People in the News (01/20/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (01/20/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of MICHELE S. WARMAN as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In that role, Warman will work closely with the foundation’s president, Elizabeth Alexander, the board, and officers to advance a dynamic program strategy in five core areas -- higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; diversity; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects -- while continuing in her role as general counsel and secretary. Warman joined the foundation in 1999 as general counsel and secretary and in the years since has taken on wide-ranging responsibilities. Before joining the foundation, she was an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell and served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit. She also has been honored as one of New York's Outstanding Women of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers' Association.

The Detroit-based Skillman Foundation has named DAVID R.McGHEE as associate vice president of organizational excellence and impact, a new role created to support the foundation’s president and CEO and provide leadership across the organization. In that role, which he assumed on January 1, McGhee will help shape and support key initiatives and projects at the foundation, manage external relationships, and ensure organizational alignment in service of advancing the foundation’s mission. He previously served as a program director, responsible for overseeing the foundation's Economy and Equity impact areas. Prior to joining Skillman, he served as a program director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as a congressional liaison for U.S. Representative Dan Kildee.

MATTHEW WALHOUT, a professor of physics and astronomy at Calvin College, has joined the John Templeton Foundation in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, as vice president, natural sciences. In his new role, Dr. Walhout will serve on the Program Leadership Team, working closely with the foundation’s president to develop strategic alignment across the foundation’s funding priorities in science and the “big questions.” At Calvin, Walhout pursued an active research program in experimental and computational physics and taught courses in physics and astronomy, the philosophy of science, the history of science, and in science and religion. He also served for extended periods as both chair of the Physics Department and as dean for research and scholarship.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has named RAQUEL T. HATTER as managing director of its human services program. A recognized leader in human services, Hatter has more than twenty-five years of experience working to improve outcomes for children, adults and families as both a practitioner and an administrator. She joined Kresge in 2017 as deputy director and before that served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, where she identified ways to improve the outcomes for individuals and families across various support systems, including child support, TANF, SNAP and other social services. In her new role, she will lead the foundation’s efforts to improve economic mobility for people with low incomes by advancing policy solutions, investing in innovative human services organizations, and building opportunity ecosystems.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of LILY ZHANG as associate director of data and analytics, a new position. In that role, Zhang will lead the creation of a unified data infrastructure to support the endowment’s strategy development, impact assessment, and learning. She joined the endowment as controller in 2010 and prior to that worked as group controller in the Institutional Trust and Retirement Department at Wachovia/Wells Fargo in Charlotte, at PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years, and at PFPC Global Mutual Fund Services for three years.

The board of trustees of the Horizon Foundation, the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland, has announced the appointment of four new trustees. They are: SHARON A. HOOVER, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health; LISA M. PEARSON, director of behavioral health, Chase Brexton Health Care; CELIAN VALERO-COLON, co-owner and physician, One World Healthcare; and DAVID WOLF, senior investment advisor, M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. The foundation also announced a new slate of officers: GREGORY O. OLANRIAN, partner, Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP (Chair); JEANNE KENNEDY, vice president and corporate treasurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (Vice Chair); JANET CURRIE, senior vice president, Bank of America (Treasurer); and ROBIN STEELE, business manager, BRIDGES Consulting, Inc. (Secretary).

In other news, MARTHA H. SCHUMACHER, CFRE, ACFRE, MInstF (AD), has been elected to serve as chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. Schumacher is president and founder of Hazen Inc., a social impact philanthropic consulting firm, and the Hazen Institute for Leadership Training (HILT), in Washington, D.C., and has been a member of AFP for thirty years.

"The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Appoints Michele S. Warman as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer." Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Press Release 01/10/2019. "The Skillman Foundation Names David R. McGhee Associate Vice President of Organizational Excellence & Impact." Skillman Foundation Blog Post 01/18/2019. "Dr. Matthew Walhout Joins John Templeton Foundation as Vice President, Natural Sciences." John Templeton Foundation News Release 01/18/2038. "Raquel Hatter Named Managing Director of Human Services Program." Kresge Foundation News Release 01/16/2019. "Lily Zhang Appointed to New Position of Associate Director of Data & Analytics." Duke Endowment Email 01/14/2019. "Horizon Foundation Board of Trustees Announces Officers and New Members." Horizon Foundation News Release 01/17/2019. "Martha H. Schumacher to Lead Board of Largest Community of Social Impact Fundraisers in the World." Association of Fundraising Professionals News Release 01/16/2019.