Interim Executive Director

Allen Smart joined the Foundation in August 2020 and serves as the Interim Executive Director. He is a national spokesperson and advocate for improving rural philanthropic practice under his group – PhilanthropywoRx. Prior to joining the Foundation, Allen served as the Interim President, Vice President of Programs, and Director of the Health Care Division at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Prior to working with the Trust, Allen was the Vice President of Programs at The Rapides Foundation, Director of Community Development for a midwestern Catholic hospital system, and Grants Administrator for the City of Santa Monica, California. Allen received an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MA in Telecommunication Arts from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Philosophy from Macalester College.

Program Officer

Whitney Davis joined the Foundation in May 2019 and serves as the Program Officer.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an evaluator at Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Chief Mission Officer at Prevention Partners, and a lobbyist for the Basic Education Coalition in Washington, DC. She earned an MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a BA in French from Davidson College. Whitney was also recognized as a Davidson Game Changer in 2017.


Special Projects Intern

Kacie Lynch joined the Foundation in May 2020 and serves as the Special Projects Intern. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kacie served as a Project Coordinator and Junior Program Officer/Fellow at Impact Alamance, a health conversion foundation in Burlington, NC. She earned a BA in Human Service Studies from Elon University and is currently pursuing an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She will be graduating in December 2020.

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