The Woodland Hills-based California Wellness Foundation has announced the appointment of DIANA M. BONTÁ as president and CEO, effective January 2012. Bontá, a nurse with a doctorate in public health, currently serves as vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente's Southern California region. She also has served as director of the California Department of Health Services, as director of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach, as deputy executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council, as regional administrator of the California Rural Health Program, and as the manager of California's Tobacco Education Campaign.
LA's Promise has announced the appointment of VERONICA MELVIN as president and CEO. Melvin, currently COO of Communities for Teaching Excellence, served previously as executive director of the Alliance for a Better Community and as a community and government relations coordinator for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. In July, President Obama appointed her to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence of Hispanics.
Los Angeles-based Participant Media, a social impact-oriented entertainment company founded by Jeff Skoll, has announced the appointment of CHAD BOETTCHER as executive vice president of social action and advocacy. Boettcher, founder of the digital co-creation platform Goodzuma and a professor of marketing innovation at New York University, most recently served as senior vice president of social innovation at Weber Shandwick. Earlier, he worked with a variety of nonprofits, including the Denver-based Gill Foundation, and served as U.S. director and then global director of corporate responsibility at Nike.
The National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the election of ANN M. VENEMAN to its board. Veneman, most recently executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), formerly served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. A lawyer by training, she also has served as secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and was a deputy public defender. In addition, she is a co-chair of Mothers Day Every Day, serves on the boards of the Close Up Foundation and Malaria No More, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, and is an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center.
In other news, PND notes the passing of DAVID EDWARDS GAMPER, vice president of the Montana-based O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation and a long-time supporter of the Foundation Center. Gamper served as president of the family foundation for twenty-two years and was one of the founders of the Vermont Community Foundation. He leaves behind his mother, wife, son, nephew, and great-niece, who comprise the foundation's board.