Volunteer turned non-profit leader picks up nod from Triad Business Journal.
Kathy Carr, Executive Director of the SECU Family House was named a 2016 Outstanding Women in Business honoree by the Triad Business Journal!
The Triad Business Journal’s Women in Business program honors extraordinary businesswomen in the Triad for outstanding contributions to their profession, employers and community. This year it recognized 24 outstanding leaders, including executives at major global and local employers to entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
Joining the project as a volunteer on the steering committee in 2003, Kathy has since helped with the formation and incorporation of the Family House’s Board of Directors, its capital campaign in 2008, and its grand opening in 2011. She moved to the Executive Director role in March of 2010.
As Executive Director, she provides overall strategic leadership for the 45 room facility and 18 member staff. She is responsible for the overall financial, operational, and administrative management of the Family House.
“Kathy makes initiating a new non-profit organization look easy – which it definitely is not. Each step of the way was completed perfectly from strategic planning and budgeting to PR and Marketing – from HR responsibilities and Development to physical facilities,” says Sharon “Shari” Covitz, PhD., chair of the board of directors.
Under Kathy’s leadership, the Family House has served over 17,000 patients and caregivers from 88 NC counties and 36 states. In 2015, the Family House won the HandsOn NWNC High Five Award for Innovation for its unique Education Program that teaches future medical professionals the importance of communication with caregivers. In 2016, the Family House raised over $100,000 in its first signature fundraising event, Men Who Cook.
From a volunteer on a steering committee working with the Winston-Salem medical community to Executive Director, Kathy’s dedication is a great example of how a volunteer role can grow into a full-time career when passionate about a cause.
Kathy’s other civic and philanthropic activities include serving on the board of directors for the Women’s Council of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation and the Abraham Project, a participant with the HandsOn NWNC Peer Philanthropy Network, and a Leadership Winston-Salem Healthcare Day committee member.