People in the News (03/17/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (03/17/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation in Los Angeles has named SUZY JACK as vice president and chief of staff to its president, Gerun Riley, effective April 8. For the past three years, Jack worked to strengthen the Los Angeles Times' connection with its readers as vice president of public affairs, overseeing such signature community events as the Festival of Books, Food Bowl, and The Taste. She also developed Times initiatives to advance literacy, education, and civic engagement across Los Angeles. Prior to her work at the Times, Jack served as the city's deputy controller and was the youngest deputy mayor in the history of the city, advising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on legislative affairs. During her tenure at City Hall, she supported increased funding for youth development efforts, led advocacy for marriage equality in California and nationally, and worked to deliver improved arts, library, parks and recreation, and wraparound services to students across the city. A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Jack earned a bachelor's degree in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California and attended Harvard University's executive education program for state and local government senior executives.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has hired KRISTI WALTERS as a program officer in its higher education focus area. Walters previously worked at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in Jacksonville, Florida, as an Interfaith Program Fellow and program officer. With a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, she spent eighteen years as a practicing attorney at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Charlotte, where she developed a new role related to professional development and diversity that led to her overseeing the human resources function across the firm's seven offices. In her legal practice, she also advised colleges and universities on specific issues related to higher education. Before joining the law firm, Walters worked in the admission office at Davidson College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in religion, and at Duke University.

Delta Dental has announced the appointment of HOLLI SEABURY, CEO of McMillen Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as executive director of the Delta Dental Foundation, succeeding TERI BATTAGLIERI, who is retiring. Dr. Seabury is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and educator. While at McMillen Health, she led the development of the Brush oral health curriculum for low-income preschoolers, which serves more than 1.5 million Head Start and WIC children nationwide, and was responsible for the development and oversight of national projects involving curriculum development, health literacy, and health communications materials for at-risk families. The foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina, tripled in size under Battaglieri's leadership and has become one of the largest oral health funders in the Midwest, awarding grants totaling $3.8 million in 2018.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has named MARIA ELENA (Mel) LAGOMASINO and KEVIN J. CONWAY to its board of trustees. Lagomasino is CEO and managing partner at WE Family Offices, which helps financially successful families organize and manage their wealth, and is a founder of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, an investor think tank. Before founding WE, she served as CEO of GenSpring Family Offices, a wealth-management firm, and as chair and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Private Bank. She began her career in banking at Citibank in 1977, ioined Chase Manhattan Private Bank in 1983, and was named head of Chase’s worldwide private banking business in 1997 ahead of the JP Morgan-Chase merger. Conway, vice chair of the global private equity firm CD&R, is a member of the firm’s management committee and chairs its investment committee. Over his twenty-five years at the firm, he has been active in many of its investment and organizational initiatives, working closely with the chief executive officer on all aspects of the firm’s operations. Formerly a senior member of the mergers and acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs & Co., Conway later served as chief of staff of the firm’s Investment Banking division. A member of several private and public corporate boards, Conway is the former chair and current vice chair of the board of directors of Student Sponsor Partners, which provides educational opportunities to at-risk inner-city children in New York City. He also serves on the boards of Catholic Health Services of Long Island and the New York Catholic Foundation, which administers funds for the Archdiocese of New York in support of religious, charitable, educational, and community service activities. The foundation also announced that JANET L. ROBINSON, the former president and CEO of The New York Times Company, was elected to serve as vice chair of the board, and that former New Jersey governor THOMAS KEAN was reelected to his position as chair.

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced the appointment of CURTIS McQUEEN, chief executive officer of Eklutna Inc., and MARILYN F. ROMANO, Alaska regional vice president for Alaska Airlines, to three-year terms on its board of directors. McQueen brings more than thirty years of experience in business, communications, project and construction management, administrative management and governmental affairs to the foundation. He joined the Eklutna family in 2005 — Eklutna Inc. is the Alaska Native village corporation for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough, and the largest private landowner in both communities — as communications and shareholder relations manager and became chief executive officer two years later. McQueen is Tlingit and was formally adopted by the region's Dena'ina people at the 2014 Powwow. Romano started with Alaska Airlines in 2011 as regional vice president for Alaska and added the state of Hawaii to her area of responsibility in 2016. Before working for the airline, she spent nearly two decades with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the second largest paper in Alaska, including eleven years as publisher. She serves on the boards of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and on the Governor's Aviation Advisory Board, is a trustee for the University of Alaska Foundation, and is a vice president of the Alaska Airlines Foundation.

The Health Foundation of South Florida has announced the election of J. EVERETT WILSON as chairman of its board of directors. Wilson, who has served on the board since 2015, is a shareholder at AmLaw 100 firm Polsinelli and a co-founder of its Miami office, where he represents healthcare providers, insurers, and other industry entities, with a focus on issues relating to Medicare and Medicaid provider operations, managed care, and the regulatory and business issues specific to healthcare mergers and acquisitions. He is, in addition, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Florida Bar’s Health Law Section, where he is chair-elect, and serves on the boards of the South Florida chapters of the American Red Cross and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation also announced the election of two officers to two-year terms: MELIDA AKITI, LCSW, Vice President, Ambulatory and Community Services, Memorial Health System (vice chair), and MICHAEL De LUCCA, MHM, President & CEO, Broward Regional Health Planning Council (secretary).

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, New Jersey's largest philanthropic association, has named longtime social sector leader MARIA VIZCARRONDO as its new president. Vizcarrondo comes to CNJG from Cabrini University in Philadelphia, where she most recently served as director of community development and external relations and was inaugural executive director of the school's Nerney Leadership Institute. In 2006, she was tapped by then Newark mayor Cory Booker to head the city's Health and Human Service Department, the largest of its kind in New Jersey. Prior to her mayoral appointment, Vizcarrondo served as the first woman president and CEO of United Way of Essex and West Hudson and, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, led the New Jersey United Ways in a statewide coordination of services for affected families. She was elected Essex County Surrogate in 1993 and served four years of a five-year term before leaving to join United Way. Vizcarrondo has been listed among the “100 Most Influential People in New Jersey” and was a founding member of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

In other news, the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art has announced that ELIZABETH GLASSMAN will be stepping down from her position as president and CEO after eighteen years. During her tenure, Glassman led a revisioning of the foundation's operational model, which resulted in the global circulation of important works of American art from the foundation's 800-object collection and the establishment of a grants program that has to date awarded more than $100 million for the creation of approximately one thousand exhibitions and programs in thirty-one countries. "We are deeply grateful for Liz's visionary leadership of the Terra Foundation. Her passion, commitment, and belief in the power of mission-driven philanthropy has resulted in important collaborations with organizations and institutions worldwide, establishing new opportunities for cultural leaders, researchers, students, and the public to experience American art and fostering dialogues about the role of art in developing cultural understanding and diplomacy," said Joseph P. Gromacki, chair of the foundation's board and a senior partner at Jenner & Block LLP. "Her boldness of vision has set the Terra Foundation on a trajectory of innovation and experimentation that prioritizes our cultural partners and the connections that can be made across cultures and communities. With the course she has set, we are excited for the Terra Foundation's next chapter and to continuing to innovate to fulfill our mission." The foundation is launching an international search for Glassman's successor, with the goal of having a new president & CEO in place by early 2020.

"Suzy Jack Named Vice President and Chief of Staff of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation." Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation Press Release 03/13/2013. "The Duke Endowment Names New Program Officer for Higher Education." Duke Endowment Press Release 03/14/2019. "Delta Dental Foundation Welcomes Noted Health Authority as Executive Director." Delta Dental Foundation Press Release 03/14/2019. "Wealth Manager Maria Elena Lagomasino and Private Equity Leader Kevin Conway to Join Carnegie Corporation of New York Board of Trustees." Carnegie Corporation of New York Press Release 03/08/2019. "Airline Executive, Corporate Leader Join Foundation Board." Rasmuson Foundation Press Release 03/11/2019. "Everett Wilson, Esq., Elected Chairman of Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors." Health Foundation of South Florida News Release 03/11/2019. "Maria Vizcarrondo Chosen President of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers." Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Email 03/11/2019. "Elizabeth Glassman, President & CEO of Terra Foundation for American Art, Announces She Will Step Down." Terra Foundation for American Art Press Release 03/13/2019.