Dear Alliance Medical Ministry Community,
I want to begin by telling you that I am beyond proud to be the new Executive Director for Alliance. I also want to recognize how truly grateful this community is to Megg Rader for her tireless leadership and commitment to Alliance over the years, and I am personally so appreciative of her guidance and thoughtfulness throughout this transition. I can tell you that she is even more remarkable than you can imagine. I can also tell you that the people who work and volunteer here are equally as outstanding.
So, who am I? I am a lawyer by education but spent most of my career in the corporate world while serving in a variety of leadership positions for nonprofit organizations. I grew up in Greensboro and come from a medical family that believes in the power of community philanthropy and mission-driven nonprofit organizations. So, for me, working with Alliance’s dedicated employees and passionate volunteers and donors to solve very real issues by providing affordable healthcare to the uninsured working population of Wake County is both an honor and an amazing opportunity.
Wake County is widely recognized as one of the best places to live in the country. The Triangle has one of the highest concentration of PhDs in the world, the quality of life is high and there is great opportunity here. However, we also have big healthcare issues. Wake County alone has more than 90,000 uninsured residents, and North Carolina does not fare well in national rankings for healthcare costs and access.
Alliance is really making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in Wake County. In the past year, Alliance has seen 2,500 patients, has provided over 11,000 patient appointments, and accessed $3 million in affordable medication for uninsured individuals. That happens because of the donors, the volunteers, the staff, the providers, the partners and the many others involved with Alliance. In my short time at Alliance, I have learned that people are genuinely passionate about Alliance, and it is amazing to witness.
So, thank you for all that you do, and thank you for always considering Alliance. We plan to make another big impact in Wake County this Thanksgiving with Share the Pie – the proceeds of which will go directly to support the joint mission of Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry to build stable families through access to employment and healthcare.
Stop by and say hello next time you are in the area. I would love to meet you and hear about your connection to this amazing organization. Have a happy Halloween!