Newsmakers for August 2007

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Jill Schumann


Changes are afoot at the Washington-based, 70-member National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) as Chairwoman Roxanne Spillett and Vice Chairman Bob Goodwin end their four years of service. Goodwin is the former president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Network, and Spillett is the president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Their successors are Jill Schumann, CEO of Baltimore-based Lutheran Services in America (chairwoman) and Dan Cardinali, CEO of Alexandria, Va.-based Communities in Schools (vice chairman). Among the issues to be considered by the new board members, according to Assembly President and CEO Irv Katz, will be an “action-oriented think-tank” approach to “beef up” educational and leadership development opportunities for member organizations.

The assembly runs the National Youth Development Information Center (NYDIC). Contact: (202) 347-2080,

Former Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) staffer Caren Kaplan is the first director of child protection reform at the American Humane Association (AHA), based in Denver.

Caren Kaplan

“We have posted 23 new positions because of $34 million bequeathed to us in a will last December,” said Randy Blauvelt, AHA’s vice president of marketing and communications. (The AHA has some 100 staffers.) “It’s the largest donation ever given us in our 130-year history.”

The benefactor was Brooklyn-born Hector Guy Di Stefano, who died in Washington state at the age of 90 and left his $264 million estate to eight charities. Most of the money had been inherited by Di Stefano’s late wife Doris, from her father, who was a top executive at UPS during its early years. She died in 2005.

“We’re ramping up rapidly and expanding our child welfare programs as a direct result of this gift,” Blauvelt said.

Kaplan said she is looking forward to “defining the scope of the work” to be done and pursuing her “continued interest” in differential responses to cases of child abuse and chronic neglect. Kaplan put in nine years at the CWLA as director of child and family protection.

Dan Cardinali

One of her CWLA colleagues, Lloyd Bullard, another nine-year veteran, has also left – to become vice president of programs for Youth for Tomorrow, an 80-bed residential services agency based in Bristow, Va. At CWLA, Bullard provided training and consultation for member agencies and oversaw a SAMHSA grant focusing on reducing restraints and seclusion in residential treatment. Contact: (703) 836-7387,; (703) 631-3360,

Eric Kilbride, a program officer at the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Youth Development and Policy, based in Washington, has left after seven years to join SureClick Promotions LLC. The D.C.-based company offers business efficiency services to online businesses. Contact: (202) 349-9620,

After 110 years, the guys get a turn at the Chicago-based PTA, the 5 million-member association that promotes parent involvement in schools. Chuck Saylors was elected president in June, making him the first male to hold that post. He will be installed in 2009. Saylors, a vice president at M.B. Khan Construction in Columbia, S.C., is a 15-year member of the PTA and has served for two years as the national organization’s secretary-treasurer. Contact: (800) 307-4782,

Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of New York-based Teach for America, has relinquished the title of “president” to Matthew Kramer, the organization’s chief program officer for the past two years. (He’ll keep the latter title until a successor is named.) Kramer will be responsible for overall operations, while Kopp will be more involved in planning future goals.

Teach for America has a $75 million operating budget and fields a national corps of recent college graduates who commit to two years of teaching in urban and rural public schools. This year, the organization says, 4,400 corps members reached 375,000 students in 25 regions nationwide.

Kopp said Kramer’s promotion will enable Teach for America to meet its three-year goals of increasing the number of corps members to 7,500 and expanding the number of regions served. Contact: (212) 279-2080,

Ken Kelly has been hired as the first director of the Washington office of The Children’s Partnership. Kelly, a lobbyist for the food safety program at the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, will help build the profile of the partnership as it tries to use its previous accomplishments to push reform at the federal level. Contact: (310) 260-1220,

The New York-based Seeds of Peace has named Nicolla Hewitt its new president. Hewitt, a producer for the “CBS Evening News,” made headlines recently when anchorwoman Katie Couric talked a pilot into delaying a flight until Hewitt cleared security.

Seeds of Peace was founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach to provide leadership training to young people in war-torn regions of the world. Teenagers from such countries as Palestine, Israel, Morocco, Egypt and Greece have graduated from the program. Contact: (212) 573-8040,

Maryland public interest lawyer and policy advocate Tara Andrews is the

Tara Andrews

new deputy executive director for policy and programs at the Washington-based Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Andrews helped draft legislation and forged networks while serving on the staffs of the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition, Justice Maryland (which addressed alternative sentencing issues) and the American Lung Association. She was also a recent candidate for the state senate. Contact: (202) 467-0864,

Mary Jane Gallagher has been installed as president and CEO of the Washington-based National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, a membership organization of clinics that serve low-income and underserved populations. Gallagher was CEO of the Public Education Network, based in Washington. Contact: (202) 293-3114,

Andrew Yarrow is the new vice president and director of the Washington office of the New York-based Public Agenda, which conducts public-policy research. Yarrow is a visiting U.S. history professor at American University in Washington. Contact: (212) 686-6610,


Sam Bauman has succeeded Deborah Brouse as project director for the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. Brouse has been promoted to director of human resources for JBS International, the contractor hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to run the clearinghouse.

Sam Bauman

Prior to her transfer, Brouse was presented with the 2007 Distinguished Service Award by Harry Wilson, head of the Family and Youth Services Bureau within HHS. “Deborah has left the place in great shape,” Bauman said.

Bauman comes to the clearinghouse after five years as director of mental health services for the city of Alexandria, Va. Contact: (301) 608-8098,


Greg Taylor has been promoted to vice president of the Battle Creek, Mich.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation (assets: $7.75 billion). Taylor will oversee the foundation’s substantial youth and education portfolio, having served as Kellogg’s program director in that division since 2002. Taylor’s résumé in youth work also includes stints as executive director at Community Impact!, a national youth development organization, and as a program officer at the Academy of Educational Development’s Center for Youth Development and Policy Research.

The Washington-based Public Welfare Foundation (assets: $412.9 million) has acquired the services of two well-respected veterans in their respective fields. Elaine Shannon, a former Time magazine foreign correspondent, is the new communications director, while Yvette Washington Buck, former director of human resources at the Child Welfare League of America, is the new director of administration. Buck also worked for the National Center for Children, and Families and for Children’s National Medical Center. Contact: (202) 965-1800,

The top “Morehouse Man” is now Robert M. Franklin, who leaves a professorship in social ethics at Atlanta’s Emory University to go across town to become president of Morehouse College. Franklin becomes the 10th president of the all-male historically black college, which boasts such graduates as Martin Luther King Jr., former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and film director Spike Lee.

Franklin, a former senior staffer at the Ford Foundation, has resigned as a trustee of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Jessie Ball duPont Fund (assets: $315 million). Franklin is the author of “Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope to African American Communities.” Contact: (404) 681-2800,

Gary Cunningham has joined the St. Paul, Minn.-based Northwest Area Foundation (assets: $452 million) as its new vice president of programs. He joins the foundation from the Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, in Minneapolis, where he was director of primary care for Hennepin County. Contact: (651) 224-9635,

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation for Education (assets: $1.4 billion) has snagged veteran Indianapolis Star investigative reporter Kevin Corcoran as its new communication director for media and policy. The foundation supports efforts to expand access to postsecondary education for disadvantaged youth. Contact: (317) 951-5493,

Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke has been elected to the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corp. of New York (assets: $2.5 billion). Contact: (212) 371-3200,


Kevin Corcoran

When students at Hendrick Hudson High School hatched a senior prank that included simultaneously setting off 150 alarm clocks across the school, they probably thought that any justice would be meted out in the halls of detention, not a federal courthouse.

But these are the times we live in: Nineteen of the Westchester County, N.Y. seniors – those known to have broken in and planted the clocks – face felony charges for setting off false bombs. They will receive diplomas, but will not be allowed to attend graduation.

A judge has overturned the 10-year sentence given to Atlanta’s Genarlow Wilson, who at the age of 17 engaged in oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a party where alcohol and marijuana were present. Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson gave Wilson a 12-month misdemeanor sentence, half the amount of time he has already served. Prosecutors have challenged the ruling, which means Wilson, now 21, will remain in state custody until at least July.