Erin's involvement in children's arthritis began when she began dating Spence in 2011 and he introduced her to Lauren and Karen Mitterer. Karen, the inspiration behind KWP, died the next year and Spence immediately expressed his intentions of starting a 501(c)3 to tell Karen's story and spread awareness about children's arthritis. As an entrepreneur, his forte is not so much in the details but rather the big picture. Good thing he married Erin. With experience in large event planning, marketing and bookkeeping, she helped to get Spence's ideas organized and operating. Erin met Angharad in 2006 when they worked together on Kiawah Island and knew she was the perfect addition to the KWP team. She introduced Spence to the passionate Angharad at a Charleston Wine + Food Festival event in 2015 and soon thereafter KWP's first fundraising event was on the books.
Erin is a partner at Smith Spencer Real Estate, a boutique firm based in Charleston, SC. Prior to SSRE, she owned a project management company specializing in market development and bookkeeping for small businesses.
Support for children with arthritis.
KIDS WITH PAIN
Having met Karen Mitterer in 2006, Robert "Spence" Spencer was asked to join the board of CARRA (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance). It was then that he and Karen saw the nobleness of the cause of this nonprofit, but wanted to figure out how to bring joy directly into the lives of the kids who are limited in their happiness by the pain of arthritis. An entrepreneur all of his life, Spence was inspired by Karen, a person who spent her entire adult life using her law degree to help people with disabilities. Spence realized that for KWP to be a success, people need to be made aware of these "kids with pain" and the organization needs to do an excellent job of servicing donors and executing the vision.
Spence is the co-founder of Madra Rua Irish Pubs and Möbius Beer.
Lauren Mitterer received her degree in Baking & Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 2004. Upon graduating from the CIA in 2004, Lauren moved to Charleston to accept a position as Executive Pastry Chef at The Red Drum Gastropub where she quickly became a “rising star” in Charleston’s culinary scene.
In 2009, Lauren left Red Drum to pursue her dream of creating deconstructed yet elegant versions of comfort desserts, satisfying that unique craving of sweet and salty. Providing Charleston with her famous double chocolate cookies, sweet & savory scones, and legendary “Sticky Bun Sunday,” WildFlour Pastry quickly became a favorite of the Elliotborough Neighborhood locals and those seeking an extraordinary dessert or specialty cake. A graduate of UVA with a degree in Studio Art, Lauren flexes her artistic muscles by creating cakes designed with minute attention to detail. With a passion for detail in visual design and flavor palates, Lauren shares her love of the unexpected in the comfort of WildFlour
Angharad Chester-Jones was diagnosed with what used to be known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (now JIA,) in the summer just after her 12th birthday. She has what is known as polyarthritis (meaning many joints) form of arthritis. During her first year of being diagnosed she was wheel chaired bound and completely reliable on her parents for support both with education and physically in order to be able to complete daily tasks. Through her adolescence and teenage years she participated in many programs offered to support both her and her family from learning to advocate for herself in schools, with doctors, peer support groups, special exercise facilities, etc. These skills and support later become critical in her adult years as she navigated through college disability programs and her professional career. Angharad understands the importance of these resources and support groups and hopes to bring the same possibilities to children in the Lowcountry suffering from Arthritis.
Angharad joined Regan Communications in January 2016. Regan is one of the largest private full- service communications firms headquartered in Boston, MA. Chester-Jones heads up their Charleston office. Before joining Regan, Chester-Jones worked for Gulfstream Communications as the PR & Marketing Manager.