Michelle Briggs


Michelle’s professional experience includes banking, investments, and insurance. As the Avedis Foundation emerges as a catalyst for positive change in the county on such important issues as health, wellness and quality of life issues, Michelle’s leadership focus is to identify key individuals and organizations in the community who share the Foundation’s vision of enhancing the lives of our residents in these essential areas.


Paula Waters

Program Director

Paula’s professional experience in nonprofit management and community development, combined with a passion for creating positive community change, help to guide the proactive approach of the Avedis Foundation. As Program Director, Paula cultivates community partnerships for multiple projects and designs special initiatives that lead to measurable results for the community.


Audrey Seeliger

Program Officer

With a nonprofit background spanning more than two decades, Audrey brings expertise in the nonprofit sector in the areas of fundraising, community engagement, and volunteer management to her position as Avedis Foundation Program Officer. In addition to planning and implementing Foundation events, Audrey serves as a liaison with nonprofit and community organizations.


Margie Whitecotton

Administrative Assistant/Grants Manager

As Avedis Foundation’s Administrative Professional and Grants Manager, Margie is point person on office administration, operations, and management of the online grant process. Margie’s years of experience in administrative duties provide the organizational skill set needed for a thriving foundation.


Lauren Thomas

Samerson, LLC, Accountant

Lauren Thomas is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years of experience. Prior to starting her own firm, Samerson, PLLC, she worked in state and local tax consulting, and in the natural gas industry. Lauren is active in the Shawnee community and has served on numerous nonprofit boards.