Abena develops strategies for programs and grant making in the area of Rural Health. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Abena was a Senior Program Officer with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where her grants portfolio focused on access to primary care, behavioral health services, diabetes and prevention activities. At the Cone Health Foundation, Abena served as a Program Officer and established the first county-wide initiative addressing obesity prevention. She also served with the Public Health Departments in North Carolina and Florida.
Abena has a Master of Health Care Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville.