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.

Email Suzanne 

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.

Email Candice

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. 

Email Sarah

Phone: 704-960-4846

Kara H. King

Program Officer

Kara King joined The Cannon Foundation as a Program Officer in May 2022. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kara served as the Executive Director for The Academic Learning Center that partnered with Cabarrus County, Kannapolis City Schools and United Way to develop and deliver tutoring services to 12 identified Title I Schools. Kara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Presbyterian College.

Email Kara

Phone: 704.960.4821

Jennifer Ritchie

Administrative Officer

Jennifer Ritchie joined The Cannon Foundation in 2012. Jennifer serves as the Administrative Officer and also provides support to the Board of Directors and staff. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer worked for a health department and a federally qualified health center.

Email Jennifer

Phone:  704.786.8216

Monica Heyward

Program Associate

Monica Heyward joined The Cannon Foundation as a Program Associate in May 2022.  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.

Monica serves as the primary contact for any inquiry form questions.

Email Monica

Phone: 704.960.4840

Kara Flieger

Program Associate

Kara Flieger joined The Cannon Foundation in March 2022 as a Program Associate. 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.

Kara serves as the primary contact for any portal user needs.

Email Kara

Phone:  704.960.4837

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

    Advisory Members
    Kristin Baker
    Jospeh Budd
    Mike Downs


  • Trustees
    William C. Cannon, Jr., President
    Edwin S. Outen, Vice-President
    Joseph C. Hunter, Secretary
    Brittian L. Leatherman, Trustee
    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