online fundraising program for the school to help streamline fundraising events.
At Providence High School as PTO President and Vice President, Julie lead fundraising efforts to provide schoolwide support including the creation of an outdoor learning space for students and teachers to utilize. Julie also served as Athletic Booster President at Providence last year which included fundraising to support all athletic teams.
Most recently Julie volunteered as a clinical volunteer with Novant Health at their COVID vaccine clinics in the Charlotte area. Julie also served as one of the coordinators for the Charlotte Apraxia Walk, partnering with her son who was diagnosed with Apraxia at three years old.
Julie has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Muggsy Bogues Family Foundation. Having played basketball through college, coached at many levels, and as a parent of basketball players, she has always admired Muggsy Bogues not only as an athlete but also the incredible person he is. She looks forward to supporting this wonderful organization in the future…Always Believe!!