MaryAnn Black, MSW, LCSW
Associate Vice President for Community Relations
MaryAnn Black is one of the community’s most respected and experienced leaders whose professional training and knowledge of this community prepare her uniquely for this key role.
Ms. Black is a leading health advocate for health and human services with a background as a social worker specializing in psychotherapy with children and their families. She was named the 1994 “Social Worker of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers. Her experience was further heightened in the political arena during her lengthy tenure and strong leadership as a Durham County Commissioner (1990-2002), and as the Chair of the Durham County Commissioners (1996-2002).
Ms. Black’s experience as a clinical social worker, combined with her strong leadership of the county commission, gives her valuable insight and expertise that will help strengthen the delivery of health care to underserved populations. Further, her experience with the government is a valuable link between the health system and the diverse communities it serves.
The mission Ms. Black established for the Office of Community Relations (OCR) centers around the enhancement and development of Duke Health relationships with local governments, community leaders, faith communities, and other groups that support the health and human service needs of the people served by Duke Health.
Kimberly Monroe, MPA
Kimberly Monroe is the Program Manager for Community Engagement. In this role, she helps with the planning and implementation of community based activities that support the goal and mission of Duke Health. She also helps promote a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the social and physical needs of the communities we serve.
Her primary responsibilities include coordinating special projects, planning community health summits, serving as liaison to the City of Medicine Academy, and representing the Office of Community Relations in the community. She serves on the Allocation Committee for the Durham Partnership for Children, and the Durham Connects Advisory Board. She is an active member of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham and serves on the Access to Care Committee and the Mental Health Committee (Chair). She is a member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association (Triangle Chapter). Ms. Monroe will begin her third term on the Durham County Women’s Commission and was elected Chair for the 2009 fiscal year.
Ms. Monroe received her B.B.A. in Business & Finance from McMurry Universityin Abilene , Texas and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill .
Darla Wohlfarth has worked for the Office of Community and Local Government Relations for seven years. She disseminates information for the OCR internally to the Duke Health Community, externally to the community at large, and to various local government organizations. Her role includes coordinating events, copy writing advertisements, Charitable Grants, and Contribution and Gifts disbursement and contact person among other responsibilities and duties.
Her previous professional experience includes working for the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill in the department of Health Policy and Management where she served as the Coordinator for the 11th Annual National Meeting of the Health Organizational Research Association, HORA. She also worked for such companies as Sun Trust, WJXT-TV 4, a CBS affiliate out of Jacksonville, Florida, and May Corporation as a copy writer and producer.
Ms. Wohlfarth received her B.A. in Journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a concentrated study in Public Relations and Advertising. She also completed a focus in the study of Gerontology.