Meet the people engaged in the SCCF programs! 

SCCF Staff

Meet the Staff

Janet Cooper, SCCF Director

Janet Cooper manages the daily operations of

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.

Janet 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. Janet'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.

Janet 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. 

Katie Goforth, Director of Community Development

Born in Tennessee and raised in Colorado, as a child Katie spent most summers with her extended family in Grundy County, Tennessee. After earning a B.A. from the University of Colorado with dual majors in anthropology and geography, Katie made Tennessee her permanent home. She worked in the field of K-12 education for more than 20 years, along the way earning a master's degree in Elementary Education (Tennessee State University) and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (Tennessee Technological University). She then transitioned into the field of nonprofit grant management and went on to serve as director of South Cumberland Health Network and co-director of grants for Volunteer Behavioral Health. She is a member of numerous local and regional committees and boards in the fields of public health and education, including South Cumberland Health Network, Grundy County Health Council, Activ8 Grundy, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, and Friends of South Cumberland State Park. 


After partnering with the South Cumberland Plateau AmeriCorps VISTA Project on many community outreach initiatives, Katie joined this program as VISTA manager in 2018. In July 2021 Katie accepted the job of Director of Community Development, a joint position shared by South Cumberland Community Fund and the University of the South’s Office of Civic Engagement. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, hiking, and walking her dogs along the scenic trails of the South Cumberland Plateau.