Helen Ruth Almond is Executive Director of the Alleghany Memorial Hospital Foundation and Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Alleghany Health in Sparta, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. She also serves as President of Antaeus Consulting, LLC, focusing on asset-based economic development strategies and projects that benefit rural communities in North Carolina. Born and raised in Greenville, NC, Almond holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She lives with her husband, Michael, on their farm in Piney Creek, NC.