Public-policy expert DAWN WALLACE is joining the Flinn Foundation as its new vice president, civic leadership, effective March 23. Wallace will succeed NANCY WELCH, who retired in December after guiding the foundation's statewide civic-leadership program from launch to broad recognition as Arizona's premier public-service leadership initiative. Wallace served in the office of Arizona governor Doug Ducey for more than four years, leading the development of Ducey's P-20 education agenda and directing initiatives in the Governor's Office of Education, serving as a policy liaison from the governor's office to executive departments, and planning and managing the governor's large public events, from school visits, to his second inauguration ceremony in 2019, to the memorial service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the Arizona State Capitol. Her previous experience includes a stint as director of government relations for the Maricopa County Community College District and policy-advisor roles in the Arizona House of Representatives and State Senate.
The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the election of PAMELA L. DAVIES, former president of Queens University of Charlotte, to its board of trustees. Davies served as the twentieth president of Queens from 2002 to 2019, leading its transformation from a liberal arts college to a comprehensive university offering a full slate of liberal arts and professional programs. She currently serves on the boards of Sonoco Products, Inc. and the Cato Corporation, is a member of the board of commissioners for Atrium Health, and serves as chair of the national board of the YMCA. She also has served as president of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities and as vice-chair of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
The New York City-based Child Mind Institute has announced MIMI CORCORAN as its new executive director. A respected nonprofit executive and advocate for children, Corcoran brings more than twenty-five years of nonprofit leadership experience to the position, much of it focused on improving the lives of children and expanding their opportunity for success. That experience includes roles as director of the Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation at George Soros' Open Society Foundation, president and CEO of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and executive director of the Beginning with Children Foundation.
Theatre Forward, a nonprofit arts organization in New York City that supports a network of nineteen prominent regional theaters in an effort to enrich communities and make theater accessible to all, has named GRETCHEN SHUGART as its new executive director. As CEO, Shugart spent seventeen years building TheaterMania.com, Inc., a media and technology company, from start-up to its sale in 2017. During her tenure, the company acquired UK-based WhatsOnStage; launched OvationTix©, a SaaS business providing ticketing, fundraising, and CRM tools to hundreds of performing arts organizations; and executive produced the Drama Desk Awards. Shugart has been a board member of Theatre Forward for over a decade and served as president from 2011 to 2018. She will succeed BRUCE WHITACRE, who served as the organization's executive director for eighteen years.
New Media Ventures, a seed fund and national network of angel investors that supports media and tech startups working to disrupt politics and catalyze change, has announced TAREN STINEBRICKNER-KAUFFMAN as its next president. Stinebrickner-Kauffman, the founder of international corporate accountability group SumOfUs, previously served as a product manager at Change.org.
In other news, PND notes the passing of renowned obstetrician and gynecologist CATHERINE HAMLIN, 96, at her home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A pioneering Australian surgeon, Dr. Hamlin and her late husband, Dr Reginald Hamlin OBE, co-founded Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, a health network that treats women suffering from the debilitating effects of an obstetric fistula. Over the past sixty-one years, more than sixty thousand Ethiopian women have received life-changing reconstructive surgery for obstetric fistula, thanks to the Hamlins' work and dedication. Catherine Hamlin twice was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2009 she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, also called the "Alternative Nobel Prize." In 2012, the Ethiopian Government awarded her Honorary Ethiopian Citizenship and in 2019 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed presented her with the country's Eminent Citizen Award in recognition of her lifetime of service to the women of Ethiopia. Dr. Hamlin published her autobiography, co-written with Australian journalist and author John Little, The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope, in 2001.