The Jackson L. Graves Foundation announced today (Sept. 4) the departure of Mitzi Traxson as the organization’s managing director, who is pursuing other opportunities. Traxson has served as managing director since 2007.
Audre Darling has been selected to manage the day-to-day affairs of the organization and will carry the title of executive director. Darling is University of Arkansas graduate and has worked closely with charitable organizations such as Feed Fayetteville,. She is the show host of the radio program, Community Matters and works as community affairs coordinator for Cumulus Broadcasting.
Her focus will be on growing the mission of the Jackson L. Graves Foundation and working with a board that will be formed later this year.
Since 2007, Traxson has helped the foundation raise more than $200,000 for charitable purposes.
“Mitzi has not only been a fantastic managing director but she is our close personal friend,” said Angie Graves, “She is responsible for building the foundation into a dynamic and sustainable charity that continues to innovate in the area of neonatal care.”
During Traxson’s tenure the foundation has added partnerships with Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Northwest Arkansas and Lahav Lab at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.
These partnerships are in addition to the long term connection to Arkansas Children’s Hospital which began in 2005.
“We have grown substantially since 2007 and Mitzi has been a huge part of that growth,” said Angie Graves.
The Jackson L. Graves Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for neonatal and pediatric patients and families.