People Post: Board and staff changes in the world of health philanthropy
Danielle Breslin was named the new President and CEO of Moses Taylor Foundation, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to a February 2022 press release. She will take up her new position on March 14, 2022. Areas of focus for the foundation, which funds in Northeast Pennsylvania, include school-based health and the isolation of older adults. Breslin is currently Vice President, Operations and Learning, for the North Carolina Foundation Blue Cross and Blue Shield
the New community foundation Hanovera foundation formed from the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center in New Hanover County, North Carolina to Novant Health announced the name of its first CEO and president. William Buster, who will start there on March 1, 2022, is already on the board of the foundation. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Impact at Dogwood Health Trust. According to his online bio, Buster has also worked for St David’s Foundationthe WK Kellogg Foundationand the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. According to a notice dated January 4, 2022, article one WilmingtonBiz, The New Hanover County Endowment was “officially christened in February 2021” and “was honored with sales proceeds of $1.24 billion.” The county seat is in Wilmington, North Carolina.
the Colorado Trust has announced some important personnel changes. Ned Calonge, who served as president and CEO for more than a decade has resigned, according to a Dec. 9, 2021 press release. warren johnson, the Trust’s Chief Executive commented in the press release: “Under [Ned Calonge’s] leadership, the foundation was one of the first in the country to focus its work on promoting health equity and also prioritized community-driven grantmaking.” don mares, a director of the Trust, has been appointed interim President and CEO effective January 31, 2022. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Denver Human Services and Deputy Mayor of Denver, according to a Dec. 20, 2021 press release.
Lori A. Cox was appointed the new Vice President for Programs at California Wellness Foundation, according to a February 2022 press release. She will take up her new post in April 2022. Cox is Agency Manager for the Alameda County (California) Social Services Agency. She holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward.
Patti Doykos, who worked for them Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation for almost twenty years, is now Managing Director of Health Justice at Bristol Myers Squibb (the Company), pursuant to a June 2021 Q&A on company website. She started her new job in May 2021. She says in this article: “I will bring lessons from the [foundation] Fellows and my wonderful colleagues at the Foundation join me and I continue to be an advocate for people who are facing both serious illnesses and barriers to healthcare.” Doykos was most recently Director of the Foundation.
Alice Honestly joined that United Hospital Fund according to her online biography in late 2021 as Senior Program Manager at the Quality Institute. She previously worked at Healthfirst, where she was the population health manager. Ehrlich holds a Masters of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK.
Among the new board members Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are Franz FeltnerDirector of the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, and Wayne Tucksona colorectal surgeon who is also the host of the weekly Kentucky Health Broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television (KET).
al kurose, a doctor who was appointed chairman of the board of directors Rhode Island Foundation, according to a December 2021 press release. He is President of Coastal Medical and Senior Vice President of Primary Care and Public Health at Lifespan. “Coastal is a primary care-driven accountable care organization” and “is nationally recognized for its community health management performance,” the press release said.
In January 2022 Rachel Erman Lynch joined the staff of Northern Virginia Health Foundation as program officer. According to her online biography, she previously worked with the Arlington County (Virginia) Public Health Division in the COVID-19 response. Lynch has a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University. She succeeds Tricia Rodgers, who retired in December 2021 and has been the Program Officer since 2008.
Susan Mims was appointed CEO of Dogwood Health Trust, in Asheville, North Carolina, according to a press release. Mims has held the title of interim CEO since December 2020. She has a medical degree and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, according to her online bio. Before joining Dogwood, she was chair of the community and public health division at UNC Health Sciences at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, according to the press release. Other previous positions include CEO of Mission Children’s Hospital and medical director of the Buncombe County (North Carolina) Department of Health.
In November 2021 Jeb Murphy was promoted to communications manager at Maine Health Access Foundation, according to his newsletter. He was previously a communications officer.
In a November 2021 online letter to friends and colleagues, Gary Nelson announced his intention to step down as President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation in spring 2022. Nelson was appointed head of the foundation in 2002. The Atlanta-based foundation is working with WittKieffer to identify the next president. If you would like to “apply, inquire or nominate a colleague”, read more here.
In other news at the Colorado Trust, Morris W Price Jr has been named the trust’s vice president of grants, according to a press release. He assumed this role in August 2021. Previously, he was Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Denver. Price holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
In other Northern Virginia Health Foundation Messages, Sonia Quinonez, Director of Strategic Grants at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kimberly Ragnartz, Vice President of Delivery System Operations at Kaiser Permanente in Northern Virginia, have been appointed to the foundation’s board of directors, according to a February 2022 e-alert.
Tom Romeo recently joined Charles Koch Foundation as deputy director of health services he writes. He says he “leads a portfolio of healthcare investments and drives strategic engagement in academic institutions.” health care is one of the Foundation’s focus areas, based in Arlington, Virginia. Previously, Romeo was a program officer at stick together, where he worked for the healthcare and technology and innovation teams. He has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Arizona.
the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) announced this in January 2022 Drew Wilburne is the Director of Policy and Public Relations. He “will develop and drive KHF’s policy agenda at the Kansas Statehouse and beyond, and nurture the necessary relationships and partnerships at all levels of KHF’s policy portfolio,” the foundation said. Wilburne was previously the director of intergovernmental affairs in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
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