News and analysis
January 13, 2017

New CEOs at Hope for Haiti and Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

Hope for Haiti

Skyler Badenoch was named chief executive of Hope for Haiti, a nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life for Haitians.

He joins the charity after 10 years at buildOn, which constructs schools in developing countries and provides after-school youth programs. He most recently served as the group’s vice president for new business development, helping raise more than $10 million to support buildOn’s programs in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Malawi.

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

Mark Roithmayr was appointed the organization’s first CEO. He was previously the chief relationship officer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Chautauqua Institution

Michael Hill, chief executive of Youth For Understanding USA, was named president of the Chautauqua Institution. He will succeed Tom Becker, who led Chautauqua for 13 years.

Cullen Foundation

Scott Wise was appointed president. Mr. Wise is the founding president and former chief investment officer of Covariance Capital Management. He will succeed retiring executive director Alan Stewart, who has served at the foundation for almost 25 years.

East-West Center

Richard Vuylsteke will be president of the Honolulu-based organization. He is a former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong,

Harmony Foundation International

Perry White, president of Bethel College, in North Newton, Kan., will join Harmony as its new CEO on April 3.

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Nora OBrien-Suric, a senior program officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, was appointed president of the health group. She will succeed Ann Monroe, who retired last year after 13 years at the helm.

Municipal Art Society of New York

Elizabeth Goldstein, former president of the California State Parks Foundation, will lead the society starting in February. She will replace Gina Pollara, who was fired by the nonprofit’s board last month after less than a year of service.

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities

Kristen Grainger, former director of communications for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, was named president of the alliance.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

Mason Ayres joined the foundation as president. He formerly led the NCH Healthcare Foundation.

Other notable appointments

Emily Dickens was named senior vice president, general counsel, and chief relationship officer at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She was most recently vice president for public policy and executive director of the Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Scott Highleyman, director of the international Arctic program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, will be vice president for conservation policy and programs at Ocean Conservancy.

Allyson Lestner, former assistant vice president for leadership giving at the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, was named vice president and director of development at the Community Foundation of Howard County in central Maryland.

Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director of corporate, foundation, and institutional relations at Habitat for Humanity International, was promoted to senior vice president for development.

Bill Ridenour, former vice president and publisher of Serendipity magazine, was named senior director of partnership development at the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Kenneth Weine, vice president for communications and marketing for the New York Public Library, will serve as chief communications officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle announced two executive appointments. Lauri Hennessey, vice president for public affairs at Edelman Public Relations in Seattle, will serve as vice president for communications and public affairs. Sarah Valentine, director of philanthropy at the zoo, was promoted to vice president for development.


Jan Pruitt, who led the North Texas Food Bank for 20 years, died on January 2. She was 63.

William Bowes Jr., a philanthropist and founder of investment firm U.S. Venture Partners, died on December 28. He was 90. Mr. Bowes has donated to several institutions through his personal foundation, mostly recently pledging $50-million to the University of California at San Francisco to support biomedical research, bringing his total giving to UCSF to $100 million.

Send an email to