International humanitarian relief organization Catholic Relief Services has named SEAN CALLAHAN as its president and CEO, effective January 1, 2017. A 28-year veteran of CSR, Callahan has led the organization's programs in Nicaragua and East Asia and served eight years as executive vice president for overseas operations and the last four as chief operating officer. He will succeed CAROLYN Y. WOO, a former business school dean who has headed the organization for five years.
The March of Dimes Foundation in White Plains, New York, has announced the appointment of STACEY D. STEWART as president. Currently the U.S. president of United Way Worldwide, Stewart will begin transitioning to the health organization on November 7 before assuming all duties on January 1, 2017. Stewart previously served as chief diversity officer and senior vice president at Fannie Mae and was president and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation. She will succeed JENNIFER HOWSE, who has served as president and CEO of the March of Dimes since 1990 and announced her retirement previously.
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, an operating foundation, has named Ambassador DAVID J. LANE as its new president. Lane has been serving as United States ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. Before his appointment as ambassador, he served in the White House as assistant to the president and counselor to the chief of staff. From 2001 to 2007, Lane led public policy and advocacy efforts for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has named DEREK COY as its Veterans' Health Officer. In that role, Coy will focus on expanding choices and access to community-based services and care beyond what is available in VA-run facilities; leveraging federal and private funding opportunities to increase the dollars available for services for returning veterans in New York State; and serving as a thought leader, convener, and advocate to improve the health of returning veterans and their families through public policy and awareness strategies. A United States Marine veteran who served in Iraq, Coy previously worked for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and The Doe Fund.
The WCG Foundation, a public charity whose goal is to improve lives and deliver on the promise of research, has announced the appointment of its board of directors. New members, who include leaders in bioethics, medicine and clinical research, are: Chairman PETER F. BUCKLEY, M.D., Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Chair; ALAN LEFKOWITZ, J.D., WIRB-Copernicus Group, Secretary; DAVID FARBER, J.D., King & Spalding, Treasurer; ANITA L. ALLEN, J.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; DONALD A. DEIESO, Ph.D., WCG and Arsenal Capital Partners; KENNETH A. GETZ, Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and Tufts University School of Medicine; STEPHEN M. McLEAN, Arsenal Capital Partners; LINDSAY McNAIR, M.D., WCG; and JOANNE WALDSTREICHER, M.D., Johnson & Johnson.
The Rona Barrett Foundation in Santa Ynez, California, has appointed ROGER BATTISTONE to its board. For the past twenty-five years, Battistone, a restaurateur, has served as a trustee and COO/CEO of the Battistone Foundation, which provides affordable housing to senior citizens in Santa Barbara County.
In other news, the Institute for Journalism in New Media, which was created by philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest earlier this year to advance the development of quality local journalism in the Philadelphia metro region, has announced the appointment of JIM FRIEDLICH as its first executive director. As the founder of media consulting firm Empirical Media, Friedlich has worked with the likes of the Philadelphia Media Network, Dallas Morning News, Tribune Publishing, WNYC, Sydney Morning Herald, Reuters, Time Inc. and Wall Street Journal to advance their journalistic mission and transition to digital. Prior to founding Empirical, Friedlich managed global advertising sales, consumer marketing, and business development for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones & Company’s international news properties. "The hiring of Jim Friedlich – one of the most talented and capable thinkers in the business of journalism – will help propel our mission: developing effective models for powerful public-service journalism on a local and regional level in the digital age," said Lenfest. "The Institute now has leadership with decades of news industry experience and a proven track record in helping newspapers navigate the digital media landscape to help us in pursuit of that mission."