Kevin Cain

Kevin Cain President & CEO

Kevin became the first President and CEO of the John Rex Endowment in 2001. Since then he has had the good fortune to work with and learn from a great variety of people applying their wisdom and their passion to the benefit of others.

As Vice President for Planning and Marketing with Rex Healthcare, Kevin played an active role in the transaction with the UNC Health Care System that created the John Rex Endowment. Prior to moving to North Carolina he had been the Director of Marketing at Carle Clinic Association in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. His experience in planning and market research offered a useful perspective when he started his work at the John Rex Endowment. His willingness to try new approaches to improving situations that interfere with the well-being of children has been beneficial.

He currently serves on the board of NC Child and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers.

Kevin has three grown sons who are a credit to their gender, a grandson who defies description, and a yoga practice he would be happy to tell you about.

Gladys Hairston

Gladys Hairston Program Associate

Gladys joined the John Rex Endowment as Program Associate in March 2014.  She provides program and administrative support for all John Rex Endowment grant programs and program-related initiatives.  Before joining the John Rex Endowment, she was a Program Officer for the Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont where she managed grants related to health, education, and community vitality efforts in Martinsville, VA.

As a new transplant to the Triangle, Gladys enjoys visiting museums and parks in the area, and enthusiastically attends athletic events at the local universities.

McAllister Ross Myhra

McAllister Ross Myhra Director of Operations

McAllister came to the John Rex Endowment in 2001.  In her position she manages the foundation’s administrative and financial operations, and directs communications in order to further the mission of the foundation.  Prior to joining the John Rex Endowment, McAllister was with Rex Healthcare where she had primary responsibility for the due diligence activity during the Rex Healthcare/University of North Carolina Health Care System transaction.

Outside of the office, McAllister’s family, friends and love for her yard keep her busy. 

Kate Shirah

Kate Shirah Program Director

Kate joined the John Rex Endowment as Program Director in 2008.   She is responsible for planning, designing and implementing grant programs and program-related initiatives to ensure maximum foundation impact, as well as directing grant management and evaluation.  Prior to joining the John Rex Endowment, she worked as an instructor and field training coordinator in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Kate’s commitment to strong community shapes her personal time as well.  She serves on the Youth Thrive Board of Advisors, is an active member of the Triangle’s The Art of Giving women’s collective and currently volunteers as a director of the Exchange Family Center in Durham.