People in the News (02/23/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (02/23/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Walters Family Foundation in Milford, Michigan, has announced LIBBY LEVY as its new director. Levy joined the foundation in June 2019, having previously held positions at ProSeeds, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the Jefferson East Business Association. As director of the foundation, Levy will focus on building relationships with organizations in the state pursuing objectives aligned with the priorities of the foundation, which include conserving the natural environment, advancing economic vitality, and empowering people to reach their full potential through innovative learning initiatives.

The Schmidt Ocean Institute in Palo Alto, California, has announced the appointment of JYOTIKA VIRMANI as its first executive director. With an extensive background in science and innovation, Virmani most recently served as the executive director of planet and environment at XPRIZE and as executive director of the Rainforest XPRIZE, a competition for innovations in biodiversity assessment technologies. She also served as executive director of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, which incentivized the development of deep-sea technology that can map the ocean floor quickly and accurately at a high resolution. She joined XPRIZE in 2014 as the technical director of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition that advanced the development of pH sensors to measure ocean acidification.

JDRF, a global leader in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, has announced the appointment of two long-time volunteers to lead its international board of directors (IBOD). The board named JOSEPH P. LACHER, JR., president and chief executive officer of the Kemper Corporation, as its new chair. An active leader at JDRF for decades, the Chicago resident was diagnosed with T1D while in college and both of his now-adult sons were diagnosed as children. The board also named former attorney and community fundraiser LISA FISHBONE WALLACK of Boston as its new vice chair. Wallack's parents, Marilyn and Gerald Fishbone, founded the New Haven chapter of JDRF after her brother Scott was diagnosed with T1D in 1970 as a toddler, and her father served as JDRF IBOD chair from 1981 to 1984. Wallack's involvement with the organization increased when her son Harris was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of five. Lacher and Wallack both currently serve as IBOD members.

LaKOYA ROCHELL has been selected to serve as director of programs and associate director of development at the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Over the past decade, Rochell has served in several leadership roles at Ivy Tech Community College, most recently as executive director of resource development at the Anderson, Muncie, Marion, and Henry County campuses. In that role, she raised more than $14.7 million in four years for new facilities, endowments and programmatic needs, and student scholarships. Her other roles at the college included assistant director of student success and retention, lead academic advisor, and campus office coordinator.

The trustees of RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly the Retirement Research Foundation) have announced that the foundation’s long-time president, IRENE FRYE, will be stepping down at the end of May and that MARY O'DONNELL, the organization’s vice president, will succeed her. Frye joined the foundation in late 2008 and successfully led it through the aftermath of the financial crash. During her tenure, she encouraged RRF to approach its grantmaking more proactively and to support integrated policy, practice, and systems innovations aimed at improving the lives of older people. In 2011, she spearheaded a $1.2 million grant to the National Council on Aging to launch EconomicCheckUp, a free online resource that has helped thousands of older people manage their budget, save money, find work, and set financial goals. O'Donnell, who will become the foundation’s third president, joined RRF in 2009 and previously served as a program officer, senior program officer, and vice president. Most recently, she led the organization in a strategic planning process and associated rebranding effort that resulted in its new name, which pays tribute to the history of the foundation and signals a new direction for its future. Nationally, O'Donnell has served on the board of Grantmakers In Aging and was selected by Grantmakers In Health as an Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy. Locally, she has been active in Forefront (Illinois’ regional association of grantmakers) and a variety of collaborative efforts within Chicago’s nonprofit sector. 

"Walters Family Foundation Welcomes Libby Levy as Director." Walters Family Foundation Email 02/21/2020. "Schmidt Ocean Institute Appoints Dr. Jyotika Virmani as Executive Director." Schmidt Ocean Institute Announcement 02/17/2020. "JDRF Names New Board Chair, Vice Chair." JDRF Press Release 02/20/2020. "LaKoya Rochell Selected for New Role at Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy." Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy News Release 02/21/2020. "RRF Foundation for Aging Announces Leadership Transition." RRF Foundation Announcement 02/21/2020.