Robbie joins No Barriers 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. Says Robbie: “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’s primary focus at No Barriers is to develop new corporate prospects and steward longtime partners. Funding from these partnerships are directed to all of the No Barriers core programs. “No Barriers has done such great work in developing friends in the corporate community, but we are always looking to expand so we can do more for the people we serve.”

Robbie is a graduate of Wofford College with degrees 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.

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