Check out news of recent hires at foundations and elections to foundation boards. I have also included a few job openings in health philanthropy.

Russ Gould, a partner in California Strategies, LLC, a public affairs firm based in Sacramento, has been elected to the board of the California Endowment. Gould is a past chair of the UC (University of California) Board of Regents and served in the administration of Governor Pete Wilson (R) as head of the Health and Welfare Agency.

Donald J. Mares, president and CEO of Mental Health America of Colorado, has been elected to the board of the Colorado Trust. A former Colorado state senator and representative, he received the Colorado Public Health Association’s Award for Legislative Excellence.

Melody Martin has joined the staff of the Sunflower Foundation, in Topeka, Kansas, as a program officer. She will manage Sunflower’s new Integrated Care Initiative, focusing on the integration of primary care and behavioral health care. Before she came to Sunflower, she was the accreditation manager for what is now Family Health Partners (a Coventry Company), a managed care organization. She also has worked as the HealthWave 19 manager for the Kansas Health Policy Authority, where she oversaw the state’s largest managed care contract and the Healthy Families grants, according to her bio. Other positions she has held include director of quality for the Maine Primary Care Association; while working there, she coordinated behavioral health integration initiatives.

In February, J. Nelson-Weaver joined the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust as a senior program officer for the Health Care Division. The Reynolds Trust awards grants in North Carolina and is based in Winston-Salem. Nelson-Weaver, who goes by “J.,” has a “strong history of developing community collaboratives as well as experience engaging various partners to create health equity” and holds a doctorate in public health, according to a press release. She most recently worked with pediatricians in the Northwest Community Care Network, a primary care provider network serving northwestern North Carolina, “to improve healthcare for children in low-income households.”

Vikki Spruill has been named president and CEO of the Council on Foundations (COF). She started her new job this month (July). Spruill most recently was president and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, a national group. Past work includes being the first director of the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative.

In other Council on Foundations news, Gene Cochrane, president of the Duke Endowment, was among those elected to the council’s board, as was Linda P. Evans, president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation, which funds in Texas and is located in Dallas. This news was announced at the council’s annual conference in Los Angeles, which I did not get to.

Among the funders receiving COF Wilmer Shields Rich Awards for foundation and corporate-giving communications excellence were: Blue Shield of California Foundation: Bronze Award (third place) for electronic publications; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation: Silver Award (second place) for Special Reports. These funders and several more received awards at the conference. Read more here.

John D. Welty, president of California State University, Fresno, has been elected to the board of the California HealthCare Foundation. During his time at the university, he helped create and build the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, according to a foundation spokesperson.

Job Openings

Interested in working in the San Francisco Bay Area? The California HealthCare Foundation has an opening for a program associate for the Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative. The job entails managing the grants administration function for the initiative and providing administrative support to its staff and other staffers at the foundation. Also, the ideal candidate will be interested in public policy and enjoy conducting research. A bachelor’s degree and two years of professional work experience are among the qualifications sought. Read the position description.

Sick of the hot weather where you are? You may want to check out these openings in Maine! The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), a statewide funder located in Augusta, has two positions open. The applicant review process starts August 1.

One opening is for a program officer. The work involves helping with the “continued development, management and evaluation of MeHAF’s strategic and responsive grantmaking programs,” says an announcement sent to me. Read more here, including educational requirements.

The other position open is communications officer. The person hired for this position “will be responsible for developing, implementing and sustaining a dynamic and proactive communications program” for the foundation. The successful candidate should have “extensive experience” in “using new and traditional media,” marketing, and public relations. Read here about other criteria sought.