The has announced the appointment of RIDGWAY H. WHITE as president, effective January 1. White, the foundation's fourth president, will succeed his father, WILLIAM S. WHITE, who will continue to serve as chairman and CEO of the foundation. Ridgway White joined the foundation in 2004 as a program assistant on the Flint Area grantmaking team, became a program officer in 2009, and in 2011 was named vice president for special projects as well as chair of the foundation's management working group. The younger White also has been a driving force behind public-private partnerships that have resulted in the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized buildings and properties in Flint and has played a key role in bringing the city's new Health and Wellness district to fruition.
The has announced the appointment of STACY J. MARTIN as chief financial officer and treasurer. Martin, most recently chief financial officer and chief operating officer at New Visions for Public Schools, previously held housing, budget, and education leadership positions in New York City government and before that served as comptroller for media company Sportvision. Martin will succeed MARY GERAS, who retired this year after more than twenty-two years of service as the foundation's chief financial officer and assistant treasurer.
The has announced the appointment of MARK MULLER as director of its Mississippi River program, effective January 5. Muller, who joined the foundation in 2013 as a program officer, earlier worked for fourteen years in a number of leadership roles at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, taught high school science in New York City, and volunteered extensively in Central America. In the wake of Muller's promotion, the foundation plans to review the twenty-year-old program, with the goal of unveiling a refreshed strategy in late 2015.
The has announced the appointment of JANET FELDSTEIN McKILLOP as vice president for development. McKillop, who will join the foundation in February, most recently served as director of development and alumni relations at St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades, California, and before that served in senior fundraising positions at Stanford and Harvard.
The has announced the promotion of KAREN H. ROGERS to the position of chief financial officer. Rogers joined the endowment as controller in 1996 and was promoted to the position of treasurer in 2006. Earlier, she was a senior audit associate at KPMG in Charlotte.
In other news, the has announced the appointments of a new director and two staff members. KRIS NOROSZ, director of government affairs at Icicle Seafoods, will join the foundation's board for a three-year term on January 1. A thirty-year veteran of Alaska's fisheries, her community work includes service on the boards of the Alaska Community Foundation, the Alaska chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the Marine Conservation Alliance. The foundation's two new staff members are ZULIE MASON, events coordinator, and KELSEY POTDEVIN, graduate fellow. Mason previously worked for Visit Anchorage and owned a small business for six years. Potdevin, who recently earned her master's in history at the University of Iowa, earlier served as assistant sergeant at arms in the Alaska State Senate.