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January 2019

Dr. Louis J. Beccaria

The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation announced President & CEO Louis J. Beccaria’s plan to retire in 2019 after 21 years of serving as chief executive.

During his tenure as President & CEO, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation has distributed over $37,300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations to improve the health and wellness of residents of the Greater Phoenixville region, including 19 townships in Chester and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania. Under Dr. Beccaria’s leadership, the foundation also launched several programs and initiatives to improve health care access for uninsured residents, build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, and improve social determinants of health such as affordable housing and transportation that have a major impact on people’s health across the lifespan. In addition, Dr. Beccaria was instrumental in conceiving and implementing a leadership program for local citizens (Community Health Leadership Academy) as well as the Executive Leadership Institute for current executive directors and aspiring executive directors in the region.

Dr. Beccaria will remain in his position until a successor is chosen. The board of directors has retained Capacity for Change, LLC to conduct a national search for Dr. Beccaria’s successor under the oversight of a Search Committee chaired by Board Secretary Kathryn Evans, Executive Director of Church Housing Corporation.

Before joining the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation as President & CEO in September 1998, Dr. Beccaria was President & CEO of the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Previously, he has worked for the University of Delaware, the State of Delaware, and Glenmede Trust Company, among other positions in community service.

Contact: John Colarusso
Email: jcolarusso@pchf1.org


Blue Shield of California Foundation

Earlier this year, Blue Shield of California Foundation announced it would relocate its headquarters to Oakland, California in a move designed to reduce administrative costs, provide a new state of the art facility, and strengthen the company's position for long-term sustainable growth.

The foundation's headquarters will remain in San Francisco, California in an historic building in downtown San Francisco at 315 Montgomery Street.

“Our foundation is proud to call San Francisco home," said Peter Long, Foundation President and CEO. "Throughout its rich history, this city has not just embraced, but celebrated diversity—in both its people and ideas—all while maintaining a proud sense of community built upon shared values.”

Contact: Christine Maulhardt Vaughan
Phone: 415.229.6145
Email: christinevaughan@blueshieldcafoundation.org


Natalie K. Castellanos

Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties in Florida, has named Natalie K. Castellanos, JD as Director, Policy, and Public Affairs.  In this new position, she will work closely with the foundation’s Vice President of Operations and Strategy Dr. Janisse Schoepp in various capacities including advancing an advocacy agenda as well as informing and engaging with community stakeholders on key policy issues impacting the health of vulnerable, low- to moderate-income South Floridians.

Prior to joining Health Foundation of South Florida, Ms. Castellanos was with Florida International University’s Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (“NeighborhoodHELP”) where she had a dual-appointment as an assistant professor at the medical school and as a clinical instructor and supervising attorney at the law school. Ms. Castellanos’ legal work focused on improving health care access for low- to moderate-income Floridians. She has an outstanding background addressing and teaching social determinants of health and on implementing the medical-legal partnership model where legal services are used as a tool to improve health outcomes.

Contact: Shari Gantman
Phone: 305.374.9199
Email: sgantman@hfsf.org


Tyler Covington, Dr. James Hoekstra, and Dr. Linda Taylor

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point introduced Mr. Tyler Covington, Dr. James Hoekstra, and Dr. Linda Taylor as the three newest members to the board of directors in 2018.

Mr. Covington is the Co-President of Harriss and Covington, a family business based in High Point, North Carolina. He represents the fifth generation of leadership for the company and directs all business development, research, and development efforts for the more than 280 employees.

Dr. Hoekstra is the President of High Point Medical Center. He serves on Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s strategy leadership team and is a key physician leader in the health system, helping drive growth of clinical programs and foster strong academic relationships.

Dr. Taylor is an experienced leader and physician with 29 years practicing Emergency Medicine, 24 of which have been in the High Point Community.

Contact: Tina Markanda
Email: tmarkanda@healthyhighpoint.org
More information: http://www.healthyhighpoint.com/


Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Two statewide health promotion organizations have joined forces to strengthen advocacy for state and local policies for improving health in Kentucky. In announcing the unification, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation emphasized the organizations' congruent missions and committed volunteers, and the value of speaking with a single, amplified voice to influence community and statewide health policy change.

Current members of the Friedell Committee with an interest will be appointed to the Foundation's Community Advisory Council, which advises it's board of directors on overall policy and strategic direction. Foundation council members also serve as liaisons with Kentucky communities, putting the council at the center of the strategy shared by both the foundation and the Friedell Committee to expand community engagement statewide. The new members will join the existing 22 foundation council members.

In addition, the Foundation's Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion of the Year award has been renamed the Gil Friedell Health Policy Champion award. Dr. Gil Friedell, the first director of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky, helped launch a nonprofit advocacy education organization in 2005 that later became the Friedell Committee. Dr. Friedell passed away in September of this year.

The merger was approved by boards for both organizations and is in effect. The legacy of the Friedell Committee, including in the areas of diabetes and obesity prevention, will continue through members' work with the foundation. The Friedell Committee no longer exists as an independent organization.

Contact: Bonnie J. Hackbarth
Phone: 877.326.2583
Email: bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org


Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck

Missouri Foundation for Health announced the resignation of Program Director Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck, who is now President and CEO at Greater Rochester Health Foundation in Rochester, New York, effective January 14, 2019.

In his 16-year tenure at MFH, Mr. Kuhlenbeck has served in various capacities and played a pivotal role in improving the health and well-being of residents in 84 counties and the city of St. Louis, Missouri. In partnership with foundation staff and community partners, he strategically led a variety of program- and policy-related efforts, including the foundation's tobacco cessation initiative, which contributed to a significant decline in tobacco use across the state. Mr. Kuhlenbeck also worked in the areas of healthy housing access, childhood obesity reduction, behavioral health, and rural health access. For five years, he was an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice.

Mr. Kuhlenbeck serves as co-chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Youth Violence Prevention, Board Vice Chair of Gateway Center for Giving, founding member of the Funders Alliance for State-Based Tobacco Control, and a program steering committee member for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health. In 2014, he received a Grantmakers In Health Terrance Keenan Institute Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy.

Phone: 314.345.5500
Email: info@mffh.org


Christopher A. Langston

The Archstone Foundation appointed Christopher A. Langston, PhD President and CEO. He succeeds Joseph F. Prevratil, JD, its long-time President and CEO, who retired in the beginning of 2019. Dr. Langston is a national leader in philanthropy with 18 years of experience in program design, evaluation, and foundation management. He has served as Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, and Program Director at the John A. Hartford Foundation; a Programme Executive in the U.S. Ageing Programme at the Atlantic Philanthropies; and most recently as Vice President of HealthCare Services, Aging in New York Fund.

Contact: Joseph Prevratil
Email: jprevratil@archstone.org


Stephen Manuszak

The George Family Foundation named Stephen Manuszak as its first program officer. In his new role, Mr. Manuszak is responsible for leading several of the foundation’s grantmaking focus areas and for serving as the first point of contact with the community’s nonprofit sector. In addition, he work sclosely with its leadership, setting strategic direction, measuring grantmaking impact, and leading projects in the George Family Foundation’s Youth Development and Environment grantmaking areas.

Most recently, Mr. Manuszak served as Director of International programs for Arts Midwest, where he produced international tours and led research initiatives, among other responsibilities. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Development Officer for foundations and government for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Mr. Manuszak is currently a Leadership Fellow with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (2017-2019). Previously, he was a policy fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a John C. Whitehead Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association. He has served as a grants panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board and produced a Muslims in Minnesota documentary for KFAI Radio. Mr. Manuszak has also served on the executive committee of the Twin Cities Sailing Club.

Contact: Kate Lilja Lohnes
Phone: 952.893.7140
Email: kate@lilja.com


Earl Maxwell

St. David's Foundation Board Chair Peter Pincoffs announced that a nationwide search is underway for a new Chief Executive Officer, following the news that longtime CEO Earl Maxwell has announced plans to retire at the end of 2019. In announcing plans to initiate a national search, Mr. Pincoffs issued the following statement to foundation stakeholders, employees, grant partners and community colleagues:

"Earl Maxwell has been integral to the success of St. David's Foundation for many years. Since 1999, Earl has served as a board member and he became CEO of the organization in 2007. He has served capably and with distinction in both key roles. Long active in the community while simultaneously building an independent and highly regarded accounting firm (Maxwell Locke & Ritter), Maxwell brought his deep understanding of community values, needs and aspirations to his work in leading the foundation," Mr. Pincoffs stated.

He continued, "When Earl became CEO at the foundation, we were making grants of about $9 million each year; in 2019 we plan to invest about $82 million in the central Texas area, placing St. David's Foundation among the top 10 health-related philanthropies in the country."

Mr. Maxwell founded the Austin-based independent accounting firm, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, in 1991. He joined the board of St. David's Foundation in 1999 and became CEO in 2007.

St. David's Foundation board of directors has designated their executive committee to serve as the search committee. A search firm will be retained to conduct the search, starting in January 2019.

Contact: Kristy Ozmun
Phone: 512.344.2030
Email: kozmun@hahnpublic.com


Mary O’Donnell

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) announced that Mary O’Donnell has been named Vice President. RRF is based in Chicago and was endowed in 1978 by the late John D. MacArthur. RRF funds efforts to improve the quality of life of older people in America. It is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging. Ms. O’Donnell joined RRF as a Program Officer in 2009 and was promoted to the role of Senior Program Officer in 2013. During this time, Ms. O’Donnell contributed to all of RRF’s grantmaking program areas, with a particular focus on Organizational Capacity Building.

She has been active on a variety of philanthropic committees and served on the national Board of Directors of Grantmakers in Aging for several years. In 2018, Ms. O’Donnell was selected by Grantmakers In Health as a Fellow with the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.

Contact: Marcia Kunstler
Phone: 773.714.8080
More information: http://www.rrf.org/


Retirement Research Foundation

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is seeking a Program Officer to join its team working to advance the quality of life for older people in America. Based in Chicago, Illinois, RRF awards grants that support direct service, advocacy, education/training for professionals working with older people, applied research that seeks causes and solutions to significant problems affecting older people, and organizational capacity building.

This is a new full-time permanent position. The individual hired for this position will participate in all areas of RRF’s grantmaking, with an emphasis on applied research. This primarily involves, but is not limited to, assessing grant proposals and monitoring grant progress. The Program Officer will engage with a diverse group of people from community-based organizations, advocacy organizations, academic institutions, public policy groups, other foundations, and philanthropic partners.

Qualifications:

  • Depth of knowledge in gerontology or expertise in aging-related field(s)
  • Strong knowledge of research methods and statistics in order to evaluate grant proposals
  • A PhD (strongly preferred) or other advanced degree(s) plus 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Superior interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively, work as part of a team, adapt to a changing environment, and relate to diverse partners
  • Capacity to analyze and track trends in applied research, one including translational science and program evaluation
  • Prior publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals (preferred)
  • Strong skills in building external relationships and public speaking
  • Highly motivated, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects efficiently, in an organized manner
  • Proficiency with database operations and Microsoft Office products

To apply, submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume by email to PO2019@rrf.org.

Contact: Mary O’Donnell
Phone: 773.714.8080
Email: odonnell@rrf.org


Langley Shealy and Donna Waites

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced two staff position changes within the organization.

Langley Shealy will assume the new role of Director of Community Outreach effective in early 2019. Ms. Shealy is a six year veteran of the foundation who has previously served in several different roles in the Communications Department and most recently as the Director of Communications and Public Information.

Donna Waites, the foundation’s Senior Program Director will assume the new role of Vice President of Programs in February 2019. She will oversee the foundation’s grants and initiatives and assume additional leadership roles related to the strategic direction of the organization.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230, ext. 19
Email: lshealy@sistersofcharitysc.com