People in the News (5/10/15): Appointments, Departures, Promotions

People in the News (5/10/15): Appointments, Departures, Promotions

The Colorado Health Foundation has announced the appointment of KAREN McNEIL-MILLER as CEO, effective September 1. McNeil-Miller, currently president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, previously worked for sixteen years at the Center for Creative Leadership, where she developed expertise in individual and organizational leadership development, succession planning, team building, diversity, executive coaching, leading change and transitions, and strategic thinking. In addition, McNeil-Miller has served on the boards of Leadership Winston-Salem, North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs, North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Novant Health, Nurse Family Partnership State Advisory Council, Southeastern Council on Foundations, United Way of Forsyth County, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She will succeed RAHN PORTER, interim CEO since ANNE WARHOVER departed in January after leading the foundation for ten years.

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has named ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK as president. Kosak, the foundation's first woman president, has more than thirty-five years of experience in developing philanthropy and partnership networks on behalf of the scientific community and has served in senior development roles at various academic institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bucknell University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University. In addition to her new role at the Hertz Foundation, Kosak is a member of the International Women's Forum and serves on the boards of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the American Middle East Institute, where she is a founding board member.

The CDC Foundation has announced the planned retirement of its president and CEO CHARLES STOKES, effective December 31. Stokes has led the foundation since 1995, soon after it was created by Congress as an independent nonprofit. Earlier, he worked for twenty-two years at the Missouri Department of Health, eleven of those years as deputy director. Stokes has held several leadership roles at the state and national levels in the fields of public health and public administration and currently serves as board vice chair of the Atlanta-based Raoul Foundation and as a member of the advisory committee on public issues for the Ad Council. He has, in addition, received numerous honors, including the Noble J. Swearingen Award, St. Louis University's Public Health Leadership Award, the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Health-Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement award, and an honorary Doctorate of Law from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "Not many people are able to start an entity from scratch and build it into something that makes such a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world — but Charlie through his work with CDC and staff at the CDC Foundation has been able to do just that," said Douglas W. Nelson, CDC Foundation board chair and retired president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The CDC Foundation board will form a search committee to find a new president and CEO before the end of the year.

The Physicians Foundation has announced the appointment of WALKER RAY as president. Ray, a retired pediatrician who practiced for more than forty years in Georgia, has held leadership positions at a variety of institutions, including the Medical Association of Georgia and DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta. Most recently, Ray received the Award of Honor from the School of Medicine at Emory University. He will succeed LOU GOODMAN, CEO of the Texas Medical Association, who has led the foundation for the past nine years.

The Joyce Foundation has announced the appointment of ELIZABETH CISAR as senior environment program officer, in which position she will be responsible for its Great Lakes portfolio. Cisar previously served as director of the Conservation Fund's Great Lakes office, as environment program director at Crown Family Philanthropies, and as director of land conservation programs at the Grand Victoria Foundation. She also is an attorney with experience in the nonprofit and commercial sectors, and is an active member of the Great Lakes Funders Collaboration. "Elizabeth has worked extensively to develop partnerships to protect land and water resources, with a particular focus on the Great Lakes," said Joyce Foundation president Ellen Alberding. "We're thrilled that she's bringing her considerable skills and knowledge to our Environment program." Cisar will succeed MOLLY FLANAGAN, who has returned to advocacy work as vice president for policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Atlantic Philanthropies has announced the appointment of BRUCE TRACHTENBERG as executive producer and editor. Trachtenberg, an expert in the field of philanthropic communications, previously served as executive director of the Communications Network, as director of communications at both the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Wallace Foundation, and as senior producer for Worth.com. "With Atlantic's final days on the horizon, our communications efforts are now focused on collecting and presenting stories that can reflect our experience — the how and why of our philanthropy," said David Morse, Atlantic's chief communications officer. "We now seek to help grantees, policy makers and other funders understand and learn from our history and methods to help change the trajectories for people, institutions and nations, and it's our obligation to gather and relay the lessons and stories that have helped make that happen. Given his deep knowledge and experience in foundations and communications, Bruce's skills will be invaluable in guiding this final phase." 

SunTrust Banks has announced the appointment of DAVID FULLER as president of its foundation. Fuller, who began his banking career in 1983, joined SunTrust in 2004 and has been its central Florida division president since 2010. During his career, Fuller has led teams in commercial relationship management, private wealth management, treasury management sales, product management, and banking card operations. His community involvement includes service on the boards of Heart of Florida United Way, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Governors Council and Enterprise Florida Board. Fuller was included on Treasury and Risk Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Finance list in 2009, and the Orlando Business Journal named him CEO of the Year in 2014. He is, in addition, a past recipient of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida's Golden Hands award and the Florida Diversity Council's Multicultural Leader award.

The California Wellness Foundation has announced the appointments of ELIZABETH GOMEZ as board chair and M. ISABEL BECERRA as vice chair. Gomez, executive director of Sober College LLC, a private drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for young adults, has served on the foundation's board since 2005 and works as a consultant for youth programs, shelters, and transitional/independent living programs across the country. Earlier, she served as executive director of the Los Angeles Youth Network. Becerra, CEO of the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers, joined the foundation's board in 2009 and has more than eighteen years of experience in program planning, operations, health policy, and development activities working for community health centers and private clinics in San Diego, Seattle, and Orange County. Gomez will succeed EUGENE WASHINGTON, who stepped down as board chair after accepting a new position as chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

The Woods Fund has announced the appointments of MICHAEL BROWN and BARBARA RANSBY to its board. Brown, a nineteen-year veteran of the financial industry, has served on the fund's investment and finance committees since 2012. A small business owner and an investor, Brown's past experience includes efforts to enhance economic development in small communities, as well as service on the boards of the German Marshall Fund and Public Art Chicago. Ransby is director of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois, where she is a faculty member in the departments of history, gender and women's studies, and African American studies. She also has served the university as interim vice provost for planning and programs and became the first director of its Social Justice Initiative, a project designed to advance UIC's public mission to serve and improve communities and society. In addition, she is editor-in-chief of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society.

In other news, the Women's Funding Network has announced the appointment of CYNTHIA NIMMO as CEO. Nimmo, most recently the organization's interim CEO, previously served WFN as chief operations officer and vice president of member services and, before that, a consultancy for private and nonprofit clients interested in advancing social causes. Earlier, Nimmo helped launch iVillage.com, the first online network for women, and served as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). She is, in addition, a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy. "I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization," Nimmo said. "Women's funds are the epitome of innovation and, for over thirty years, have had the courage to stand up for rights for women, families and communities, time and time again. I look forward to continuing to work with our members and partners to make real the promise of equality for women and girls around the world."

"Karen McNeil-Miller Named Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Health Foundation." Colorado Health Foundation Press Release 05/08/2015. "The Hertz Foundation Announces Robbee Baker Kosak as New President." Hertz Foundation Press Release 05/05/2015. "CDC Foundation President and CEO Charles Stokes to Retire at the end of 2015." CDC Foundation Press Release 05/05/2015. "The Physicians Foundation Elects Walker Ray, MD, As New President." Physicians Foundation Press Release 05/04/2015. "Elizabeth Cisar Joins Joyce as Senior Program Officer in Environment Program." Joyce Foundation Press Release 05/06/2015. "The Atlantic Philanthropies Welcomes Bruce Trachtenberg as Executive Producer and Editor." Atlantic Philanthropies Press Release 05/08/2015. "New Board Chair and Vice Chair Take Helm at Cal Wellness." California Wellness Foundation Press Release 05/07/2015. "Woods Fund Chicago Adds Two New Board Directors." Woods Fund Chicago Press Release 05/07/2015. "David Fuller Named President of SunTrust Foundation." SunTrust Banks Press Release 05/07/2015.