People Post: Board and staff changes in the world of health philanthropy

Danielle Breslin was named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Moses Taylor Foundation, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to a February 2022 press release. She will begin her new job on March 14, 2022. Focus areas of the foundation, which funds Northeastern Pennsylvania, include community health school and the isolation of the elderly. Breslin is currently Vice President, Operations and Learning, for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina

the New Hannover Community Endowmenta foundation formed from New Hanover County, North Carolina’s sale of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health, has announced the name of its first CEO and Chairman. William Buster, who will begin there on March 1, 2022, already sits on the endowment board. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Impact at Dogwood Health Trust. According to his online biography, Buster also worked for St. David’s Foundationthe WK Kellogg Foundationand the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. According to a January 4, 2022, article in WilmingtonBiz, the New Hanover County endowment was “officially christened in February 2021” and “received $1.24 billion in sales proceeds.” The county seat is in Wilmington, North Carolina.

the Colorado Trust reported some key personnel changes. Ned Calonge, who had served as chairman and CEO for more than a decade, stepped down, according to a Dec. 9, 2021, press release. Warren Johnson, the trust’s chairman of the board, commented in the statement, “Under [Ned Calonge’s] leadership, the foundation was one of the first in the country to focus on advancing health equity in its work and to prioritize community-based grantmaking. Don Mares, a member of the trust’s board of directors, was named interim president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 31, 2022. Most recently, he served as executive director of Denver Human Services and deputy mayor of Denver, according to a statement from the December 20, 2021.

Lori A. Cox was named the new Vice President of Programs at the California Wellness Foundation, according to a February 2022 press release. She will begin her new job in April 2022. Cox is an agency director for the Alameda County, California, Social Services Agency. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward.

Patti Doykos, who worked for the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation for almost twenty years, is today the general manager of health equity at Bristol Myers Squibb (the company), according 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 [foundation] beneficiaries and my wonderful colleagues at the Foundation with me and continue to advocate for those facing both serious illness and barriers to health care. Doykos was most recently director of the foundation.

Alice Ehrlich joined the United Hospital Fund as a senior program manager at the Quality Institute in late 2021, according to his online biography. She previously worked at Healthfirst, where she was population health manager. Ehrlich holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Among the new members of the board of directors of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are Frances Feltnerdirector of the Center for Excellence in Rural Health at the University of Kentucky, and wayne tucksoncolorectal surgeon, also host of the weekly Kentucky Health program on Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

Al Kurose, physician, was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rhode Island Foundation, according to a December 2021 press release. He is president of Coastal Medical and senior vice president of primary care and population health at Lifespan. “Coastal is an accountable care organization focused on primary care” and “is nationally recognized for its performance in population health management,” the statement said.

In January 2022 Rachel Ermann Lynch join the staff of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation as a program officer. She previously worked with Arlington County, Virginia’s Division of Public Health on its COVID-19 response, according to her online bio. Lynch holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University. She succeeds Tricia Rodgers, who retired in December 2021 and had been a program officer since 2008.

Susan Mims was named CEO of Dogwood Health Trust, in Asheville, North Carolina, according to a press release. Mims had held the interim CEO title since December 2020. She holds a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, her online bio states. Prior to coming to Dogwood, she was chair of the community and public health department at UNC Health Sciences at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, according to the release. Other positions he has held include CEO of Mission Children’s Hospital and Medical Director of the Buncombe County Health Department in North Carolina.

In November 2021 Jeb Murphy was promoted to head of communications at the Maine Health Access Foundation, according to its newsletter. He was previously in charge of communications.

In a November 2021 online letter to friends and colleagues, Gary Nelson announced his intention to retire as chairman of Georgia Health Foundation in the spring of 2022. Nelson was named to head the foundation in 2002. The Atlanta-based foundation is partnering with WittKieffer to identify the next president. If you want to “apply, inquire or nominate a colleague”, find out more here.

In other news at Colorado Trust, Morris W. Price Jr. was named the trust’s vice president of grants, according to a news release. He started in this role in August 2021. He was previously 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 news, Sonia Quinonez, Director of Strategic Grantmaking 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 named to the foundation’s board of directors, according to a February 2022 email alert.

Tom Romeo recently joined the Charles Koch Foundation as Associate Director of Health Care, he writes. He says he “leads a portfolio of healthcare investments and drives strategic engagement at academic institutions.” Health care is one of the focus areas of the foundation, located in Arlington, Virginia. Previously, Roméo was a program officer at Stand together, where he worked for the health and technology and innovation teams. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona.

the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) announced in January 2022 that Drew Wilburn is its Director of Policy and Outreach. He will “develop and lead KHF’s political agenda at the Kansas Statehouse and beyond, and nurture necessary relationships and build partnerships at all levels of KHF’s political portfolio,” the foundation said. Wilburne was previously director of intergovernmental affairs at the Pennsylvania Department of Social Services.

Author’s Note

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