Karen Finley began her career in Information Technology working at Western-Southern Life Insurance and Cinergy (now Duke Energy). She changed focus to Marketing and has worked in various Marketing roles since then at Cinergy and xpedx, a national distribution company. Karen has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Quantitative Analysis and Marketing. She has past experience driving strategy as a board member of AurGroup Financial Credit Union. She enjoys travel, playing softball, reading and spending time with her husband Bill and her children, Andrew and Lauren. She also volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and LaSalle and McAuley high schools.
Jerry Hollenkamp, Co-Founder
Jerry left his job as a sales manager for a screws, nuts and bolts organization and then started up an embroidery and embellishment business called Writely Sew. This is a social entrepreneurial arm of the Aubrey Rose Foundation. All of the proceeds from Writely Sew go back to fund the Aubrey Rose Foundation. Jerry’s guidance at leading this effort has resulted in the business continually growing during this tough economic climate. Jerry went to Northern Kentucky University on a golf scholarship and has continued his love for the game through his membership at Miami View Golf Club. Jerry is married to Nancy and has 3 children, a son-in-law and a new grandson. Carly is married to Nick and they have Elliot; Spencer is the middle child and Aubrey was the baby.
Nancy Hollenkamp, Co-Founder
Nancy is a Business Analyst for Duke Energy for over 35 years and her other full time career has been the Aubrey Rose Foundation. Nancy, along with her husband Jerry, started the Aubrey Rose Foundation in honor of their 3rd child. Aubrey was born with a very unique heart, had 5 open-heart surgeries and a heart and double lung transplant at 18 months of age. Aubrey got to love life for another 18 months and died unexpectedly 2 days before her 3rd birthday. When Aubrey passed, Jerry and Nancy, felt very strongly that they wanted to give back and help out others so they started the Aubrey Rose Foundation to put smiles on the faces of many children and their families. Nancy head up the Aubrey Rose Foundation and Jerry heads up Writely Sew. They have 3 children, a son-in-law and a grandson.
Spencer Hollenkamp is proud to be Aubrey’s older brother and excited to be part of the board. He has been with the Foundation since the beginning and helping to make it grow so many children and their families can be helped. Spencer went to LaSalle High School and then to Eastern Kentucky University with his business major helping him with running the production and digitalization departments at Writely Sew. Being a manager at this embroidery and embellishment business has been thrilling to see it grow for Spencer because all of the proceeds from Writely Sew go back to fund the mission of the Aubrey Rose Foundation.
Brian Jacob is a proud alumnus from the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He has two years of experience in brand consultation, currently as a Senior Project Leader at LPK, an international design agency. Being a former ARF scholarship recipient and Junior Board member, as well as growing up with the Hollenkamp family, Brian has grown up with the Foundation since the beginning, and he is very excited to be a part of its future.
Nancy Musser retired from Duke Energy after being a manager at Duke for 40 years. Nancy has been with the Aubrey Rose Foundation since the beginning. She has tirelessly helped with development of policies and procedures that have enable the Foundation to grow. She is an idea person and a close (daily) advisor to Nancy Hollenkamp. Aubrey Rose has given Nancy an outlet for her natural generosity and creativity. She is married to Cliff.
Debbie was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Cincinnati over 12 years ago which is now her home where the majority of her family also resides, along with her 2 grand children, Maddie and Derek. She has had several careers which gives her versatility as a proud member of the Aubrey Rose Foundation Board. Her first career was the owner of a Gymnastics Training Center for 19 years, followed by owning an embroidery and logo business where she sold goods to business’ and now she is doing what she has a passion for and that is Interior Design. She resides in Madeira and is currently single. She is the mother of two married adults, Jake and Jennifer. She is an avid tennis player and also works on getting her golf game better when she has the time. She also enjoys traveling and snow skiing.
Nancy has lived in Cincinnati for the last 20 years and prior to that was raised in Tiffin, Ohio. She was fortunate enough to spend summer on the shores of Lake Erie boating so now the mighty Ohio will do. Nancy comes to the Aubrey Rose Foundation after having volunteered at several events. Her career for the last 20 years resides around print and promotional item sales. She has one son, Zach and a daughter, Megan (who also volunteers for the foundation) and two soon to be step-daughters as Nancy is engaged to her fiancé Jason. It’s quite a bunch when you include the two mammoth Rottweiler’s and an Eclectus parrot. Her passions when not working and volunteering include boating, walking beaches and collecting sea glass.
Board of Medical Advisors
The following Board of Medical Advisors were all of Aubrey’s Doctors who have agreed to be Advisors for the Aubrey Rose Foundation.
Sharon Harp, M.D.
Queen City Physicians
Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatrics
Robert L. Spicer, M.D.
Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Cardiology
Faculty Appointment: Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interests: Cardiac Transplantation
Jeffrey M. Pearl, M.D.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, formerly at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Faculty Appointment: Co-Medical Director
Special Interests: Repair of congenital cardiac defects; cardiac transplantation; hypoxia/reperfusion injury, Neonatal myocardial function and tolerance to heart surgery.
Roger Mee, M.B., CH.B, F.R.A.C.S.
Formerly at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Chairman, Department of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Special Interests: congenital heart surgery, pediatric heart and lung transplantation; thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. Joint Appointment with Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery.
Nancy D. Bridges, M.D.
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, formerly at Children’s Hosp. of Philadelphia where Aubrey was transplanted.
Nancy is now Chief of the Transplantation Immunology Branch.
Special Interests: Dr. Bridges has been involved in the care of children with end-stage cardiovascular disease and those receiving thoracic organ transplants for the past 13 years.
Thomas L. Spray, M.D.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Heart and Heart/Lung Transplantation Services
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Special Interests: Reparative cardiac surgery in infants with complex congenital malformations; cardiac, cardiopulmonary and pulmonary transplantation.