Sarah Grymes joins Dogwood Health Trust as VP for housing impact

Sarah Grymes
Sarah Grymes. Photo courtesy of Dogwood Health Trust

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust:

Dogwood Health Trust welcomes Sarah Grymes, an experienced housing development expert with a strong financial background, to their Impact Team, effective Jan. 2. Grymes will join the foundation, serving as Vice President of Impact for Housing.
In this role, Grymes is responsible for overseeing Dogwood’s work with area partners to help increase the number of affordable housing units, help residents stay in existing homes safely and help reduce homelessness. She will also work to address the numerous and complex contributing issues that cross all of Dogwood’s strategic priorities.
“We know that housing is a necessity for good health and well-being, and Sarah has exceptional experience and knows what it takes to make affordable homes a reality for Western North Carolina residents,” said Dr. Susan Mims, Interim CEO of Dogwood Health Trust. “She has already proven to be a valuable partner in Dogwood’s initial work under our Housing Strategic Priority, and we are excited to bring her deep knowledge of finance, construction and development onto our team so that we can continue to help facilitate the creation of safe and affordable housing throughout the region.”  

Dogwood’s Impact Team is responsible for grant making and program-related investment activity. Grymes joins a strong group working proactively to find and work shoulder-to-shoulder with partners of all sizes throughout the 18 Western North Carolina counties and the Qualla Boundary. 

Grymes most recently served as the Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) in Hendersonville, where her work included overseeing more than $25 million in real estate assets, seeking out and securing land and financing for single and multi-family development, and expanding the agency to become a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development certified housing counseling agency.

“I am so excited for this opportunity to work for Dogwood Health Trust and serve people in our region creating much needed affordable and workforce housing,” Grymes said. “I cherished my time on the board and as the Executive Director of Housing Assistance Corporation doing this work I truly love and feel truly lucky that I will be able to help our entire region.”

 Prior to her role with the Housing Assistance Corporation, Grymes worked as the director of resource development for the United Way of Henderson County. She is also an experienced bank executive serving with Mountain Bank, Mountain 1st Bank and Trust, and Bank of North Carolina. Grymes is an active member in the community serving on numerous boards and committees including the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, the AdventHealth Foundation Board and the Blue Ridge Humane Society.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.