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March 2017

Terry Allan, Patrick Kanary, and Teresa J. Schaffer, C.P.A.

Saint Luke’s Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Allan, Patrick Kanary, and Teresa J. Schaffer, C.P.A. to its board of trustees.

Mr. Allan has been the Health Commissioner at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health since 2004, which serves as the local public health authority for 855,000 citizens in Greater Cleveland. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and was a Year 13 Scholar of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Public Health Leadership Institute. Mr. Allan is a past president of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, a past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and he serves on a range of boards both regionally and nationally.

Mr. Kanary was the first Director of the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He also served as Co-Director of the Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation. Prior to this, Mr. Kanary was an independent consultant for 10 years, specializing in community-based, intersystem policy and program development, with a particular focus on youth and family issues. He has also served as Chief of the Office of Children’s Services at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Associate Director of a children’s mental health center. Mr. Kanary served on the board of the Georgetown Children’s Mental Health National Technical Assistance Center, and he was a Program Reviewer for SAMSAHA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). He is currently a consultant to the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Ms. Schaffer is an Assurance Partner with BDO Cleveland. She has over 20 years of experience in public accounting, focusing her talent on providing accounting and auditing services to nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses within the health care industry. Her extensive nonprofit experience includes the financial and control aspects of organizations that require audits in accordance with the Uniform Guidance. Her clients include social service agencies, private schools, professional associations, and foundations. She also possesses experience in the areas of strategic planning and operational oversight. Ms. Schaffer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Trustees on the foundation’s board are appointed to serve three-year terms.

Contact: Anne C. Goodman
Phone: 216.431.8010

Randall V. Becker, C.P.A., M.B.A. and Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

The board of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts recently elected two new Directors: Randall V. Becker, C.P.A., M.B.A.; and Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Mr. Becker served as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, and Director of MAPFRE U.S.A. Corp. until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Becker currently serves as a selectman for the town of Webster.

Dr. Dimitri is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Dimitri served as President of the Massachusetts Medical Society from 2015-2016, and had his own private practice in Worcester for nearly 25 years.

The board also elected these Officers and members of the Executive Committee: Michael Mutchler, M.D. as Chairman; Francis M. Saba, M.H.S.A. as Vice Chairman; Ann K. Tripp, M.B.A., as Treasurer; and Barent W. Walsh, Ph.D. as Secretary.

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Richard Besser, M.D.

Richard Besser, M.D., former Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ABC News’ current Chief Health and Medical Editor, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest charitable foundation devoted exclusively to health and health care.

Dr. Besser came to ABC News from the CDC, where he served as Director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In that role he was responsible for all the CDC’s public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. He also served as Acting Director for the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

He began his career at the CDC in 1991 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working on the epidemiology of foodborne diseases. He served for five years on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego as the pediatric residency director, while also doing research and working for the county health department on the control of pediatric tuberculosis. He returned to the CDC in 1998 as an infectious disease epidemiologist working on pneumonia, antibiotic resistance, and the control of antibiotic overuse.

Dr. Besser volunteers as a pediatrician with the Children’s Aid Society in New York City, and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Besser will succeed Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., who has led the $10 billion foundation for the last 14 years. During her tenure, the foundation has focused its programmatic efforts on broad and important topics such as reducing childhood obesity, promoting health equity, expanding health coverage, and building a Culture of Health in America.

In addition to building the Culture of Health movement during her tenure, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey led the foundation’s significant work to reverse the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. In 2007, RWJF committed $500 million to the effort, launching a national movement to raise awareness of the issue and to find solutions through funded research, communications campaigns and changes to public policy. In 2015, encouraged but not satisfied by the nation’s progress, the foundation committed another $500 million to sustain the movement for another decade.

There will be a period of transition during which time Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey will remain President and CEO of the foundation. The exact date of the handoff is expected to be in April.

Contact: Jordan Reese
Phone: 609.627.6322

Bruce Byington

The Colorado Health Foundation hired Bruce Byington as Chief Impact Officer (CIO). The CIO role, which is new to the foundation, was designed to purposely deploy foundation resources. Mr. Byington will oversee its prominent philanthropic tools, including grantmaking, evaluation, policy and advocacy, program-related investments, and engagement with the private sector. The CIO will also share responsibility with Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO, in overseeing the foundation’s communications efforts, ensuring that messaging and strategy are fully integrated.   

Mr. Byington comes to the foundation after more than 25 years at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). In his most current role, he served as the Executive Vice President of the Americas Region and was responsible for all CCL Global Market operations in North and South America, which consists of about 200 employees and another 400 adjunct faculty and coaches. Over his career, he has built expertise in strategy creation, alignment, and implementation, including strategic facilitation that focuses on internal capability audits, financial and portfolio analyses, change leadership, and organizational development. 

Byington will assume his role as CIO on April 3, 2017. Read the announcement to learn more about his new role at the foundation and prior experience.

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James Jacobs

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is tapping Macomb Community College (MCC) President James Jacobs to help develop a strategy for funding workforce development initiatives as part of its charge to spend down over $1 billion in assets by the end of 2035.

Mr. Jacobs, who is set to retire from MCC at the end of June after a 50-year career with the college, including nine years as President, will join the foundation in July as a part-time Senior Adviser to President and CEO David Egner.

Mr. Jacobs will advise on strategic decisions and investments the foundation looks to make in its "Young Adults and Working Class Families" focus area, helping to identify programs that provide skills training and education that can lead to pathways to well-paid jobs and increased independence in both Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

Mr. Jacobs has conducted research, developed programs, and consulted on workforce development and community college issues at national, state, and local levels, and is widely published in the areas of workforce skills and technology, economic development, worker retraining, and community college workforce development.

He is a past president of the National Council for Workforce Education, a member of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education and a member of the Community College Advisory Panel to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey.

Kevin G. Johnson, Judith L. Kirk, and Alexis D. Travis

The following individuals have recently been elected to serve three-year terms as Community Members on these Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts committees: 

Kevin G. Johnson, C.P.A., M.B.A., Supervising Accountant at O’Connor, Maloney & Company, P.C., was elected to the Audit Committee.

Judith L. Kirk, M.S.P.E., Director of Community Impact at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, was elected to the Community Outreach Committee.

Alexis D. Travis, Ph.D., C.H.E.S., Chief of Community Health for the City of Worcester’s Division of Public Health, was also elected to the Community Outreach Committee.

Phone: 508.438.0009

Janet Y. Spears

Metta Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Y. Spears as its new Executive Director. Under her leadership, the organization will support the transformation of San Francisco’s most under-resourced neighborhoods towards improved community health. Prior to joining Metta Fund, Ms. Spears had an eight-year tenure at the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, California, culminating as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Spears is a strong strategic leader, collaborator, and relationship builder. She brings a unique combination of development, consulting, management, and technical skills that drive exceptional results including significant accomplishments in the nonprofit and information technology sectors. Before devoting her career to the nonprofit sector, she served as a Vice President at AT&T, a Fortune 500 multinational telecommunications company.

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