Our Passion For Change?
Executive Director Robyn Hamilton is a seasoned leader who has built deep trust in many communities across the United States. She was drawn to Impact Health after hearing that Dogwood Health Trust was creating an entity to lead the way on transformative health outcomes in Western North Carolina. A mission-driven leader, her passion for people, strengthening communities and improving lives was a winning combination to lead this transformative work. Robyn’s background includes extensive experience in organization effectiveness, strategic planning, minority business development, community affairs and diversity, equity and inclusion. Since 2012, she has operated The Hamilton Experience, an advisory firm that provides clients with strategies for community engagement and economic development as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to running The Hamilton Experience, Robyn held various leadership positions with Self-Help Credit Union, a leading national community development financial institution, and Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system serving North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. She served on the leadership team as the Senior Advisor of Diversity, Business Relations and Procurement for the City of Charlotte in 2012 to ensure the success of the Democratic National Convention. Her early career included monitoring U.S. Department of Commerce federal grants to organizations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the Qualla Boundary. During her tenure as the CEO of Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council, Robyn authored the Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative in 2011 which generated over $52 million in contracts and created 469 jobs by minority-owned firms. She holds an MBA from Queens University and a BA in Human Resource Management from Saint Leo College. She honorably served our country in the United States Army as a military intelligence analyst and in the U.S. Air Force as a social actions specialist.
Dionne Greenlee-Jones has a background in implementing public health, social justice, equity and community engagement initiatives. Previously, she’s served as a Resource Development Manager for United Way, as a grant writer and strategic planning consultant, and as a Community Engagement Manager for Unite Us/NCCARE360 – the nation’s first statewide coordinated care network – serving in 23 WNC counties, and in numerous others in partnership with statewide coalitions. Formerly, Dionne directed the Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program and consulted with Duke’s Continuing Studies and Duke Integrative Medicine, assisting with program development and implementation. As a “change agent,” she utilizes her skills in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), along with group and facilitation training methods, to accelerate strategic collaborations among stakeholders, bringing them to consensus to address critical community issues. Academic credentials include distinction as a UNC Chapel Hill Pogue Scholar, a B.A. in English from UNC Charlotte, a B.S. in Public Health from UNC Greensboro, a Master of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte, and pursuit of graduate studies and the documentary arts at Duke University. She holds a certificate in Epidemiology from the Centers for Disease Control, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, among others.
Although born in Greensboro, NC, her paternal family origins hail from the Ridgecrest, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain communities, and she feels deeply rooted and connected to this region. Some of her formerly enslaved ancestors helped erect the “Original” Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Black Mountain, and in her spare time, she co-leads a nonprofit established to protect this historic site on the National Register of Historic Places. Dionne continues to serve many organizations in Western North Carolina, including the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition, the WNC Health Equity Coalition, the WNC Health Network, CoThinkk and Building Bridges of Asheville.
Before joining Dogwood’s Impact Health, Rene worked as an Executive Assistant at the University of North Carolina Asheville in the division of Human Resources, Institutional Equity and General Counsel, where she supported the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel along with assisting the group’s administrative efforts. Previously, she served as Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and the Vice President and General Counsel of the Mission Health Systems’ Health Plans Solutions. The goal of MHS’s Health Plans Solutions is to build healthier communities by providing the best, most affordable health benefit packages and wellness services to the region’s workforce.
Rene holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Pembroke and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of South Carolina Columbia (the real USC). Rene recently completed the Leadership Asheville Class 39 program where she has vowed to be a leader that practices wholehearted living.