Robin Boettcher Named CEO of Ride for Kids

August 9, 2012
Courtesy of Ride for Kids
Robin Boettcher becomes CEO of the PBTF on Sept. 10.
Robin Boettcher becomes CEO of the PBTF on Sept. 10.

The Board of Directors of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) has named Robin Boettcher as chief executive officer. She succeeds PBTF and Ride for Kids co-founder Dianne Traynor, who died last month.
Traynor worked closely with the board on the four-month national search. Boettcher, who begins her new role on Sept. 10, brings extensive nonprofit experience, including leadership positions with two of the nation’s largest voluntary health nonprofit organizations.
Since 2010, Boettcher has served as the first vice president of Chapter and Community Partnerships for the Miami-based National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). Her accomplishments included implementing consistent service standards and rebranding for chapters. She also led a team that developed NPF’s first national signature fundraising program, raising more than half a million dollars with three pilot walk events in 2011.
Prior to joining NPF, Boettcher worked as a national field director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, managing chapters across the country that collectively raised $27 million for patient programs and research. Her experience also includes working as chapter president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Eastern North Carolina Chapter, where she directed efforts that led to significant growth in patient services and research funding over five years.
Boettcher is well suited to lead the PBTF and Ride for Kids, said board member Bob Henig of Bob’s BMW, who served on the search committee. “Robin brings the passion, experience and compassion required to help us become everything that Mike and Dianne Traynor dreamed for and worked toward,” Henig said. “The next decade will bring significant growth and public visibility.”
“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to lead the PBTF, continuing the important legacy left by the Traynors,” Boettcher said. “I look forward to working with a strong staff team and dedicated Board of Directors to grow vital funding for children’s brain tumor research and expand support for survivors and their families.”
Before beginning her nonprofit management career, Boettcher worked in media and communications, including a decade as an Associated Press reporter. A native of Hamilton, Ohio, she holds a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Boettcher and her husband, Grant, will reside in Asheville. Their two adult daughters also live in North Carolina.