Staff

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BRIDGET DURKAN LAIRD

Chief Executive Officer

A WINGer Since 1998
bridget@wingsforkids.org
@bridgetdlaird

BRIDGET DURKAN LAIRD

Bridget Laird is the CEO of WINGS for Kids. WINGS is an award winning after school social and emotional education program. It has received numerous accolades including: 4-star rating by Charity Navigator; featured by Edutopia, George Lucas’ education foundation, as a “School that Works”; featured in Mario Morino’s “Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes” and Paul Bloom’s “How to Scale Your Social Venture” as an example of a performance-driven, outcome-oriented nonprofit organization.

Bridget has been with WINGS since 1998 working alongside WINGS’ spirited founder, Ginny Deerin. Through the years, Bridget has helped to develop all aspects of the organization, from program/curriculum development to spearheading grant and research applications to growth strategies, replication, and scaling. During this time, she and our founder were leading the charge in bringing social and emotional skill development to kids in elementary schools and working toward efforts to bring SEL to the forefront of education today. Bridget took over as CEO in January 2011. Since her tenure, WINGS expanded to Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC - increasing the number of kids served by 300%. Her oversight ensures fiscal responsibility of our multi-million dollar budget.

She is advisory board member for Sports Challenge and recently served as a board member of the local chapter of Reading Partners. She's a member of the 2015 Liberty Fellowship class and a Leap of Reason Ambassador. She has an undergraduate degree in Parks and Recreation from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in School-age Development from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Bridget has a daughter and son.

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JULIA RUGG

Chief Strategy Officer

A WINGer Since 2011
julia@wingsforkids.org
@julia_rugg

JULIA RUGG

Julia is the Chief Strategy Officer at WINGS for Kids.  Since July 2011 she has launched WINGS’ expansion efforts across the southeast with the CEO, and worked alongside the senior team to ensure the WINGS model has been replicated with fidelity and quality.  She evaluates current and future growth opportunities for WINGS, develops partner relationships, and builds the necessary internal infrastructure and resources necessary to support growth.  Julia’s experiences range from the nonprofit to small business industries, and includes work as a federal government attorney.  She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.  

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ADAM POMERANTZ

Chief Administration & Finance Officer

A WINGer Since 2009
adam@wingsforkids.org

ADAM POMERANTZ

Adam joined WINGS in 2009. Prior to doing so, Adam worked in commercial real estate development and received his MBA from The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He also taught sixth grade and coached the school’s cross country team. Outside of work, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and children, eating good food, running and riding his bike.

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NICOLE LOVECCHIO

Chief Program Officer

A WINGer Since 2002
nicole@wingsforkids.org

NICOLE LOVECCHIO

Nicole has spent the last 10 years creating, implementing, evaluating and delivering the WINGS for Kids curriculum. Before WINGS, she counseled youth and their families during two years at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and has a juvenile justice degree from Shippensburg University. In addition to working tirelessly for WINGS, Nicole is invested in the schools in which the programs operate, serving on several committees and school improvement councils. In 2009 she was recognized as a promising leader on the “Forty under 40” list in the Charleston Regional Business Journal. She anxiously looks forward to the day WINGS flies to her hometown, Philadelphia!

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JOLIE LOGAN

Chief Development Officer

A WINGer Since 2016
jolie@wingsforkids.org
@jolielogan

JOLIE LOGAN

Jolie Logan is the Chief Development Officer at WINGS for Kids. Jolie, former CEO of the Charleston non-profit Darkness to Light, brings experience in fundraising, partnership development, and grants management to the position.While President and CEO of Darkness to Light, a non-profit working to prevent child sexual abuse, Logan led development and business strategy, growing the organization’s revenue by 44%. Logan also served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all day-to- day operations, managing federal grants, and the organization’s budget. Logan previously served as the Managing Director of the Commonwealth Financial Group, advising businesses and individuals in the areas of wealth management, and founded HR On-Call, a human resource infrastructure and oversight company for small to medium-size businesses. Jolie is a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and holds several investment, securities, and financial licenses.

LIZ MESTER

Director of Communications & Engagement

A WINGer Since 2007
liz@wingsforkids.org
@CultivateGood

JENNIFER HARRIS

Director of Development

A WINGer Since 2017
jenniferh@wingsforkids.org

CHERYL HOLLIS

Director of Programs

A WINGer Since 2003
cheryl@wingsforkids.org


WINGS for Kids is by almost all measures a comparatively strong, performance-driven organization with a robust program model designed with extraordinary attention to detail. The program is managed and delivered with fidelity by the organization’s staff.
Michael Bailin
Former President of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Lifetime Board member Kate Huey and CEO Bridget Laird with former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan