Foundation Welcomes Staff, Expands Operations

August 20, 2020
Category: News and Announcements

Senior Program Officer for Healthy Communities and Director
of Operational Excellence Added    


Durham, N.C. - The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is excited to welcome Shelia Reich as its newest team member, joining the organization as Senior Program Officer, Healthy Communities. In addition, Operations Manager Teresita Maz has been named the Foundation's Director of Operational Excellence.

Shelia understands that the amplification of community voice and leadership is central to achieving health equity for all North Carolinians. In her role as Senior Program Officer, she will focus on increasing capacity for multi-sector partnerships to commit to equity, share power, and advocate for change at the community level as they work to identify, and act on, the root causes of poor health and health disparities.

Shelia's experience reflects a diverse range of roles, having spent the past 20+ years working directly with, and for, communities and marginalized populations. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Youth Thrive, a Wake County cross-sector collaborative.

Teresita initially joined the Foundation in 2018 as Operations Manager. In the newly created role of Director of Operational Excellence, she will work with the team to foster a culture of continuous improvement and exceptional experience for grantees and partners. Teresita will continue to oversee the organization's financial operations, while also spearheading efforts to optimize processes, equitable practices, and structures to aid strategy execution and long-term organizational excellence.

Learn more about Shelia and Teresita.

"Our team is stronger today than ever as we welcome Shelia aboard and Teresita into her new role. Their contributions will be invaluable as we deepen our commitment to the people and places of North Carolina and strive to be an organization that provides exceptional experience for those we work with and support."

John Lumpkin, MD
Blue Cross NC Foundation President


About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is an independent, private foundation with the mission of improving the health and well-being of everyone in North Carolina. Since its founding in 2000, the organization has invested $150 million into North Carolina communities through more than 1,100 grants. In its grantmaking, the Foundation strives to address the key drivers of health, and takes a flexible approach designed to meet identified needs in partnership with the community. The organization also works closely with its grantees, and other nonprofits, to support their growth through capacity building and leadership development opportunities.