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AHA Welcomes 4 New Board Members

AHA’s Board of Directors elected four new members to the Board this month:

  • Mary Kay Heath, director of marketing at McAdams;
  • John Johnston, Community Development Manager for the Raleigh Greater Chamber of Commerce;
  • Mary Poole, President & CEO of Artspace; and
  • Matt Smith, Executive Director of Wake Tech Foundation.

“We are pleased to welcome these leaders to the AHA Board; they bring a wealth of experience, expertise and energy to our collaborative and will help guide AHA’s strategic direction as we continue to advance a healthier Wake County through policy, systems and environmental change,” said AHA Board Chair Sarah Martin, Wake PTA Council.

“We’re so appreciative of these business and community leaders who are willing to advance health and quality of life of Wake County residents,” Sara Merz, AHA Executive Director, said. “Their leadership will bring more partners to the table.”

Mary Heath

Mary Heath

Heath is a native North Carolinian who has been in the Triangle for the last 15 years. Throughout her marketing and communications career she has worked among leadership to develop initiatives and strategies to refine branding, marketing and community involvement. In addition to firm-related activities, she serves as one of the faces of McAdams in the community. Heath serves on several boards, committees and task forces, and is the Vice-Chair of Events and Sponsorships for the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA).

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John Johnston

In his role with the Chamber, Johnston advocates for enhanced quality of life on behalf of the business community throughout Greater Raleigh and Wake County in the areas of education, transportation, public health, public art, sports, and parks and open space.  Since starting in this role in 2013, he has worked on numerous bond referenda campaigns, mobilized grassroots/tops efforts for a number of policy matters, and serves on numerous strategic planning and advisory boards throughout the community.

Mary Poole

Mary Poole

Poole, who has led Artspace since 2002, is a visionary leader with over 20 years of experience in non-profit arts administration, grants management, and building non-profit brands that positively impact the community. She has served on the planning committee for Innovate Raleigh and as an advisory panelist for numerous local and state funding agencies.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

A lifetime Raleigh resident, Smith’s role at Wake Tech Foundation is to cultivate private donors, corporations and foundations to support the academic initiatives of the College. He also is charged with directing strategy, managing /growing foundation assets and endowments and leading the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Smith is active in a number of civic/philanthropic activities around the Triangle including the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of the Triangle, Apex United Methodist Church and the Oak City Seven Organizing Committee.

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