ABOUT People Board

Our Board of Trustees

The Philanthropy Southeast Board of Trustees is comprised of leaders selected from Philanthropy Southeast member organizations. Board members are eligible to serve two terms of three years each. Nominees for a first term are approved by the full membership at the Annual Meeting. In the event of a vacancy, the Board of Trustees may appoint someone to fill the remainder of the term.

Each of the 11 states in the Philanthropy Southeast footprint must be represented by at least one person on the Board. Philanthropy Southeast also strives for diversity on the Board with regard to gender, race, age, type of organization, role and experience level.


Executive Committee


Robert L. Dortch, Jr. (Chair)

Ujima Legacy Fund
(Richmond, VA)

Kristen Keely-Dinger (Chair-Elect)

President & CEO,
The Healing Trust
(Nashville, TN)

Jennifer Barksdale (Secretary-Treasurer)

Chief Finance and Operations Officer,
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
(Winston-Salem, NC)

Dr. Laura Gerald (Governance Chair)

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
(Winston-Salem, NC)

Darrin Goss Sr. (At-Large)

President and CEO,
Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
(North Charleston, SC)

Michael Tipton (At-Large)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana
(Baton Rouge, LA)

Janine Lee

President & CEO,
Philanthropy Southeast
(Atlanta, GA)


Other Board Members

Jane Clover Alexander

President and CEO,
Community Foundation for Mississippi
(Jackson, MS)

Carol Butler

Executive Director,
Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation
(Birmingham, AL)

Kim Davis

Senior Advisor, Home Region,
Walton Family Foundation
(Bentonville, AR)

Jerry Gonzalez

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
(Winston-Salem, NC)

Sara Hemingway

Executive Director,
Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation
(Owensboro, KY)

Deanna James

St. Croix Foundation for Community Development
(St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Allen Mast

Senior Vice President,
Truist Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice
(Atlanta, GA)

Velma Monteiro-Tribble

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
(Jacksonville, FL)

Chris Steed

Executive Director,
The Fullerton Foundation
(Gaffney, SC)

Mijo Vodopic

Senior Program Officer,
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
(Chicago, IL)

Dr. Kenita Williams

Chief Operating Officer,
Southern Education Foundation
(Atlanta, GA)


Philanthropy Southeast
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Visiting Philanthropy Southeast:
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Mission: Philanthropy Southeast strengthens Southern philanthropy, welcoming our members to listen, learn and collaborate on ideas and actions to help build an equitable, prosperous South.