Robbie joined No Barriers in 2016 after 20 years of working on behalf of adults and children living with life threatening and chronic medical conditions. His work in fundraising and not-for-profit management has included local, regional and national leadership roles at organizations like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation and most recently, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where he was Midwest Region Director responsible for 13 states.
“In the disease communities with whom I have worked, there is a tremendous will to survive in spite of the “mountain” in front of you, along with a strong urge to pay forward and help others—I find it to be very consistent with the No Barriers Life and something that inspires me every day.”
What impresses Robbie the most about No Barriers, its programs and volunteers is the ability for everyone to be touched by the mission. “We all have obstacles, but what No Barriers provides is inspiration to take those obstacles on, no matter what direction you are coming from and no matter how severe the challenge.”
Often lack of funding can be a barrier to sharing the No Barriers message. Robbie leads all fundraising efforts for No Barriers including work with individual donors, corporate partners and the organization’s series of special events, all of which fund core programming.
“No Barriers is fortunate to have many generous supporters, but we are always looking to increase that number so we can introduce more people to the No Barriers Life.”
Robbie is a graduate of Wofford College with a degree in English and History and has a master’s degree in college administration from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Dr. Cindy Baker and their daughter, Emma.