The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced the appointment of MORRIS ARVOY as communications officer for its Civil Society program. Arvoy, who joins the foundation with more than twenty years of experience in public and media relations, has served as director of media relations at Albion College in Michigan; as an independent communications consultant assisting nonprofit and corporations in the region, including the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and the American Red Cross of South Central Michigan; and as a senior editor for the U.S. Tennis Association's publisher in Massachusetts.
The Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation has announced the appointment of REV. TIMOTHY L. BATES and DR. BRET RUDY BUSBY to its board, the Salisbury (NC) Post reports. Bates is a pastor at Calvary and Cameron Presbyterian churches and an active member of various local organizations, including Communities in Schools, HealthLink, and Smart Start. A practicing orthodontic dentist, Busby is active in his community and serves as a member of the UNC Orthodontic Alumni Association, Step-Up Salisbury, the Community Care Clinic, and Catawba College Chiefs Club. Both are Salisbury natives.
The Arcus Foundation has announced the appointment of ARIE WEISSMAN as vice president of finance and operations and JENNENE TIERNEY as director of human resources. Weissman, who has served in that position on an interim basis since October 2012, has worked as a financial advisor and consultant to numerous organizations, including Harlem United, the Foundation for Newark's Future, and the Foundation for Child Development. Tierney will join Arcus from the New Teacher Project, where she serves as the human capital business partner and talent coach.
The Fund for Our Economic Future, a coalition of philanthropic organizations and individuals that is working to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio, has appointed DEBORAH HOOVER, president and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, as its board chair. The fund also announced the election of BILL SEELBACH of the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation as vice chair and PHILIP RANNEY of the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust as secretary.
Southern California Grantmakers has announced the appointment of WENDY GAREN, president and CEO of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, to its board. Garen, who has worked at the Parsons Foundation since 1986, was a founding staff member of the children's nonprofit Crystal Stairs and formerly led the Los Angeles Child Care and Development Council. During her career, she has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including the Broad Stage and Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board. She currently serves on the California Advisory Board of the Milken Institute and is a member of the Trusteeship and the Philanthropy Leadership Group.
In other news, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has announced the planned departure of president NANCY ROBERTS, effective March 31. Roberts has led the council since 1991 and has been instrumental in securing it a leadership role in the state and within the regional association of grantmakers movement nationwide. "This was a challenging decision for me, as I will miss the state and national collaboration and partnerships that are so unique to this field, and being at the heart of Connecticut's philanthropic community," said Roberts. "I will cherish the professional and personal friendships I've made and look forward to watching the council and our region's philanthropic sector grow and thrive."