Our Founders

Amy & John Cervantes

Amy and John Cervantes founded Bright Blessings in 2005 with the simple hope of bringing a little joy to local homeless children while introducing their own young children to the joys of volunteering. Their family service project that began at one homeless shelter quickly grew into a thriving non-profit organization, and today Bright Blessings serves more than 13,000 children across a five-county region.  In 2018, after 13 years of service as the Volunteer CEO & Director, Amy Cervantes stepped aside as the organization's leader to spend more time with her family.  While she, John and their three children remain actively involved in the organization, they were blessed to turn over the day-to-day leadership and operations to longtime staff member, Tisha Margraves, who now serves as Executive Director.  

Our Team

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization.

Without them none of this would be possible.

Staff Pictured (Left to Right): Tisha Margraves, Melissa Tamez, Jason Hairston, Karen O'Brien, Amber Meyers, Erin Clark, Lynn Pitts, Marissa Nelson

On behalf of the thousands of local children that Bright Blessings serves, our Staff and Board of Directors are grateful to every volunteer that passionately supports this mission. Every year, over 7,000 community volunteers give their time and efforts to bring joy, care and hope to children who are struggling with poverty and homelessness. These helping hands and hearts make all the difference!  

The Bright Blessings Team

Staff:

Tisha Margraves

Executive Director

Melissa Tamez

Development Manager

Jason Hairston

Development Associate

Karen O'Brien

Operations Manager

Amber Meyers

Student Services Program Coordinator

Erin Clark

Agency Services Program Coordinator

Lynn Pitts

Programs Associate

Marissa Nelson

Student Services & Front Desk Associate

Marketing & Media Partner:

 

Heather Williams

CentrePoint Marketing

Shelter Services Volunteer Coordinators:

 

Alex Cervantes

Arpita Patel

Charlotte Renner

Christen Hoover

Dara Rickles

Deanie Clarke

Karitsa Kerns

Liz Addington

Mary Zurawski

Miranda Solomon

Natasha Harley

Rebecca Lassiter

Sharon Teague

Board of Directors:

Tony Griffin

Chair

Griffin Masonry

 

John Cervantes
Co-Founder & Vice-Chair​

TCA Financial Group

Joclyn Balanda

PNC Wealth Management

 

Kay Carreira 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Amy Cervantes

Advisory Support

Kim Jones

Community Leader

 

Russell Norris

Grant Thornton

Sarah Stone

Womble Bond Dickinson

Dave Zatz

Community Leader

David Zelch

Morris & Moffitt

Program Services Weekday Volunteers:

​Aislinn Niimi

Angela Keretsis

Annie Gunning

Armand Tetu

Barbara Falck

Becky Griffin

Bill & Melinda Johnston

Brian Suber

Cathy White

Charlotte Stechmiller

Chris Johnson

Clark Davenport

Colleen Watts

Crystal McDaniel

Dina Kressner

Donna Simmons

Doris Miller

Emily Davis

Esta Weiland

James Vinci 

Janet Garbison

Janice Linville

Jenn Ragland

John Burton

John Nofsinger

Julie Griffin

Julie Herrera

Karen Krantz

Karen Silver

Kelly Eudy

Kim Stenson

Kimberly Hall

Laura Davis

Laura Desrosiers

Laura Hankins

Lisa Gerber

 

Mike Barkley

Mitzi & Ethan Tipton

Monique Thomas

Pam Gianpicolo

Pam Jack

Pamela VanGalen

Pat & Roger Hice

Patti Nofsinger

Patty McCrary

Peg Bania

Peggy Bates

RoseMarie Mansfield

Sheila Cloaninger

Sue Stewart

Susan Griffin

Susan Long

Tina Sparks

Tyler Parker

 

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