Newsmakers for May 2004

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Nonprofits

Bobby Heard became interim executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in mid-April. Heard, director of marketing and development for the Irving, Texas-based organization, replaces longtime CEO Dean Wilkerson. Wilkerson will be director of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Heard’s title is “interim,” but Chairwoman Cynthia Groark’s statement on the move leaves room for something more permanent. “While Dean will be missed sorely,” said Groark, “Bobby Heard brings great vision as we begin to further elevate our mission.” MADD, with an annual income of $47 million, has 600 affiliates worldwide. Contact: (800) 438-6233, www.madd.org.

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Newman Flanagan, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association, will retire after 11 years with the 7,500-member voice for prosecutors. No replacement for Flanagan or timetable for his departure has been announced. Contact: (703) 549-9222, www.ndaa.org.

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Tim Hosch has joined Milwaukee-based Public Allies, a national youth leadership development organization, as vice president of finance and administration. Hosch was a controller for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Contact: (414) 273-0533, www.publicallies.org.

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Howard Simon, former public affairs director for Partnership for a Drug-Free America, has joined Child Abuse Prevention Services, a Roslyn, N.Y.-based group that promotes child safety and abuse prevention on Long Island. He will serve as director of communications and marketing. Contact: (516) 621-0552, www.kidsafe-caps.org.

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Elizabeth Baumgarten will succeed retiring founder and Executive Director Bob Smucker at Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI), a D.C.-based nonprofit that trains and advocates for public interest lobbyists. Baumgarten served as CLPI’s program director and counsel, and her résumé includes stints as a litigator and as executive director of the Virginia Campus Outreach Opportunity League. Contact: (202) 387-5048, www.clpi.org.

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Helen Rosenfeld is the new regional director for the New England division of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit founded in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, which teaches business and technology skills to low-income youth. Rosenfeld had served as the New England office’s director of business development. Contact: (781) 239-6383, www.nfte.com.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) added J. Christopher Reyes and Jack Stahl to its national board of governors last month. Reyes is chairman of Reyes Holdings, a Chicago-based company with about $4 billion in annual sales (the majority through its ownership of the Martin-Brower Co., the biggest distribution services provider for McDonald’s). Stahl has been chief executive officer of cosmetic giant Revlon since 2002, and before that served as president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Co. Other BGCA governors include baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. and actor (and BGCA alumnus) Denzel Washington.

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Another alumnus was in the news last month for less virtuous accomplishments. Former Greater Washington BGCA Board Chairman C. Gregory Earls appeared in federal court in New York, accused of improperly diverting $13 million of investors’ money into his private accounts – money prosecutors say was raised through his connections with BGCA and Harvard University. The money was supposed to be for a venture, USV Partners, which would buy up shares of a company that Earls headed called U.S. Technologies. Prosecutors say Earls diverted the investments for his own use, including trust funds for his children. Contact: (404) 487-5894, www.bgca.org.

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A number of youth-serving organizations made CollegeGrad.com’s list of the Top 500 entry-level employers for 2004. The list is drawn from a survey of more than 5,000 employers that hire recent college graduates, ranked by the number of entry-level hires that are expected to be available this year.

Four national groups making the list were Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas; New York-based Teach for America, which places young teachers in positions at 22 low-income rural and urban sites; Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a nonprofit based in Clearwater, Fla., that provides community and residential programs to troubled youth in seven states; and KidsPeace, the 22-year-old child welfare and crisis management program based in Orefield, Pa.

Among the smaller groups making the list are Citizen Schools, a Boston-based after-school program that is expanding to new locations in California, Texas and Massachusetts; and the New England Center for Children, which works with autistic children. Contact: (262) 675-0790, www.CollegeGrad.com.

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On June 19, about 150 youth will take off on the March Across America, a road trip around the states put together by the D.C.-based Mobilizing America’s Youth (MAY). According to MAY Director David Smith, the marchers will split into two groups after the opening ceremony in San Francisco, and travel by vehicle across the Northern and Southern states, making a total of 17 stops before converging on the nation’s capital on July 19. The goal, says Smith, is for the young leaders to speak with youth at each stop to get a sense of what issues concern them. From this experience will come a testimonial, which Smith intends to offer to President Bush.

The march is a big undertaking for MAY, which operates on a small annual budget of $70,000, including salaries (members “pay their age” in membership fees). Most of the $250,000 to pay for the event comes from local sponsorships, and corporate and foundation support. Contact: (202) 294-4100, www.mobilize.org.

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Speaking of cross-country trips, best of luck to Micah Sommers. He plans to bike a knee-aching 3,500 miles in June from San Francisco to the Big Apple to raise money for New York SCORES, where he is a program director The program, which couples poetry with soccer in an after-school setting for 256 public school children, is one of 10 regional programs operated by New York-based America SCORES. Contact: (212) 563-3250, www.bikeforscores.org.

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Former National Urban League executive Milton Little Jr. will become the new CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in mid-July. Little served as the Urban League’s chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization and its $40 million budget. He is senior partner at Gibson Little Associates, which specializes in strategic marketing and philanthropy. At United Way, Little replaces outgoing CEO Marian Heard. Contact: (617) 624-8000, www.uwmb.org.

Foundations

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (assets: $671 million) in New York hired Nancy Roob last month to be its first chief operating officer. Roob will take on the day-to-day burden of management from Clark President Michael Bailin, who intends to spend more time on fund raising and focusing the foundation’s mission. Roob, who joined Clark from the Boston Persistent Poverty Project in 1994, has served as vice president of Clark for four years. Contact: (212) 551-9100, www.emcf.org.

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Amy Dominguez-Arms, Acting President of Children Now, has left the Oakland-based organization to oversee the California Perspectives program for the James Irvine Foundation (assets: $1.3 billion) in San Francisco. The state advocacy group has been without a permanent leader since last August, when Mark Reisch left after less than two years. Spokeswoman Kristie Wang says the group was not satisfied with candidates turned up by its initial consulting group, and has recently hired the D.C.-based Explore Company to conduct the search. Meanwhile, says Wang, senior staffers Patti Miller and Catherine Teare will serve as co-managing directors. Contact: (510) 763-2444, www.childrennow.org.

Feds

Merlene Mazyck was tapped by Corporation for National and Community Service CEO David Eisner to be director of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Mazyck was already acting director of the residential program which, with locations in Denver; Washington; Charleston, S.C.; Perry Point, Md.; and Sacramento, helps about one thousand 18- to 24-year-olds serve in short-term projects each year. She has been with NCCC since it got off the ground in 1994. Contact: (202) 606-5000, www.cns.gov.

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Dr. Ralph Hingson is the new director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Hingson comes to the Bethesda, Md.-based division of the National Institutes of Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, where he was associate dean of research. Hingson recently co-chaired his new employer’s Panel on Prevention and Treatment of the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking. Contact: (301) 443-3860, www.niaaa.nih.gov.

Passages

Richard Salyer, 59, CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York and noted advocate for homeless youth and adults. Salyer began the New York program as a seed project in 1982, and was appointed to the city’s first task force on homelessness under Mayor Ed Koch. Since its start 22 years ago, VOA estimates it has served 30,000 homeless, HIV-positive and disabled clients, as well as at-risk youth.

Paul Offner, 61, nationally recognized expert and op-ed writer on health care and social welfare issues. An outspoken and aggressive public servant since he served in the Wisconsin legislature in the 1970s, Offner served as deputy director of health for Ohio, then as an influential senior aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). Offner also was Washington, D.C.’s commissioner of health care finance, and most recently was a scholar at the Urban Institute in Washington.