People in the News (1/01/12): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (1/01/12): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The Houston Endowment has announced the appointment of ANN B. STERN as president, effective March 2012. Stern, currently executive vice president of Texas Children's Hospital, also serves as a director of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Earlier, she practiced law with Beck, Redden & Secrest and Andrews Kurth in Houston and taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. She succeeds Larry Faulkner, who is retiring after leading the foundation for seven years.

The Louisville-based Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has elected PAULA MAIONCHI to its board. Maionchi, a local physician and attorney active in the community for thirty-six years, is also a member of the Madison County Planning Commission.

The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has elected Tufts University president ANTHONY P. MONACO to its board, the Winchester Star reports. Monaco, a neuroscientist, most recently served as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford, and previously directed the university's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation in Davie, Florida, has announced that co-founder LISA GWYNN will return as executive director and oversee the operations of the foundation. Gwynn, wife of former drag racer Darrell Gwynn, was vice president of the foundation for nine years and stepped away to earn an MBA degree at the University of Miami, which she completed this December. The foundation also announced that current executive director Curtis Gray would move to a new role on its board of directors.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York in Lake Success has elected JOEL HARPER to its board, the Henrietta Post reports. Harper and the Harper Family Foundation have been supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2005; he served on the board of the Western New York chapter before it merged with the Metro New York Chapter this year.

In other news, PND notes the passing of MARGARET E. MAHONEY, former president of the Commonwealth Fund, after a long illness. Mahoney, who led the foundation from 1980 to 1995, was a transformative leader in American philanthropy from the late 1960s until her retirement, the first woman to head a major U.S. foundation, and a pioneer in healthcare philanthropy who influenced the emergence of the patient-centered healthcare movement. Earlier in her career she served as a senior executive at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Carnegie Corporation and, before she entered the foundation field, was a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State from 1946 to 1953.

"Houston Endowment Names New President." Houston Endowment Press Release 12/22/2011. "Maionchi Joins Board of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky." Richmond Register 12/27/2011. "In Memoriam: Margaret E. Mahoney." Commonwealth Fund Statement 12/23/2011. "Joel Harper Joins Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York." 12/26/2011. "Tufts President Becomes Cummings Foundation Trustee." Winchester Star 12/23/2011. "Lisa Gwynn Rejoins Darrell Gwynn Foundation as Executive Director." Darrell Gwynn Foundation Press Release 12/24/2011.