Jeanne Dairaghi

CDC Arthritis Grant Manager
447 Sherrill Center, CPO 4010

Jeanne Dairaghi is Grant Manager of the CDC Arthritis Grant at the NC Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville. In this
position, Jeanne is focused on developing the Healthy Aging NC Resource Center as a means to connect people and agencies to the programs that improve community health,
increase the capacity of agencies to offer these programs, maintain a website with current program information and online registration, and collect the data to create outcomes reports.

Through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant, Jeanne works across the state to address the impact of the chronic disease of Arthritis. Jeanne’s deliverables include increasing access to evidence-based programs, working with health care providers, promoting walking, and raising awareness about Arthritis.

Jeanne received her Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from Purdue University. She is a certified Master Trainer in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program through the Self-Management Resource Center, a Walk With Ease leader through the Arthritis Foundation, and is an alumni of the WNC Pathways for Nonprofit Leadership Program.

Prior to joining UNC Asheville, Jeanne has enjoyed a variety of jobs that have increased her skills in project management, public speaking, community outreach, and group facilitation. Jeanne worked as the cofounder and assistant director of the nonprofit organization Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!), a counselor at a women’s health clinic, a research assistant on a child abuse and neglect grant, a case manager in vocational rehabilitation, and an adjunct Psychology instructor. When not working, Jeanne enjoys hiking, reading, watching episodes of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr”, and talking about RBG.


  • BA – General Psychology, International Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1991

  • MS – Rehabilitation Psychology, Purdue University, 1995


Leadership Positions:

  • Living Healthy with Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)—Master Trainer
  • Walk With Ease—Leader
  • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance—Mini-Grant Recipient
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Arthritis Council—General Member
  • National Council on Aging 2017 Network Development Learning Collaborative--Member
  • Western North Carolina Pathways for Nonprofit Leadership Program—Alumni