People in the News (03/08/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (03/08/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced the appointment of three new  trustees to fill the positions of trustees who completed their terms of service in December. DUSTIN GOSLIN is vice president of business and economic development for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, which operates casinos, hotels, and non-gaming operations in east central Minnesota; he previously served as an executive for Grand Casino and Indian Health Service. BUKATA HAYES is executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council; he previously served as diversity support services program coordinator for Mankato Area Public Schools and as multi-ethnic center coordinator, admissions counselor, and instructor of sociology at Bethany Lutheran College. And NADEGE SOUVENIR is senior vice president of operations and learning for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation (SPMF), a statewide community foundation that serves the entire state. Trustees who completed their board service in December were YVONNE CHEEK, president of the Millennium Consulting Group; MARTIN JENNINGS, program officer with the Northwest Area Foundation; and BONNIE RIETZ, former mayor of Austin, Minnesota.

The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced the election of THOMAS L. KEMPNER, JR. to its board of trustees. Kempner co-founded Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, a global institutional investment management firm, in 1984 and retired in 2019 as executive managing member. Prior to co-founding Davidson Kempner, he worked as an associate at Goldman Sachs & Co.; was a vice president of Loeb Partners, where he traded a bond arbitrage portfolio and headed the firm’s money market department; and was a vice president of First City Capital Corporation, where he traded a fixed-income portfolio.

The board of the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., has announced ELISE WESTHOFF as its next president and CEO, effective June 1. Since 2015, Westhoff has served as executive director of the Philadelphia-based Snider Foundation, which she joined in 2013 as grant program director. Previously, she directed major gifts fundraising for neuroscience programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine (2009-2013) and worked in planned giving and major gifts at the New York Public Library (2004 to 2008). She currently sits on the boards of the Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market public policy think tank focused, and is a member of the Philanthropy Roundtable’s board and the strategy committee for its Alliance for Charitable Reform.

SUSIE NELSON, executive director of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, has been elected to chair the Community Foundations National Standards Board, which carries out and advances national standards for the U.S. Community Foundations® accreditation process by ensuring the integrity of the process and building the value of confirmation of compliance for the community foundation field and great community. Nelson has led CFOV, the community foundation serving the northern panhandle communities of West Virginia and neighboring Ohio, for thirteen years.

United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced STAN LITTLE, former president of the SunTrust Foundation, has joined the organization as chief experience officer (CXO). In that role, Little will lead all donor-facing functions that impact how the world engages with the organization and will be part of the executive management team and reporting to United Way president and CEO Brian Gallagher. As CXO, Little will also oversee United Way’s partnership with Salesforce.org and drive market adoption of Salesforce Philanthropy CloudTM (SPC). Launched in 2018, SPC represents the evolution of United Way’s employee giving model and offers employers an integrated way for their employees to give, volunteer, and engage in causes they care about.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has added KRISTINA DIXON to its senior leadership team as CFO and managing director, finance and administration. In that role, Dixon, who will be based in Los Angeles, will oversee NFF's finance, information technology, and talent and organizational effectiveness functions and will work to advance the organization's commitment to ensuring that nonprofits have the resources to meet community needs. She joins NFF from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, where she guided the organization's operational expansion and its evolution as an active partner to service providers. Dixon previously held finance leadership positions at the Los Angeles Urban League, the Jenesse Center, and the Chinatown Service Center and was a key member of the finance team at First 5 LA. 

In other news, the Denver-based Daniels Fund has announced that LINDA CHILDEARS will retire as president and CEO on April 30. Childears joined the fund in 2005 and in the decade and a half since has been responsible for all of the organization’s programs and operations. Upon her retirement, Childears will be recognized as president emeritus

"Blandin Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees." Blandin Foundation News Release 03/03/2020. "Ford Foundation Names Thomas L. Kempner Jr. to Board of Trustees." Ford Foundation Email 03/02/2020. "WV Philanthropy Leader Elected to National Board." Philanthropy West Virginia Announcement 03/02/2020. "Elie Westhoff to Become President and CEO of the Philanthropy Roundtable." Philanthropy Roundtable Press Release 03/06/2020. "United Way Appoints Former Suntrust Foundation President to New Role as Chief Experience Officer." United Way Worldwide Press Release 03/03/2020. "Nonprofit Finance Fund Names Kristina Dixon CFO and Managing Director, Finance and Administration." Nonprofit Finance Fund Announcement 03/20/2020. "Daniels Fund President & CEO Linda Childears Announces Retirement." Daniels Fund Announcement 03/02/2020.