Meet our Staff

Karen Marinelli, Executive Director

Karen has over 30 years of non-profit management experience.  From 2008 - 2018 she worked for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Columbia, SC.  She become the the Executive Director in 2009 and in this role, she successfully implemented and completed a $5.2 million capital campaign that resulted in the opening of a new Ronald McDonald House.  In the fall of 2018 she accepted a new role as the Executive Director of Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge! Throughout her career, she has committed herself to serving others.

Karen received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. In addition to her husband Tom, she has a daughter Ashley living in Charlotte, NC, a son Anthony who lives in South Carolina and a Springer spaniel, named Avery.

In her free time she enjoys exploring the mountains, gardening and cooking.