Our Team

Kathryn Proffitt, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn Proffitt served as the U.S. Ambassador to Malta under the Clinton administration from November 1997-2001. Prior to serving as ambassador, Proffitt was president and chief executive officer of Call-America, a telecommunications enterprise, which she founded in 1982. She was actively involved with the legislative process that resulted in the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Proffitt, a former registered dental hygienist, worked for Farm Workers’ Family Health Center in Toppenish, Washington, and served as the Acting Director of Dental Hygiene at Yakima Valley College. She is co-founder and past president of the East Valley Dental Hygiene Society in Arizona.

Among Ambassador Proffitt’s many awards of recognition, the Association of Adventist Women selected her as Woman of the Year for Outstanding Achievement in 1998. In 2001, the president of the Republic of Malta, presented her with the Grant Thornton Award for Enterprise and Foreign Direct Investment. In 2002, Proffitt was inducted into the Competitive Telecommunication’s Association’s Champions of Competition Hall of Fame.

Proffitt has served on the AAF Board since 2001. She has four adult children and is the proud grandmother of five grandchildren.


Kayce Foote
Communications and Donor Relations Coordinator

Kayce Foote is proactive, compassionate, and outgoing. Being raised in a spiritual family, she has always recognized the importance of Adventist education. Foote graduated Cum Laude in 2012 from Southern Adventist University (SAU) with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Business Administration. Working at a variety of non-profit organizations in the Chattanooga area, Foote has always been passionate about showing God’s love. During her time at SAU, Foote was the Event Coordinator Assistant at Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga Area, a part of Weston Wamp’s Campaign Staff for Congress, an Interactive Media Intern for Brewer Media Group, the Designer and Editor-in-Chief of the school yearbook, a Staff writer for SAU’s newspaper the Southern Accent, and Teacher’s Assistant for the School of Journalism and Communication. Foote started working with AAF in 2011 as Research Assistant on the Principal’s survey that was published in The Journal of Adventist Education. She believes in the mission of AAF and feels that God has specifically placed her in this position.


Nichole DeFoor
Administrative Assistant

Nichole resides in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Ken, and her twin boys, Nicholas and Nathaniel. Raised in an Adventist family and in Adventist education system, Nichole realizes the positive impact AAF can have on the Adventist School System. Now that her boys attend an Adventist Early Childhood Center School here in Chattanooga, her interest in AAF and their mission has increased tremendously.

Nichole’s past positions included Community Relations Director for and Director of Sales for two senior living companies in Vero Beach, Fl.  She has volunteered countless hours of her time to organizations such as the Kiwanis Club of Vero Beach, Alzheimer’s Parkinson Association,   and The American Cancer Society.

Nichole’s passions include spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, and exercising. She is looking forward to her journey at AAF and is excited to see more positive impacts on the Adventist Education System.


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