We Believe

Investing in women and girls creates healthier communities for all of us. We work together in a strategy for transformation.

How Our Funding Works

Our Vision:

Every Woman, Self-Sustaining.”

Our Region

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee serves the following 25 counties.


Kirby Deal, Executive Director

Kirby Deal serves as the Executive Director for the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee. Kirby originally began her nonprofit work with a local nonprofit organization as a Program Facilitator where she educated young girls to be strong, smart, and bold. From this position, she grew to Director of Development of Girls Inc. of TN Valley and eventually Executive Director. During her tenure with Girls Inc., Kirby worked to diversify fundraising and create new revenue streams by creating valuable community partnerships and relationships and helped grow the organization from a smaller local nonprofit serving two counties to a regional organization that serves over 1,300 girls annually in a variety of programs across Anderson, Blount, and Knox counties in East Tennessee. Kirby has served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund since June 2022 and is passionate about the work to break down barriers for low-income women and girls. She is dedicated to helping the organization reach its goal of a $6M endowment in order to increase grant funding and programming for nonprofit organizations that focus on direct service. Kirby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Bryce Glover, Executive Assistant

In her role as Executive Assistant at The Women’s Fund of East TN, Bryce Glover provides support to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in achieving their mission of empowering women and girls through education, advocacy, and grant-making. Her prior professional experience includes over two years of work in non-profit development, with her most recent position being Director of Development at Girls Inc. of TN Valley. Bryce has completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a graduate of Introduction Knoxville and possesses a deep interest in social justice and gender equality. She is enthusiastic about working with The Women’s Fund and its partners to create positive change for women and girls in our community.


Susie Whitener

Kati Blalock
Vice Chair &
Development Chair

Dr. Laura Seery Cole

Julia Bentley
Treasurer &
Finance Chair

Jan Brown
Governance Chair

Angela Howard
Community Relations Chair

Michelle Hardin
Immediate Past President

Anna Lora Taylor
Network Building and Grant Making Chair


Veenita Bisaria

Nyda Brook, JD

Diana Condon

Joy Fulkerson

Allison Kelly

Katie Kline

Maureen Dunn McBride

Alice Mercer

Carey Patin