People in the News (12/07/14): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/07/14): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Ball Brothers Foundation has announced the planned retirement of senior program officer NEIL SCHMOTTLACH, effective December 31. Schmottlach, whose fifty-year career has included teaching, advocating, and writing about health and fitness, joined the foundation fourteen years ago. JUD FISHER, the foundation's president and chief operating officer, credits Schmottlach with shaping the grantmaker's wellness initiatives, local education initiatives, and partnerships with other organizations in east-central Indiana, as well as improving its governance, grant application process, and technology. Before joining the foundation, Schmottlach was on the faculty of Ball State University, where he taught several health-related subjects.

The Commonwealth Fund has announced the appointment of MARK SMITH to its board and the election of BENJAMIN K. CHU as board chair. Smith, a board-certified internist, serves on the clinical faculty of the University of California, San Francisco and is an attending physician at the Positive Health Program for AIDS care at San Francisco General Hospital. He was the founding president of the California HealthCare Foundation and served as its chief executive officer until 2013. Earlier, Smith served as executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and associate director of AIDS services and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Chu, group president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Southern California and Georgia, earlier served as president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, senior associate dean at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and vice president for clinical affairs and associate dean at New York University Medical Center. Chu will succeed JAMES R. TALLON, JR., who has served on the foundation's board since 1996 and as board chair since 2007.

The Population Council has announced the appointment of JULIA BUNTING as its next president, effective March 2015. Bunting, currently head of programs and technical division for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, previously oversaw the UK government's international development policy on HIV and AIDS; maternal, newborn, and child health; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and population. Over the last decade, Bunting has served on the boards of several global health partnerships, including the Health Metrics Network; the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. She will succeed PETER DONALDSON, who has led the organization since 2005.

The National Development Council has announced the appointment of JANE CAMPBELL as director of its public policy and advocacy office. Campbell, most recently staff director for the United States Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, was the first female mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, and earlier served as Cuyahoga County commissioner. She has spent her career advocating for economic and community development programs, and counts NDC as an influence in her work since the 1980s, when she took its training program.

The New England Foundation for the Arts has announced the appointment of CATHY EDWARDS as executive director, effective in late January 2015. Edwards, most recently director of programming for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, earlier served as artistic director of the Time-Based Art Festival at PICA in Portland, Oregon, as artistic director of the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and as co-director of Movement Research, also in New York. 

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has announced the appointment of LAUREN DURAN as vice president of communications, marketing, and public relations. Previously, Duran worked at CASAColumbia (formerly the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) in several roles; managed PR and corporate publicity for fashion company FUBU The Collection; and worked as a writer/producer in the television industry for a variety of programs, including Reading Rainbow, Home for the Holidays with Martha Stewart, and Lifetime's Intimate Portrait series.

Grantmakers In Health has announced the appointments of ANTONY CHIANG, JACQUELINE MARTINEZ GARCEL, GARTH GRAHAM, and BRENDA SHARPE to its board, and the election of ROBIN MOCKENHAUPT as board chair, WENDY WOLF as vice chair, CHET HEWITT as treasurer, DAVID FUKUZAWA as secretary, and PETER LONG as member-at large. All appointments are effective March 7. Chiang, president of the Empire Health Foundation in Spokane, Washington, previously served in several executive roles at philanthropic sector service provider TechSoup and was CEO of web development firm Altrue and president of software company LiteracyPro. Martinez Garcel is vice president of the New York State Health Foundation and previously served as program director for the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative at Columbia University's Center for Community Health Partnerships. Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation, previously served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he also led the Office of Minority Health. Sharpe, president and CEO of the REACH Healthcare Foundation in Merriam, Kansas, previously served as president and CEO of Sunflower House, a children's advocacy center. Mockenhaupt is chief of staff at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Wolf is founding president and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation; Hewitt is president and CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation; Fukuzawa is managing director of the Kresge Foundation's health program; and Long is president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has appointed FRANK JAKOSZ to its inaugural Not-For-Profit Advisory Council, Illinois-based CPA firm Sikich LLP reports. Jakosz, a partner in Sikich's not-for-profit services practice, currently serves on AICPA's ethics division technical standards subcommittee and is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board NFP resource group. The new advisory council will include twelve other CPAs from across the country and will provide guidance, tools, reports, and other resources to those who serve the nonprofit sector as well as to nonprofits themselves.

Oceana has announced the appointments of SIMON SIDAMON-ERISTOFF as board chair, VALARIE VAN CLEAVE as vice chair, MARIA EUGENIA GIRON as treasurer, and JAMES SANDLER as secretary. Sidamon-Eristoff, a lawyer with Kalbian Hagerty LLP in Washington, D.C., has served on the organization's board since its 2002 merger with American Oceans Campaign, where he also served as a board member. He currently chairs the board of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and sits on the boards of both the Sustainable Development Institute and American Friends of Georgia. Van Cleave has served on the organization's board since 2008 and founded its annual SeaChange fundraiser. Giron, former CEO of the Spanish luxury brand Carrera y Carrera, has served on the organization's board since 2006. Sandler, a trustee of the Sandler Foundation in San Francisco, has served on Oceana's board since 2002.

Foundation Center, Philanthropy News Digest's parent organization, has announced the elections of MARIEKE VAN SCHAIK and MELISSA BERMAN to its board, effective April 2015. Van Schaik is a managing director at the Dutch Charity Lotteries, a social enterprise in the Netherlands, and earlier served as project manager at the DOEN Foundation. Berman, president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, previously served as senior vice president of research and program development at the Conference Board and served on the center's board from 2004 to 2013.

In other news, PND notes the passing of ERNIE "TITO" GUTIERREZ on November 3. Gutierrez, former acting president of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, began his social justice career as a program officer and then director of grants and loans at the Catholic Campaign of Human Development. Later, he served as executive director of the Boston Fair Housing Commission, as a program officer at the John Hay Whitney Foundation in New York City, and as program officer and allocations director for the Campaign for Human Development in Washington, D.C. Gutierrez also worked for twenty years at the Kresge Foundation, where he oversaw grants to a broad range of organizations in higher education, health care, the arts and humanities, communications, and human services. While at Kresge, he also led the development of the foundation's Health Team and was instrumental in the formation of the Detroit Community Development Funders' Collaborative.

"Neil Schmottlach to Retire after 14 Years." Ball Brothers Foundation Press Release 12/02/2014. "Benjamin Chu, M.D., Elected Commonwealth Fund Chairman; Mark Smith, M.D., Elected to Board." Commonwealth Fund Press Release 12/05/2014. "Julia Bunting Named President of the Population Council." Population Council Press Release 12/03/2014. "Former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell Joins Economic Development Nonprofit." National Development Council Press Release 12/03/2014. "NEFA Names Cathy Edwards as Executive Director." New England Foundation for the Arts Press Release 12/03/2014. "Jakosz Appointed to AICPA’s NFP Advisory Council." Sikich LLP Press Release 12/03/2014. "Oceana Elects New Leadership for Board of Directors, Simon Sidamon-Eristoff becomes Chairman." Oceana Press Release 12/03/2014. "GIH Announces New Board Members." Grantmakers In Health Press Release 12/04/2014. "Lauren Duran Joins the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation as Vice President Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations." Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Press Release 12/05/2014. "Marieke van Schaik and Melissa Berman Join Foundation Center Board of Trustees." Foundation Center Press Release 12/03/2014. "Obituary: Ernest B. Gutierrez." Washington Post 11/06/2014. "Remembering Ernie Gutierrez." Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Press Release 11/10/2014.