South Cumberland Community Fund, with a special emphasis on communications and fund development. Janet spent part of her childhood in Sewanee, attending the former Sewanee Academy and going on to graduate from the University of the South in 1980. Shortly after graduation she married and moved to Texas, where she spent 36 years.
Cooper thoroughly enjoyed her time in Fort Worth's nonprofit community, beginning with her work for the Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County; and during her 14 years with the Van Cliburn Foundation for which she wore many hats, including producing and editing program books for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, and for its annual concert series, among other assignments. Cooper's last position in Fort Worth was with the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, for which she served as executive director for 12 years and had the privilege of working alongside legendary major league baseball player and manager, Bobby Bragan.
Cooper and her husband, Brown, returned to Sewanee in 2016, and she joined South Cumberland Community Fund as its director in September 2017. She is happy to be back in the mountains of Tennessee, enjoying the beauty and culture that the area has to offer.
Janet Cooper, SCCF Director
Nicky Hamilton, Community
Nicky Hamilton is responsible for SCCF's grants program, and provides support for SCCF's capacity building efforts through collaborations with area nonprofits. She is also associate director of community engagement at the University of the South where she oversees the South Cumberland Plateau AmeriCorps VISTA Project.
Hamilton graduated from the University of the South in 1999 as a Desmond Tutu Scholar with a degree in psychology. She worked in the Office of Admissions at Sewanee before moving to Residential Life as its director in 2004. Hamilton left the Mountain for Little Rock, Arkansas in 2010 to attend the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, earning a Masters of Public Service degree in 2012. Her academic and co-curricular work there included grant writing, program development, and collaborative coalition building.
In 2014 Hamilton returned to the Plateau to assume her joint position with SCCF and the University's newly created Office of Civic Engagement.