In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers—alums, faculty, staff, and others—whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Kristen Keely-Dinger is an MSSW graduate of the UT College of Social Work and is the current President and CEO of The Healing Trust, a health legacy foundation committed to fostering access to compassionate health care for vulnerable populations in Middle Tennessee. She joined the Trust in 2003 as the first Program Officer. She has also served The Trust as VP of Programs and Grants and Executive Vice President. Since Kristen joined The Trust in 2003, the Foundation has awarded over $80 million in grants. In that time, the Foundation's grant making has grown from $350,000 to almost $5 million per year. Her work fulfills the goal of Grand Challenge #2, Closing the Health Gap.
Kristen was selected as a 2007 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow and is a graduate of the 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class.
Accredited continuously by the Council on Social Work Education since 1945.