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About | Leadership

Meet Our Team

Jackie Kaufman, RN, MN 
Co-Founder of Vaccine Ambassadors and Executive Director

photo (3)Jackie Kaufman has been involved in health care for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing from the University of Washington. She has worked as a nurse practitioner with the HIV/AIDS Clinic Trials Group, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of North Carolina both as a clinician and researcher. She also served as the Project Coordinator for the CDC funded, Global AIDS Project through the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology for HIV-based programs located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

A 2010 recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service, Jackie has worked with several local, state, and national organizations to address issues related to violence.

Jacob Lohr, MD
Co-Founder of Vaccine Ambassadors
President of the Fund for Children and Youth

Jacob Lohr, MD

Dr. Jacob Lohr has been caring for children for over 40 years as a pediatrician, researcher and advocate. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he has served in such leadership roles as Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Lohr has been a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization and has participated in and chaired review committees for the National Institutes of Health in addition to serving as a medical editor for the American Board of Pediatrics for 14 years. He has received numerous awards for his excellence in teaching, clinical care and community service, including the North Carolina Pediatric Society 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to care for families and patients as a pediatrician on faculty at the University of North Carolina.

Eric Montross
Co-Founder of Vaccine Ambassadors
Vice President of the Fund for Children and Youth

Eric Montross

Eric Montross is a former basketball standout and Academic All-American at the University of North Carolina (UNC), member of the 1993 UNC National Championship Team, and a nine year NBA veteran. A 1994 graduate of UNC in Speech Communications, he is a Major Gift Director and the Director of the Carolina Basketball Family Fund at the University of North Carolina’s Educational Foundation Inc., and is the color analyst for the Tar Heel Radio Sports Network during the men’s UNC basketball season.

Eric is well-known for his philanthropic work benefiting children. After volunteering at the NC Children’s Hospital as a student-athlete he became an ardent supporter of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Laura, founded the Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp in 1995, to benefit the NC Children’s Hospital. Just last year, the camp reached the milestone of 1 Million dollars raised. Eric serves on numerous local and regional boards, and volunteers his time providing support, advice, and encouragement for children and nonprofits in the area.

Lisi Martinez Lotz, PhD
Program Director


Lisi Martinez Lotz has a doctorate in Latin American History and Gender Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has extensive experience working in non-profit and academic sectors. Lisi is currently the Coordinated Community Response Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Prior to this position, Lisi worked at Compass Center for Women in Families helping victims of domestic violence navigate the legal system in addition to managing the agency’s Community Outreach and Violence Prevention programs. Her extensive background and personal ties in Latin America are an excellent fit with Vaccine Ambassadors‘ work in the region.

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