Board of Directors

¡Meet our Project Change Board of Directors.  We have all come together for the love and respect of our Fibrous Dysplasia families.

Juliet Thomas


Education: Bachelor’s degree, Queens University, 2004

Project Change Founder:  Juliet started the non-profit, Project Change after her 10-year-old son, Cash, was diagnosed with Craniofacial Fibrous Dysplasia.  Juliet has been appointed and participates as a Consumer Peer Reviewer for Musculoskeletal Research representing Congressionally Directed Medical Research.

Experience: Juliet currently serves as the Vice President of Community Relations for a commercial property development group and has held a position in Business Development for a Fortune 500 company.

Personal:  In her spare time, Juliet enjoys spending time with her family, reading and exercising.

Kristine Bienstock

Vice President of Business Operations

Education: Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995

Experience: Kristine was an Industrial Engineering manager at Intel Corporation for 10 years, Girls on the Run Program Coordinator for 7 years and YMCA Personal Trainer and coach for 10 years. Kristine has a passion for working with children in the areas of physical, social and emotional well-being.

Personal: Kristine enjoys running, hiking, skiing and playing tennis. She is a proud mom of 2 daughters and a sweet puppy!

Amy Spear

Vice President of Community Outreach

Education: BS, Recreation and Leisure Services, Radford University

Graduate Certificate, Leadership and Volunteer Management, North Carolina State University

Experience: With more than 15 years of experience in local community programs and nonprofits, Amy has contributed to organizations such as Iredell County Parks and Recreation, Girls on the Run, and most recently Rescue Ranch.

Personal: Amy is a yoga enthusiast, lover of travel, and pickleball fan.
She enjoys time with her family, outdoor adventures, and her 2 rescued pups.

Lisa Cartner


Education: Bachelor of Science in Business, Major – Accounting, Virginia Tech, 1988

Experience:  Lisa comes to Project Change with a diverse background in Accounting, Human Resources and Real Estate.  Lisa has developed a great appreciation and passion for worthy causes serving children in achieving their strongest potential to become whatever they desire to be in life.

Personal: Lisa’s favorite activities are spending time with her family, renovating distressed houses, reading and physical fitness.

Danielle Mondry


Education: Associates in Insurance designation, Insurance adjuster

Experience: Danielle comes to project change as a mother of a son affected by Fibrous Dysplasia. Has interests of advocating for families affected from rare diseases.

Personal: Danielle enjoys joking around with family, being in nature, hiking and traveling.

Emily Howell

Marketing Manager

Education: University of Tennessee, Psychology

Experience:  Emily comes to Project Change as the mother of a son affected by Fibrous Dysplasia.  She is the owner of AE Hair + Co and the company’s Director of Education. Emily has always been passionate about organizations for children in need.

Personal:  Emily loves spending time with her family, going to concerts, traveling, exercising, and listening to audio books.

Wes Nagel

Board Member

Education: Bachelor degree, Mississippi State University

Experience: Over 20+ years experienced sales professional with a proven record of success selling to the Department of Defense.

Personal: Wes enjoys spending time with his wife, son and pups. He spends his free time traveling and fishing. He especially enjoys fishing with his son at the coast.

Dr. Lisa Cannada

Board Member

Education: Doctor of Medicine, University of Maryland 1996

Experience: Lisa comes to project change with several years of experience on Orthopaedic Surgery Board of Directors (5013C) organizations. She recently spearheaded the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society 40thAnniversary campaign raising over $140k. She is the author of over 200 publications and 3 books and is known for mentoring the younger generation.

Personal: Lisa is dedicated to her family and is a proud soccer mom watching her daughter play at the University of Kentucky.

Bonnie Grote

Board Member

Education:Bachelor Degree, University of Florida

Experience: Bonnie is a dedicated Board Member at Project Change, bringing with her a wealth of expertise gained from over 17 years in the non-profit sector. Bonnie’s passion for community service and positive youth development led her to become the founder and serve as the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Union County.

Personal:Bonnie finds joy in outdoor activities, staying active, volunteering, and exploring new destinations with her family and friends.