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December 09, 2016

Tennyson Center for Children Picks Ex-Wounded Warrior Official as CEO


Ned Breslin, CEO, Tennyson Center for Children.

Tennyson Center for Children

Ned Breslin was appointed chief executive officer of Tennyson Center for Children, a nonprofit in Denver that provides residential and therapeutic services to young people.

Mr. Breslin was executive vice president for partnership and strategic investment at the Wounded Warrior Project, which fired its top two executives earlier this year over allegations of excessive spending. He previously led Water for People for nine years and won the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Karen Lewis Alexander, previously vice president for development at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, was named executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

Open Society Foundations

Patrick Gaspard was appointed vice president for programs. Mr. Gaspard is the U.S. ambassador to South Africa and a former senior adviser to President Obama.

Oxfam America

Shelley Goode will be vice president for resource development. She is currently senior vice president for development at Volunteers of America.

Women’s Fund Miami-Dade

Deborah Korge, director of development, was promoted to executive director. She will succeed Marilyn March, who is retiring on December 31 after leading the nonprofit for more than 25 years.

Other notable appointments

Diana Felner, director of government affairs at Bunge North America, will be vice president for public policy at the Tourette Association of America.

Lois Giovacchini, director of development at the Pennsylvania SPCA, will be gifts manager for the Center for Growing Talent by PMA (Produce Marketing Association).

Gregory Leet, vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of California at Irvine, will join Jackson Laboratory as vice president for advancement.

John List, chair of the economics department at the University of Chicago, has been appointed the Visiting Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Mary E. McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, plans to step down in late 2017, once a successor has been selected.

Janet Brown, CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will step down at the end of next year.


Sheila Bugdanowitz, chief executive of the Rose Community Foundation in Denver, died on December 4 at age 72. Anne Garcia, the group’s chief financial and operating officer, was named to serve as interim chief executive.

Irving Fradkin, an optometrist and education philanthropist, died on November 19. He was 95. Mr. Fradkin founded Dollars for Scholars, which later became Scholarship America.

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