Meet our Staff

Danielle Thuot, Executive Director
Danielle has over a decade and a half of experience in non-profit management. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate and activist for vulnerable populations and believes deeply in the role of non-profits in promoting human dignity and social justice. A North Carolina native, Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts from Belmont Abbey College and a Master of Public Administration form the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Prior to coming to the WFBR, Danielle served as a fundraising consultant, sat on the Human Rights committee for Alexander’s Children’s Home, and co-founded Home Harvest, a small business that brings locally-grown produce to those who do not have the economic means to eat a healthy diet. Most recently, Danielle served as the Executive Director for Mountain Area Residential Facilities in Asheville, NC. In her free time, Danielle enjoys cycling, hiking, and spending time with her two dogs.


Kacee Smith, Operations Coordinator
Kacee has been working with the Women’s Fund since January 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2011 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University in 2017. While attending UNCW  Kacee co-founded a student organization, Seahawk Connect, which encourages students to volunteer in the community. After obtaining her BA in Sociology Kacee worked for the St. Mary’s Health Center in Wilmington, NC  as the Clinic Coordinator.  This experience helped Kacee decide to continue a life working in non-profits. In her free time, Kacee enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her friends.