People in the News (1/1/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (1/1/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

SCOTT SEELIGER has been appointed director of philanthropy at the Schedel Foundation in Elmore, Ohio, The Press reports. A longtime employee of Bowling Green State University, Seeliger served two stints as associate head football coach — first with coach Moe Ankney in the 1980s and then with coach Gary Blackney in the 1990s — and in 1995 joined the BGSU development office as director of corporate development. Seeliger ended his career at BGSU in the athletic department as associate athletic director for external affairs. At the foundation, Seeliger will concentrate on increasing memberships, donations, corporate support, and funding for special projects.

The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced the election of ANGEL MARTINEZ, NEIL DIPAOLA, and ROBERT NAKASONE to three-year terms on its board. Martinez served as president and chief executive officer of Deckers Outdoor Corp. from 2005 to 2016 and is currently an independent consultant. In 2008, he was elected chair of the Deckers board and continues to serve as non-executive chair. As founder and CEO of Mesa Lane Partners and Prospect Hotels, Inc., Dipaola has led the development of a number of high-profile public-private urban infill developments, hospitality developments, and college housing communities. Recently, he was awarded California's highest honor — the Governor's Economic and Environmental Leadership Award by Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Environmental Protection Agency — for his pioneering work to develop net-zero energy buildings in California. Nakasone is the former CEO of Toys R Us, Inc., where over fourteen years he led the global growth of the world's largest children's specialty retailer, serving as president of U.S. Toy Stores; vice chair of Worldwide Toy Stores; president, COO and CEO. Earlier, he held senior management positions with Jewel Food Stores, Osco/Savon Drug stores, and the Brigham's Ice Cream Parlor division of the Jewel Companies and currently serves on the board of Hormel Foods Corp. In addition, he serves on the board of trustees of Claremont McKenna College and the board of directors of the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head, South Carolina, has announced the election of ALLEN WARD and DAVID WETMORE to its board. Ward is president and principal of Ward Edwards, Inc., a civil/environmental engineering and allied services firm headquartered in Beaufort County, and a founding director of Atlantic Community Bank, which was chartered in 2006 and for which he served on the compensation, credit, and building committees. Wetmore currently serves as board chair for Grange Mutual Insurance Companies and Nationwide Mutual Funds Group. Early in his career he worked for KPMG and later became president and chair of several publicly held software services companies and helped start an investment banking and venture capital fund serving the technology industry. Wetmore also has extensive nonprofit board experience and has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, the Columbus Zoo, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Foundation, the Salesian Inner City Boys Club, and United Way of Franklin County. 

Animal Grantmakers, a national philanthropic affinity group of foundations and organizations making grants to benefit a broad range of animal populations, has announced a new slate of board members and officers. CLAIRE STERLING, director of grant strategies at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City, will begin serving a one-year term as president, while SHELLY THOMPSON, director of grants at Maddie’s Fund in Pleasanton, California, will serve as vice president. ROGER HASTON, chief administrative officer at Phoenix, Arizona-based PetSmart Charities, will continue as treasurer, and ANDREW ROWAN, grants advisor to the Edith J. Goode Residuary Trust in Gaithersburg, Maryland, will serve as secretary. LOUISA McCUNE, executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation in Oklahoma City, will serve as Membership Coordinator, and PATRICIA CALFEE, immediate past president of Animal Grantmakers and currently director of strategic consulting services at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will serve a new three-year term on the board.

In other news, PND notes the passing of EDWARD ABLE, JR., former head of the American Association of Museums (now the American Alliance of Museums), at the age of 72. A respected nonprofit professional and volunteer, Able helped grow the AAM into the largest museum association in the world, the NonProfit Times reports, and was named by NPT to its Power & Influence Top 50 list eight years in a row, beginning in 1998. “[ED] really gets a lot of credit for professionalizing the work of the organization,” said Ford W. Bell, who succeeded Able and ran AAM until 2015. In addition to his work for the AAM, Able served on the boards of the National Center for Non-Profit Boards (now BoardSource), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the National Humanities Alliance, the National Cultural Alliance, and Independent Sector and was presented with lifetime achievement awards by several regional associations of museums and the Chairman’s Medal from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

"Schedel Foundation Names Philanthropy Director ." The Press 12/27/2016. Tara Schoenborn. "Santa Barbara Foundation Welcomes Trustees Angel Martinez, Neil Dipaola and Robert Nakasone." 12/29/2016. "Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Adds Two Board Members." Community Foundation of the Lowcountry News Release 12/27/2017. "Animal Grantmakers Announces New Officers and Board Members. " Animal Grantmakers Email 12/28/2016. Paul Clolery. "Association Leader Ed Able Dies." The NonProfi Times 12/27/2016.