News and analysis
October 07, 2016

New Executives Join CDC Foundation and Chess in the Schools

Bard Wrisley
Monique Saunders Patrick, new chief operating officer of the CDC Foundation.

CDC Foundation

The Centers for Disease Control’s nonprofit arm has named Monique Saunders Patrick as chief operating officer. She will oversee the foundation’s finance, human-resources, legal, and information-technology functions.

Ms. Saunders previously served as chief finance and administrative officer for the Points of Light Foundation and managing director of finance and operations at the American Cancer Society.

Chess in the Schools

Debbie Eastburn, previously annual-fund manager at the Calhoun School, was appointed president and chief executive.

City University of New York

Mary Corliss Pearl has been named dean of the William E. Macaulay Honors College. She has served as interim dean since January and as provost since March 2014.

NEO Philanthropy

Erin Ballard, previously a division administrator at NYU Langone Medical Center, was named chief operating officer.

Project STEP

Gabriella Sanna, former executive director of the Dedham School of Music, was appointed executive director.

Other notable appointments:

Jane Callahan was named executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis.

Catherine Davis was appointed chief marketing and communications officer at Feeding America.

Howard H. Hoege III, a consultant and a former counsel for the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, was hired as president and CEO of the Mariners’ Museum and Park.

Devin Jopp, who previously led consulting firms Future Focus Health and Future Focus Leadership, has been named chief executive officer of American College Health Association.


Keith Michael Fiels, who has led American Library Association since 2002, announced he will retire in July.

Joseph Polisi, the Juilliard School’s longest-serving president, will step down in June 2018. Mr. Polisi took the helm at the performing-arts conservatory in 1984.


Ronald Stanton, a philanthropist and businessman who gave more than $300 million to charity, died September 26. He was 88.

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