People in the News (5/20/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (5/20/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropy dedicated to improving the education of health professionals, has announced the selection of HOLLY J. HUMPHREY as its next president. A pulmonologist by training and the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine, Dr. Humphrey has served as dean for medical education at the University of Chicago for the past fifteen years, overseeing undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. In addition to spearheading a number of initiatives at the university aimed at promoting an inclusive learning environment and addressing healthcare disparities, Humphrey has published extensively on issues related to medical education, with an emphasis on the impact of mentoring in academic medicine, particularly for women and those who are underrepresented in medicine. 

The board of trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has named MARY JANE RYND, a seventeen-year trust veteran, as president and CEO. Rynd, who has been serving as executive vice president and assumes her new duties at the helm of the trust starting June 2, will replace SUSAN PEPIN, who is leaving after four years to join Arizona State University (ASU) as managing director of its new Office of Health and Clinical Partnerships. Before joining the trust, Rynd was a KPMG partner and a founding partner at Rynd, Carneal & Ewing. She also has served on various for-profit and nonprofit boards, including the Foundation Financial Officers Group, the Arizona Society of CPAs, and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and she currently serves on the board of the Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation.

The Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the addition of AISHA ALEXANDER to its leadership team in the newly created role of senior director for strategy and equity, effective June 4. In that position, Alexander will work to ensure that the foundation adheres to and implements concepts and practices grounded in racial equity in all of its external and internal work. She comes joins the foundation from KaBoom!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, where she most recently served as the director of thought leadership. Prior to that, Alexander served as operations director for the City of Charlotte’s Department of Neighborhood and Economic Development, where she was responsible for the strategic vision and implementation plan for the city’s initiatives to advance equitable neighborhoods, and worked as a social sector consultant for more than a decade.

The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has named NEERAJ MEHTA as director of learning, a new position. Neeraj, who joins the foundation on July 16, has spent the past two decades working to advance racial, social, and economic justice in neighborhoods and communities across the Minneapolis-St.Paul area. Since 2012, he has served as the director of community programs at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota, and prior to that worked at Nexus Community Partners, where he helped lead the expansion of their work in North Minneapolis. 

Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, has announced the promotion of JANISSE SCHOEPP to the position of vice president of operations and strategy. A recognized leader with more than fifteen years of public health experience, Schoepp’s accomplishments include working with local health agencies and securing over $20 million in federal funds to target obesity and other chronic diseases through a collective impact framework. Prior to joining HFSF, Schoepp worked at the Stempel School of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University, where she led a federally funded childhood lead poisoning prevention project in inner-city neighborhoods.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City has announced the election of PAUL CRONSON to its board of trustees and the appointment of MARY SHARP CRONSON as trustee emeritus. Paul Cronson is a founder of Larkspur Capital, where he currently serves as a managing director, and serves on the boards of the Park Avenue Armory and the California Institute of the Arts, and as a director of the Evelyn Sharp Foundation. Mary Sharp Cronson, founder of the Works & Process series and a member of the board since 1990, is also a member of the boards of the New York City Ballet (emeritus) and American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet. Her past board memberships include the New York City Opera, the Juilliard School, the New York State Council on the Arts, and La Maison Française of New York University.

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has voted KATHRYN LURIA, senior vice president of community affairs and director of philanthropy for Webster Bank, as its new board chair, replacing outgoing chair JUDITH MEYERS, president and CEO of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut. Joining Luria in CCP’s executive board leadership are FAHD VAHIDY (Vice Chair), adviser to the Graustein Family Office, and JUDITH ROZIE-BATTLE (Secretary), senior vice president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. PAUL BALLASY, a partner with CohnReznick LLP, will continue in his role as treasurer.

CCP also welcomed six newly elected members to the board: JANICE L. ELLIOTT, executive director of the Melville Charitable Trust; TIFFANY S. DONELSON, vice president of program for Connecticut Health Foundation; ELAINE V. MINTZ, vice president of operations for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; LAUREN PATTERSON, president and CEO of the New Canaan Community Foundation; RICHARD J. PORTH, president and CEO of United Way of Connecticut; and DIANE SIERPINA, director of justice initiatives for the Tow Foundation.

In other news, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI has announced that DEBRA MESCH will be stepping down from her director’s role on August 1 to concentrate full time on research and teaching about gender and philanthropy. As director since 2008, Mesch has shaped the institute’s vision and strategy and helped ensure the future of scholarship on gender and philanthropy by annually awarding a doctoral dissertation fellowship. "Dr. Mesch is the leading scholar of women’s philanthropy in the United States, and I’m confident she will add even more to the body of knowledge about gender and philanthropy when she is able to direct all of her efforts toward research," said Amir Pasic, PhD, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Lilly School. "By raising awareness of the power and possibilities of women’s philanthropic leadership around the world and building the Women's Philanthropy Institute into the foremost resource for nonprofits, fundraisers, donors and scholars, she has already made a lasting impact on philanthropy’s future." ANDREA PACTOR, currently associate director of the institute, will serve as interim director while a national search is conducted for WPI’s next director. 

"Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, Named President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation." Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation News Release 05/17/2018. "Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Appoints Mary Jane Rynd as New CEO." Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust News Release 05/14/2018. "McKnight Names Neeraj Mehta as Director of Learning." McKnight Foundation News Release 05/16/2018. "Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Elects Paul Cronson to the Board of Trustees." Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Press Release 05/15/2018. "Health Foundation of South Florida Promotes Janisse Schoepp Ph.D. to Vice President of Operations and Strategy." Health Foundation of South Florida News Release 05/17/2018. "New Board Leadership at Council for Philanthropy." Westfair Online 05/14/2018. "Aisha Alexander Joins Meyer as Senior Director, Strategy and Equity." Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation News Release 05/16/2018. "Nationally Recognized Women’s Philanthropy Expert Will Focus Full-Time on Role as Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy to Expand Research About How Gender Affects Giving. " Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI Email 05/15/2018.