The winston-salem foundation committee

We are fortunate to have 12 dedicated community volunteers on the Foundation’s primary governing body, providing the organization with diverse board leadership, stewardship, oversight, and vision. The Foundation Committee appoints five of the seats, and outside appointing authorities select the eight remaining members. Committee members serve a maximum of two four-year terms. (One board seat will remain unfilled through 2024.)

committee members

Evelyn P. Acree

Evelyn (Treasurer) is a Senior Vice President and Business Banker with M&F Bank. She currently serves as secretary of the Winston-Salem Alliance Board and treasurer of the S.G. Atkins CDC Board. Acree serves on the boards of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, and Forsyth Technical Community College, and she is former board member of Salemtowne Retirement Community.

Alison Ashe-Card

Alison (Chair) is the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity at Duke University School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Foundation, Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, and the Triad American Heart Association. She is a past chair of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem and the Black Philanthropy Initiative’s Advisory Committee.

Alex Barrett

Alex serves as a Financial Advisor for Truist Wealth, where he guides clients throughout the region in financial planning, investment portfolio management, and estate planning. Alex is a native of Winston-Salem and serves on Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County’s Finance Committee.  He is also an active board member of the Centers for Aging and Rehabilitation of Florida, Inc.

Wendy H. Brenner

Wendy worked as a master’s level counseling psychologist, specializing in women’s issues and gerontology for more than 15 years. After leaving her field to raise a family, she committed to active community volunteerism. She has served on many nonprofit boards such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Piedmont Craftsmen, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and Jewish Life Advisory Board of Wake Forest University, as well as on the Appalachian University Summer Music Festival Advisory Board. Currently she serves on the boards of Temple Emanuel and internationally on the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Vivian Pérez Chandler

Vivian is executive director of the Asset Building Coalition of Forsyth County. She is also founder and CEO of Perez Chandler Communications and Consulting, supporting organizations and community colleges’ work with the Latinx, undocumented, and DACAmented communities. She is a Guatemalan native and former undocumented and DACAmented individual. Vivian serves as a commissioner for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem and as a board member for Twin City Development Foundation. Previous board service includes Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, Love Out Loud, and others.

Joe Crocker

Joe (Secretary) is the former program director of the Local Impact in Forsyth County program area at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Before his 2019 retirement, he managed grantmaking programs to create an inclusive economy and the Great Expectations early childhood initiative, both addressing the Trust’s mission to improve the quality of life of financially disadvantaged residents. Joe serves on Western Carolina University’s board, on First Horizon Bank’s Corporate Community Reinvestment Act Advisory Council, and he is vice chair of the NC Medical Care Commission. His previous board service includes Crosby Scholars and the NC Housing Finance Agency.

Matthew Cullinan

Matthew has spent nearly three decades in leadership positions in higher education at Wake Forest University, the University of Notre Dame, and most recently, the University of Denver. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Winston-Salem State University and vice chair of Project Impact. Matt was previously chair of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors, board chair at Summit School, trustee of Be The Change, and on the advisory council of the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters.

Carol Davis

Carol is executive director of S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation (CDC) and special assistant to the Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. S.G. Atkins CDC builds homes for families, provides technical assistance and office space for entrepreneurs, operates the first shared-use commercial kitchen in Forsyth County, and supports the efforts of neighborhood leaders. Their Enterprise Center is a LEED-certified hub for community engagement and business incubation for entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Davis is committed to building equity and social justice to increase homeownership and business ownership rates in East Winston-Salem.

Tom Lawson

Tom is managing director, Bank of America Private Bank Philanthropic Solutions Group. He is a board member of Samaritan Ministries, Mount Tabor Baseball Backers, and Sigma-Upsilon Alumni Association and serves on the advisory boards of Haiti Outreach Ministries and the Orion Military Scholarship Fund. Past board service includes the Ronald McDonald House, Trellis Supportive Care Foundation, Winston-Salem State University Foundation, and Kaleideum. Tom is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem and he is also a former Foundation staff member.

Paula McCoy

Paula operates McCoy Enterprises, a consulting and coaching firm specializing in organizational and community development. She previously served as executive director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods, whose mission is to connect people, strengthen voices, and leverage resources with a vision of safe, just, and determined neighborhoods. Ms. McCoy serves as interim director of The Partnership for Prosperity and is a board member of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. Paula is also a past board member of Kaleideum.

Peggy Reingold

Peggy (Vice Chair) is the former Community Relations Consultant for Wells Fargo, serving the Triad and Western North Carolina. She is a Senior Services board member and has served on many other boards, including the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, United Way, Family Services, RiverRun International Film Festival, Children’s Law Center and Fellowship Home. Peggy was previously board chair of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the RiverRun International Film Festival.

Allan Younger

Allan is senior director of programs for NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina. He oversees all programs that provide education, training and mentoring for individuals seeking to start and grow companies in North Carolina. He also owns GRACE Consulting, which provides leadership and professional development support to organizations. Allan serves his community in many ways, including volunteering his time with HUSTLE Winston Salem, Emancipation Association, LIFE Winston Salem, UNC Black Alumni Reunion, State of Black NC, and the NAACP.