Serving as the executive director of Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, Liana works with Ace & TJ to ensure their long-term vision is being fulfilled while handing all the details. Liana not only oversees the logistics for the big Disney trip itself, she also manages multiple fundraising events throughout the year. When she’s not out changing the lives of children who are terminally ill and chronically disabled, she’s spending time with her husband, Jason along with their five children, or catching a nearby yoga class.


Lizz Updegraff serves as director of philanthropic giving for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. She is responsible for researching and securing donors and sponsors to help raise funds for Grin Kids’ annual trip. As a seasoned professional in the worlds of communications and non-profit management, she was given an opportunity to join Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids’ Board of Directors. However, after serving for six months, she accepted a permanent position on the Grin Kids team. Lizz received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her graduate certificate through Strayer University. On her days off, you will find her spending time with her friends and family or training for her next half-marathon.

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