People in the News (3/23/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (3/23/14): Appointments and Promotions

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced the planned departure of vice president SUE COLITON on March 26. Coliton, who has led the foundation for fifteen years, will remain affiliated with the foundation as a senior fellow and will also retain her position on the board of the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Coliton served as director of the Cultural Facilities Fund in San Francisco and worked as a visual arts program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts; she currently serves on the boards of Philanthropy Northwest, where she is chair, and Americans for the Arts. Until a permanent replacement for Coliton is named, the foundation will be led by Vulcan senior director BERT KOLDE and senior director of philanthropic initiatives DUNE IVES.

The Washington Area Women's Foundation has announced the planned departure of its president, NICKY GOREN. Goren, who has led the foundation for four years, has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, effective July 1. The foundation also announced the appointment of current vice president JENNIFER LOCKWOOD-SHABAT as interim president.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced the appointment of JACKIE HAUSMAN as health program officer. Hausman most recently managed the pediatric telehealth program and the Model eHealth Communities project at the Center for Health and Technology at the University of California, Davis. The foundation also announced several staff promotions: SHELLEY TROTT as director of arts strategy and ventures, SUSAN TRUE as director of education strategy and ventures, and KATIE FAHEY as associate program officer for the arts.

The Ball Brothers Foundation has announced the appointment of JENNA L. WACHTMANN as program officer. Most recently a development officer at the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center in Indianapolis, Wachtmann is completing an executive master of arts degree in philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In her new position, she will work alongside foundation president and chief operating officer Jud Fisher and program officers Neil Schmottlach and Rich Spisak in overseeing the foundation's philanthropic activities. Earlier this year, Schmottlach, a member of the foundation's staff since 2000, announced that plans to retire at the end of 2014.

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has announced the retirement of its executive director, JUDI JENNINGS, at the end of its fiscal year on June 30. Jennings, who was named one of the most influential leaders in the nonprofit arts field by the Western States Art Federation in 2013, has led the foundation for more than fifteen years. She also helped found the Art, Culture and Social Justice Network and is a frequent speaker on grassroots social justice and art issues. 

The Harold Robinson Foundation has announced the election of actress ROSANNA ARQUETTE to its board. Arquette, who currently is collaborating on a new television project with Robinson Foundation co-founder Joyce Hyser-Robinson, was drawn to the foundation's work because of its work and values in the area of child development. "We look forward to collaborating with [Rosanna] to continue providing our inner-city youths with positive role-models and hope for a brighter future," said Hyser-Robinson.

The Energy Foundation has announced the appointment of STEPHEN HARPER to its board. Harper, global director of environment and energy policy at Intel Corp., earlier served in senior positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy. He currently serves as a board member for the Center for Environmental Policy at American University and the Chesapeake Conservancy.

The American Technion Society has announced the appointment of JEFFREY RICHARD as executive vice president. Richard, currently vice president for university development at Columbia University, previously served as Columbia's deputy vice president for professional schools and programs and as associate dean for development and alumni relations at the university's school of journalism. Earlier, he served in senior fundraising roles at a variety of organizations, including the New School, United Jewish Communities, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He replaces MELVYN H. BLOOM, who led the organization for the past three decades and will become executive vice president emeritus.

In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropist and media magnate PATRICK J. McGOVERN. Fourteen years ago, McGovern and his wife, Lore Harp McGovern, gave $350 million to MIT (Patrick McGovern's alma mater) to support neuroscience research. The gift resulted in the creation of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, which has posted a multimedia tribute to McGovern at its Web site. McGovern founded the International Data Group, which was a pioneer in information technology research and the publisher of Computerworld, PCWorld, MacWorld, and many other publications.

"Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Vice President Susan Coliton to Resign." Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Press Release 03/14/2014. "Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren Steps Down — Vice President Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat Named Interim President." Washington Area Women’s Foundation Press Release 03/20/2014. "Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announces New Health Officer & Promotions." Kenneth Rainin Foundation Press Release 03/17/2014. "Ball Brothers Foundation Adds New Program Officer." Ball Brothers Foundation Press Release 03/20/2014. "GIA Board Member Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women Executive Director, to Retire." Grantmakers in the Arts Press Release 03/17/2014. "Harold Robinson Foundation Welcomes New Board Member Actress Rosanna Arquette" Harold Robinson Foundation Press Release 02/25/2014. "Stephen Harper Joins Energy Foundation Board of Directors." Energy Foundation Press Release 03/19/2014. "Jeffrey Richard to Lead American Technion Society." American Technion Society Press Release 03/19/2014. "Obituary: Patrick McGovern, Publisher and $350-Million MIT Donor." Chronicle of Philanthropy 03/21/2014.