Executive Director Announcement

Dawn Charaba, MBA, has been chosen as the next Executive Director of the Reidsville Area Foundation (RAF).  Jennifer Nixon, current Executive Director of RAF, made the announcement.


The Reidsville Area Foundation began the search process in early March 2019. “We were very pleased to have approximately thirty candidates from across the country with extensive experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors,” Ms. Nixon continued.


The RAF Executive Selection Committee reviewed each application, selected finalists, and held two rounds of face to face interviews. “We were honored to receive applications from many highly qualified candidates,” said Ms. Nixon. “We had a tremendous response to our national search. Applications demonstrated a breadth of experience across the private and public sectors. Ultimately, the Committee had a difficult decision. The process allowed them to consider each individual candidate.” At the conclusion of the selection process, the Executive Selection Committee unanimously voted to select Ms. Charaba as the new leader of the organization.

Ms. Charaba has extensive experience in each of RAF’s priority areas, having worked in health and human services, early childhood education, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Rockingham County Education Foundation. Ms. Charaba has a BS in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MBA with a concentration in nonprofit leadership from Marylhurst University.  


In addition to numerous leadership, health education, and wellness certifications, she also has served on the Board of Directors of the Rockingham County Partnership for Children. Ms Charaba has held many voluntary leadership positions locally, including serving on the community advisory councils and committees of the Moss Street Partnership School, Rockingham County Head Start, and the Rockingham County DHHS Community Health Assessment.


In her most recent role, Ms. Charaba has focused on building public support for a thriving public education system, expanding opportunities for early childhood education, and advancing work on early literacy for the youngest residents of Rockingham County. She has worked successfully in the provision of direct services, fund development, and curriculum design and delivery. She brings to the role a skillset that will help the Reidsville Area Foundation to advance its vision of being a catalyst for impactful, positive transformation. Ms. Charaba will assume the Executive Director role in September 2019. 


The Reidsville Area Foundation is a private foundation formed in 2001 with proceeds from the merger of Annie Penn Hospital with the Cone Health System.  RAF is governed by an independent Board of Directors. The Board of Directors supports transformative initiatives and strategic projects in early childhood and public education, health and wellness, and community development.


Since formation, RAF has approved approximately $18 million in grants for the benefit of the citizens of Rockingham County.  Funding occurs for education, healthcare, human services and community economic development.

Contact us
Telephone:  (336) 634-1669

Find us

124 S. Scales Street
Reidsville, NC 27323 


8 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday