Christie KahilProgram Director
Christie is an artist, educator and writer who brings her passion for creating a better world to her work with businesses and non-profits. She promotes a space where social enterprise, the arts and entrepreneurship intersect to empower people to be agents of change and transformation. Originally from South Florida, she moved to the Queen City in 1988 and now feels almost like a native. After working with educators, artists and non- profits, Christie decided to it was time to meld her entrepreneurial spirit, education experience and talent for management to help social entrepreneurs build their businesses while making a positive impact on our world. Christie is a single parent with three teenagers who keep her young and mildly hip, along with a large dog and three cats.
Her big idea is to leverage technology to create a more flexible and responsive education system that nurtures thoughtful, creative and ethical citizens throughout the many stages of their lives.
Christie has an MA in Global Studies, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Learning Management.
Tori KarlekMarketing & Program Coordinator
Tori is a former marketing coordinator who comes to Queen City Forward from Charlotte-based Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina. With a degree in Communications in Public Advocacy from UNC Charlotte and a long-standing goal of having a positive impact on the community and truly making a difference, she is thrilled to join the QCF team and bring her passions for marketing, relationship-building and social entrepreneurship to Queen City Forward.
Originally from a small town outside of Winston-Salem, NC, Tori moved to Charlotte in 2008 and has been in love with the city ever since. Having relocated to Youngstown, OH for a year upon graduation from UNC Charlotte, she was anxious to make her way back to the Queen City as soon as possible, and hopes to call Charlotte home for many years to come.
The daughter of two entrepreneurs, Tori has always had a passion for supporting local and growing businesses, and plans to one day run her own nonprofit organization. She thrives off of sense of community and lives by a few basic rules: to be good, to do good, and to never let her inner-child fade. In her free time, Tori enjoys baking, laughing until she cries with her friends, doing any activity that involves warm, sunny weather, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.