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 at home loving on her own two children and rescue beagles, Bubba and Baxter 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 is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. On her days off, you will find her spending time with her rescue dog, Cowboy, or following her son on his many racing adventures.

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