Continuing a legacy
of giving


Charles A. Cannon firmly believed in free enterprise and the importance of giving back to others.  Mr. Cannon knew that a life well lived was a life in which personal success benefited employees and co-workers, peers, the local community and the nation at large. The Cannon Foundation and Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts continue his legacy of giving across the state of North Carolina.


Charles A. Cannon had a vision that was unconventional and uncompromising. Mr. Cannon transformed his father’s enterprise into a textile empire that became one of America’s great household brands. Watch the documentary on Charles A. Cannon, a powerful businessman and generous philanthropist, whose leadership played out on a global stage. 

Our Team

Suzanne Philemon

Executive Director

Suzanne Philemon serves as the Executive Director for The Cannon Foundation.  Suzanne was previously the Senior Program Officer. She joined the Foundation in 2016 as a Program Officer for higher education grants. Prior to the Foundation, Suzanne worked at Wingate University in Alumni Affairs and Marketing.  Suzanne earned both her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Wingate University.


Phone:  704.960.4843

Candice Kane

Program Officer

Candice Kane joined The Cannon Charitable Interests in 2019 and serves as the primary contact for the Charles A. Cannon and Hayes Trusts. Prior to the Foundation, Candice worked at Wingate University as the Director of Annual Giving. Candice earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and marketing from Wingate University.


Phone:  704.960.4841

Sarah Dorsett Walsh

Program Officer

Sarah Dorsett Walsh joined The Cannon Foundation in 2021 and serves as a Program Officer.  Sarah brings to the Foundation professional experiences from the non-profit sector including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, where she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the West Coast Division, and the American Red Cross, where she most recently served as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations and from the for-profit sector. 


Phone: 704-960-4846

Kara Flieger

Program Associate

Kara Flieger joined The Cannon Foundation in March 2022.  Kara serves as a Program Associate and will work with the Program Officers serving grantee organizations. Kara brings to the Foundation professional experiences as a fourth-grade team leader and academic teacher at a Title I elementary school. Kara earned a Master’s and Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pfeiffer University.


Phone:  704.960.4837

Monica Heyward

Program Associate

Monica Heyward joined The Cannon Foundation as a Program Associate in May 2022.  Monica will work with the Foundation Program Officers serving grantee organizations.   Monica brings to the Foundation professional experiences from the non-profit sector including career services, mental health, disabilities, and community partnerships / parent engagement.  Most recently, Monica served as a Career Consultant for the N.C. Department of Commerce, and as an Employment Services Specialist Senior for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services.


Phone: 704.960.4840

Jennifer Ritchie

Executive Assistant

Jennifer Ritchie joined The Cannon Foundation in 2012. Jennifer is the assistant to the Executive Director and also provides support to the Board of Directors, staff and grantseekers. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer worked for a health department and a federally qualified health center.


Phone:  704.786.8216

Board of Directors & Trustees

  • Directors
    William C. Cannon, Jr., President
    Edward K. Prewitt, Jr., Vice President
    George W. Liles, Jr., Secretary
    William M. Connolly, Treasurer

    Janet Ward Black
    Eugene W. Cochrane, Jr.
    Winslow H. Galloway
    Brittian L. Leatherman
    Elizabeth L. Quick

    Directors Emeriti
    William S. Fisher
    Thomas M. Grady
    Dan L. Gray

  • Trustees
    William C. Cannon, Jr., President
    Edwin S. Outen, Vice-President
    Joseph C. Hunter, Secretary
    Matt Fallaw, Representative for Pinnacle Financial Partners - Corporate Trustee

  • Trustees
    William C. Cannon, Jr.
    Joseph C. Hunter
    Elizabeth L. Quick

Cannon Charitable Interests
Post Office Box 548
Concord, North Carolina 28026