People in the News (10/20/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (10/20/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The New York State Health Foundation has named AVITAL HAVUSHA as its new vice president for programs, effective November 4. In that role, Havusha, who currently serves as managing director, performance improvement at the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), will play a leadership role in developing and implementing the foundation's goals and strategies. At PCDC, Havusha serves on the executive team and leads and oversees operations, strategy, project execution, and business development for the organization's capacity-building and technical assistance programs. She previously served as deputy director of programs at Public Health Solutions, overseeing large-scale health and human service programs in the areas of food and nutrition, reproductive health care, maternal and child health, and health care access, and prior to that was policy director for the Bureau of Health Planning in the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement at DOHMH, where she played a lead role in coordinating the department's response to federal and state healthcare reform and was a member of the leadership team that developed the Take Care New York policy agenda.

The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced the hiring of MALENA ROUSSEAU, PhD, as a program associate. Rousseau has more than fifteen years of experience in research and evaluation design, qualitative data collection and analysis, technical and persuasive writing, and statistical analysis. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as research and evaluation coordinator for Buffett Early Childhood Institute, where she managed data collection, data analysis and report writing for the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan on behalf of the Learning Communities of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Rousseau is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the American Anthropological Association, the National Council for Family Relations, and 100 Black Women of Greater Omaha.

LEE ROLONTZ has joined Global Citizen, a platform dedicated to holding world leaders accountable for their commitments to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and end extreme poverty by 2030, as senior vice president of broadcast and events. Rolontz comes to the organization from iHeartMedia, where as executive vice president of TV production she oversaw and produced all long-form content development and production. Prior to that, she held senior management positions at Viacom’s VH1, created live specials and documentaries for her own independent production company, Ellsworth Productions, and served as vice president of video productions for Columbia Records.

The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City has announced that chief investment officer DONNA DEAN will retire from her position later this year. Dean has served as the foundation's CIO since 2001, after joining the organization as director of investments in 1995. During her tenure, the foundation's endowment has grown from $2.4 billion (1995) to $4.44 billion (2017). The foundation also announced that CHUN LAI will take on the role of chief investment officer after Dean retires. Lai joined the foundation in 1996 and currently serves as deputy chief investment officer.

JIM VELLA, longtime president of the Ford Motor Company Fund, will retire at year's end, capping a more than three-decade career with the automaker. Vella took the reins of the fund in 2006 after its budget had been cut from $70 million to $10 million. "We had to really rethink what we were going to do with the fund and how we were going to make it valuable to the company and the community at same time," he told Crain's. The fund, which operates with an annual infusion from the automaker, today has a budget of about $55 million. Vella will be succeeded as head of the fund by MARY CULLER, chief of staff for Ford's office of the executive chairman and development director for the company's revitalization of Michigan Central Station in Detroit.

The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced that KATE WOLFORD, its president for the last thirteen years, will be retiring in November. Wolford began her tenure as president in 2006 and in 2014 committed the foundation to impact investing, earmarking $200 million for investments closely aligned with McKnight's goals and nurturing a more ambitious idea of how a foundation can advance its mission as an institutional investor. She also pushed the foundation to embrace greater transparency in sharing what it was learning with the broader philanthropic and civic sectors, including its journey toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Prior to joining McKnight, Wolford spent thirteen years as president of Lutheran World Relief, traveling extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and around the globe. "I am proud of what McKnight has contributed in Minnesota and worldwide, and of its ability to continually adapt to meet the most pressing needs," said Wolford. "I hold dear the relationships I've built with the board, staff, and community, and feel heartened by the many inspiring change makers I've had the honor of working with at McKnight."

And PND notes the passing of Cleveland businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist MORTON MANDEL at the age of 98. The youngest son of a Cleveland shopkeeper, Mandel and his brothers Jack and Joseph bought a small auto parts dealership on Euclid Avenue for $900 in 1940 and built it into Premier Industrial Corp., a national distributor of automotive repair and industrial welding products. Mort Mandel served as chair and CEO of the company until 1996, when it merged with a British company to become Premier Farnell. The sale put $1.8 billion into the pockets of the Mandel brothers, who then give away much of that money through their family foundations and the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. In 1984, Mandel and his brothers created the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University — where Mort Mandel began and, seventy-four years later, completed his bachelor's degree — and in 1998 they committed an annually renewable gift to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case. In 2015, the brothers gave $10 million to Cuyahoga Community College — the largest gift in the school's history — for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Eastern Campus and later that year gave $23 million to the Cleveland Clinic in support of initiatives to train future heathcare leaders. The Mandel Foundation's giving to the clinic also supported the Morton L. Mandel Chair for Urologic Cancer Research at the Glickman Urological Institute; the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Preventive Medicine Suite; and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Conference Center at its new Health Education Campus. In addition to his philanthropy, Morton Mandel was a committed civic leader, volunteering for numerous local nonprofit agencies, serving as president and chairman of the board of United Way Services of Greater Cleveland in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and chairing the board of the United Way of America from 1985 to 1991. (A gift of $1.5 million from the Mandels in 1995 helped United Way Services of Greater Cleveland buy its headquarters on Euclid Avenue.) "Mort dedicated his life to serving communities around the world but he always held a special place for our beloved Cleveland. That's one of the things you immediately recognized about Mort — his commitment to our city. There are plenty of successful business people who write checks to worthy causes but lose touch with where they come from. Not Mort," said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in a statement. "He transformed philanthropy in Cleveland,” said Steve Hoffman, president emeritus of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. "He focused on people, not just institutions. And they were not just giving to endow a chair for example but giving that changed the future course of philanthropy." In August, Mandel was honored with a Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children, and several grandchildren.

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