Executive Director

Tina Markanda joined the Foundation in 2014 and serves as Executive Director. Prior to that she served as a Program Officer with the Health Care Division at The Duke Endowment, in private industry, at an academic medical center, and a private not-for-profit community hospital. She earned an MBA from Wake Forest University and MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tina is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and is a Hull Fellow with the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

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.


Office Manager

Leslie Sawyers joined the Foundation in February 2017 and serves as the Office Manager. She is responsible for managing the administrative functions of the office and supporting the Executive Director. She was previously with the American Society of Interior Designers as Chapter Administrator for the Carolinas Chapter, as well as with the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation as Executive Assistant. She attended High Point University and received a BS degree in Marketing. 

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