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Spotlighting Mental Health Professionals: Ruth Kaluski

Spotlighting Mental Health Professionals: Ruth Kaluski

Ruth Kaluski has seen a lot of change in the thirty years she has worked in the mental health field. Beginning her career in rehabilitation counseling in 1989, Ruth entered the world of clinical mental health services at a time when conversations about mental illness were clouded by stigma and bias. Now serving as the Statewide Director of Strategic Programs…

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Spotlighting Mental Health Professionals: Dr. Luke Smith

Spotlighting Mental Health Professionals: Dr. Luke Smith

Dr. Luke Smith relocated from Arkansas to North Carolina following medical school to pursue a career in adult and childhood psychiatry. As he became more involved in his new community, Dr. Smith realized there was a pressing need for mental health services offered in Spanish. Driven by his newfound commitment to bridging this gap in psychiatric care, Dr. Smith worked…

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F. M. Kirby Foundation Announces $15.4 Million in Grants in 2023

F. M. Kirby Foundation Announces $15.4 Million in Grants in 2023

The F. M. Kirby Foundation Board of Directors announced 255 grants totaling $15,431,175 were approved in 2023 to nonprofit organizations working to increase the strength and vitality of our communities. Of this total, over 130 grants included general operating support and over 140 grants were made to organizations that have been partners of the Foundation for over 25 years, representing…

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Kirby Foundation Welcomes New Team Member, Announces Staff Promotions

Kirby Foundation Welcomes New Team Member, Announces Staff Promotions

The F. M. Kirby Foundation is pleased to welcome a new team member and to announce two staff promotions. Helen Benson has joined the organization as Director of Finance, effective November 13th.  Helen joins the Foundation with both small business and corporate experience and 17 years of managing financial operations, strategic planning, and analysis. After beginning her career as an…

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F. M. Kirby Foundation Welcomes New Team Members

F. M. Kirby Foundation Welcomes New Team Members

The F. M. Kirby Foundation is pleased to announce that two new staff members have joined the organization. Wanda Miroslava Peguero has joined the F. M. Kirby Foundation as a Grants Administrator, effective August 7th. Wanda has extensive grants administration experience, having worked in the philanthropic sector for over 20 years. She has worked formerly for the Ms. Foundation for…

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