Since our founding in 1984, we’ve been blessed with determined leaders and courageous visionaries who care deeply about finding solutions for the next generation and beyond.

Our leadership group works confidently and expertly to advance our mission. The Foundation of Hope Board of Trustees and staff are responsibly stewarding resources and ensuring our organization’s vigorous progress towards its ambitious goals and a brighter future.

Board of Trustees

Comprised of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, members of the Triangle community, and beyond, the Board of Trustees champions and supports The Foundation of Hope’s vision to eliminate suffering from mental illness. It is with deep gratitude that we thank these exceptional volunteers.

Sarah Wesley Fox

Smith Anderson
Raleigh, NC

Michael Zarzar, M.D.

UNC Hospitals at Wakebrook
Raleigh, NC

Interim Treasurer
Jack Naftel, M.D.
UNC Department of Psychiatry
Chapel Hill, NC

Elizabeth C. Skvarla

Pinehurst, NC

Dana Boole
Raleigh, NC

Mary Cantando
The Woman’s Advantage
Raleigh, NC

Taylor B. Cash, Jr.
Taylor’s Wine Shop
Raleigh, NC

Jody Darden
Raleigh, NC

Tanya Doebler
Wake Forest, NC

John Gilmore, M.D.
UNC Department of Psychiatry
Chapel Hill, NC

Sylvia Hackett
Raleigh, NC

Steve Jones
Dogwood State Bank
Raleigh, NC

Easter Maynard
Investors Management Corporation
Raleigh, NC

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., M.P.H.
UNC Department of Psychiatry
Chapel Hill, NC

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland
AHK Global Resources
Cary, NC

Randy Quirk
Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Raleigh, NC

David Rubinow, M.D.
UNC Department of Psychiatry
Chapel Hill, NC

Ken Smith
Raleigh, NC

Steve Thanhauser
The Angus Barn
Raleigh, NC

Marion Winston
Raleigh, NC

Scientific Advisory Committee

We are very pleased to present the Foundation of Hope’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). With their expert guidance, we invite scientists from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to apply annually for research grants. The SAC then helps us direct funding to the most promising research proposals, and later, ensure quality of research throughout each research team’s grant period. The Foundation of Hope’s projects have positively impacted not only the families and communities of the mentally ill, but also mental illness research throughout the United States and around the world.

Bradley N. Gaynes, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Psychiatry, UNC-CH
Division Head, Global Mental Health
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

John H. Gilmore, M.D.
Thad and Alice Eure Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Vice Chair for Research and Scientific Affairs, UNC-CH
Director, Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., M.P.H.
Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, UNC-CH

David R. Rubinow, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, UNC-CH

Michael N. Zarzar, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, UNC-CH
Director of UNC Youth Behavioral Health Hospital

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board was launched in 2020 to support the Foundation in advancing its mission and vision. Members are invited to serve as ambassadors for the Foundation by participating in biannual meetings, raising community awareness, and encouraging support of the Foundation through its various events and activities.

Tom & Jeanne Andrus
Marcia Armstrong

Stephen & Janet Chiavetta
Michael Condrey
Dan & Fairley Bell Cook

Tom Darden
Robert & Linda Grew
Earl Johnson, III

Tina Labunski
Lyn Maness

Pansy Morton
Amber Moshakos
Mark & Robin Prak
Melanie Regner
Brad Sears

Tina Shanahan
Julie Sobierajski
Jeff Stocks

Lisa Sumner
Marian Troxler
Mason & Cathy Williams


Shelley Eure Belk
Executive Director

Jennifer Gibson
Associate Executive Director

Jennifer Archambault
Event Manager &
Administrative Associate

Blair Smallman
Development Manager

Mary Stevenson
Administrative Associate