Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Obie Retires

Carolinas Freedom Foundation Announces

Retirement of Longtime Executive Director Osborne “Obie” Oakley
and Hiring of New Executive Director Susan Perry Yarber
Charlotte, NC January 15, 2019...Osborne (Obie) Oakley retired in January 2019 after serving 16
years as the original Executive Director of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation. The organization
conducted a regional search and is pleased to announce that Susan Perry Yarber has been hired
as the organization’s new Executive Director.
When the Carolinas Freedom Foundation was founded in 1995 by former prisoner of war and
retired Air Force Col. Quincy Collins, he drafted fellow Citadel alumnus Oakley to manage the
foundation’s programs, including its signature events: the Carolinas Freedom Foundation
Veterans Freedom Breakfast and the Carolinas Freedom Foundation American Airlines
Veterans Parade.

After serving as a Green Beret in the Army, Oakley returned to Charlotte and ran his family’s
successful printing business. In addition, he worked to create service opportunities for himself
and his fellow veterans. Thirty years ago, Oakley and two friends raised the money to build the
Vietnam War Veterans Memorial in uptown’s Thompson Park. He has: chaired boards, raised
money and awareness, and been a prime force behind the Carolinas Freedom Foundation. For
his tireless work to serve others, the Army honored Oakley with its highest civilian award, the
Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Susan Perry Yarber is the organization’s new Executive Director. Yarber’s multilayered
background includes marketing at Fletcher, Barnhardt & White, non-profit management and
fundraising through her years with the Charlotte Chamber, Alliance Credit Counseling,
Blumenthal Performing Arts, and more. Yarber’s family has deep connections to many branches
of the armed services. With years of experience in events and volunteer management, Yarber is
already an asset to Carolinas Freedom Foundation.

Carolinas Freedom Foundation has retained Terri DeBoo of Terri DeBoo Ideas@Work, a
Business Growth Advisory firm, to manage the Executive Director transition and coordination of
corporate and individual fundraising.

Carolinas Freedom Foundation strives to inspire patriotic citizenship in our youth and community through the
service of our veterans and first responders.vCarolinas Freedom Foundation Announces