North Carolina Community Foundation
4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524
Raleigh, NC 27609
Learn more about the staff by viewing the staff biographies.
Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, President and CEO
Jennifer joined NCCF in 2006 when the board named her to serve as the second president and CEO in the organization’s history.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as executive director of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. Under her leadership the organization expanded programs delivered through a network comprised of affiliated organizations and individuals across the state. She worked to strengthen policies and laws affecting children and families ranging from the graduated driver’s license program to the installation of smoke detectors in rental properties.
Jennifer won the distinguished Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work at Prevent Child Abuse. She also is a recipient of the Old North State Award for her work on behalf of the people of North Carolina and was named a News & Observer Tar Heel of the Week. Prevent Child Abuse also honored her with the Professional Leadership Award in 2010 for her “vision and courage in leading others to foster the next generation of our state’s citizens, parents and leaders” as the organization’s first executive director.
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in counseling from Louisiana State University.
Jennifer is active in community activities and serves on the boards for the NC Rural Economic Development Center, the NC Pediatric Foundation and the NC Network of Grantmakers. She is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina and a member of the NC Women’s Forum as well as other organizations. She, her husband and daughter live in Raleigh.
Cherry Ballard, Assistant to the President
Cherry has been with the Foundation since its inception in 1988. She serves as the assistant to the president and works closely with our board of directors and donors across the state. Cherry has an associate’s degree in business from Wake Technical Community College. Cherry enjoys tennis, yoga and spending time with her two grandchildren, Abby and Nolan.
Beth Boney Jenkins, Vice President of Development
Beth leads the development team in charitable fund establishment and growth, including estate and planned-giving services, with particular focus on the NCCF’s 60 affiliate foundations serving 67 counties across the state. Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University. She currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.
Megan Lynch Ellis, Regional Development Officer
Megan Lynch Ellis is responsible for development in eighteen counties that make up the western and northwestern regions of the state. Her work is to identify and cultivate donors toward increased giving throughout the region by developing relationships with professional advisors, individuals, businesses, other foundations and nonprofit organizations with a goal of building and growing charitable assets, primarily endowment funds. Prior to joining NCCF in November of 2013, Megan was major gifts and special events coordinator for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System from 2008-2013. She is the former president of the board of directors of the Children’s Playhouse in Boone and served for four years as treasurer for the Cancer Resource Alliance of the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center. Megan attended the University of South Carolina and Temple University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Tom and daughter Madelyn. She also enjoys golf, cooking, travel and cheering on her beloved South Carolina Gamecocks and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mary Morgan, Philanthropy Counsel
Mary serves as in-house legal counsel for NCCF on issues concerning contributions, unique gifts, fund agreements, granting and planned giving. She advises leadership on issues related to public policy and serves as liaison to professional advisors across the state as a member of our development team. She worked for nearly 15 years in law before originally joining the Foundation as legal counsel in 2006. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and attended the Wake Forest University School of Law. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association. She currently serves on the boards of the North Carolina Baptist Retirement Homes and Common Cause North Carolina. Mary is interested in documentary studies and the political process.
Melinda Allen, Gift and Development Specialist
Melinda is responsible for the overall implementation of the gifts entry and acknowledgments process for the Foundation as a member of the development team. She also manages designated and agency funds. Melinda graduated from Duke University and joined the NCCF staff in 2004. She currently serves as board treasurer of the Even Exchange Dance Theater and enjoys reading, movies, knitting and cooking.
David Ryan, Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, David has full management responsibilities for all financial matters of NCCF. He also leads human resources and information technology initiatives. Prior to joining NCCF in 2014, David spent thirteen years as CFO and co-founder of a southeast-based privately held company that in 2013 was sold to a Fortune 300 competitor. Before that, David worked in the pharmaceutical industry and held executive- level positions in corporate finance, information technology and business development. He currently serves on the board of Ten Thousand Villages and is a volunteer with the NC Refugee Program. He has a bachelor’s degree in management from SUNY Syracuse/Syracuse University and an MBA from Campbell University. In his free time he enjoys golf, running, cooking and spending time with his family and friends.
John Hartley, Director of Finance, Chief Investment Officer
John manages the Foundation’s portfolio and the work of our investment managers. He also serves as the NCCF’s financial liaison with affiliate foundation boards and current and potential donors. He is a Certified Treasury Professional and currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Treasury Management Association. He had more than 20 years of experience in treasury management and corporate finance before joining the NCCF staff in 2005. John has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He enjoys travel, music, reading and a wide variety of sports.
Lisa Meeks, Senior Accounting Associate
Lisa handles accounts payable and employee benefits for the Foundation. She is originally from Illinois and graduated from Highland Community College. She joined the NCCF staff in 2007 after working as a bank teller, bookkeeper and business owner. Lisa is an avid dancer, specializing in ballroom, salsa and west coast swing and is interested in healing and wellness, graphology and personal growth.
D'Wayne Wilkins, Manager of Information Technology
In August 2013, D’Wayne joined NCCF as manager of Information Technology. He manages and supports all of NCCF’s technologies, systems, databases and reporting and provides online support for the statewide community grantmaking process. Prior to NCCF, D’Wayne worked in various positions in the IT field. He has a bachelor’s degree in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is certified in CompTIA-Security+. D’Wayne is a professional photographer and musician who enjoys spending quality time, traveling and sightseeing with his wife and two sons. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Grants and Scholarships
Leslie Ann Jackson, Director of Grants and Scholarships
Leslie Ann oversees all of NCCF’s grantmaking and scholarship operations. She is responsible for the form and function of our community grantmaking programs, as well as other special programs, like our women’s giving and corporate services. Leslie Ann also manages our scholarship programs and she has a particular interest in first-generation scholars. Leslie Ann came to NCCF in 2011 with career experience derived entirely from the nonprofit sector, specifically in the area of child mental health. A proud Demon Deacon, Leslie Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University. She continued her graduate studies in psychology at the College of William & Mary and completed her Nonprofit Management Certificate at Duke University. Leslie Ann is active in the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh, having held several positions on the executive board, including president. She also serves as a volunteer group leader for SAFEchild. For fun, Leslie Ann enjoys reading, cooking, trying new things and relaxing by the water.
Anna Conway, Grants and Scholarships Specialist
Anna facilitates distribution of grants and scholarships administered by NCCF, with concentration in grants to nonprofits from our donor-advised funds. Anna is also responsible for supporting the grantmaking of our women’s giving groups. Prior to joining the NCCF team, Anna worked for 10 years in the nonprofit and local government sectors, where she gained invaluable experience through both direct service work to local communities and management of employees and volunteers in the human services field. Anna serves on the local advisory board for KidsPeace and she is an active member of her local church. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from N.C. State University. She enjoys the beach, traveling to new places, running, reading and spending quality time with her family.
Brittaney Rea, Grants and Scholarships Specialist
Brittaney also facilitates distribution of grants and scholarships administered by NCCF, with emphasis on supporting our affiliate, designated and agency funds. She is responsible for guiding nonprofit organizations through the grantmaking process, from applying to reporting, and she works closely with the director of grants and scholarships on corporate programs. She joined the staff in 2012 as an intern and became a full-time member of the team in 2013. She is a recent graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in business administration-marketing and a minor in law. In her free time Brittaney likes to travel, practice yoga, try new restaurants and volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Noël McLaughlin, Director of Marketing and Communications
Noël manages communications, PR and marketing for NCCF. She joined the Foundation in 2008 after five years as a public relations consultant. She has 20 years of corporate experience and served as group vice president and manager of the corporate communications department for a national financial institution. She is co-founder of the Mountain Times in Boone. She graduated cum laude from Appalachian State University with a degree in English and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has won numerous awards, including international honors for an NCCF annual report. She has served on many boards, including the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, NC Center for Nonprofits, Kids Voting-Wake County and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. She was a charter member of the Wake County Women’s Giving Network. She enjoys travel, hiking, reading and spending time with her husband and their college-age twins.
Louis Duke, Communications Specialist
Louis facilitates communication, public relations and marketing for NCCF, with emphasis on supporting our affiliates and managing digital and new media. He graduated from Campbell University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in political science. As a student, he gained first-hand experience in strategic communication and media engagement while serving on several boards in various leadership roles. In his free time he enjoys amateur photography and tennis.
Lori Johnson, Communications Assistant and Office Manager
Lori oversees headquarters facility issues and provides administrative support for the regional and main office staff. She also assists with website maintenance and news release distribution. She joined the Foundation staff in 2008 after serving as an executive assistant and earning an associate’s degree from the Tefft Business School in New York. In her spare time Lori enjoys traveling, reading, dancing and playing with her three grandsons.
Sally Migliore, Director of Community Leadership
Sally leads and coordinates the statewide team of regional associates in all aspects of affiliate and donor services, scholarships and grantmaking. The Community Leadership Team supports our statewide network of local affiliates to lead philanthropic efforts in their communities. Sally joined the NCCF staff in 2011 after a successful career in the nonprofit sector. She was the executive director of the National Society for Experiential Education and served as the director of collaboration and training at the NC Center for Nonprofits. Sally has been a consultant to nonprofits and county and state government agencies. She currently serves on the board of Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!). Sally has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master’s in sociology from North Carolina State University. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, going to the gym, painting and spending time with her family and friends.
(Cherokee, Clay, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison and Swain)
Sue LeLievre, Regional Associate
PO Box 1396
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: (800) 201-9532 (toll-free)
Sue provides leadership for nine affiliate foundations we serve in Western North Carolina. She develops funds within the region, works with local nonprofits to strengthen their work, builds relationships with donors and fund holders and promotes scholarship opportunities. Sue is an associate member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, western North Carolina chapter. She joined the Foundation in 2001. She has an associate’s degree in business accounting from Morris College. Sue’s pet project in the community involves children’s literacy issues. She enjoys breeding straight Egyptian Arabian horses, yoga, children’s literacy and golf. She is the current Ladies Club Champion at WindStone Golf Club.
(Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Catawba Valley, which includes Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties; Mount Airy, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin)
John Francis, Regional Associate
310 N. Center Street
Hickory, NC 28601
Mail: PO Box 2851, Hickory, NC 28603
John works with seven affiliates in nine counties in the northwestern region of the state. He supports affiliate foundation boards’ community leadership initiatives, reaches out to donors and fund holders in these counties and helps affiliates develop new funds. John has extensive experience working in philanthropy. He served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston, an organization that provides tutoring and mentorship to students at risk of dropping out of school. He stayed on with City Year Boston after his time in the AmeriCorps as the manager of civic engagement programs. In 2009, John was selected as the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow, where he served until 2011. He’s been awarded the MLK Service Award, the Idealism in Action Award and the Team of the Year Award by City Year Boston. John is originally from Westfield, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in geography and peace, war and defense. He loves to spend his free time with his wife, Katie, and their dog, Sheba. He also enjoys playing softball and running. John is excited about continuing to learn about the important issues facing the State of North Carolina and is particularly interested in social investment, corporate social responsibility, economic development and public policy.
(Cary, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Vance and Wake)
Katie Crumpler, Regional Associate
4601 Six Forms Road, Suite 524
Raleigh, NC 27609
Katie works with six affiliate foundations in the Northern Piedmont region, as well as two women’s giving networks. She supports affiliate foundation boards’ community leadership initiatives, develops funds within the region, works with local nonprofits to strengthen their work, builds relationships with donors and fund holders and promotes scholarship opportunities. Her career has been in the nonprofit sector, with experience including the Public School Forum of NC and the NC Healthy Start Foundation. Katie volunteers for a number of organizations that support homeless populations, youth development through mentoring and tutoring and the empowerment of women. Katie received her master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from NC State University. Her undergraduate degree is in political science and history from UNC-Greensboro. She also is an alumna of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) through the Institute for Educational Leadership.
(Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Rockingham)
Mary Anne Howard, Regional Associate
4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524
Raleigh, NC 27609
Mary Anne works with seven of our affiliate foundations in the Sandhills region of the state. She develops funds within the region, works with local nonprofits to strengthen their work, builds relationships with donors and fund holders and promotes scholarship opportunities. Mary Anne worked for years in the corporate sector in sales, marketing and management before joining NCCF in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from East Carolina University. She enjoys walking, hiking, traveling and the arts and serves on the board and as chair of the membership committee for the Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University.
(Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson and Sampson)
Angie Brewer, Regional Associate
1213 Culbreth Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Mail: PO Box 991, Wilmington, NC 28402
Angie provides leadership for eight affiliate foundations in southeastern North Carolina. She supports affiliate foundation boards’ community leadership initiatives, develops funds within the region, works with local nonprofits to strengthen their work, builds relationships with donors and fundholders and promotes scholarship opportunities. Additionally, she provides leadership to a women’s giving circle, the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County.
Angie has more than seven years’ experience in corporate as a community outreach and investment specialist for a global company where she led committees of employee volunteers in developing strategic community engagement, grantmaking and funding approaches in their local communities. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from UNC-Wilmington. She has a certificate of corporate citizenship from Boston College Carroll School of Management, is the current president of the Junior League of Wilmington and has served on the program committee for the annual meeting of the NC Network of Grantmakers.
Angie has completed several half marathons and participated on a relay team for the Beach 2 Battleship iron distance triathlon. She also enjoys the beach and spending time with her dogs.
(Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Rocky Mount, Warren, Wayne and Wilson)
Kelly Lee, Regional Associate
PO Box 7394
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Kelly works with eight of our affiliate foundations in the Coastal Plain north region of the state. She develops funds within the region, works with local nonprofits to strengthen their work, builds relationships with donors and fund holders and promotes scholarship opportunities. She is a Certified Events Planner. Kelly loves being a mom to her son in middle school and is active with the PTA at his school. She is also a board member for Kids4Change, a founding member of the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount and a volunteer with a local animal rescue organization. Her hobbies include reading, musical theater and knitting with a “Linus Project” group that knits blankets for sick children.
Coastal Plain South
(Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt)
Kim Ball, Regional Associate
PO Box 3411
New Bern, NC 28564-3411
Kim provides staff support to affiliate community foundation boards in the Coastal Plain south region. Her responsibilities include supporting affiliate foundation boards’ community leadership initiatives, reaching out to donors and fund holders in these counties and helping affiliates develop new funds. Kim worked in banking for 10 years and also worked in sales and marketing before joining the foundation in 2012. She is a founding member of the Colonial Capital Club, a regional director of the Meredith College Alumnae Board, a member of the Craven County Chamber of Commerce and attends Garber United Methodist Church. She is originally from Chocowinity, N.C., and has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Meredith College. In her free time, Kim enjoys jogging, gardening, reading and boating.
(Beaufort-Hyde, Bertie-Hertford, Chowan, Currituck-Dare, Martin, and Northern Albemarle, which includes Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans)
Natalie Jenkins Peel, Regional Associate
204 South Poindexter Street
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
Natalie Jenkins Peel has worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors in sales, marketing, human resources and accounting, most recently with a regional nonprofit arts center, Arts of the Albemarle. She attended Virginia Episcopal School and is a graduate of Meredith College. She enjoys the arts, traveling and fishing. She currently is a board member of The Benjamin House and is also the founder and chair of the Elizabeth City Downtown First Friday ArtWalk Committee. Natalie and her husband are both from eastern North Carolina and are raising their two small children in Elizabeth City. She is active in her church, Christ Episcopal, and serves on several committees, and is also a member of the Women's Giving Network of Northeast North Carolina.