Board of Trustees
Make a Difference Foundation is led and guided by its appointed Board of Trustees, who are collectively charged with the overall governing and management of our organization.  
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BOBBI NORRIS

Co-Founder & Chairwoman

For the past 30 years, Bobbi has earned distinction as a highly trusted project management specialist with a successful record of delivering complex, cross functional projects on time, within or under budget While working for one of the United States’ largest providers of post acute healthcare services, She led the standardization, implementation and full integration of high performance revenue cycle management technologies, tools and documentation across the system’s 125 hospitals, centralizing all business office support functions and developing a company-wide operating and performance matrix capable of effectively adapting to evolving payment models, partner engagement structures and diverse settings of care. 


By remaining focused on forging alignment at all levels of an organization around journeys, championing new models of working that embody speed and agility, and anchoring system-wide transformations through bold and effective decision making processes, she is able to leverage her extensive practical experience and analytical skill to help forward thinking healthcare organizations to positively impact financial performance, operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and patient satisfaction across their enterprises.  

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of Make A Difference Foundation, Bobbi is also the founder and CEO of BAN Health Care Consulting, where she lends her experience and expertise to care organizations which can benefit from her insight and practical guidance on wide ranging mission critical objectives, including patient and family care provider advocacy programming and support.

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DARREN BROWN

Trustee

The son of Make A Difference Foundation's co-founders, Dave and Bobbi Norris, Darren currently serves as Manager of Strategic Channel Development at OOFOS, Inc., a high growth specialty footwear company.  Tasked with developing strategic business partnerships with other major consumer brands, professional and collegiate sports teams and medical professionals – all with the end goal of fueling brand awareness and new sales opportunities for OOFOS, Darren also manages the OOtech team and tradeshow/consumer events process and presence.

Prior to joining OOFOS, Darren served as Marketing Manager for ElliptiGO, an innovative elliptical cycling company, where he oversaw brand development, partnerships and brand advocacy, media relations and creation of targeted marketing campaigns across both traditional and digital platforms. Previously, he served as Interim Director of Youth Athletics at the Knoxville Track Club in Tennessee, as well as KPL Manager at Health Shoppe, where he served as the Head Coach and Trainer of the Knoxville Performance Lab. Darren also boasts a passion for entrepreneurial ventures, putting his skill and love of running to work by founding both the RunKNOX Training Systems and TeamROGUE Elite, non-profit organizations committed to supporting development of recreational and Olympic-level athletes. 

Darren earned dual MBA and Master Sports Management degrees from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Managerial Economics from the University of Texas, where he also ran track.  An All-American ranked triathlete, in 2008 Darren ran a sub-four-minute mile, which is still the gold standard among professional distance and middle-distance runners.  After the 2012 Olympic trials, he temporarily retired from racing to coach his wife, Sarah, who competes at the elite level, having made two world championship teams for the U.S.  Returning to racing in 2016, Darren won the XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K, was second at the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K, came in 6th at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and in October of that year, posted a time of 4:05 in his first Ironman competition, finishing 15th.  In 2017, he won the HITS Triathlon Series Ocala – Olympic, posting a time of 1:56 for his first-place finish; placed third in the Boston Triathlon – Olympic with a time of 1:51; and took second place at the Waterman’s Triathlon Race with a time of 4:04.

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SARAH BROWN

Trustee

Sarah is a former elite track and field athlete who competed as a Team Athlete for New Balance for ten years.  She is the wife of fellow Trustee, Darren Brown, and the daughter-in-law of Make A Difference Foundation co-founders Dave and Bobbi Norris. 

 

Sarah earned an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management - with a collateral in Information Management - and a Masters degree in public relations, both from the University of Tennessee, where she graduated with honors.  As an athlete, she was a two-time USATF National Team member representing the U.S. in the 1500m at the IAAF Track & Field World Championships. She also competed in six national championship finals and two Olympic Trial finals. While attending the University of Tennessee, Sarah was a nine-time All American and four-time NCAA Champion. During her running career, she also served as a member of three World Record-Breaking relay teams, and finished her 2014 season with a world-leading time in the mile.

As a Team Athlete at New Balance, Sarah served as the iconic brand's ambassador for its breast awareness campaign and was actively involved in its social initiative to donate running shoes to kids in need.  In addition, she was a prolific model for New Balance apparel and footwear, and was the featured subject of "Run Mama Run" -- a five-part documentary aired on ESPN.  

 

Since retiring from professional running in January 2019, Sarah has dedicated her time to coaching and volunteering for the Hingham High School track and cross country programs in Hingham, Massachusetts. 

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Make a Difference Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity.  Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.