Southeastern Soundings – Extended Edition (Spring 2022)

Southeastern Soundings, a regular feature of our Inspiration magazine, highlights new hires, promotions and board appointments by our members. For this issue, we had more announcements than would fit in our print edition, so we’re publishing an extended roundup online. Congratulations to all the people mentioned here!

If your organization has welcomed a new staff member or trustee, or promoted an existing staff member, we want to know! Please email the information to David Miller at


Jennifer Gray is the new executive director of the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation, taking over from Jera Stribling, who has stepped down following 26 years at the foundation. Gray was most recently program manager at the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. Stribling will continue to serve as executive director of Alabama Giving.

The Duke Endowment has elected Allyson K. Duncan to its board. Duncan served as a judge on the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 2003 until her retirement in 2019.

Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, a pediatrician, Dr. Jack Porter, a retired dentist, and Lisa John-Adams of Nucor Steel Arkansas were recently elected to the Arkansas Community Foundation’s board of directors. The foundation has also hired Annetta Tirey, formerly with the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation, as program officer.

The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama has named Barbara Evers as executive director, succeeding Torrey DeKeyser. Evers most recently worked at the accounting firm of Truitt Tingle Paramore & Argent.

The Harvest Foundation board of directors has three new members: Travis Hodge, Sharon Ortiz-Garcíaand Anne Smith. Smith is the chief administrative officer and president of domestic upholstery at Hooker Furniture. Hodge is the human resources director for the City of Martinsville. Ortiz-García is the senior epidemiologist at the Martinsville office for the Virginia Department of Health.

Sara Bell is the new president and CEO of the Polk County Community Foundation. A co-owner of two local businesses, she had previously served on the foundation’s board.

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has welcomed four new board members: Michèle Alexandre, dean and professor at the Stetson University College of Law; Stacy Conroy, attorney and Florida Holocaust Museum board member; Kevin Sneed, dean of USF’s Taneja College of Pharmacy; and Nichelle Threadgill, chief medical officer at the Community Health Centers of Pinellas.

The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama recently named Dr. Lisa Long, acting president of Talladega College, to its board.

Tigerron “Tiger” Wells, the state government affairs director at Duke Energy, has joined the board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The foundation has also hired Sarah Katherine DeVennyas community outreach coordinator – she most recently worked as the disability resource coordinator at the University of South Carolina.

The Latino Community Fund Georgia announced the appointments of Charmaine Ward-Millner, Corporate Relations Director for Georgia Power, and Lauren Waits, an independent policy consultant, to its board of directors.

Frances Feltner, director for the University of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Rural Health, and Leo Calderon, the retired director of Latino Programs and Services at Northern Kentucky University, have joined the board of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The foundation has also hired Chloe Atwater and Katy Walker as policy associates and Ally Wells as communications associate.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has appointed Sherrie Mazur as managing director, foundation communications. She previously served as the SVP of communications and public affairs for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Daniel Shoy, Jr. has also returned to the foundation as managing director of youth development. He had been president and CEO of the East Lake Foundation.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation announced that Melissa Bradley and Vicki Saviers have been elected to its board of directors. Bradley is Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Little Rock. Saviers founded the Public Education Foundation of Little Rock and was its first executive director prior to serving as a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Veronica Jamison has joined the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis as vice president of donor services. Most recently, she was at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as director of corporate partnerships.


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