Board of Directors

Collins and Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon

Bob serves as President of Bend Your Knees, Inc. He participates in various activities that carry out the mission of Collins’ foundation.

Ed Ragsdale

Ed Ragsdale


Sonny Age

Sonny Age

Parliamentary Officer

Sonny works in retirement investments for Infosys McCamish in Atlanta. He is one of Collins’ older brothers, and serves as the parliamentary officer for the BYK Board. He is a University of Alabama Alumni, and became involved with the charity after watching his brother battle his fight with a pediatric brain tumor. He has served on the board since the foundation began, and will continue to contribute his efforts.

Collins Dixon 1999 - 2014

Collins Dixon 1999 – 2012

Chairman in Perpetuity, Bend Your Knees, Inc. was incorporate October 31st, 2011 to carry out Collins’ wishes to “Give Back” to others. As his body grew weaker, his faith grew stronger and he showed us all how to FINISH STRONG! in his faith in Jesus Christ.

Wanda Gallimore


I am an honored BYK Board member.  My cousin, Collins was an inspiration to me. He taught me a lot about life to always have faith, never give up and Finish Strong!  He did! I want to live my life by helping others have Collin’s faith, courage & love to make a difference for families struggling with brain tumors.  May God continue to help others and bless BYK Foundation.

“Collins…your still inspiring others today!” As owners of Jersey Mikes, Randy and I are so thankful to be a part of this wonderful foundation and enjoy helping Robin and Bob make all this happen.  They are amazing in what they do, and we love them for everything they are doing to help others live each day with this horrible disease.


Ronnie Chastain

Ron Chastain

College and High School Outreach

FINISH STRONG Foundation Co-Founder, Ron is Collins’ older brother and co-founder of the FINISH STRONG Foundation that he started in loving memory of Collins. Ronnie and his fellow Cherokee High School student, Josh Thomas, wanted to make a difference in the community and started the FINISH STRONG! Foundation to raise awareness of pediatric brain tumors in schools and various community events. The sales of FINISH STRONG! tee shirts and apparel (our biggest selling items) have been donated to the Bend Your Knees Foundation to be used to help families in their time of need.

Amy Turcotte

Amy Turcotte


Amy Turcotte works in Cherokee County Juvenile Court. She has a husband and four children. Amy has been involved with youth sports, and that is where she began her service of encouraging and supporting Collins’ Journey. Amy is passionate about supporting Collins’ foundation, Bend Your Knees, and she believes God brought her the entire Dixon family as special friends to encourage and support in the fight to find a cure for childhood brain cancer. She would love you to join us in the mission of helping other families and children who are faced with childhood brain cancer!

Coach Jeremy Law

Coach Jeremy Law

Coaches Outreach Coordinator

As Coaches Outreach Coordinator Coach Law maintains and builds relationships with Cherokee County coaches (and beyond) helping them understand the mission of Collins’ foundation.

Dr. MacDonald

Dr. MacDonald

Honorary Board Member – Awareness, Research

Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory Univerisity School of Medicine


–Committee Chairs–

Ed Ragsdale Sponsorship
Lisa Johnson 5K Volunteer Committee Chair
David Johnson Golf Committee

–Accounting and Legal Representation–

Shawn Poole CPA
Jeff Rusbridge Legal