People in the News (1/26/14): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (1/26/14): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The California Wellness Foundation has announced the appointments of four management staff and four professional staff. Management staff changes include PATRICIA DiMOLFETTA, promoted from accounting manager to director of finance and accounting; ADRIANA GODOY LEISS, promoted from communications officer to manager of digital content; DAVID B. LITTLEFIELD, promoted from communications officer to manager of the foundation's new communications grants area; and PADMINI PARTHASARATHY, most recently manager of Kaiser Permanente's national community benefit program, hired as program director for the foundation's current grant portfolios and grantmaking strategy development efforts. Professional staff changes include BREANNA M. CARDWELL, promoted from communications associate to communications officer; ANGELA MARTIN, most recently administrative and development assistant for California Youth Connection, hired as grants program department executive assistant; JAMIE SCHENKER, previously a collaborative philanthropy program specialist at Northern California Grantmakers, hired as project manager in the foundation's evaluation and organizational learning area; and DEBORAH SETELE, promoted from associate to administrator in the foundation's grants management department.

The Stuart Foundation has announced the planned retirement of its president, CHRISTY PICHEL, this summer. Pichel, who joined the foundation in 2001 as director of finance and administration and has served as its president since 2003, has held senior management roles at several nonprofit and private sector institutions, including the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the CS Fund. Earlier, she led nonprofit organizations focused on education and the environment as well as a number of small business start-ups, founded an independent school in northern California and an education foundation for a public high school district, and directed the Farallones Institute, an early pioneer in renewable energy resources and sustainable agriculture. Pichel currently serves on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers.

The UJA-Federation of New York has announced the appointment of ERIC S. GOLDSTEIN as its next CEO, effective July 1. Goldstein is leading partner in litigation practice as well as pro bono committee chair at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he has worked for thirty years. His long association with UJA includes his election last spring as vice chair with broad oversight of UJA-Federation's work in Israel and the former Soviet Union, as well as earlier leadership within several of the global charity's management, strategy, and program areas. His involvement with the Jewish community beyond UJA includes board service at the Jewish Agency for Israel, Yeshiva University, and the New York Legal Assistance Group (a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency). He is also president of the Beth Din of America and a board member of DOROT, another UJA-Federation beneficiary agency. Goldstein will succeed JOHN S. RUSKAY, who is stepping down at the end of June after fifteen years at the organization.

The New York Community Trust has announced the appointment of ARTURO GARCIA-COSTAS as program officer for environmental grantmaking at community and national levels. Garcia-Costas has more than twenty years of experience in environmental issues, most recently at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where he launched the Green Gems Grants program to support community gardens and other green spaces in urban areas. Earlier, he worked for New York State's Sea Level Rise Task Force leading efforts to make New York communities more resilient to coastal storms and climate change; ran a global funding initiative at the United Nations Development Program to help developing countries address climate change, biodiversity conservation, and land degradation; and worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council and other nonprofits to phase out leaded gasoline in half a dozen countries across the Americas. Earlier, he monitored the post-9/11 recovery and redevelopment of Lower Manhattan as Congressman Jerrold Nadler's community representative and helped draft related federal legislation on public health and the environment. He succeeds PATRICIA JENNY, who recently became the trust's vice president for grants.

Science Foundation Arizona has announced the appointment of SUZANNE ZENTNER as senior strategic advisor, initially responsible for working with the Arizona STEM Network and Helios STEM School Pilot program. Zentner has nearly twenty-five years of related experience in education and science, including service in a K-12 classroom teacher, superintendent, and consultant; leading P20 Education for the Apollo Group; and involvement in several entrepreneurial endeavors. She currently serves on the board of Conscious Capitalism Arizona and is a faculty associate in Arizona State University's department of technology and innovation.

Commonfund has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Commonfund Capital, has promoted CARI LODGE to the position of managing director. "Since joining Commonfund last year, Cari has added material value to our efforts in the secondaries market which has and will continue to be an important area in our investment business," said Don Pascal, president of Commonfund Capital. Prior to Commonfund, Lodge was a director within Tulane University's investment management office and a director at Credit Suisse Strategic Partners' secondary program.

The Braille Institute of America has announced the promotion of PETER A. MINDNICH from executive vice president to president, effective March 15. Mindnich, who joined the organization in 2011, will be its sixth leader in ninety-five years; in his current role, he has overseen the rollout of the institute's new strategic plan and the expansion of its presence in Southern California. Before joining BIA, Mindnich worked for thirty years in the financial services industry, serving in management roles at a number of high-profile firms, including Goldman, Sachs & Company. He succeeds LESLIE E. STOCKER, who is retiring after more than thirty-five years.

The Gateway for Cancer Research has announced the appointment of TERESA HALL BARTELS as president. Bartels, an experienced executive in the business and nonprofit sectors, has spearheaded numerous business development initiatives for regional, national, and international organizations. Most recently, she worked for fifteen years at Hallbart Consulting, providing leadership coaching as well as strategic planning and change management for business and nonprofit clients. Earlier, she served on the executive leadership team of United Way Worldwide, where she formed a global coalition of United Way affiliates. In addition to her new appointment, Bartels will continue to serve on the boards of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center and Newman University.

In other news, PND notes the passing of Virginia philanthropist JOSHUA P. DARDEN, JR. Darden belonged to a prominent political family that included his father, J. Pretlow, who served as mayor of Norfolk, and uncle, Colgate, who was both a congressman (D-VA) and governor of Virginia. For his part, Darden preferred working behind the scenes, nurturing politicians such as U.S. senators Chuck Robb, Mark Warner, and Tim Kaine, as well as Norfolk mayors Vincent Thomas and Joseph Leafe. As a young man, he served as a paratrooper in the Korean War and returned to run his father's automobile dealership, expanding it into the Colonial Auto Group, which he sold in 1994 to spend more time on civic issues. His lengthy community service included board chairmanship of the Norfolk Foundation, which he helped merge with the Virginia Beach Foundation to create the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, as well as co-creatorship of the CIVIC Leadership Institute, which grooms leaders for nonprofit groups, and the ACCESS College Foundation, which helps low-income students find college aid. Darden also was a veteran fundraiser and served as rector of the University of Virginia's board of visitors in the late 1980s. His last major philanthropic project was leading a $27 million campaign for the Salvation Army's Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which is scheduled to open in Norfolk in April. 

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