People in the News (7/12/15): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (7/12/15): Appointments and Promotions

The Lemelson Foundation has announced the appointment of GRAHAM PUGH as deputy director, a new position. In addition, the foundation announced DAVID CORONADO as program officer for invention education, STEM coursework, and out-of-school learning in K-12 schools, and KENNETH TURNER as program officer for invention-based enterprises to improve the lives of the poor in developing countries. Pugh previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as director of climate change policy and technology and served as deputy associate director for technology and international affairs at the White House Council of Environmental Quality.  Coronado spent nearly a decade as executive director of Portland State University's Oregon Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement program, which is a Lemelson Foundation grantee. He also served as an academic coordinator at Harvey Mudd College. Turner previously served as associate director and World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow with the Schwab Foundation and also worked for USAID's Development Credit Authority.

The Amherst Wilder Foundation has announced the appointments of JUDY KISHEL and ALYSSA KAYING VANG to its board. Kishel, an experienced volunteer and veteran board member for nonprofits in the Twin Cities  area, currently serves on the boards of Regions Hospital Foundation and the F.R. Bigelow Foundation. Vang, the first Hmong-speaking licensed psychologist in Minnesota, has been treating individuals with a broad range of mental disorders for almost twenty years.
ANNETTE CLAPSADDLE, executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, has announced her plans to step down this month and return to the profession of teaching. Clapsaddle, an award-winning writer, previously taught English and Cherokee studies at a North Carolina high school and was assistant to the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. "I...feel extremely blessed to have represented the Cherokee Preservation Foundation over the past two and a half years and served our incredible communities of the Qualla Boundary and Western North Carolina," Clapsaddle said. "I will truly miss this work....There are many exciting opportunities on the horizon for CPF."

Project HOPE has announced the selection of THOMAS A. KENYON as its new president and CEO, effective October 1. Kenyon joins Project HOPE after more than two decades with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most recently as director of its Center for Global Health, where he was a key member of the U.S. government team that coordinated the White House's mobilization against Ebola.  Kenyon earlier served as a director for Project HOPE in Swaziland from 1987-1992 and as a consultant pediatrician for a HOPE program in Grenada during the mid-1980s. He will succeed JOHN P. HOWE III, who led the organization for fourteen years until his retirement in March. "Dr. Kenyon is one of the world's most accomplished and respected experts in public health," said Richard T. Clark, Project HOPE board chair. "For many reasons we believe he is the ideal person to forge an even stronger record of humanitarian service for HOPE."
The Sierra Club Foundation has announced the appointment of BILL WEIHL to its board.  Weihl, director of sustainability at Facebook, previously was "Green Energy Czar" at Google. Earlier, Weihl spent ten years as a professor of computer science at MIT, five years as a research scientist at Digital's Systems Research Center, and five years as chief architect and then CTO of Akamai Technologies. In 2009, he was named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment.

In other news, Sweet Briar College's board of directors has announced a new slate of officers, including TERESA TOMLINSON ('87) as chair, CHARLES C. KRULAK as vice chair, and GEORGENE VAIRO as secretary. Tomlinson has served as the first female mayor of Columbus, Georgia, since January 2011, and before that  was executive director of MidTown, Inc., a nonprofit community renewal organization, and a partner at Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood. Krulak is a former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and retired president of Birmingham-Southern College. Vairo ('72) is a law professor at Loyola of Los Angeles Law School.

"The Lemelson Foundation Grows Its Expertise with Three New Team Members." Lemelson Foundation Press Release 07/08/2015. "Judy Kishel and Dr. Alyssa Kaying Vang Join Wilder Foundation Board of Directors." Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Press Release 07/09/2015. "Annette Clapsaddle Says Goodbye to Cherokee Preservation Foundation." Cherokee Preservation Foundation Press Release 07/02/2015. "Project HOPE Appoints Dr. Thomas Kenyon New President and CEO ." Project HOPE Press Release 07/10/2015. "Sierra Club Foundation Adds Sustainability Leader to Board of Directors." Sierra Club Press Release 06/30/2015. "New Sweet Briar BOD Elects Leadership." Sweet Briar College Press Release 07/06/2015.