People in the News (3/13/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (3/13/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced that ADAM LINKER is joining the organization as its new health care division program officer. In that role, Linker, currently co-director of the North Carolina Justice Center's Health Care Access Coalition, will serve as the primary contact for health care division grantees and potential grantees in eastern North Carolina. A former health care and education reporter for the Triangle Business Journal, Linker currently serves as a board member for the NC AIDS Action Network, Friends of Greenville Greenways, and NC Get Covered. The trust also announced that program officer JASON BAISDEN, who currently represents the eastern part of the state, will oversee its cornerstone efforts in the western part of the state, including Healthy Places NC, a long-term initiative to improve rural health in Burke and McDowell counties.

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, has announced that MATT JAMES will join the foundation for the next year as a visiting scholar. In that role, James, a nonprofit sector veteran, will conduct research and convene key leaders in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and media communities to discuss opportunities for collaboration and design projects and campaigns to help advance efforts to address climate change. James's previous experience includes service as a senior advisor to two U.S. senators and a member of Congress and a stint with the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he helped launch Kaiser Health News and developed a series of journalism fellowship programs. He currently sits on the board of the CDC Foundation and has served on the boards of the Udall Foundation, Grantmakers in Health, and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. 

The Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has named KRISTIN LONGLEY as its director of communications, effective March 21. A graduate of Michigan State University, Longley has more than a decade of media experience, including serving as community engagement specialist at The Flint Journal, where she also was an assistant editor and reporter, and stints at the Jackson Citizen-Patriot and the Associated Press in Detroit.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, has announced that EARL MARTIN PHALEN has joined its board of trustees. A nationally recognized education leader, Phalen is founder and CEO of Summer Advantage, a summer reading program that partners with school districts to provide quality summer learning programs for children in grades K-8, and the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies, a network of K-8 blended learning charter schools. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Phalen received the President's Service Award from President Bill Clinton in 1997 for his impact on the lives of children. He also is a Mind Trust and Ashoka Fellow; was awarded the Black Entertainment Television (BET) National Hero Award; and is a three-time recipient of Fast Company's Social Capitalist Award. In addition, the foundation announced that BENNO SCHMIDT, chair of Avenues:The World School, a for-profit private K-12 school in New York City, and a former president of Yale, retired as a trustee in March, having served three three-year terms on the board.

The Philadelphia-based Barnes Foundation has announced the election of PAMELA D. BUNDY to its board. Bundy, President and CEO of Bundy Development Corporation, is an appointed board member of the executive committee of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, a former member of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Executive Council, a 2003 member of Leadership Greater Washington, and a member of Commercial Real Estate for Women. She currently serves on Lincoln University's board of visitors and on the board of advisors of the Lowe Economic Development Corporation, and has served on the Capital One advisory board and the boards of Jubilee Housing and the Women's Business Roundtable.

The Broad Art Museum in Lansing, Michigan, has named MARC-OLIVIER WAHLER to be its next director, the Wall Street Journal reports, succeeding the museum's founding director, MICHAEL RUSH, who died last March. Best known for serving as director and chief curator of the Palais de Toyko in Paris from 2006 to 2012, Wahler also is known for "overseeing edgy art projects in far-flung places like the Transformer Sculpture Park in Melides, Portugal, and the CI Contemporary Istanbul" and has helped organize more than four hundred shows over the past two decades.

GuideStar, the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, has announced that ADRIAN BORDONE has joined its leadership team as vice president, strategic partnerships. In that role, Bordone will help lead the organization's strategic growth and oversee all of its revenue streams, including field sales, e-commerce, the GuideStar Membership Program, and fundraising. Before co-founding outcomes management software provider Social Solutions, Bordone taught middle school students and led adult literacy and workforce development organizations in Baltimore. 

WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) has announced that HELENA MONTEIRO, its executive director for the last five years, has decided to step down, effective this summer. Monteiro joined WINGS in January 2011, and under her leadership the organization has developed into a force in the global philanthropy space. "After five intense and wonderful years as executive director of WINGS, I have decided to step down," she wrote in an email distributed to friends of the organization. "I have enjoyed my time working with the board, the staff, and the members and partners of our network. We've come a long way since 2011, and I'm very proud of our accomplishments of the past five years. I want to thank all of you for giving me the support and trust needed to run such an extraordinary organization, and I am positive WINGS will continue to grow and serve the field."

In other news, PND notes the passing of ALFRED E. MANN, investor, philanthropist, and Giving Pledge signatory, on February 25 in Las Vegas. Mann, 90, was a prolific entrepreneur and investor who over the course of seven decades founded more than a dozen companies in a variety of fields, including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, amassing a fortune that topped $2.2 billion in 2007. According to the Washington Post, he had recently resigned from the boards of two of his companies, MannKind, in Valencia, California, a firm that developed an inhalable form of insulin; and Second Sight Medical Products, in Sylmar, California, a company that makes an electronic retina that gives rudimentary sight to patients blinded by certain eye diseases. A polymath who designed his 17,000-square-foot mansion on Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, Mann had long planned to leave most of his wealth to philanthropic causes, including his foundation and the engineering institutes he created at several universities, including the University of Southern California.

PND also notes the passing of RALPH LARSEN, trustee emeritus (2002-2012) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, at the age of 77. The Brooklyn-born son of a first-generation immigrant from Norway, Larsen graduated from Hofstra University and served two years in the U.S. Navy before joining Johnson & Johnson as a manufacturing trainee in 1962. Except for a two-year stint as president of Becton Dickinson's Consumer Products Division, he spent his entire career at J&J and was elected to its board of directors in 1987, before being named chair and chief executive officer in 1989. "I valued Ralph most for four qualities: his integrity, his generosity, his wisdom and his toughness," Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation's president and CEO, said in a statement on the RWJF website. "[Ralph] was all about integrity — about doing the right thing. Whether the issue was advertising to children or not promoting alcohol he would always say, 'We have to be on the side of the angels here'."

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