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February 2017

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.; Ilka Chavez, M.P.A.; and Marsha Lillie-Blanton, M.H.S., DrPH

The Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) appointed three new directors: Gloria Addo-Aynsu, M.D., M.P.H.; Ilka Chavez, M.P.A.; and Marsha Lille-Blanton, M.H.S., DrPH.

Ms. Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of Health for Fairfax County. In this capacity, she provides leadership, management, and direction for public health programs in the county and serves as the official health advisor to Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors, Health Care Advisory Board, and the Human Services Council.

Ms. Chavez, M.P.A., is Acting Deputy Regional Health Administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region III, a position she assumed in 2016.  She has three decades of experience in the health industry, including various roles in the Department of Health and Human Services, New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and Brooklyn Hospital.

Ms. Lillie-Blanton, M.H.S., DrPH, is a public health professional with a diverse set of work experiences in government, philanthropy, and academia. She is a senior policy advisor with the CMS Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, where she supports federal and state quality measurement and improvement efforts.

Contact: Mary Darby

Bobbie Barker

St. David’s Foundation announced that Bobbie Barker, MPA, Executive Vice President of Community Investments, intends to leave the foundation later this spring. In her role at St. David’s Foundation, Ms. Barker oversees the foundation’s grantmaking process, program area development, and school-based dental van program.

Ms. Barker has contributed greatly to local community life, having served in leadership roles on the boards of several nonprofit and civic organizations, including serving as Chair of the Austin Area Urban League, and Chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance, the boards of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Capital Metro, and as a Board Manager for Central Health. She served as Chair of the UT School of Architecture Advisory Council and as Chair for the Austin Area Research Organization, and continues to serve on both boards, as well as the Waller Creek Conservancy.

A graduate of Leadership Austin and the Governor's Executive Development Program, Ms. Barker is a recipient of The First Tee’s Nine Core Values Courtesy Award, Leadership Austin’s Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award, The Grant Professionals Association Giving Star Award, along with being named to Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power and Health Care Heroes list.

Contact: Kristy Ozmun
Phone: 512.474.1501

Annette Beuchler

The Board of the Obici Healthcare Foundation announced the foundation’s new CEO, Annette C. Beuchler, MBA, FACHE.

Ms. Beuchler comes to the Obici Healthcare Foundation with considerable philanthropic experience. She currently serves as the Director of Programs & Communications at The Rapides Foundation of Louisiana. While at The Rapides Foundation, Ms. Beuchler was responsible for the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of its grantmaking activities and the implementation of strategic plans for the foundation’s program priorities. She also led The Rapides Foundation’s internal and external communications; maintains strategic partnerships with local, state, regional, and national groups; and plans, develops and markets major programs, projects, and events.

Contact: Angelica Light
Phone: 757.539.8810

Alisa Druzba and Mel Gossellin

The HNH Foundation has announced two new members of the Board of Directors: Alisa Druzba of Concord, and Mel Gosselin of Manchester, NH.

Ms. Druzba currently serves as the Section Administrator, NH DHHS Rural Health & Primary Care. She has more than 10 years of experience in managing U.S. DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded projects and coordinating the State Primary Care Office and State Office of Rural Health projects.

Ms. Gosselin is the former Executive Director of the NH Food Bank. In her 13 years at the Food Bank, she oversaw a period of expansion that grew from distributing about 1.5 million pounds of food a year to more than 12 million pounds. She is the winner of NH Business Review’s 2015 Business Excellence Award.

Contact: Gail Garceau
Phone: 603.229.3260

Jason Grisell, MBA

The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis has named Jason Grisell, MBA as the organization’s new President & CEO.

Mr. Grisell came to The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis as an Executive Assistant in 2008 and most recently held the Vice President of Programs position. During his eight years in the programs department, Mr. Grisell directed more than $15 million in grants and funding for health related services to Indiana’s most vulnerable populations.

Contact: Vanessa Stiles
Phone: 317.696.7102

Joan Guzik

Joan Guzik has joined the United Hospital Fund as director of quality improvement for the Fund’s Quality Institute. She has extensive experience in quality and patient safety initiatives, most recently as the regulatory coordinator at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey and prior to that as director of quality improvement for the hospital.

Previously Ms. Guzik has also worked as the Director of Standards at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, and spent almost 20 years at NYU Medical Center as Director, Accreditation and Standards Compliance; Administrator of Special Projects; and Director, Program Development and Planning.

Contact: Catherine Arnst
Phone: 212.494.0733

Meyer Levy and Anne Marie Boursiquot-King

The MetroWest Health Foundation elected Meyer Levy as Chair of its Board of Trustees, and Anne Marie Boursiquot-King as Vice Chair.

Mr. Levy has been a trustee of the foundation since 2010, and has served as the Vice Chair of the board and Chair of the audit committee. He is a Principal and nonprofit practice leader with the Greater Boston office of Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Company, CPA.

Ms. Boursiquot-King has served on the board since 2012. She is consultant in philanthropic practice, and was most recently Director of Grants and Policy at the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

The foundation’s trustees also elected Adam Rogers of Natick as Treasurer, and Regina Marshall of Framingham as clerk. The foundation also elected three new trustees, Kathleen Herrman of Framingham, Coleen Toronto of Holliston, and Carol Gloff of Natick. Ms. Herrman is a psychologist specializing in immigrant and refugee health. Ms. Toronto is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Curry College. Ms. Gloff is a consultant working with the medical products industry on pharmacokinetics.

Contact: Martin Cohen
Phone: 508.879.7625

Patrick J. McNamara

Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., has named Patrick J. McNamara, L.C.S.W. as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2017.

Mr. McNamara was previously with Community Partners (Housing Partnership, Inc. and Parent-Child Center) in Riviera Beach, Florida where he has worked since 1999, serving as its President and CEO since 2007. He is a Board Member of the National NeighborWorks Association, Board Member of the Florida Community Loan Fund, and member of the Community Stabilization Taskforce for NeighborWorks America. He is an Alumnus of Leadership Palm Beach County and received its 2013 Leadership Excellence Award, as well as the Alumni Citizenship Award from Franciscan University in 2014.

Contact: Debbie Abrams
Phone: 561.706.0202

Nora Obrien-Suric

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York named Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, as its new President. Ms. OBrien-Suric will succeed Ann F. Monroe, who retired at the end of 2016 after 13 years as President of the Health Foundation.

As a Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, Ms. OBrien-Suric developed programs to improve care for older adults across the country. Among her accomplishments, she envisioned and developed the multimillion dollar grant that created the National Aging and Disability Business Center, a multisite national initiative that involves the Administration for Community Living, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the American Society on Aging, the Independent Living Research Utilization, and The SCAN Foundation, along with other nonprofit collaboratives and philanthropic organizations, in providing training and assistance for community-based providers to partner with health care organizations.

Contact: Kate McLaughlin
Phone: 716.852.3030 x107

Brenda Solorzano

Brenda Solorzano has been named the first CEO for Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana. Headwaters, a new health foundation, will focus on health and underserved communities, including Native American tribes, in western Montana. In 2015, the proceeds from the sale of Community Medical Center to Billings Clinic Regional Care created Headwaters Health Foundation, formerly known as the Missoula Community Hospital Legacy Foundation. More than $75 million in assets makes Headwaters one of the largest nonprofit foundations in Montana history. Its mission is to improve health and health care for the eight counties it serves in western Montana.

Ms. Solorzano is currently the Vice Chair of Northern California Grantmakers's Board of Directors and the Chief Program Director at the Blue Shield of California Foundation. At Blue Shield, she led the overall strategy, design, implementation, and management of the $30 million grantmaking portfolio. She is an attorney and has more than 17 years of experience in health philanthropy.