Connor's Heroes primarily functions with the assistance of an amazing group of volunteers. We are also fortunate to be guided by a group of dedicated and experienced staff members.
LISA SPICKLER GOODWIN
Co-founder and Managing Director
Lisa is best known as Connor's mom (and Emily's too). Lisa began her professional career as a social worker, supporting a program providing transitional housing and case management for single mothers. After earning her law degree, she practiced full-time as an environmental attorney for eight years. When her son, Connor, was diagnosed with leukemia, Lisa left the full-time practice of law and guided her family through his two and a half years of treatment. Once Connor’s treatment ended successfully, Lisa and her husband, Steve, started Connor’s Heroes Foundation in 2006. Lisa became the organization's first official employee in December 2008. When she's not serving as Managing Director of Connor's Heroes or the Goodwin Family, Lisa loves spending time on a ski slope or at Lake Gaston.
Fran has worked for over 35 years to meet the needs of children and families in a variety of settings. In her current role, she is responsible for the coordination, management, and delivery of services to Connor’s Heroes families. In addition, she is responsible for the recruitment, training, and support of all volunteers. Prior to joining Connor’s Heroes, Fran was employed as a Professional School Counselor where she helped identify specific needs of students and their families, and worked towards meeting those needs through school and community resources.
Assistant Program Coordinator
Erin joined Connor’s Heroes in August 2013 to serve as the Assistant Program Coordinator. After working eight years as a Professional School Counselor, she is adept at connecting with children and families to identify needs and utilize resources to meet those needs with genuine empathy, concern, and interest. She is excited to be a part of Connor’s Heroes and enjoys meeting and engaging with all of our wonderful patients, their families and the volunteers.
Ceci is behind the scenes at Connor's Heroes working in the office. Her job is to support Lisa in the management of Connor's Heroes. She also coordinates marketing, social media and donor relations. She comes to Connor’s Heroes with a variety of experience that is put to good use helping our staff and hero families. When she’s not on the Southside, she’s back in the city volunteering with WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio, supporting the music scene and walking its interesting neighborhoods and trails.