Our Leadership

The John Rex Endowment is governed by the Board of Directors.  Members of the board bring a range of perspectives and experience from the business, education, finance, healthcare, and nonprofit community.  The Board of Directors is composed of 14 members with the foundation president serving as an ex-officio member. 

The diverse leadership sets the John Rex Endowment’s mission, monitors the impact of the organization, provides broad direction and ensures its development and growth. The Board of Directors performs its duties through committees that include the Executive Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Health Improvement Committee and Nominating Committee.  Each director serves two three-year terms and serves on at least one committee.


Pablo Escobar, Secretary, Community Volunteer
Matt Leatherman, Treasurer, Director, FCLT Global
Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., Vice-chair, Consultant for early childhood system building initiatives
Jimmy Talton, Chair, Sr. Vice President, CapTrust Financial Advisors


LaTasha Bennett, Manager of Community Engagement, UnitedHealthcare
Craig Croom, Judge, Wake County District Court
Heather Denny, Executive, Wells Global
Tyran HillLocal and Regional Policy Officer, NC Housing Coalition
Matt Leatherman, Director, FCLT Global
Warren Ludwig, Ph.D., Consultant for child welfare and mental health issues
Allen Mask, M.D., Medical Director, Raleigh Urgent Care Center
Cathy Moore, Superintendent, Wake County Public School System
Kellan Moore, President and CEO, John Rex Endowment
Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., Consultant for early childhood system building initiatives
John Rusher, M.D., Pediatrician, Raleigh Pediatric Associates
Kate Simpson, Vice President, TrueBridge Capital Partners

Former Chairs

Linda Butler, M.D.
Jill Wright, M.D.
Sherry Worth
Robert Rader, Judge
Leah Devlin, D.D.S.
Ben Bradsher
David Boerner, M.D.
Ann Goodnight
James Maynard