National Scleroderma Foundation Promotes Ashley Pruett to Vice President of Community Engagement

Danvers, Massachusetts – The National Scleroderma Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization providing support and education to people with scleroderma, their families and support networks, recently announced the promotion of Ashley Pruett, M.Ed., to Vice President of Community Engagement.

“I am delighted to see Ashley take on this new role, which is critical to the Foundation’s success going forward,” shared Mary Wheatley, CEO of the National Scleroderma Foundation. “By building a robust leadership pipeline from the grassroots level to our national committees and board, we can ensure the future for people living with scleroderma will be bright. Ashley’s dedication to our community and to ensuring every voice is heard will serve us well as we build a Foundation for the future.” 

In her new role, Pruett will be responsible for developing community engagement strategies and establishing critical relationships with both members of the scleroderma community and local community leaders to best position the Foundation to deliver on its mission. 

“I am honored to continue my service for this amazing Foundation in expanded functional areas, allowing me to work more with the greater community we serve and the support programs we offer,” said Pruett. 

Since January 2022, Pruett has served as the Foundation’s Senior Director of Chapter Operations, where she partnered with Foundation chapter staff and leadership across the organization to develop and maintain coordinated program and service delivery, system integration, and ensure operational excellence. 

Pruett has nearly 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership, including extensive work with grassroots and chapter-based organizations. She started her non-profit work at ASHRAE, where she worked with chapters, members, volunteers, student programs internationally for nine years. She then went on to work for the Safe States Alliance, an injury and violence prevention association funded by the CDC, where she served as the director of membership and marketing. More recently, Pruett worked with Georgia Public Broadcasting, a public media 501 c3, where she served as the director of development operations. 

She earned her undergraduate degree from Coker College (now University), and her graduate degree from James Madison University. She is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with her family. 


Scleroderma is a rare rheumatic disease that affects connective tissue and the vascular system causing an overproduction of collagen (fibrosis) in the skin (localized scleroderma), and the internal organs (systemic sclerosis), which can be life-threatening. Anyone can have scleroderma. The cause is not yet known, and there is no cure.  


A relentless force in finding a cure and improving the lives of people affected by scleroderma, the National Scleroderma Foundation advances medical research, promotes disease awareness, and provides support and education to people with scleroderma, their families and support networks. Supported by a network of thousands of individuals across the United States, the Foundation is the leading nonprofit funder of peer-reviewed research to discover the cause, understand the mechanisms, and overcome scleroderma forever.