Updated June 2016 — Editor's Note: Karen McNeil-Miller left the KBR Trust in 2015. Dr. Laura Gerald was announced as the trust's new president in May 2016.
In 1934, Kate Bitting Reynolds, a leading citizen in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, set a plan in motion to fight poverty and extend access to quality health care in her community. She created the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (KBR Trust), which went into effect in 1947 after her death and has since invested more than $550 million in improving life for people in need across the state of North Carolina.
Karen McNeil-Miller served as President of the KBR Trust from 2005–2015, where she worked with trustee Wells Fargo Bank, a staff of 14, the trust's advisory councils, and other local, state, and national nonprofits to bring Mrs. Reynolds' vision to life.
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