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July 2018

Sharon Butterworth and Ruben Guerra

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation reelected Sharon Butterworth to serve an additional year 2018-19 as Board Chair. Ms. Butterworth has served on the board since 2013 and is a community advocate on mental health issues. Ruben Guerra was appointed as Vice Chair. He has served on the board since 2016 and is President and CEO of Guerra Investment Advisors. The health foundation also elected three new members to the Board of Directors: Charles DeWetter, Adrian Rodriguez, and Annette Cordova Hoy, MD.

Contact: Ida Ortegon
Phone: 915.218.2613
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Brian C. Castrucci, MA, Mark Miller, and Katie Sellers, DrPH, CPH

The de Beaumont Foundation has appointed Brian C. Castrucci, MA, as the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. After six years as Chief Program and Strategy Officer, Mr. Castrucci has been serving as Acting CEO since March 1, 2018. He has led the creation and implementation of many of the de Beaumont Foundation’s signature initiatives, including CityHealth, Practical Playbook, the BUILD Health Challenge, and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey.

In addition, the foundation added of two senior staff members. Mark Miller, Vice President of Communications, has held leadership positions in philanthropy, health care, politics, and policymaking, including with the White House, the Case Foundation, and Children's National Health System. He will support the foundation's mission, programs, and grantees through innovative communications strategies.

Katie Sellers, DrPH, CPH, Vice President for Impact, joined the foundation after having served as Vice President for Science and Strategy at the March of Dimes. She was previously the Chief Science and Strategy Officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

Phone: 301.961.5800

JD Chesloff, Dr. Sandro Galea, and Michael Hunter

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: JD Chesloff, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Dr. Sandro Galea, Professor and Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, and Michael Hunter, head of business development at Trinity Financial, a community-driven real estate development company.

JD Chesloff has worked in and around Beacon Hill for more than 25 years, driving legislative support, directing budgets and issues, and developing public policy agendas. He joined the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, a public policy organization comprised of CEOs and senior executives from major employers, in 2004. Mr. Chesloff is a trustee of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and serves on the board of Science from Scientists and the Taly Foundation.

A physician and epidemiologist, Dr. Sandro Galea is a Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health, with a scholarship centrally focused on the social production of health of urban populations. Prior to his appointment at the university, Dr. Galea served as the Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Galea was named one of Time magazine’s epidemiology innovators, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

Michael Hunter leads business development activities for Trinity Financial, a residential real estate development company that develops properties from New York, New York to Boston, Massachusetts with the mission of delivering high-quality housing, jobs, and a stronger urban fabric. The company develops transformative residential and commercial properties ranging from multi-family specialties to transit oriented development. Mr. Hunter previously served as undersecretary for business development in Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration, and has worked in the roles of Assistant Vice President at the engineering firm AECOM, Real Estate Manager for grocery retailer SuperValu, and Deputy Director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Contact: Greg Turner
Phone: 617.243.9950

Alex M. Johnson

Alex M. Johnson joined California Wellness Foundation as a Program Director managing its grantmaking related to preventing violence. Mr. Johnson comes to the foundation from Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), where he was the Managing Director. While at CSJ, he led efforts calling for an end to over-incarceration and a renewed focus on safety priorities rooted in prevention and health.

He previously worked as Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-California, where he led statewide advocacy, policy, program, and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low-income families, reform the juvenile justice system, promote educational equity, end child poverty, and improve outcomes for children of color.

Contact: Sande Smith
Phone: 415.908.3009

Nichole June Maher

Nichole June Maher, previously Northwest Health Foundation’s President and CEO, has accepted a new position as President and CEO of Group Health Foundation (GHF). Group Health Foundation was founded in 2015 and funded in 2017 with the profits from Group Health Cooperative’s sale to Kaiser Permanente. GHF is a 501(c)(4) with $1.72 billion in financial assets. Its mission is to shape and accelerate efforts to improve health equity and advance community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future in Washington.

Chynna A. Phillips

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced the promotion of Chynna A. Phillips to Research and Policy Manager.

As Research and Policy Manager, Ms. Phillips will be an integral member of the foundation's Initiative, Public Policy, and Advocacy efforts which enhance its commitment to lifting families and individuals from poverty in South Carolina. In addition to being actively involved in the foundation’s policy and advocacy efforts, she will conduct research on new and emerging issues/best practices that impact the foundation's mission and building relationships with Kinship Care and Immigrant Families Initiatives’ grantees and other key community stakeholders involved in these initiatives.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Phillips worked as an Admissions Coordinator at DePaul Cristo Rey High School, interned for the Children’s Defense Fund, and most recently served as a Community Advocate for Palmetto Health Hospital.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230

Dr. Janisse Schoeppe and Bob Dickinson

Health Foundation of South Florida promoted Janisse Schoepp, PhD to Vice President of Operations and Strategy. Dr. Schoepp, who joined the foundation in 2004, will ensure that it is well positioned to achieve its strategic goals through enhancing operational efficiency and profitability as well as identifying and leading an impact investment strategy focused on revenue generation.

Dr. Schoepp works with board members, staff, and community partners in exploring and implementing evidence-based and emerging practices to improve community health in South Florida. She also develops an annual policy agenda and seeks opportunities to integrate policy and advocacy efforts into the programmatic and grant making activities of the foundation.

A recognized leader in public health, Dr. Schoepp’s accomplishments include working with local health agencies and securing over $20 million in federal funds to target obesity and other chronic diseases through a collective impact framework. Among her awards and recognition is being selected in 2012 as a fellow of the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders. Prior to her position at Health Foundation, Dr. Schoepp worked at the Stempel School of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University where she led a federally funded childhood lead poisoning prevention project in inner-city neighborhoods.

In addition, Health Foundation of South Florida elected Bob Dickinson to its board of directors. Mr. Dickinson held positions with Ford Motor Company, RCA, and Carnival Cruise Lines where he was President & CEO, prior to retiring in 2007. Mr. Dickinson is Chairman Emeritus of Camillus House and is a trustee for St. Thomas University.

Contact: Shari Gantman
Phone: 305.374.9199

Molly Talbot-Metz

Molly Talbot-Metz will become the Mary Black Foundation's fourth leader since it was established as an independent grantmaking organization in 1996. She joined the foundation in 2001 as its first Program Officer and became the Director of Programs in 2007 and was named Vice President in 2013. Ms. Talbot-Metz is actively involved in the community through service in the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club, as an ex-officio member of the Northside Development Group, and as Vice Chair of the Spartanburg Housing Authority. She is also the immediate past chair of the SC Grantmakers Network.

Contact: Amy Page
Phone: 864.573.9500
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