People in the News (12/06/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/06/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Bush Foundation has announced the appointment of SAROEUN EARM as its newest Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow, in which role she will be responsible for supporting team efforts across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography. Earm currently is a financial inclusion campaign manager at Saint Paul-based nonprofit Prepare + Prosper and worked previously at Chemonics International, managing development projects for USAID in Washington, D.C. "She has a warm spirit and verve for complex problem solving. Her background in international affairs, nonprofit work, and leadership development makes Saroeun a great fit for our work,” said Anita Patel, director of the foundation's leadership programs.

The Grameen Foundation has announced the appointment of FERNANDO HENAO VELASCO as country director for Colombia. A native of Colombia, Henao previously served as planning director for the Colombian Corporation for Agriculture and Livestock Research, a government agency that leads the country's research and technology transfer initiatives in the area of agriculture. Henao also worked in the ministry of finance and the office of the government advisor on coffee affairs and was a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme.

The Proteus Fund has announced the planned departure of its president, MEG GAGE, who founded the organization in 1997. Earlier in her career, Gage served from 1981 to 1992 as co-founding executive director of the Peace Development Fund and was executive director of the Ottinger Foundation from 1992 to 1999. The Council on Foundations awarded Gage its inaugural Robert W. Scrivner Award in 1986 for creativity by an individual grantmaker. The fund also announced the selection of PAUL DiDONATO, former director of its Civil Marriage Collaborative, as interim president.

The Kansas Health Foundation has announced the appointment of STEPHEN WEBSTER as chief financial officer. Webster, most recently director of finance at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, earlier worked at Porter Leath Children's Center and at KPMG Peat Marwick. He will replace EVAN MYERS, who retired earlier this year.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has announced the appointment of ROB COOK as a pasture and range consultant in its agriculture division. Cook has worked as a natural resource conservation services rangeland specialist for eleven years.

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has announced the appointment of ANNE KERR to its board. Kerr, president of Florida Southern College, has more than twenty-five years' experience in college and university administration at several institutions, including the University of Richmond, Rollins College, and the University of Central Florida. She currently serves on the boards of SunTrust Bank Mid Florida, EarthLinked Technologies, Lakeland Regional Health, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce and also is a member of the Florida Council of 100. Earlier, she served on the boards of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity and was president of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, the Orlando Economics Club, Southern Ballet Theatre, and the Florida Board of Dance. In the philanthropic sector, Kerr has been involved with United Arts and the American Heart Association and was founding president of the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Rollins College.

The Ruth Mott Foundation has announced the appointment of CHARLES ALEXANDER MOTT MEYNET as board observer. Meynet, currently a product manager with Salesforce in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the great-grandson of Charles Stewart and Ruth Rawlings Mott and the grandson of Maryanne Mott. His philanthropic interests include economic development, impact investing, and education. "Charles follows a strong philanthropic tradition by the Mott family and the board observer role prepares the next generation for service to the foundation and Flint," said the foundation's president, Handy Lindsey.

The National Human Services Assembly has announced the departure of GLORIA JOHNSON-CUSACK, the organization's president, and the return of IRV KATZ, its leader from 2001 until earlier this year, as interim president. "As Gloria departs, we thank her for her dedication to the National Assembly. She leaves with the board's best wishes," said Jatrice Martel Gaiter, the organization's board chair, and Joe Haggerty, the previous chair, in a statement posted online.

The National Civic League has announced the appointment of DOUG LINKHART as president. Linkhart, a former Colorado state senator and Denver councilman, most recently served as a member of Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock's cabinet, managing the city and county department of environmental health. He also was founding executive director of the Neighborhood Resource Center of Colorado, a nonprofit that works to strengthen neighborhoods through block organizing and community policing. "[Doug] has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and inclusiveness through his extensive public service and leadership positions with Colorado nonprofits like the Urban League, Colorado Hispanic Institute, and Metro State College Ethnic Advisory Board," said Joni Pattillo, board treasurer of the National Civic League and former city manager in Dublin, California. Linkhart will succeed GLORIA RUBIO-CORTES, who has headed the organization since 2007.

In other news, Foundation Center, PND's parent organization, has hired MICHELE DILWORTH as director of its western U.S. operations. As director of Foundation Center West, Dilworth will oversee the organization's San Francisco office and work to build partnerships across the region, with a focus on social innovation. Most recently vice president of communications and development at the World Affairs Council, Dilworth has more than twenty years' experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors and began her career in tech product development and marketing before transitioning to the nonprofit sector.

PND also notes the passing of HENRY ("HANK") WILLIAMS, director of Platform, a Tides project, at the age of 50. Williams, a tech entrepreneur and technologist, started Platform with co-founders Jonathan Moll and Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn to increase the interest, participation, and success of those underrepresented in the innovation economy. The nonprofit became a project of Tides in November 2012 and inspired the Platform Summit, an annual conference focused on connecting and increasing the number of black, Latino, and women tech innovators. "Hank's perspective was that we need as a nation to create, not just consume [and] that images have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world,” Tides noted in a statement. "In the weeks since his passing, the stories shared by Hank's family, friends, and network make it clear that Hank profoundly and deeply touched the lives of thousands, and they intend to carry forward his important legacy by furthering Platform's mission."

"Ruth Mott Foundation Welcomes Charles Meynet to the Board of Trustees as Board Observer." Ruth Mott Foundation Press Release 12/01/2015. "Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr Elected to Distinguished Board." Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Florida Southern College Press Release 12/03/2015. "Tides Remembers Hank Williams, A Leader for Diversity in Tech." Tides Blog 11/30/2015. "NCL Names Doug Linkhart New President." National Civic League Press Release 11/30/2015. "Leadership Changes at the National Human Services Assembly." National Human Services Assembly Press Release 12/02/2015. "Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow Saroeun Earm to Join Bush Foundation as Leadership Programs Associate." Bush Foundation Press Release 12/02/2015. "Grameen Foundation Appoints Fernando Henao Velasco as Country Director in Colombia." Grameen Foundation Press Release 12/01/2015. "Special Announcement from the Board of Directors." Proteus Fund Press Release 12/03/2015. "Webster Joins Kansas Health Foundation as New Chief Financial Officer." Kansas Health Foundation Press Release 11/30/2015. "Cook Joins Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division." Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Press Release 11/25/2015.