Continuing its commitment to strong, principled governance in support of the communities it serves, yesterday the trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund elected respected public theologian Reverend Jennifer Bailey as an individual trustee. Rev. Bailey will serve an initial five-year term that began in January 2020.
Rev. Bailey is an ordained minister who is helping to lead the national multi-faith movement for justice. Named one of “15 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress, she is the Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, which works to provide community conveners, faith leaders, and activists with resources for deeper connection and spiritual sustainability. Rev. Bailey also co-founded The People’s Supper, which uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Since 2017, the People’s Supper has helped host more than 1,500 suppers in more than 120 cities. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, On Being Fellow and Truman Scholar. She writes regularly for a variety of publications including On Being, Sojourners, and the Huffington Post, and is a member of the boards of Open Table Nashville, World Faith, and the Healing Trust.
Rev. Bailey joins five fund trustees who represent national and international public and private organizations with expertise in the nonprofit, higher education, religious, and banking and investment sectors. 2019 marked the retirement of two trustees who shaped the fund’s strategy and culture in countless ways over their 15-year tenure: Leroy Davis, the fund’s first African-American Chair for the Trustees and Former President of South Carolina State University, who brought experience and leadership in teaching, compliance and nonprofit governance; and Thomas Jeavons, a passionate and knowledgeable practitioner, scholar, and advisor across the religious, charitable, and philanthropic arenas.
For complete bios of all Jessie Ball duPont Fund trustees, click here.
Contact: Melanie Cost Young
Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, has been named Chair of the CDC Foundation board of directors. Ms. Devlin joined the board in 2012. She is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Devlin has more than 30 years of experience in public health practice in the state of North Carolina and served as state health director from 2001 to 2009. She previously was Deputy State Health Director and Health Director for Wake County, North Carolina. Additionally, Ms. Devlin has served as a consultant to RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes, located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.; the Milbank Memorial Fund; and the Aspen Institute.
Ms. Devlin also has served as president of three active public health organizations—the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, North Carolina Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. In addition to her service as board chair of the CDC Foundation, Ms. Devlin is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gillings School of Global Public Health Advisory Council, Campbell University, and the NC Healthcare Foundation.
Ms. Devlin succeeds Douglas Nelson, retired president and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, as chair of the CDC Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Contact: Amy Tolchinsky
Avital Havusha and Sophie Wheelock
Avital Havusha joined NYSHealth as Vice President for Programs, effective November 4, 2019. Ms. Havusha comes to the foundation from the Primary Care Development Corporation, where she serves as Managing Director, Performance Improvement; she previously held senior roles at Public Health Solutions and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Additionally, Sophie Wheelock joined the foundation as its new Policy and Research Associate. She is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Public Health.
Missouri Foundation for Health Executive Team
Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) restructured its executive team, aligning leadership roles and responsibilities with areas of focus that complement its strategy and new direction. Most recently, MFH has transitioned from being known as simply a grantmaker and acquired more areas of expertise to strengthen its efforts of driving systems-level change on the issues being addressed.
The executive team will be responsible for the planning and organizing of work that spans the entire foundation, in addition to team members managing their own areas. The strengthening of MFH staff leadership will enhance efficiency and assist in achieving foundation goals. The MFH executive team will now be comprised of the following individuals:
- Bob Hughes, President and CEO
- Jill Nowak, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
- Kristy Klein Davis, Chief Strategy Officer
- Ryan Barker, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
- Kathleen Holmes, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
- Courtney Stewart, Vice President of Strategic Communications
- Deena Lauver Scotti, Vice President of Program Administration
- Vice President of Health Policy – vacant
- Vice President of Learning & Research – vacant
The foundation will launch a search to fill the two vacant vice president positions soon. All executive team changes went into effect December 1, 2019.
Contact: Courtney Stewart