Niki is a life long resident of North Carolina where she was born in Union County and then has spent most of her adult life in the Charlotte area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC Chapel Hill, Masters in Nursing from UNC- Charlotte and in 2018 received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Duke University. For the majority of her professional career she has worked in hospice and palliative care across both clinical and leadership settings. Currently, she works in Medical Affairs for Helsinn Therapeutics where she focuses work on research and medical education in supportive oncology. She also serves a consultant for the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association and works clinically for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.
Niki has been married since 2002 and they have two daughters in middle and high school. The entire family has been heavily involved with service in the Charlotte community, predominantly through work with their church home- Sardis Presbyterian Church. It was there that they learned about the mission of Families Forward and knew instantly this was where they wanted to land as a family to provide volunteer service and learn more about the needs with Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Brady and Niki joined as family liaisons in 2019 and have mentored their family partner along with their children’s support.