Willona Aekins

Network Officer

Willona Aekins joined Camber Foundation in January 2024 as a Network Officer. Her role is to
advance the implementation of the Camber Foundation’s philanthropic strategy through
relationship-building and grantmaking. She works closely with current and potential grantees to
maximize funding impact, discover new opportunities, and understand how Camber can best
serve the region.
Before joining Camber Foundation, Willona served as the director of two Care Share Health
Alliance initiatives, NC Get Covered and the Collaborative on Medicaid Transformation. Prior,
she was the founding director of the NC Council of Church’s health initiative – Partners in
Health and Wholeness. Her legacy remains there, as an award for Excellence in Community
Innovation was later named in her honor. Willona also spent five years with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked with primary care providers, community-based organizations, and medical centers.

Willona is a proud graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning both a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master of public health degree in maternal and child health. She also obtained a nonprofit management certificate at Duke University.

Born and raised in Goldsboro, Willona is passionate about supporting communities in Eastern
North Carolina – the very place that made her who she is today. These days, Willona calls Fayetteville home, where she lives with her husband Jeremy and enjoys exploring local greenways, bargain shopping, and watching documentaries. She also likes to take advantage of our state’s diverse landscape with day trips to our mountains and beaches.

cam·ber | \ ˈkam-bər \ A positive, upward curve built into the beam of a bridge intended to distribute the load.