The Barr Foundation has announced the appointments of MAVOURNEEN FAY as program assistant on its climate team and MARY DUGGAN as communications project manager, and the promotion of JAMIE LOPEZ to the position of office manager. Fay, who joined the foundation in October, previously assisted senior partners at the law firm of Scafidi, Juliano, and Hurd. Duggan, whose appointment is effective in December, most recently served as senior communications analyst at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Lopez, previously the foundation's receptionist and office assistant, will continue to receive guests at the front desk and also will work more closely with the foundation's operations team on a variety of special projects. The foundation also announced that it is searching to fill the positions of education program director and program assistant for arts and culture.
The California Wellness Foundation has announced the appointments of JOSEPH M. LUMARDA and DEBRA NAKATOMI to its board, effective January 1, 2015. Lumarda, senior vice president and investment counselor at Capital Group Private Client Services in Los Angeles, spent sixteen years at the California Community Foundation in a number of leadership roles, including vice president for development, executive vice president, and chief operating officer. He also chairs the board of the Center for Nonprofit Management and serves on the boards of the Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation, the Pasadena Child Health Foundation, and Southern California Grantmakers. NAKATOMI is president of social change-focused communications firm Nakatomi & Associates in Santa Monica. Previously, she served as board secretary and international commissioner for Girl Scouts of the USA and as chair-elect of the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation.
MURCHISON BIGGS, a businessman in North Carolina's Inner Banks region, has been appointed to the board of the Golden LEAF Foundation, Robesonian.com reports. Biggs is secretary-treasurer of farming and farm equipment company K.M. Biggs, Inc. and of Biggs Park Mall. He has served in several community and civic roles and has served as president of both the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lumberton Rotary Club. His appointment will continue the presence of a Robeson County representative on the foundation's board.
The Phoenix Art Museum has announced the appointment of AMADA CRUZ as its next Sybil Harrington Director, effective February 1, 2015. Cruz, currently executive director of San Antonio-based Artpace, previously served as program director for United States Artists and as executive director of Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue in New York City, and held leadership positions at several institutions, including the Museum at Bard College, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Smithsonian. She will succeed JAMES K. BALLINGER, who is retiring after leading the museum for thirty-two years.
In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropist WILLIAM H. SCHEIDE on November 14. Scheide, a passionate reader and buyer of books, devoted the latter part of his life to philanthropic and artistic pursuits ranging from music to civil rights; the Legal Defense Fund has said he was its most generous individual donor and longest-serving board member. He gave the extensive library his father established to his alma mater, Princeton University, paying for construction of a building that would recreate the original, including the same bookcases and tables. He also donated generously to the Democratic Party, even though he himself remained a lifelong Republican.