News and analysis
January 08, 2016

New Leaders at Texas A&M Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Texas A&M Foundation
Tyson Voelkel, new president of Texas A&M Foundation

Texas A&M Foundation

Tyson Voelkel, founder of Testudo Consulting Group, which manages and advises high-net-worth family offices, will be president of Texas A&M Foundation.

He has a big job ahead: Last November, the university announced a campaign to raise $4 billion by 2020 to help the institution’s scholars solve "real world" problems.

Mr. Voelkel has worked for several private wealth-management firms and was previously chief operating officer for Capital Technologies. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in 1996, he joined the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Iraq twice, serving as a company commander in the Army’s 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.


Ulla Muller, regional director for Southern Africa at Marie Stopes International, will be chief executive.

Folded Flag Foundation

John Coogan, former executive director of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, was appointed executive director.

Justice at Stake

Susan Liss, executive director of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, will be executive director.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Gina Ross Murdoch, former deputy executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, was named chief executive.

New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan

Pamela Lewis, senior program officer, was promoted to executive director.

Student Veterans of America

Jared Lyon, acting president, was appointed president.

Other notable changes:

Christopher Gates, president of the Sunlight Foundation, is stepping down.

Edward Horner Jr., former executive vice president at the Music Institute of Chicago, was appointed senior vice president for advancement and endowment campaign at the Colburn School.

Amanda Mummert, program manager for Health Homes at Humanim, will be foundation director of the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

Marinda Peugh, former major gifts officer at the American Red Cross, was appointed director of development at Cygnet Theatre.

Waddy Thompson, former executive director of InterSchool Orchestras of New York, was appointed director of development at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Yana Vishnitsky, chief executive of the Jewish Family Service of Colorado, will retire in January 2017.


Ta Chun Hsu, president emeritus and director of the Starr Foundation, died December 27. He was 97.

Send an email to