Who’s behind Save Our Legacy?

Jimmie Johnson, Founder

Jimmie is a native of Rochester, New York and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from SUNY-Brockport. Johnson is the co-founder of the branding and marketing firm, Launchmark, Inc.

Johnson has provided marketing and advertising products and services for many well-known brands, such as:

Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Intel, nVIDIA, Red Bull power drink, Navy Federal Title Services, SunTrust Bank, Dominion Residential Mortgage, LLC, and others.

Trent Watts, Vice President of Production

Trent is a video producer, based in Northern Virginia, with over 10 years of experience in the film, broadcast, and video industries. Since launching Watts Media Productions in March 2012, he has produced commercial work for several notable clients, including:

Wendy’s, Under Armour, the MasterCard Foundation, Veterans Affairs, the USDA, National Gallery of Art, The Hollywood Reporter, Larry King, the BBC, and many more.

Joanne McGriff, MD, MPH, Chief Operating Officer

Joanne is a native New Yorker, earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and her MD and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  She has had experience working as a research scientist in Psychiatry at two prestigious universities.

Also, given her work with several non-profits, Dr. McGriff believes there are multitudes of people who need a source of support, empathy, and encouragement that is not always accessible or available through the traditional health system. In fact, it was her experience delivering health services through an urban non-profit that confirmed her belief in a category of people she refers to as: “functional, but hurting” – functional everyday people dealing with difficult issues and little emotional support .

It is this concern for those outside of the health system that inspired Dr. McGriff to join with Jimmie Johnson to launch “Save Our Legacy”. Dr. McGriff believes that positive group support and the sharing of life’s victories could be highly effective in promoting emotional well-being, better choices, and a renewed sense of personal vision.

She says: “Save Our Legacy is our attempt to build a platform to share and inspire. Sometimes ‘where there is no doctor’ *, people can find hope in each other.” (Note: “Where there is no doctor: a village healthcare handbook” is a book written by Werner, Maxwell & Thuman)

Shalom Greene, Concept Engineer

Shalom is a native of Rochester, New York and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Shalom is the oldest son of Save Our Legacy founder, Jimmie Johnson, and has assisted in the conception of the social crowdfunding platform.

After sharing in the responsibility of caring for his grandmother, who passed away of lung cancer in 2010, and learning of his baby brother’s diagnosis of retinoblastoma, he joined his father to develop a platform for people to share their stories with others who may be dealing with similar issues.