People in the News (4/20/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (4/20/14): Appointments and Promotions

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced the appointment of SUSAN M. PEPIN as its next president and CEO, effective July 28. Pepin, a nationally recognized medical educator, clinician, and researcher, currently serves as associate dean for diversity and inclusion and associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. A Rhodes Scholar, Pepin currently serves as regional coordinator of the Association of Rhodes Scholars and also serves on the boards of several organizations, including Camerata New England, the Hitchcock Foundation, and the Upper Valley United Way. In June, she will receive a Master of Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced the appointment of JONATHAN D. HOOK as chief investment officer, a new position. Hook, most recently vice president and CIO at Ohio State University, worked for twenty years in commercial banking and transitioned to a career in institutional investment management when he was hired to build Baylor University’s investment office in 2001. He subsequently helped set up OSU's investment office in 2008. In his new role, he will work closely with the board and president Rachel Garbow Monroe to refine the foundation's investment strategy. "The decision to hire a CIO was a product of the growth and increasing complexity of the foundation's portfolio," said Monroe. "As the Weinberg Foundation's assets continue to grow in size and complexity, it was appropriate to hire an in-house CIO who is available on a daily basis to guide and manage our investment portfolio."

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has announced the election of MACAULEY (MIKE) WHITING, JR. as president, succeeding MARGARET ANN RIECKER, who passed away recently after serving the foundation as a trustee for more than fifty years and as its president for fourteen years. Whiting, a great-grandson of Grace Dow, began his association with the foundation in 1996 as an associate trustee and rose to the position of treasurer, in which role he will continue for the near future. Now retired, Whiting worked for Dow Chemical and co-founded Decker Energy International, a renewable energy company. Whiting is currently a trustee emeritus of Northwood University, president of the Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting Foundation, and serves on the board of Michigan Baseball Operations.

The Dayton Foundation has named KEVIN L. McDONALD as senior development officer. McDonald, recently retired as a senior vice president and trust officer for KeyBank, has more than thirty years of experience in the banking and financial industry and serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Dayton Children's Hospital Foundation, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. He is, in addition, an emeritus director of the Kettering Medical Center Foundation and was a longtime member of the Dayton Foundation's marketing and public relations committee.

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced the addition of AMINA DICKERSON to its board of directors. Dickerson has thirty-five years of leadership experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropy sectors and served in executive positions with the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Historical Society, and the DuSable Museum of African American History. She currently serves on the boards of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Women's Funding Network, the African American Legacy Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, and the leadership advisory council of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visitor at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Newberry Library fellow, and vice chair of the Council on Foundations' international committee.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced the appointment of JONATHAN F. FANTON as president. Fanton, currently interim director and Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, formerly served as president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The New School. Earlier, he was vice president for planning at the University of Chicago served as board chair for several organizations, including Human Rights Watch, the Security Council Report, and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He currently chairs the board of Scholars At Risk and serves on the board of the Asian Cultural Council and the World Policy Institute. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy in 1999.

In other news, the Japan Society has appointed SHANE WILLIAMS-NESS as vice president of external relations, effective May 12. Williams-Ness, currently chief marketing and development officer at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, also serves as an adjunct professor at Skidmore College. Previously, she served as vice president of Albany-based PR firm Sawchuk, Brown Associates; marketing manager for the Pioneer Group in Boston; and senior engagement manager at Jaakko Poyry Management Consulting-Asia Pacific in Singapore. She is a board member at Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) and the Wiawaka Women’s Center, and formerly served on the board of the Japanese Cultural Association of the Capital District of New York State. Her association with Japan includes service as a Rotary ambassador the country when she was a teenager, majoring in government and Asian studies at Saint Lawrence University, and advanced Japanese language study in both Japan and the United States.

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