People in the News (1/05/14): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (1/05/14): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of LORI GRANGE as a strategy and organizational effectiveness officer in its Effective Philanthropy Group. Grange comes to the foundation from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she was senior director for emerging issues, oversaw the state policy news service, and served as deputy director for the Center on the States, which she helped to create. She also led the development of eight new strategies and projects at Pew across a range of public policy issues, including state sentencing and corrections reform, economic development, and children's health care, and oversaw the trusts' research on a variety of topics, including state budgets, pension systems, and tax incentives.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has announced the appointment of CHARLES J. FUSCHILLO, JR. as CEO. Fuschillo, who is retiring from the New York State Senate (R – Merrick) after eight terms, has authored more than two hundred state laws, including some of the  toughest drunk driving laws in the country, as well as the state's landmark Do Not Call Registry, insurance protections for people with autism, and the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act. Prior to entering politics, Fuschillo served as chief operating officer of a nonprofit family service agency serving Long Island and New York City.

The Vitae Foundation has announced the appointment of PATRICK CASTLE as president, effective June 1. Castle, a lieutenant colonel who will retire from the Air Force in May, is a noted pro-life movement leader who founded the National LIFE Runners Team and co-founded the annual Law of Life Summit. He will replace CARL LANDWEHR, who will continue to lend his philanthropic and media abilities to the organization he founded and led for twenty-two years.

In other news, PND notes the passing of West Virginia philanthropist and businessman JAMES H. HARLESS on New Year's Day. Harless, founder of International Industries, Inc. and a "coal and timber baron" with significant holdings in manufacturing, donated millions to benefit Mingo County and his hometown of Gilbert over his lifetime. He also supported  secondary and higher education in the state, including Marshall University and West Virginia University, as well as the Boy Scouts.

"Lori Grange Joins Hewlett Foundation as Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Officer." Hewlett Foundation Press Release 01/02/2014. "Alzheimer's Foundation of America Names Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. to CEO Post." Alzheimer's Foundation of America Press Release 01/02/2014. "Vitae Foundation Names New President." Vitae Foundation Blog 01/02/2014. "Buck Harless, WV Businessman and Philanthropist, Dies." 01/03/2014.