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September 02, 2016

Tech Executive to Head Homelessness Nonprofit; Children's Institute Gets New CEO

Mike Morgan
Andy Helmer, new chief executive of Shelters to Shutters.

Shelters to Shutters

Andrew Helmer, senior vice president for data solutions at Neustar, a technology company that provides real-time information and analytics to a variety of industries, was appointed chief executive of Shelters to Shutters.

Shelters to Shutters is a Virginia-based nonprofit that works with apartment-industry and real-estate professionals to help individuals facing homelessness become economically independent. The organization offers chances for homeless clients to learn property management and sets them up with employment and housing opportunities. The nonprofit, which was founded in 2014, has operations in 13 cities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Erin Porteous, chief development officer for the organization, was appointed chief executive.

Children’s Institute

Martine Singer, chief executive of Para Los Niños, will succeed Mary Emmons as chief executive. Ms. Emmons is retiring after leading the Children’s Institute for 35 years.

CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

Gay Nord, chief executive of Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, was appointed president.

Mon Valley Alliance

Christopher Whitlatch, director of digital initiatives and communications at the Pittsburgh Foundation, will be chief executive.

SeriousFun Children’s Network

Blake Maher, chief program officer at the nonprofit, was promoted to chief executive.

Other notable appointments

Mary Jo Lamparski, chief advancement officer at Envision Unlimited, will be vice president for institutional advancement at Adler University.

Patrick Sheahan, an independent consultant and former vice president for institutional advancement at Columbia College Chicago, was appointed chief development and strategy officer for Navy Pier.

Jeff West, corporate engagement manager for the Peace Corps, will be director of corporate philanthropy at the Council on Foundations.


Mary Kennedy, chief executive of Mid-America Arts Alliance, will resign on October 1 after leading the organization for 27 years. She plans to launch a consulting firm and will provide consulting services to Mid-America Arts Alliance until a new chief executive is appointed.


Peter Hero, former president of the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County, a forerunner of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, died on August 22 in Portland, Ore., from esophageal cancer. He was 73.

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Correction (9/6/2016, 11:40 a.m.): The original version of this article incorrectly reported that Gay Nord is the new CEO of CHI St. Luke's Health. She will lead CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and her title will be president. The article has been updated.