Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola has been elected to the board of the California Health Care Foundation. A professor of clinical internal medicine at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), he also directs the UC Davis Health System’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities. According to a February 29 press release, Aguilar-Gaxiola is “a renowned expert on health disparities and behavioral health in ethnically diverse populations.”
Olivia Doherty is the Horizon Foundation’s new director of communications. She previously was senior director of communications at the Hatcher Group, a Maryland-based firm specializing in public relations for nonprofits, according to a January 7 e-alert. She supported several clients there including the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Her past employers include the Pew Charitable Trusts. Horizon funds in Howard County, Maryland. Doherty succeeds Ian Kennedy, who is now the executive director of the Downtown Columbia (Maryland) Arts and Culture Commission.
Pittsburgh Magazine chose Karen Wolk Feinstein, president of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, as a 2015 Pittsburgher of the Year. This honor goes to people “who have made positive, indelible contributions” to this Pennsylvania region, the foundation noted in its newsletter. The magazine said that Feinstein had shepherded the foundation “from its creation through its 25-year evolution into a national voice for patient safety and health care quality.” It also mentioned her “role at the forefront of major social movements to reform health care in Pittsburgh and beyond.”
The Sacramento (California) Observer, which describes itself as America’s premier black newspaper, named Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation, as its Person of the Year. On its front page, the weekly publication cites Hewitt’s leadership of a “Historic Effort To Improve The Lives Of Sacramento’s Black Children.”
Doug Hogan, former director of communications at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, has gone back to state government. He is leading the public affairs office, and serving as the legislative liaison, for the Public Protection Cabinet in the new administration of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R), according to a press release. A section of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s government, the cabinet oversees agencies regulating diverse subjects ranging from financial institutions to insurance to horse racing.
In other news regarding the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Louisville-based funder announced several new board members in February. They include Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, acting branch manager at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Office of Health Equity; Daniel Mongiardo, a physician in private practice and a former lieutenant governor of the state; and Carlos Marin, assistant dean for community and cultural engagement and Area Health Education Center program director at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Michael Marcus, program director, older adults services, has left the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which is one of the biggest private foundations in the United States and is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Marcus worked there for nearly a decade. He left to launch Consultants for Community Resources, his own “business focused on policy and advocacy efforts for older adults in the United States,” according to a January press release from the foundation. Aaron Merki is now managing the Weinberg Foundation’s grant making for older adults in the United States and Canada, and Rafi Rone is managing its older adults grants portfolio in Israel.
Judy M. Miller, who had served as vice president and director of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for eighteen years, passed away recently, Peter Laugham, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, announced in a February e-alert. Laugham said that she “was known throughout the nonprofit community as a tireless advocate for vulnerable and disadvantaged people around the world.” He noted that “throughout her career, she was a pioneering advocate for women’s rights.”
Susan Promislo, formerly a senior communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has started a new job as director of communications strategy in Princeton University’s Office of Communications. She worked at the RWJF in various communications positions for some thirteen years.
Ellen Rautenberg has been elected chair of the New York State Health Foundation’s board, according to Philanthropy New York, a regional association of grantmakers. Rautenberg is the retired president and CEO of the nonprofit Public Health Solutions
The California Wellness Foundation has named Richard Tate as its vice president of public affairs. He started yesterday. “Tate will oversee the creation of a new Public Affairs Department, which will consolidate the Foundation’s communications, community relations and public policy functions,” according to an e-alert. Most recently, Tate worked at HopeLab, “the health-focused nonprofit organization of the Omidyar Group and a pioneer in digital health research and development,” according to a February 22 e-alert.
Aaron Walker, vice president for strategic development at the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, in Hutchinson, Kansas, has been selected as a 2016 Rural Health Fellow. The National Rural Health Association runs this year-long fellowship program.
Larry Warner has been named a grant programs officer at the Rhode Island Foundation, according to a foundation blog post. In this position he will lead the foundation’s activities and grant making in health. “Healthy Lives” is one of the foundation’s strategic priorities. Warner is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Rhode Island’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Before coming to the foundation, he was the training officer for the Providence Fire Department, as well as a part-time teaching associate in the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Program at Brown University, his alma mater.
Geneva Wiki has been appointed a new program manager for the California Endowment’s initiative called Building Healthy Communities. She is serving Del Norte County, California, and adjacent tribal lands. The goal of this ten-year, multimillion dollar initiative “is to improve the socioeconomic and environmental conditions that serve as barriers to community health, with the ultimate goal of building communities where children and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn,” according to a January press release. Wiki’s previous positions have included executive director of the Yurok Indian Tribe of California, of which she is a member. Smithsonian magazine named Wiki one of America’s thirty-seven innovators under the age of thirty-six, the release noted.