Morgan County, IN—The Kendrick Foundation is pleased to announce Ms. Keylee Wright as its first-ever Director. The Kendrick Foundation was established in 2001 and serves to provide over $1M annually in health-related program grants and scholarships benefitting the residents of Morgan County.

Since 2003, Keylee has worked in the field of public health. She started her career at the Open Door/BMH Health Center and accepted a position with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) in 2004. Keylee completed a master’s degree in Wellness Management and Applied Gerontology from Ball State University in 2007.

She has worked for the ISDH, either as a state employee or contractor, for almost 15 years. She’s worked in cancer prevention and control since 2008. The Indiana Public Health Association named Keylee a public health hero in 2014, and she received the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s highest honor – Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Control – in 2015.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to work with the Kendrick Foundation and Morgan County community to give everyone the chance to live well, including residents that are often left behind,” said Wright. “According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where we live – our access to affordable and stable homes, quality schools, and reliable transportation – make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and ultimately all of this profoundly affects our health and well-being.”

Early in her life, Ms. Wright accepted a full-tuition volleyball scholarship to the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison. As a Badger, she battled chronic injuries through her junior year and finished her collegiate athletic career on a medical hardship scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from UW-Madison in 2001. Her collegiate volleyball experience helped Keylee develop a passion for health promotion and wellness. Keylee completed a master’s degree in Wellness Management and Applied Gerontology from Ball State University in 2007.

Keylee has continued to stay involved in volleyball through coaching. She’s coached club volleyball and camps off and on since 1996. She and her sister, Melissa, currently coach for Team Indiana. Keylee is extremely close to her family and will always have strong ties to her home community of Delaware County.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Keylee as the first-ever Director of the Kendrick Foundation.  She brings with her excellent experience on how to improve the quality of life for our community and to positively impact the health for individuals and families.” – Greg McKelfresh, President, Kendrick Foundation Board of Directors.

Formed from the proceeds of the sale of Kendrick Memorial Hospital, the Kendrick Foundation reflects the long service of the hospital to the health of the community. It has become an extension of the life work of Dr. William Kendrick, and all who preceded him in the 100 years of service given at Kendrick Memorial Hospital.  In 2001 when the Kendrick Foundation began, it operated as a stand-alone organization of the Community Foundation of Morgan County.

The Kendrick Foundation became a private foundation in 2007. It maintains a close relationship with the Community Foundation of Morgan County and both foundations continue to desire to care for our neighbors and provide leadership to improve our community. Because the Kendrick Foundation has no staff of its own, the Community Foundation of Morgan County staff also share the responsibilities of the Kendrick Foundation. The main office for the Kendrick Foundation is located at 11 West Main Street, in Mooresville, business is also conducted from the main office of the Community Foundation at 56 N. Main St. in Martinsville.

With assets over $29 million, the Kendrick Foundation provides grant and scholarship funds to medical and health programs, support to community health care outreach programs, financial support to healthcare education and financial support to programs for the medically indigent.

The Kendrick Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who are responsible for the fiduciary oversight of its investments, grants, and scholarships.

Please join the Kendrick Foundation in welcoming Keylee to Morgan County.

About the Foundation:

The mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents.

The Kendrick Foundations will be the premier catalyst to identify and promote the healthcare needs of Morgan County.