Our professional, top-notch staff is dedicated to the region and philanthropy. With extensive knowledge of our community’s changing needs, we can assist you in identifying your philanthropic goals and avenues to make your charitable giving more effective. The staff works closely with nonprofit organizations to address challenges in the community and are actively involved in various local, state and national efforts. We are here to serve you, our donors and our community.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4022
Jessica is the director of community investment for Triangle Community Foundation. In this role, she oversees programs, research, and partnerships that address the immediate needs and complex issues facing the Triangle region. She is also responsible for strategy, evaluation and communications for the Foundation.
Jessica has more than 15 years of experience in the field of nonprofit management in North Carolina and Virginia, including work in higher education, the arts, and community economic development. Before joining the Foundation in 2007, she worked on economic and workforce development research at Regional Technology Strategies. She also has played key roles in annual, endowment and capital campaigns ranging from $500,000 to $1 Billion for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, NC State University, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the Richmond Symphony.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Political Leadership, the Wilkins Corporation, and Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool; and as an advisor on the Strategic Planning Leadership Team for Kidznotes. She has formerly served as a board member of NC Center for Women in Public Service and the Theatre Endowment; and as past chair of NCNG Corporate Funders Network. She has also been a mentor with the UNC School of Government and Leadership Triangle College Edition.
Jessica holds a masters degree in public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts from the University of Virginia. She is a recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and Business Leader Magazine’s Women Extraordinaire Award, and she is a Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow. She and her husband David live in Chapel Hill and are the proud parents of two young children.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4013
Robin Barefoot serves a dual role for the Foundation. As Director of Planned Giving, Robin is a senior member of the development team responsible for gifts into the Foundation and works directly with donors and their professional advisors. Robin oversees the planning and acceptance of traditional and complex gifts, including gifts of privately held businesses, real estate, restricted securities, and other non-cash assets. She coordinates the activities of the Foundation’s Legacy Society of donors who have promised future gifts to support TCF and the community through estate or financial planning. Robin’s outreach to legal, accounting, tax and financial professionals promotes philanthropy generally and provides technical assistance in structuring current or deferred gifts to meet the needs of their clients.
In her role as Legal and Policy Advisor, Robin addresses tax, legal and regulatory issues related to the activities of the Foundation, including its policies for gifts, funds, grants, planned giving and governance. Robin coordinates with outside counsel on behalf of the Foundation as needed and serves as primary staff to the TCF Real Estate Foundation, a supporting organization of Triangle Community Foundation.
Robin received her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and law degree cum laude from NCCU School of Law. She was admitted to practice in 1985 and has practiced in the areas of trusts and estates, elder law, corporate law, contracts and real property. She served as staff attorney with Investors Title Insurance Company in their Chapel Hill office from 1989 to 1996.
Robin has served as board chair of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center in Mebane, NC, and is a past board member of the Durham/Orange Estate Planning Council. She is active in ministry through Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Durham.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4000
Ruth has numerous years of experience in executive support. Her most recent position was supporting the Managing Partners of The Aurora Funds in Durham, NC. She was employed with Progress Energy in Raleigh for eight years, where she worked in the Executive Office as well as supporting the Vice President of Corporate Communications. She has also worked in state government where she served in the Governor’s Office and in the office of Cabinet Secretaries. Her experience also includes working in the private sector and the banking industry.
Ruth has an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a Raleigh native and is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Raleigh. She and her husband David have two married children and three grandsons. Ruth enjoys reading, traveling and spending time at the beach.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4024
Lori O’Keefe serves as president of the Triangle Community Foundation. In addition to leading the operations and strategic vision of the Foundation, she works to ensure that TCF’s donors and fundholders are engaged and connected to the causes they care about, and oversees programs to support the Triangle’s entire nonprofit community.
A lifelong singer who is passionate about the arts, Lori has devoted her career to the social sector. Before joining Triangle Community Foundation in 2005, Lori worked as a fundraiser and arts administrator at performing arts institutions in California and New York City. In her eight years at the Foundation, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in donor engagement and philanthropic services, most recently as Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Chief Operating Officer.
Lori is a native of Ohio and studied applied music as an undergraduate at the State University of New York. She received a master of business administration degree with a specialization in arts administration, also from SUNY. She lives with her husband, Joe, in Wake Forest with their two young daughters, both aspiring artists. The couple also owns Wine 101, a local wine shop.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4025
As part of the Community Engagement team, Gina manages the Foundation’s Community Programs.
After graduating summa cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Gina received her Master’s degree and Nonprofit Leadership certificate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. With an education in urban planning and community development, her areas of interest and expertise are affordable housing, caring for the aging population, and neighborhood revitalization.
Gina grew up on a farm in Central Nebraska, and moved to North Carolina in 2009. Since moving to the Triangle, she has been a volunteer with Orange County’s Project Homeless Connect, the Durham Center for Senior Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a Goodmon Fellow of Leadership Triangle. In her free time she enjoys catching up with friends and family, taking ballet classes at Ninth Street Dance, and spending time with her two four-legged children, Leo and Jilly.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4028
Melchee Johnson, Donor Services Officer, manages a small portfolio of donor-advised funds and additionally assists the Donor Engagement team on special projects and events. She joined the Foundation in September 2013 after a long stint at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she held positions at University Development, Carolina Performing Arts, and the Morehead-Cain Foundation. She founded and was the coordinator for the UNC Black Women Professionals Network from 2002-2004.
Melchee is a lifelong Tar Heel and proud UNC alumnus, having received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication/Public Relations in 1994. She is a Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow, and is a previous board member of the Compass Center for Women and Families (formerly The Women’s Center of Chapel Hill). She founded PRAISE!Magazine, a Christian literary publication, and was its publisher from 1996-2003.
Outside of work, Melchee cherishes time spent with family and friends, reading, crafting, and cheering on the Heels. She and her husband live in Durham.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4014
Libby Richards has served as the Senior Community Programs Officer at Triangle Community Foundation since July, 2013. In this role she manages the Foundation’s Community Programs in youth literacy, the arts, and the Send A Kid To Camp initiative.
From 2007 to 2011 she served as the Foundation’s Scholarship and Special Projects Coordinator, managing the Foundation’s Scholarships as well as Agency and Designated Funds. In 2011, she began coordinating the Community Grantmaking Program as the Nonprofit and Community Engagement Officer.
Libby is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Converse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and in Theater. Her previous experience includes serving as the Coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program at Wofford College, a service-based scholarship program. She is a Goodmon Fellow and has her certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. Libby volunteers with the Independent Animal Rescue and serves on the board of The Scrap Exchange.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4007
Sandra Rodríguez, Director of Donor Engagement, manages a portfolio of donor advised funds with a focus on corporate funds and some competitive donor-advised grant programs. . She enjoys connecting donors with nonprofit organizations that are doing work especially relevant to them. She also works on special philanthropic services projects and events as needed.
Before joining the Foundation, Sandra served as the Associate Director of El Pueblo where she initiated and supervised the No Fumo Youth Leadership Program and implemented the Comunidad Sana program to raise Latino breast cancer awareness in the Triangle. Sandra also served on the organization’s board for several years and received the El Pueblo President’s Award in 2005. Prior to that, Sandra worked for the Institute of Tropical Studies at Duke University as the Assistant Academic Director recruiting college students for classes in Latin America.
Born in Costa Rica, Sandra received her B.A. in communications from the University of Costa Rica and her M.S. in environmental science from Washington State University. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Triangle and where she currently serves on its board.
Sandra enjoys reading, cooking and volunteering at her church. She is passionate about immigration and Latino community issues as well as pre and postnatal healthcare.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4027
Jovon Packard, Technology Officer for the Foundation, plans and maintains the various technology systems at the Foundation, including our online giving and grantmaking program. Born and raised in South Bend, IN, Jovon obtained a BA in Management Information Systems from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. Soon after graduating from college, he moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where he lived for four years and worked as a systems administrator for a software company specializing in credit union solutions. He then joined the US Army as an Arabic Linguist and served five years before leaving the Army and moving to Raleigh. Jovon is currently attending night classes at New Horizons to further his knowledge of technology. He enjoys running and watching Notre Dame football.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4026
Anne Wolf is the Accountant and Human Resources Associate for the Foundation. She is responsible for maintaining the General Ledger and all Human Resources management.
Anne has worked in public accounting in Durham for more than 10 years. During that time, she worked with several nonprofit entities in the Triangle. Prior to entering the field of accounting, she was a laboratory technician. She and her husband are both Veterans.
Anne is active in her church. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and walking the trails of Durham.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4010
As Controller, Lindsay Harrell is responsible for the operation and safeguarding of the Foundation’s accounting records. Prior to joining the Foundation, Lindsay was a Senior Accountant at Cherokee Investment Partners for the private equity funds. She also worked as an Audit Senior Associate and Project Team Specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Lindsay is a graduate of Meredith College and received a Masters of Accounting from North Carolina State University. She lives in Raleigh and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, live music, and watching sports.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4009
As Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration, Robert Naylor is responsible for the investing, budgeting, auditing, and reporting functions of the Foundation. Robert brings with him over 20 years of experience in national and international financial, accounting, and administrative operations in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. He previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Cherokee Investment Partners for over 10 years, and served as CFO at Illumelex and Dataflow, as well as Controller at Cherokee Sanford Group. He has worked as a Senior Auditor at Deloitte and Touche as well as McGladrey & Pullen.
Robert is a graduate of North Carolina State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on several boards and committees for various nonprofits in the community, enjoys music and outdoor activities. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chapel Hill.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4008
As Senior Development Officer, Caleb Baker leads the research and outreach activities for the Development team, helps donors create new funds at TCF, and works with community partners in collaborative funding opportunities in the Triangle. Prior to joining the Foundation, Caleb worked for seven years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in their Central Development Office and at the Kenan Flagler Business School. He has also taught high school English in the Czech Republic and started his career at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.
Caleb is a graduate of the Public Policy Analysis program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Mebane with his lovely wife and their foxhound and cat. He enjoys mentoring new runners with the Mebane Running Club, running, cycling, and travel.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4018
Meg Buckingham, Marketing & Communications Officer for the Foundation, designs and implements the marketing and social media strategies at the Foundation in an effort to better communicate the impact and value of the Foundation to the community.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Meg worked for over 12 years in the non-profit development and marketing arena for large organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights, Meredith College, and United Way of the Greater Triangle. She has extensive experience designing and implementing websites as well as creating strategic marketing materials and communications plans for organizations. She taught at the collegiate level, and started her career as a print journalist for a daily newspaper in Western Massachusetts. Meg received her Bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College and her Master’s degree from Suffolk University in Boston.
Meg lives in Knightdale with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys being creative through blogging, photography, antiquing and a good DIY project.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4005
Rachel Aiken, Nonprofit Services Associate, is the frontline contact for nonprofits seeking information and services from the Foundation. Through the Community Engagement team, she serves as the staff liaison for Agency and Designated Funds and provides support for the Foundation’s Community Programs. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Rachel served as Communications Assistant for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits.
Rachel is a Tennessee native, but her heart bleeds Carolina blue since receiving her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, trying new recipes, and cheering on the Tar Heels.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Sarah serves the Foundation as Scholarships & Donor Services Officer, providing support for our Scholarship programs, and our donor constituency. She is a proud native North Carolinian from New Bern, NC. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in English and a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice. At UNC, Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was involved in the UNC Center for Public Service and Best Buddies, and also volunteered with the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. At the School of Social Work, Sarah focused on working with nonprofits and with individuals and families with disabilities.
Prior to coming to the Triangle Community Foundation, Sarah worked at Duke Law School and Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. In her free time, Sarah enjoys baking, reading, hiking along the Eno, and volunteering with great local organizations like TABLE, Farmer Foodshare, Ronald McDonald House, and the Durham Jaycees, where she is on the Board.
Phone: 919.474.8370 ext:4001
Ken serves the Foundation as the Director of Fund Development, focused on building the philanthropic assets that the Foundation manages to better serve the community. He works with prospective donors and other partners to create funds which support causes they care about.
Ken brings more than 25 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, higher education, branding, marketing and management. In 1999 he joined the development team at Duke Children’s Hospital and was named Executive Director in 2001. In 2011, Ken was named Vice President, Development for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina and oversaw the creation and implementation of a fully integrated development program, which included 49 counties from the Triangle area to the coast. Ken also earned his CFRE in 2009, certifying his long-standing commitment to uphold the highest standards of ethics, professional performance and service to donors, as well as the philanthropic sector.
A Connecticut native, Ken came to the Triangle area in 1984 to attend Duke University, fell in love with the place and has immersed himself in many local community activities over the past 30 years, especially in support of children’s causes. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, recreational soccer, gardening, and spending time with his family.