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Meet the McLauchlans

Meet Russ and Cara McLauchlan, the couple who gave a generous gift that started the series in 2015. The McLauchlans renewed their gift in 2020 for another 5 years.

Russ McLauchlan

Russ is a cultivator—evolving and refining business ventures and the talents of those around him. After 26 years of serving as a global executive leader in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Russ founded Calvert Holdings. Through a series of acquisitions and developments, Calvert became a source of significant drug testing and development, capital investment, management, and marketing services for many promising compounds and technologies.

In addition to his leadership at Calvert, Russ also focuses his efforts on local community ventures. He supports a family foundation focused on education and diabetes research and currently serves on the Board of Advisors at NC State’s Poole College of Management. As a mentor to MBA students and alumni, Russ is an active angel investor. 

In his spare time, Russ is an avid golfer–participating in USGA amateur tournaments throughout the year and fine-tuning his game to perfection.

Cara McLauchlan

Mrs. Cara McLauchlan is the Director of Our Backyard Foundation, a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of giving back and helping those who would not otherwise receive assistance.

She is also a successful writer who is motivated by writing inspirational essays and developing books that capture the best of life. She’s been featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers,” and regularly in the Carolina Parent magazine. 

Before joining the Our Backyard Foundation in 2008, Cara worked in public relations and marketing, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters of Advertising and Public Relations from Michigan State University.