People in the News (1/08/12): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (1/08/12): Appointments and Promotions

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, has announced that CARL SCHRAMM, its president and CEO for the past ten years, has decided to step down in order to pursue his passion for scholarship and business. Under Schramm's leadership the foundation revamped its Kauffman Scholars program, created Global Entrepreneurship Week, and became an authority on entrepreneurship and its implications for growth and social welfare in the United States and around the globe. Schramm will continue to advise the foundation, which has named trustee BENNO SCHMIDT as interim president.

The Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced the resignation of president PETER HUTCHINSON. Hutchinson, who joined the foundation as president in 2007, will continue to serve the organization in an advisory capacity. While the foundation's board searches for Hutchinson's successor, senior staff will report to board chair Jan Malcolm.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation in Eagan has announced the promotion of CAROLYN LINK to the position of executive director. Link, most recently senior director at the foundation, earlier worked at Blue Cross' Center for Prevention.

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced the election of LINDA LEARY to its board and the promotion of SAMMYE POKRYFKI to the position of senior program officer. Leary, president and co-owner of trucking and logistics company Carlile Transportation Systems, also serves as chair of the Alaska Railroad Corporation and as a director of Breast Cancer Focus. Pokryfki, who joined the foundation in 2005 as a program officer, currently manages its sabbatical program and serves in a leadership role for its pre-development program and its Recover Alaska and community asset building initiatives. In December, Pokryfki was elected to the board of directors of Philanthropy Northwest.

The GAR Foundation in Ohio has announced CHRISTINE AMER MAYER as president, the Akron-Beacon Journal reports. Mayer started working at the foundation in 2001 as a part-time program officer and became COO and legal counsel in 2008; earlier, she practiced commercial litigation and business law with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. She currently serves as vice chair of the Fund For Our Economic Future, a collaboration of philanthropic organizations and individuals that have united to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio, and serves on the boards of United Way of Summit County, Leadership Akron, and Milestones Autism Organization. She will replace Rob Briggs, her mentor since she was seventeen, who will move on to the foundation's distribution committee, in addition to other commitments including serving as board chair of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has announced the retirement of senior vice president MAUREEN H. SMYTH, effective at the end of this month, and the promotion of NEAL R. HEGARTY to that position. Smyth, who began her career at the foundation in 1983 as a consulting editor in communications, later served as associate program officer, a role in which she developed Mott's Great Lakes Land and Water Resources Program; she subsequently served as vice president of programs and senior vice president for both programs and communications at the foundation. Smyth will continue to represent Mott on the boards of several organizations, including the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Foundation Center (PND's parent organization), the Trust for Civil Society for Central and Eastern Europe, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. Hegarty, currently vice president and associate director of programs as well as director of the foundation's Flint grantmaking program, joined Mott in 2000 and earlier served as assistant director of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition in Lansing. Kimberly Roberson, a longtime program officer at Mott, will succeed Hegarty as program director.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of LOUISE U. JOHNSON as a trustee. Johnson, an ordained minister, is currently associate pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville and earlier served congregations in Princeton, Memphis, and Philadelphia. She replaces Aaron E. Gast, who retired recently after more than thirty-two years of service.

National Life Group in Montpelier, Vermont, has announced the appointment of BETH RUSNOCK as president and CEO of the National Life Group Charitable Foundation. Rusnock, who started working for National Life Group in 2006, led company's corporate branding initiative and oversaw life insurance and annuity marketing. Prior to that, she worked for ING in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The New York Philharmonic has named MATTHEW VANBESIEN as executive director, the New York Times reports. VanBesien, currently managing director of Australia's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, previously managed the Houston Symphony and started his music career as a French horn player for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He replaces Zarin Mehta, who is retiring at the end of the season.

In other news, Washington, D.C.-based Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has announced the appointment of HEATHER PEELER as vice president of programs, a senior position. Peeler, most recently chief strategy officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, earlier served as managing director of Community Wealth Ventures, as executive director of Small Press Distribution, and as managing editor of Foundation News & Commentary at the Council on Foundations; she also was co-founder of GenArt/SF, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to increasing young people's participation in the visual arts.

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