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 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.

Alex Cusimano, Operations Coordinator
Alex grew up near Buffalo, New York, and graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She currently lives in Blowing Rock with her partner Nathan, and is an animal lover and pet owner. Alex likes reading and organizing, and in addition to managing the Women’s Fund office, she works at the Valle Crucis Lavender House.