Newsmakers for July 2002

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A roundup of people on the move in the field of youth work.


Sally Prouty begins her tenure this month as president of the D.C.-based National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC). She replaces Kathleen Selz, who resigned in January and acting CEO Gene Sofer. Prouty has been a youth worker for 15 years, serving most recently as division chief of the Ohio Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a state agency in Columbus whose two residential and six nonresidential sites provide job training and education opportunities to disadvantaged young adults. She was also on the board of the D.C.-based National Youth Employment Coalition. Under Prouty, the Ohio CCC was recognized as one of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 10 most effective youth employment and training programs. She is also the chairwoman of NASCC’s board, a spot that will be assumed by Bob McCammon, executive director of the Lake County Youth Conservation Corps in Libertyville, Ill. Contact: (202) 737-6272,

In September, Chuck Bean will become the first executive director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, a new advocacy group that will focus on building the visibility of nonprofits in the area. Bean is a program officer for community capacity grants at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. He previously served as deputy director at the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Foundation Consortium, and as vice president for the Eureka Communities, a career development program for youth service managers. Contact: (202) 939-3443.

The National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations, which manages the National Collaboration for Youth and the National Youth Development Information Center, has elected two new board officers. William Nelson, treasurer, is president of Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America, an educational support organization based in St. Paul, Minn., that awards scholarships and produces a future-planning curriculum for high school students called Scholarshop. The new secretary, Elinor Johnstone Ferdon, is former president of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She recently served as board chairwoman for the United Way of America, where she was succeeded in April by former Radioshack CEO Leonard Roberts. Contact: (202) 347-2080,

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, a Boston-based organization run by William DeJong and dedicated to reducing student drug and alcohol use, recently brought on four U.S. Department of Education-selected advisers for its 12-person review group. Among the newcomers: Beverly Watts Davis, executive director of San Antonio Fighting Back in Texas and a member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America board of trustees; and Dr. Patricia Fabiano, program director for prevention and wellness services at Western Washington University. Contact: (617) 618-2366,

Patricia Gill joined the D.C.-based National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) as a program manager last month. Gill will work on the recently launched National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, started by the Institute for Educational Leadership, and will also develop a survey instrument to measure key indicators of success in employment training programs. Gill comes to NYEC from the National Training Institute for Community Youth Work at the Academy for Educational Development in D.C. Contact: (202) 659-1064,

Former Ford Motor Credit Co. president Edsel Ford II was elected by the Salvation Army to chair its National Advisory Board.


Tyrone Baines is moving on after 14 years as a program director of education leadership and youth programming at the Battle Creek, Mich.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation (assets: $5.7 billion). Baines started as a child welfare worker in Philadelphia while owning an advertising agency and consulting firm. He directed the Kellogg Youth Initiative Partnerships, a massive initiative begun in 1987 with funding guaranteed through 2007. It has created more than 137 youth-serving projects and given out more than $102 million in Detroit and Calhoun, Marquette and Alger counties. About three years ago Kellogg turned over operation of the program to the Community Council of Calhoun County and to the Detroit Youth and Marquette-Alger Youth foundations, both created by Kellogg. Contact Kellogg: (616) 968-1611,

Harley Frankel, executive director of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Inner-City Games Foundation for the past three years, will leave the foundation when his contract ends in December. Under Frankel and the policing eye of former Kindergarten Cop Arnold Schwarzenegger (a board member and political aspirant extraordinaire), the foundation has expanded to 15 sites and a yearly operating budget of $8 million. Contact: (310) 458-4411,

The Minneapolis-based General Mills Foundation (assets: $28 million) has promoted Christina Shea, head of its New Ventures division, to president. Shea replaces the retiring Reatha Clark King, who leaves the foundation after 14 years. Clark King served on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service from 1994 to 1997. Contact: (763) 764-3413,

The New York City-based JEHT Foundation (Justice, Equality, Human Dignity and Tolerance), a new grant-maker focusing on human rights and social justice, has appointed Scott Bane as program manager for its community justice program. Bane was the assistant to JEHT President Bob Crane, who came to JEHT from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation in New York. JEHT is not yet endowed, but Bane says it expects to make around $5 million in grants this year. Contact: (212) 965-0400,

J.C. Penney Afterschool, headed by Ed Solzcak, recently gave $5,000 to each of 400 YMCAs for after-school programs. Since its inception in 1999, the program has given more than $6.7 million to Y after-school programs. J.C. Penney Afterschool also plans to award $50,000 to each of five YMCA sites to underwrite new youth initiatives, and to eventually open that award for general competition among the YMCA’s 2,400-plus locations. Contact YMCA: (312) 419-8891,


Missouri Gov. Bob Holden (D) has announced the creation of a Youth Cabinet composed of 17- to 21-year-olds, touting it as the highest-level youth advisory council formed by any state. “Our goal is to serve youth better, and to help youth better serve,” Holden said.

The decision to establish a youth Cabinet came after the release of the “National Conversation on Youth Development,” a National 4-H Council report that recommended the creation of a Youth Cabinet in each state (Report Roundup, p. 41).

The 20-member Cabinet will be coordinated by 21-year-old Washington University student Ben Smilowitz. Smilowitz authored a state Senate bill to include two students on Connecticut’s State Board of Education while growing up in West Hartford, Conn., has worked on seven political campaigns and appeared inTeen People Magazine as one of “20 Teens Who Will Change the
World.” Contact: (314) 877-0930,

President George Bush nominated two board members to the Corporation for National and Community Service last month: William Schambra, senior vice president of the conservative Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (assets: $580 million) in Milwaukee, and Donna Williams, southwest region program manager for multinational giant Parsons Corp. Schambra previously served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first as the director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Legislation in the Office of Human Development Services, then as deputy executive secretary from 1990 to 1992. Schambra and Williams, who would bring the number of board members to 12 (with three vacancies remaining) are nominated to fill five-year terms. The most recent board member to leave was Leslie Lenkowsky, who now is CEO of the corporation. Contact: (202) 606-5000,

Bush also appointed 10 people to his New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Among them: Dr. Jane Adams, executive director of Keys for Networking in Topeka, Kan.; Rodolfo Arredondo, co-director of the Center for Tobacco Intervention and Control in Lubbock, Texas; Dr. Henry Harbin, CEO of Magellan Health Services in Columbia, Md.; and Ginger Lerner-Wren, a Florida judge who was appointed in 1997 to oversee the nation’s first Mental Health Court. Contact: (877) 696-6775,

HELP … Missing

After 20 years of operation, the line has gone dead at Ivana DiNova’s Missing Children…HELP Center (MCHC) and its well-known national hotline, based in Tampa, Fla. DiNova’s group filed for bankruptcy May 2, claiming $108,437 in assets and $288,974 in debts. Her son and former employee, Vince DiNova, started a new missing children nonprofit in March called Child Protection Education of America. The group, also based in Tampa and run with two other former MCHC staffers, will continue to work on missing-child cases, operate a new hotline – (866) USA-CHILD – and distribute safety information to parents. Contact CPEA (813) 626-3001,