People in the News (4/16/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (4/16/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced the election of ANNE ESSNER, TRACY KNIGHT, and SUSAN SOFIA to three-year terms on its board. In addition to being an active volunteer for Mote Marine Laboratory and the Sarasota Orchestra, Essner currently is a board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and Sarasota County Rowing Club. Knight, the founder and managing director of Knight Marketing, a marketing and advertising company that specializes in healthcare, tourism, real estate, and nonprofits, recently was appointed by Florida governor Rick Scott to serve on the district board of trustees for the State College of Florida and also has served as a board member with the Venice Theatre and Venice MainStreet. Sofia currently serves on the boards of the Sarasota Orchestra and the Young Presidents' Organization Florida Sun Coast Gold Chapter and is a past chair of the Ohio Arts Council board and a past member of the Capitol Square Review and the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden foundation board.

Newman's Own in Westport, Connecticut, has announced the appointment of LYNN PASQUERELLA to its advisory board, which  provides high level advice and assistance on strategic matters to both the Newman's Own Foundation and Newman's Own, Inc. Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and a first-generation college student herself, is a former president of Mount Holyoke College; a professor of philosophy at the University of Rhode Island, where she also served as a department chair and dean of the graduate school; and provost at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

The board of trustees of the Frick Collection in New York City has announced that ELIZABETH MUGAR EVEILLARD will succeed MARGOT CAMPBELL BOGERT as its next chair. A member of the Frick's board since 2015, Eveillard and her husband, Jean-Marie, a former Frick trustee, have been active supporters of many initiatives at the organization, including support for an endowment for the chief conservator's position and special exhibitions and through participation in the Autumn Dinner and Director’s Circle. As a board member, Eveillard has served on several committees, including Acquisitions, Audit, and Finance, and has been an active member of the Architectural and Long-Range Planning Committee, which is overseeing an expansion and enhancement project of the Frick's facilities. 

Oceana, the largest international organization dedicated to ocean conservation, has announced the addition of MONIQUE BAR, JENA KING, and JEAN WEISS, to its board of directors. Bär is the founder and president of the Arcas Foundation, a Swiss organization committed to promoting equal work opportunities for marginalized communities. King founded the Jena and Michael King Foundation with her late husband in 1999 and is a founding member of C.O.A.C.H. for Kids, an organization that provides medical assistance to underserved children. Weiss, a philanthropist with a business background in training and development, worked for the American Funds, a member of The Capital Groups Companies, and became involved with Oceana began the day the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil rig blew up and damaged the marine life and fishing industries on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

The board of directors of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has announced the election of JOSEPH J. PLUMERI, a senior advisor to Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. and vice chair of First Data Corp., as executive chair, and JAMES G. NIVEN, a former chair of Sotheby’s -The America's, as co-chair. Plumeri has served on the CASA board for twenty years and in 2015 published his first book, The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success – By Putting Passion Into Your Life and Work. Niven, who has served on the CASA board for four years, currently serves on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies and is a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention (of which he is chair), and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He also has served on the boards of the Central Park Conservancy, the Children’s Aid Society, the Neil A. McConnell Foundation, AMREF, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. 

Her Justice, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to help stabilize the lives of low-income women in New York City, has announced the appointment of HAMRA AHMAD as director, legal services. In that role, Ahmad will be responsible responsible for managing the eighteen staff attorneys and legal assistants who recruit, train, and supervise the volunteer lawyers who provide access to legal services for vulnerable, New York City women. Ahmad most recently served as executive director of the Hudson Valley Justice Center and before that served as director of the Center for Legal Services at My Sisters’ Place, a nonprofit organization working with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The organization also announced the appointment of SHARON RAINEY as director, communications. Rainey, who joined the organization in February, previously served as deputy director, communications and advocacy at the New York office of Amref Health Africa, an African-led health development organization based in Nairobi, Kenya.  

In other news, PND notes the passing of EUGENE LANG on April 8 at the age of 98. Lang, a wealthy New York City industrialist, became nationally known in 1981 after he promised a graduating class of sixth-graders at P.S. 121 in Harlem that he would guarantee each student in the class $500 for every year of college he or she attended — an amount he later increased to $2,000. The immediate response, he later said, was "the most delightful mob scene a human being can have." The experience led Lang to found the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, which since 1986 has served eighteen thousand students through two hundred programs across the United States. Born in New York City on March 16, 1919, to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Lang had a chance encounter as a young man with a trustee of Swarthmore College that led to his matriculation at the Quaker school outside Philadelphia. After graduating with a degree in economics in 1938, he earned a master's degree in business and science from Columbia University in 1940 and began his business career at Heli-Coil, a Queens manufacturer of airplane parts, where he became a part-owner. He later formed Refac Technology Development, a company that licensed products and defended their patents, and became a millionaire many times over. Always frugal, he gave generously to various causes and institutions, including Swarthmore, to which he donated $50 million in 2012, and the New School in New York City. But he seemed to take greatest pleasure, the AP reports, from his work with the students at P.S. 121. "It became so apparent to me that I couldn't possibly relate to them. I knew the reverse was true, too. We were in completely different orbits. [But] I could not accept the fact that I was just passing through. I wanted them to know that I was a good, caring human being and I lived in the same world." Lang, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1996, was predeceased by his wife of sixty-two years, the former Theresa Volmar, in 2008. He is survived by a daughter, Jane Lang of Washington; two sons, David Lang and the actor Stephen Lang, both of Manhattan; a sister; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

"Gulf Coast Community Foundation Elects New Board Members." Gulf Coast Community Foundation News Release 04/11/2017. "Newman’s Own Foundation Names Dr. Lynn Pasquerella to Advisory Board." Newman’s Own Foundation Press Release 04/11/2017. "Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard Named Chair-Elect of The Frick Collection Board of Trustees." Frick Collection Press Release 04/12/2017. "Monique Bär, Jena King and Jean Weiss Join Oceana’s Board of Directors." Oceana Press Release 04/13/2017. "Joseph J. Plumeri Elected Executive Chair of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse." National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Press Release 04/11/2017. "Her Justice Names New Director, Legal Services and Director, Communications." Her Justice Email 04/11/2017. Emily Langer. "Eugene Lang, Millionaire Who Financed College Dreams, Dies at 98." Washington Post 04/11/2017.