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Former NC health director to lead charitable trust

Dr. Laura Gerald will be the new president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a private foundation with a mission to improve health and quality of life for low-income North Carolinians.

Gerald is a former state health director and former executive director of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission. She is currently market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh.

“I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to help further the mission of the Trust and the legacy of Kate Reynolds. I grew up in Robeson County with a supportive family and community that allowed me to go on to have tremendous educational and professional experiences,” Gerald said in a statement.

Gerald replaces Karen McNeil-Miller, who left the Trust last year to run the Colorado Health Foundation in Denver. Gerald was chosen after a national search.

“Dr. Gerald is an outstanding leader who is an expert in health care improvement, as well as a North Carolina native who understands firsthand the challenges facing rural areas,” Beth Renner, senior vice president and national director, Philanthropic Services, Wells Fargo Bank, trustee of the foundation said in a statement. “She has an outstanding statewide and national reputation for integrity and excellence, and we are honored to appoint her as the next president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.”