Coleman named administrator for Evergreen Foundation

Aug 18, 2014

Denise Coleman has been selected as the administrator of the Evergreen Foundation. Coleman follows Tom McDevitt who has been the administrator of the foundation for the past 30 years. The Evergreen Foundation is a private nonprofit foundation which supports programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disabilities (MH/SA/IDD) in the seven western counties. The foundation provides grant funding, through a competitive grant process, to service providers in WNC.

”The Evergreen board of directors is delighted to have Denise as a full time member of the team,” said Marty Hydaker, Evergreen Foundation board president. “For the past year Denise has assisted with public education and social marketing efforts giving the entire board an opportunity to get to know her and the quality of her work. We are confident that we have selected the right person for job.”

Coleman comes to the foundation with many years of experience in the provider network of Smoky Mountain Mental Health. Previous experience includes rehabilitation counselor for the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, vice president and director of rehabilitation services for Haywood Vocational Opportunities, and executive director for the 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance.

Most recently Coleman has served as the executive director for The Arc of Haywood County. Prior to working in North Carolina, Coleman was employed at Blue Ridge Behavioral Health in Roanoke, Virginia.

"I feel that my background as a provider in the Smoky Mountain provider network and my relationship with all of the service providers in our WNC counties will be very useful in my new position," said Coleman. "I understand the challenges that providers experience in providing quality mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services in our rural counties. The Evergreen Foundation is a very important asset to our region."

The foundation also has office buildings and residences that are rented to service providers and individuals with disabilities, below fair market value, throughout the region. This reduced rent allows for better use of program revenue for these agencies and provides affordable housing to individuals with disabilities in WNC.

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