Women's Fund Welcomes New Board Members

The Women's Fund recently elected five women to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in 2013. These new members bring a wealth of skills and experience to complement the current board.

Candice Wooten Brown
is Senior Director, HR Strategic Partner with RAI Services Company – a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. She directs a wide range of activities including workforce planning and development, succession planning and strategic diversity initiatives. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an Employment Law Partner for both R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Reynolds American Inc.

She earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The eternal Tar Heel, she is currently working on her MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of Business and Economics at Winston-Salem State University and a Certified Mediator.

Candice is very active in our community. She serves on the Board of Directors of Hospice & Palliative Care Center, where she is a member of the executive committee and chairs the personnel committee. She is also a member of the Junior League of Winston-Salem, President of the Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and an active member of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, where she serves as a lector.

Tricia DeForest is the co-owner of the Worth New York agency in Winston-Salem, which offers personalized wardrobe consultation and selection for its clients.   She spent the early years of career in banking, including 13 years with Wachovia in Finance and in Corporate Banking.  She has an accounting undergraduate degree and an MBA.

In addition to serving on the Board of the Women’s Fund and chair of the Events Committee, Tricia is an Augustine tutor and has been an active volunteer at her children’s schools.

Andrea S. Kurtz, J.D., is the Senior Director of Housing Strategies at United Way of Forsyth County and is responsible for implementing the community’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.  Andrea developed the Forsyth Rapid Re-Housing Collaborative, a multi-agency partnership focused on moving people from homelessness to permanent housing and was part of the team that developed Hunter’s Hill, a 12-unit supportive housing complex, and Veterans Helping Veterans Heal, a 24-unit transitional housing program for homeless vets. 

Previously, she was the Managing Attorney and Interim Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina where she developed the Child Advocacy Project (which later became the Children’s Law Center), and was instrumental in the development of Safe on Seven.  

Andrea grew up in Iowa City, IA.  She received her BA from Smith College 1992, and her JD from the University of Iowa, 1995.  In her free time, Andrea enjoys yoga and spending time with her family.

Allison Norton-Rimron is currently Vice President of Project Management for Hanesbrands, Inc., where she has served in many capacities since joining the company in 1995.   She holds a BA in Politics & Spanish, an MBA in Finance/Accounting and a MA in Latin American Studies. 

Allison shares her time and talent with the community through her involvement with Leadership Winston Salem (Class of 2012),  Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, (Board member since 2007, President of the Board 2009 - 2011), and, perhaps, nearest and dearest to her heart, the Hispanic League, where she has served on the Scholarship Committee since 2007 and as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010.

Gemma Saluta is an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem where she specializes in litigation, particularly employment and products liability law.  She shares her professional experience and expertise throughout the community, as a volunteer with the North Carolina Center for Non-Profit’s Legal Helpline, teaching legal issues to local non-profits and academic institutions,  and by accepting pro bono work involving landlord tenant cases, insurance coverage, non-profit board governance, and employment issues. 

Before becoming an attorney, Gemma spent several years in the non-profit sector.  Her work with Americorp's VISTA program, Family Services, Inc., and others, gave her an excellent background upon which to draw when she became an instructor for the Duke Certificate in Non-Profit Management Program.

In addition to her role on the Leadership Development Committee for the Women's Fund, and now, her appointment to the Board, Gemma currently serves on the Board of Directors for HandsOn NorthWest North Carolina and the Family Violence Impact Council for the Forsyth United Way.  

Gemma is a first generation American citizen.  She has two golden retrievers.  She has a massive board game collection, with over 150 games.

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