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

John Bischof
Garner, NC

Mary Cantando
The Woman’s Advantage
Raleigh, NC

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

Asa Cordle, M.D.
Raleigh Psychiatric Associates
Raleigh, NC

Jody Darden
Raleigh, NC

Tanya Doebler
Wake Forest, NC

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

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

Amber Moshakos
LM Restaurants
Raleigh, NC

Randy Quirk
Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Raleigh, NC

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

Brad Sears
Pinnacle Bank / Raymond James
Raleigh, NC

Jeff Stocks
The Nautical Group
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.

Thanks to the SAC, the Foundation of Hope has funded 157 scientific research grants totaling over $6.6 million. These local research grants have attracted significant funding from the National Institute of Health, reaching sums of over $160 million. 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.

Asa Cordle, M.D.
Raleigh Psychiatric Associates

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 Wakebrook

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 Chaivetta
Dan & Fairley Bell Cook
Tom Darden

Robert & Linda Grew
Earl Johnson, III

Tina Labunski
Pansy Morton

Mark & Robin Prak
Melanie Regner

Erika Rosenthal
Tina Shanahan

Sherwood & Eve Smith
Julie Sobierajski

Lisa Sumner
Marian Troxler
Mason & Cathy Williams


Shelley Eure Belk
Executive Director

Jennifer Gibson
Associate Executive Director

Jennifer Archambault
Event & Administrative Assistant

Blair Smallman
Development Coordinator

Mary Stevenson
Event Administrator