People in the News (4/1/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (4/1/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Lilly Endowment has announced the appointment of ROBERT SMITH as vice president for community development. Smith will succeed WALLACE YAKEY, who is retiring from the endowment on June 30. Smith joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1996 and served the company as financial analyst, minority business coordinator, manager of investor relations, and director of corporate communications. In 2005, he moved into his current role as senior director of corporate responsibility and president of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation. Yakey joined the endowment in 1997 as program director in the community development area and in 2012 was elected vice president for community development. Before joining the endowment, he served as president of the Indianapolis Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation that works to retain and help grow businesses in the Indianapolis area.

The Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, has announced two additions to its leadership team. LISA MONTEZ, who has been involved in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for fifteen years, will join the foundation as general counsel and, in that role, will guide its deployment of philanthropic tools to maximize social impact, provide advice on a wide range of legal matters, and advise program staff. In her new role as people director, FRANCES WOODARD will be responsible for developing and implementing an integrated strategic program for all people-related functions at the foundation. Woodard previously served in a number of senior roles at organizations such as Human Rights First, ONE Economy Corporation, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced the appointment of ANTHONY ERVIN as chair of its board of directors. Ervin, a biopharmaceutical industry pioneer, longtime venture capital investor at Venrock, and philanthropist, has served on the Lasker board since 2013. He also serves as a member of the boards of overseers and managers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, as a trustee of the Jackson Laboratory, as a director of the New York Genome Center, and as a trustee emeritus of Rockefeller University and Princeton University.

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities has announced the appointment of JESSICA BOEHLAND, DON HICKMAN, and ELIZABETH LOVE to its board of directors. Boehland is a senior program officer at the Kresge Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s grantmaking and other activities related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy resilience. Prior to joining Kresge in 2008, Boehland, who co-chairs the TFN GREEN! steering committee. served as managing editor of Environmental Building News and editor of GreenSource magazine. In 2017, she was named one of Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40. Hickman is vice president for community and workforce development at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, Minnesota, where he administers approximately $2 million in grants annually and supervises the foundation’s programs. He has been active in TFN since 2006 as a member of the River Partnership of Community Foundations and in the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) cohort. Love serves as senior program officer for the Houston Endowment, where she oversees the foundation's health and environmental grantmaking portfolios as well as a portion of its arts and culture portfolio.

The organization also announced the departure of board members JOHN MITTERHOLZER, CHERYL CASCIANI, WENDY LEWIS JACKSON, ELIZABETH LYNN, and TEDD VOGEL, and the election of a new slate of officers: TOM WOIWODE, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, chair; CRAIG MARTINEZ, The California Endowment, vice chair; ALECE MONTEZ, Orton Family Foundation; treasurer; and DARRYL YOUNG, Summit Foundation, secretary.

USA for UNHCR, a 501(c)(3) established by American citizens to support the UN Refugee Agency, has announced the election of YASMIN CAUSER and VIRGINIA TENPENNY to its board. Causer is a partner in the Private Client Services Group at KLR, an accounting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, where her focus is on helping high-net-worth individuals and families manage, monitor, and evaluate their financial situation. Tenpenny serves as vice president of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company and is executive director of the Starbucks Foundation. 

The Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University have announced JOE O’REILLY as director of the Decision Center for Education Excellence, which is dedicated to addressing the challenges facing the state's public education system. In the newly created role, O’Reilly will lead the center's efforts to elevate the use of education research and data in Arizona. O'Reilly previously served as executive director of student achievement support for Mesa Public Schools, Arizona's largest school district, and has served on numerous state and national committees and work groups focused on the effective use of data to propel education.

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