Our staff works with the Durham community to engage with Duke Health and its resources. We also encourage employees to become more active in their communities.
Kimberly Monroe, MPA, Program Manager for Community Engagement
Kimberly Monroe shows her passion to help others by working to improve the health and well-being of Triangle communities. A self-described "global citizen," she enjoys collaboration and inclusiveness. She's worked with a variety of local organizations that include: Partnership for a Healthy Durham, Durham County Women's Commission, Homeless Services Advisory Committee, Durham Connects Advisory Committee, African American Dance Ensemble and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
Nationally, she serves on the culture of health workgroup for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and participated in the National Academy of Medicine Culture of Health cohort meetings.
Before coming to Duke in 1997, she worked at UNC Physicians Network and Piedmont Health Services in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Ms. Monroe received her bachelor degree in business and finance from McMurry University, and a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in human services administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She is an ordained elder at Victorious Life Fellowship Church in Durham.
Darla Wohlfarth, Communications and Special Projects
Darla Wohlfarth has many roles with the Office of Community Relations. She manages the DUHS Summer Internship Program, a collaboration between Duke University Health System, Made In Durham, and Durham YouthWorks. She also administers our grant programs and grant sponsorship benefits. Ms. Wohlfarth regularly represents the office in the community.
Her previous professional experience includes coordinating events at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as public relations and marketing positions for SunTrust, WJXT-TV 4, a CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida, and Macy's Inc.
Ms. Wohlfarth received bachelor degrees in journalism and sociology from Duquesne University.
Giovanna Vruwink, Administrative Assistant
Giovanna Vruwink has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling and correspondence. Her role includes administrative functions and she provides support to team members, as well as support for the chancellor's office. She's held positions in medicine and business.
Ms. Vruwink recieved her bachelor's degree in design studies from North Carolina State University with a concentration in branding and a minor in French. She received a second bachelor's degree in game design and animation from the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, focusing on digital rigging and coding.