Trustees & Staff

Meet the people working to support our grantees and help them advance change.


  • Ridgway H. White † Chairman
  • Frederick S. Kirkpatrick †* Vice Chairman
  • A. Marshall Acuff, Jr.
  • Lizabeth Ardisana
  • Tiffany W. Lovett †
  • Webb F. Martin
  • Olivia P. Maynard **
  • John Morning **
  • Maryanne Mott †
  • Dr. Bobby Mukkamala
  • Charlie Nelms
  • Jeremy R. M. Piper
  • William H. Piper †**
  • George E. Ross
  • Marise M.M. Stewart †
  • Helen Taylor

†The Members of the corporation.

*Serves as presiding/lead outside director.

**Trustee emeritus.


Note: All applicants need to follow the Foundation’s standard application procedures; please do not contact trustees directly.



Duane Elling
Duane Elling

Duane Elling

Communications Officer — Special Projects

Jay Flaherty
Jay Flaherty

Jay Flaherty

Vice President — Investments and Chief Investment Officer (Retiring January 2024)

Mary A. Gailbreath

Mary A. Gailbreath

Vice President — Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer