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March 2018

Jonathan Ilsong Ahn, Catherine Hamel, and Brian Hepburn

The Horizon Foundation announced three new members to its board of trustees: Jonathan Ilsong Ahn, Esq.; Catherine Hamel; and Brian Hepburn, MD. The new trustees will serve four-year terms on the 20-member board of the foundation, the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland.

Mr. Ahn is an attorney who has been providing legal services to domestic and international clients in intellectual property, business, and corporate areas for more than 25 years. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Ahn served as a partner in the Baltimore law firm Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. As an active leader in Howard County’s Korean American community, Mr. Ahn serves in a number of roles including general counsel for the Korean Society of Maryland and Korean Women’s Society of Maryland and member of Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church. He also serves on the board of Howard Community College Educational Foundation.

Ms. Hamel is the President of Gilchrist Hospice Care and vice president of continuing care at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She oversees a $75 million operation with 650 employees and more than 500 volunteers serving 12,400 patients annually. Previously, Ms. Hamel served in executive positions at NeighborCare At Home; Severn Healthcare, Inc.; and Columbia Healthcare Corporation. She currently holds board positions as Vice Chair of Global Partners in Care, Chairman of Hospice Alliance and Alliance Kids, Maryland, and board member of Maryland Hospice Network.

Dr. Hepburn is Executive Director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, which represents the $37.6 billion public service delivery system serving 7.1 million people annually. Dr. Hepburn has 35 years working in the field of psychiatry and previously served as Director of the Behavioral Health Administration at the Maryland Department of Health for 13 years.

Contact: Andy Krauss
Phone: 443.766.1228

Marnie Annese and Jessy Minney

Marnie Annese was named as a Program Officer for the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience working with organizations serving youth.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Annese worked as Program Coordinator for SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she recruited and retained students from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies.

Her work in the area of youth development has been focused across Central New York. Prior to her position at SUNY Upstate Medical University, she served as project coordinator for the Syracuse/Onondaga Youth Bureau. While there, Ms. Annese directed a variety of projects including Say Yes to Education Program Assessment Collaboration, the Youth Development Training Institute, and the Onondaga County Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee.

She participated as an appointed member with voting privileges on the New York State Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee and represented the Syracuse/Onondaga County Youth Bureau in all aspects of its work including committee participation, community presentations, and legislative education.

Jessy Minney came to the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York in the newly created role of Research Associate. She will be responsible for assisting the foundation in developing a comprehensive understanding of community needs, understanding relevant public policy that impacts the foundation’s work, and understanding challenges and opportunities in the communities the foundation serves.

She is a prevention scientist, with much of her research focusing on social influences, bullying and cyber-bullying, theories of behavior change, prevention of mental illness in children, and intervention design and implementation.

Contact: Kate McLaughlin
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Cyreena Boston Ashby, Jorge Gutierrez, and Mechele Johnson

Northwest Health Foundation has added three new board members: Cyreena Boston Ashby, Jorge Gutierrez, and Mechele Johnson. Ms. Ashby is Oregon Public Health Institute's Chief Executive Officer. She has worked with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Governor John Kitzhaber, and most recently directed the Portland African American Leadership Forum. Mr. Gutierrez is the Executive Director of Lower Columbia Hispanic Council. He is involved not just with managing the organization, but also participates in the day-to-day delivery of services. Ms. Johnson has served as a Shoalwater Bay tribal council woman and organized as a part of Willapa Bay Resistance, a grassroots cross-racial coalition that recruits candidates to run for office and builds the voices of low-income people of color and rural Washingtonians.

In addition, board member Dr. Phil Wu will take over for Vanetta Abdellatif as Board Chair, Michael Alexander will take over as Vice Chair, and Donalda Dodson will serve as Secretary.

Contact: Laura Nash
Phone: 503.220.1955

M. Anderson Bradshaw and Glenda Turner

The Williamsburg Health Foundation announced new members and officers for its board of trustees. M. Anderson Bradshaw has served in multiple elected and voluntary service roles in the community. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Williamsburg Farmers Market and on the WJCC Superintendent’s Business & Advisory Committee. Glenda Turner is the Marketing Manager at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Ms. Turner volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Girl Scouts of America. She is past board chair of Avalon, a Center for Women and Children and a board member of the Institute for Dance.

The 2018 Officers Williamsburg Health Foundation board of trustees are James R. Golden, Chair; Louis F. Rossiter, Vice-Chair; Clarence A. Wilson, Treasurer; and Jeanne Zeidler, Secretary.

Contact: Allison Brody
Phone: 757.345.0912
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Maia BrodyField

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation appointed Maia BrodyField as Administration & Strategic Initiatives Officer, a newly created position overseeing communications strategies to broaden the impact of grant making and policy activities, along with administration of the operating budget, and management of board and corporate relations. Ms. BrodyField also will lead projects that are focused on the foundation’s strategic areas of focus: coverage and care, behavioral health, and social equity and health. Prior to joining the foundation, she held numerous policy and programmatic positions over the past 20 years at the Boston Public Health Commission, the City of Boston’s health department.

In her previous role as Director of Planning and Strategy at the Boston Public Health Commission, Ms. BrodyField led performance management, continuous quality improvement, and accreditation efforts for the community initiatives bureau. She also served as the commission’s chief of staff, implementing major agency and mayoral health initiatives.

Contact: Greg Turner
Phone: 617.243.9950

Mary B. Cohen, Arelis Diaz, and Cynthia Muller

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) selected a new vice president for communications and the promotion of two staff to director positions. Mary B. Cohen was named Vice President for Communications. In addition, Arelis Diaz, former Program Officer for the Office of the President, and Cynthia Muller, former Program and Portfolio Officer for Mission Driven Investments, have both been promoted. Ms. Diaz will serve as Director of the Office of the President and Ms. Muller as the Director of Mission Investments.

Ms. Cohen will serve as Senior Communications Advisor, providing strategic counsel to the President and CEO, executive team and staff. Ms. Cohen is responsible for directing all aspects, both domestically and internationally, of internal and external communications efforts in service to the foundation’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Cohen was the president of Mary B. Cohen Communications, Inc., in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she supported philanthropic, nonprofit and corporate clients in writing, editing, program management, group facilitation, instructional sessions, media support, and strategic planning. She has worked as a key consultant with the Kellogg Foundation for nearly 25 years. In that role, she has authored books, reports, provided technical assistance, and worked on various projects and initiatives, in particular the development and dissemination of materials for WKKF’s 75th anniversary, a number of major initiatives, and the foundation’s current strategic plan.

Ms. Cohen has served as a term-appointment Communications Professor at Western Michigan University, a Program and Communications Director for the March of Dimes, and Communications Specialist/Project Manager for the former Upjohn Healthcare Services.

Ms. Diaz will oversee operations within the office of the president. Acting as a key advisor to the President and CEO, executing the foundation’s message successfully in coordination with internal teams and external partners, and managing grants for the office of the president. Previously, she led WKKF’s corporate responsibility efforts and special initiatives of the president and CEO. Ms. Diaz joined the foundation in December 2010 as a Program Officer working with the Education & Learning and Family Economic Security teams. She managed a portfolio of PK-12 educational grants, providing technical assistance to grantees on model development, partnership negotiations, leadership capacity building, and coaching.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Diaz had a 15-year career with the Godwin Heights Public Schools in Wyoming, Michigan, serving most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Human Resources Director. Ms. Diaz transformed academic achievement in the district and propelled it into educational excellence. The Godwin Heights district has received state and national recognition for successfully closing the achievement gap for children of poverty.

Ms. Muller’s primary responsibility will be to drive the strategy and performance of the foundation’s $100 million mission investments. She will also oversee the foundation’s $30 million program-related investment portfolio. In her previous role, she developed and managed strategic market rate impact investment activities; sourced and deployed market rate investments to increase social change impact; analyzed solutions and trends; and developed relationships in the field.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Muller developed and managed Arabella Advisors impact investing practice where she helped foundations and individuals understand the field of impact investing, developed strategies, and structured investments to accomplish their social and environmental goals. During her tenure, she oversaw deal sourcing and structuring of investments in health, education, microfinance, housing, and green technology—domestically and internationally.

Ms. Muller previously led strategic initiatives at Capital Impact Partners, where she developed and managed impact investments and worked on nationally focused investment funds and initiatives targeting health, food, education, energy efficiency, and economic development.

Contact: Dana Linnane
Phone: 269.969.2079

Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves and John Moeser

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) welcomed two new trustees whose commitment to equity, community engagement, and regional cooperation will make them valuable contributors to RMHF’s work. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves and John Moeser are both respected educators who devote their energy and time to their community.

Ms. Hargraves is the Associate Vice President for inclusive excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and the School of Engineering. Ms. Hargraves learned about RMHF last year when she attended the presentation on racial equity by Glenn Harris, President of Center for Social Inclusion and Race Forward. She realized that many of her VCU colleagues had connections to RMHF and that its work fits well with her own areas of focus.

She’s been active in creating a more diverse and inclusive climate at VCU, helping to drastically improve graduation rates of African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs over the past 10 years. Her academic research in electrical engineering gives her valuable insights into health care and has informed her personal experiences.

Mr. Moeser served for 34 years at VCU and helped to found its nationally recognized Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He served an additional 12 years as Senior Fellow at the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. Mr. Moeser is a long-time friend to RMHF, and in recent years the foundation’s mission has aligned more closely with his work on racial justice, poverty, and regionalism. His research has influenced many of the policies to combat poverty that exist across metropolitan Richmond, Virginia today, and he remains a strong advocate for regional cooperation to more effectively address the issue.

Contact: Christina Nuckols
Phone: 804.282.6282

Tatiana Hernandez

The Kresge Foundation welcomed Tatiana Hernandez as Senior Program Officer with its Arts & Culture Program. Ms. Hernandez was most recently the Arts Director at the Hemera Foundation in Boulder, Colorado where she developed a program exploring the intersection of creativity and reflective practices. Previously, as Program Officer for the arts for the Knight Foundation, she led the Knight Arts Challenge, Knight’s open contest for discovering the best arts ideas in communities across the country.

Nationally, Ms. Hernandez serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and the Gard Foundation, as well as Machine Project and BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational). She is a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund.Prior to working in arts philanthropy, she worked on college access programs with youth in South Los Angeles. She has written and spoken on the importance of new organizational models, equity in grantmaking, and innovation in the arts.

Ms. Hernandez joins a Kresge team dedicated to helping community organizations bring Creative Placemaking, the intentional infusion of arts, culture, and community-engaged design into planning and development decisions into underserved low-income neighborhoods in United States cities.

Phone: 248.643.9630

Kathy Higgins and Johnny Burleson

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation announced that longtime President Kathy Higgins has been named the organization's full-time Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Higgins has been at the helm of the organization since its founding in 2000, overseeing the strategic investment of more than $122 million into North Carolina communities. Throughout that time, she was also serving in a number of leadership roles at Blue Cross NC, most recently as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, responsible for corporate communications and corporate citizenship functions for the organization. Ms. Higgins will now focus full time on advancing the foundation's mission.

In addition, Johnny Burleson has been named Director of Strategic Partnerships, providing key leadership in developing and enhancing local, state, and national relationships to both bring philanthropic and federal resources into the state, as well as develop opportunities for state and local efforts to come together in support of stronger, healthier North Carolina communities.

Mr. Burleson has spent the past 17 years in higher education advancement and philanthropy, and comes to the organization from the University North Carolina School of Government, having served as both the Associate Dean for Advancement and the Assistant Executive Director of the School of Government Foundation.

Contact: Amon Marstiller

Vandana Ingle

The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has promoted Vandana Ingle to Program Officer. Ms. Ingle oversees MSHF’s efforts in the area of workforce development. She manages the foundation’s academic and vocational scholarship programs, leading efforts to ensure that Mat-Su has the health care and nonprofit workforce it needs today and in the future. She also manages the Target Wellness grant program. Ms. Ingle was hired by the foundation in 2016 as a Program Associate. Prior to that she served as Director of Development and Communication at Frontline Mission.

Contact: Robin Minard
Phone: 907.352.2892

Aaron Merki, Rachel Duden, Leisel Harry, Kate Sorestad, and Amy Kleine

The Weinberg Foundation announced several staff changes and promotions.

Aaron Merki is being promoted to Managing Director, Programs & Grants for the Weinberg Foundation. In this capacity, he will lead the grants team and will provide support to the foundation’s Chief of Staff Arlene Cox and the Weinberg Foundation trustees. Mr. Merki will also continue to serve as Program Director, Older Adult Services.

Rachel Duden is being promoted to the role of Program Officer, Education, U.S. She has been a key member of the Weinberg team for nearly four years, helping to manage the foundation’s grantmaking in the areas of Education, General Community Support, and the Small Grants Program. In addition, Leisel Harry will continue to work on the foundation’s education grant work as Program Associate, Education, U.S.

Kate Sorestad will begin serving as Program Director, Priority Communities, including Northeastern Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; and San Francisco, California. Over the past six years, Ms. Sorestad has led the Foundation’s Library Project, all grantmaking in Northeast Pennsylvania, and most recently led the launch of the Foundation’s Veterans portfolio. In this new role, with the foundation’s expanded geographic focus, Ms. Sorestad will help develop and execute place-based strategies in our new priority communities.

Amy Kleine has served as Program Director at the Weinberg Foundation for 10 years, where she has led the foundation’s grantmaking in the areas of Basic Human Needs, Health, and most recently Disabilities. Ms. Kleine’s years of effective philanthropy, and broad subject matter expertise, provide her with the experience necessary to oversee several of the foundation’s priorities and initiatives. She will incorporate the Foundation’s Veterans grantmaking into her existing role and will continue to refine its goals and strategies to best serve a range of vulnerable populations.

Finally, the foundation will be launching a search to hire a new member of the Program Team to lead the foundation’s strategic grantmaking in Baltimore, Maryland and its General Community Support grants, roughly $30 million annually. Find the job posting on its website.

Phone: 410.654.8500

Philadelphia Health Partnership

After 20 years of supporting nonprofits throughout Greater Philadelphia, First Hospital Foundation is now Philadelphia Health Partnership (PHP): a Foundation for Healthy Communities. Since its inception in 1997, the foundation has invested over $22 million in more than 160 nonprofit organizations that work to promote optimal health and well-being for the underserved. Moving forward, PHP will focus on advancing health equity and addressing social determinants of health through the integration and coordination of care and services for the most vulnerable populations in Philadelphia County.

Contact: Kyra Sanborn
Phone: 215.546.4290
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Gerald Smalls, Karen Smith, Lisa Bernardin, and Andy Folsom

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced its 2018 board of trustees’ officers: Gerald Smalls, Chair; Karen Smith, Vice-Chair; Lisa Bernardin, Secretary; and Andy Folsom, Treasurer.

Mr. Smalls currently serves as Dean and Professor of Law and Accounting at the Benedict College School of Business in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to his current position, he served as General Counsel/Chief of Staff to the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and as an associate with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.

Ms. Smith is the Midlands and Piedmont Regional Vice President for TD Bank. She is responsible for the successful operational management of commercial banking while providing leadership and guidance for the region’s overall strategic and market performance. Her territory includes Richland, Lexington, Aiken, Newberry, Kershaw, Fairfield, and York, South Carolina counties. A community advocate and volunteer, Ms. Smith serves on the board of trustees for EdVenture Children’s Museum and The Midlands Leaders Business Group. She was named as one of Columbia’s 50 Most Influential People 2012 and was a Palmetto Center for Women 2012 TWIN Nominee.

Ms. Bernardin is a former Juvenile Justice attorney with the Children’s Law Center in the role of Supervision of Juvenile Justice section, including statewide support and training for juvenile justice professionals. Previously an assistant and then Deputy Solicitor in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Lexington, South Carolina, she was responsible for the Family Court Division and prosecution and disposition of juvenile cases, including evaluation of charges, research of legal issues, and referrals to diversion programs; assignment of cases; coordination of cases with law enforcement, related agency personnel, victims, and witnesses; and court document and docket preparation.

Mr. Folsom works at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBSSC) as AVP, Strategic Investments and M&A, and also serves as President of Companion Capital Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BCBSSC. Prior to this role, Andy worked in the Law Department at BCBSSC as AVP and Deputy General Counsel. Before joining BCBSSC, he worked as a corporate attorney for Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina also added Dr. Reshma Khan to its board of trustees. Dr. Khan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Shifa Free Clinic, a program of the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA. Fueled with a passion to serve the uninsured at the same level as those who have insurance, she dedicated all of her efforts on a volunteer basis to research, start up, and develop the Shifa Free Clinic. It opened in January 2012, serving uninsured, indigent, and immigrant populations.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230

Mark Walsh and Anne Marie Boursiquot King

RIZE Massachusetts (RIZE) announced two key hires in development and programming to help carry out its ambitious agenda to fight the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic: Mark Walsh, Director of External Affairs and Philanthropy and Anne Marie Boursiquot King, Senior Program Officer.

Mr. Walsh leads development in his new role. RIZE plans to raise $50 million over the next several years and invest in proven and innovative opioid treatment, prevention, and educational programs. In addition to development, Mr. Walsh will manage outreach efforts, including donor and corporate relations. He brings extensive government and nonprofit experience to the organization. He served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2011 to 2017, overseeing visits of international dignitaries for the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State and engaging in several U.S. Department of State public/private fundraising initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Walsh worked as the Vice President of Development for AIDS Action, as National Director of LGBT Outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, and cofounded Rafanelli Events.

As Senior Program Officer, Ms. Boursiquot King oversees the RIZE portfolio of grants and programs, managing overall grant operations, and will provide direction to the board of directors and advisors on program strategy, evaluation, and governance. She comes to RIZE from her own consulting practice focused on improving nonprofit capacity and foundation and funder impact. Prior to that, Ms. Boursiquot King was Managing Director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation where she helped launch the organization in 2008, led several statewide initiatives, funded collaborations, and granted nearly $20 million to more than 350 organizations during her tenure.

Contact: Tabitha Bennett
Phone: 857.317.3777

Howard Watts, Emery Ivery, Sr. Joan Dawson, Laura Plotner, Trevor Banks, and Sr. Nancy Chiarell

Allegany Franciscan Ministries appointed Howard Watts as Chairperson of the board of directors, Emery Ivery as Vice Chairperson, and Sr. Joan Dawson, OSF as Secretary. In addition, Laura Plotner, Trevor Banks and Sr. Nancy Chiarello, OSF have been elected to the board of directors.

Mr. Watts has more than 30 years of experience as a senior health care executive, was Executive Vice President at Catholic Health East, served as Interim CEO for several hospitals and health systems, and has been a member of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries board of directors since 2011.

Mr. Ivery is the Tampa Bay Area President for United Way Suncoast and joined the board of directors in 2015 after serving on Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Tampa Bay Regional Commission since 2009; he currently serves on the Wimauma Council for the Common Good.

Sr. Dawson joined the board of directors in 2013, served on Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Palm Beach Regional Commission from 2005–2015, and now serves on the Palm Beach Grants Committee.

Ms. Plotner served on Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Tampa Bay Regional Commission from 2012–2015 and has been on the Tampa Bay Grants Committee since 2015. She brings extensive financial knowledge and expertise and will chair the Stewardship Committee.

Mr. Banks has served on the Lincoln Park Council for the Common Good since 2015 and has a keen understanding of the community. His vision is to afford youth the opportunity to realize their goals.

Sr. Chiarello’s passion for those who are marginalized resulted in her being identified by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany as a top candidate to represent the congregation on the Allegany board.

Contact: Lise Landry Alives
Phone: 727.507.9668