Gladys Hairston Program Officer
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.
Kellan Moore President and CEO
Kellan became the second President and CEO of the John Rex Endowment in 2017. Prior to the John Rex Endowment, she was the executive director of Care Share Health Alliance. Her philanthropic experience also includes positions as a program officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and supervisor of corporate giving at Progress Energy.
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 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.