NCCF announces board and staff updates


NCCF’s board of directors is excited to announce that Mary Willis has been elected to serve on the statewide board. Mary is the president and CEO of the Fidelity Bank, headquartered in Fuquay-Varina. More to come on her appointment, so stay tuned!


Retirements, realignments and new team members inform the news about NCCF’s team.

Leading off the changes was the December retirement of Sally Migliore, director of the community leadership team. Migliore had been with NCCF for nearly 8 years and was instrumental in leading the creation and implementation of the Affiliate Blueprint for Success, which has served as a guide for the work of the affiliates across the state. “Sally was an important contributor and leader on our team, and her work with the affiliates and regional directors set the stage for their continued success,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO and president.

Following Migliore’s departure, the community leadership team realigned with the grants and scholarships department to form the new community investment and engagement department in January. Leslie Ann Jackson, who had been leading grants and scholarships, was tapped to lead the new department and promoted to vice president. The newly aligned department will help focus the work of NCCF’s affiliates and communities statewide, ensuring effective grantmaking and connecting donor engagement with community leadership, said Tolle Whiteside. “We’re extremely pleased to promote Leslie Ann to this new role, as she has proven to be a leader and innovator since she joined our team,” she added. Christopher Fipps was tapped to manage the grants and scholarships division. “Christopher has already proven himself as a steady leader in this area, and we are so glad to be able to promote him to an expanded role within the Foundation,” said Jackson. Meredith Bell recently joined the team as a program assistant. More to come on Meredith!

Finally, the Foundation will greatly miss Noel McLaughlin when she retires from her pivotal post as director of marketing and communications in February. McLaughlin has been with NCCF for 10 years and was responsible for building the Foundation’s public relations program from the ground up and growing the Foundation’s brand, reputation and marketing in every corner of the state. “Noel has been a valued leader whose tenure will be remembered by her strategic mind and fundamental kindness,” said Tolle Whiteside. “She will be greatly missed.”

More news on NCCF’s team is coming!