Southeastern Soundings – Extended Edition (Summer 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


Kristy Klein Davis has joined the Healthcare Georgia Foundation as president. She previously worked at the Missouri Foundation for Health as chief strategy officer.

The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta has hired Nichole Owens as public relations manager. She most recently served as director of communications at The Salvation Army’s Metro Atlanta Area Command. The foundation has also greatly expanded its board, adding seven new members: Jen Bennecke, a community volunteer, Julie Ann Crommett from Google; Dr. Jeffrey Hines of Wellstar Health System; Debra Lam from the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation; Marc Pollack of RangeWater Real Estate; the Atlanta Music Project’s Dantes Rameau, and Southern Company’s Dekia Scott.

Kathryn C. Yarzebinski is the new president and CEO of the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation. Previously, she worked at Randolph College as director of development.

Kimberly Heimiller is the new director of marketing at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced three new team members: Chloe Atwater and Katy Walker have joined as policy associates, and Ally Wells has joined as communications associate.

Three new trustees have joined the board of the Williamsburg Health Foundation: Andrea M. Donnor, the director of platform marketing operations at Capital One Financial, Cheri Green, a senior vice president of private banking for Old Point National Bank, and Robert A. Whitehead, Sr., the pastor of New Zion Baptist Church.

Brianna Douglas joined The Byerly Foundation as associate executive director in March. She had previously served on the foundation’s board and most recently was a member of the executive leadership team at Coker University.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has named Donna L. Waites as its new president, taking over for the retiring Tom Keith. She has been with the foundation since 2014, most recently as vice president of programs.

Inman J. Houston has been named the new CEO of Baptist Community Ministries. He previously served as pastor for First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has selected Jodi Nelson as its first managing director of effective philanthropy. She has owned her own consulting firm and held leadership roles with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Rescue Committee.  

Lesley Roberts has been named regional development director for the Arkansas Community Foundation. Her previous experience includes work with the Methodist Family Health Foundation.

Quantum Foundation recently appointed Shaun McGruder to its board of directors. He is the partner and co-founder of Palm Beach Capital.

Wanda Willis has been named vice president for civic leadership for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. She was most recently director of community engagement and inclusion for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

The Greenwood County Community Foundation has welcomed four new board members: Sabrina Miller of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Region, attorney Rhonda McGinnis, retired minister Chuck Moates, and attorney Tee Tunstall.

The North Georgia Community Foundation has welcomed four new board members: Don Grimsley, president of Grimsley Enterprises, Inc.; attorney Tracy L. Moon, Jr.; Tate Izlar O'Rouke, business development manager for Jackson EMC; and John Vardeman, president of a marketing and public relations firm.



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