Nonprofit news roundup, 04.14.15

Leadership changes at Kenan Trust, Kenan Funds

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust has a new chief, and the head of The William R. Kenan Jr. Funds has left the organization.

Doug Zinn, assistant executive director of the Kenan Trust, in Chapel Hill, was named executive director in January, succeeding Richard Krasno, who retired after 15 years as executive director.

Mark Bensen left in late February as president of the Chapel Hill-based Kenan Funds, which support Kenan Institutes at N.C. State University, at the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the UNC School of the Arts, and at Duke University.

Dan Drake, a former board member for the Funds, has been named interim president.

Before joining the Kenan Trust in September 2012, Zinn served for over 30 years as executive director of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in Durham.

Bensen, who joined the Kenan Funds in July 2013, previously had served as president and CEO of Triangle Community Foundation in Durham.

He left the community foundation in October 2012 after less than two months on the job.

Before joining the community foundation, Bensen was executive vice president of Durham-based think-tank MDC Inc.

New executive director at Center for Public Policy Research quits

Linda Struyk Millsaps, who last September was named executive director of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, has resigned to become research director for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Nancy Richmond Rose, director of operations and finance for the Center, has been named acting director.

Millsaps, who was assistant secretary and chief operating officer for the state Department of Revenue before joining the Center, succeeded Ran Coble as executive director after he retired.

She continues to work with the Center on a contractual basis through April, and begins her new job May 1.

Peggy Valentine, chair of the board of directors at the Center and dean of health sciences at Winston-Salem State University, says the board is putting together a transition plan for the organization.

The search that led to the hiring of Millsaps took nearly six months, Valentine says, and was handled by Triangle consulting firm Moss+Ross.

CEO out at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

Bud Lavery, who joined Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in July 2013 as president and CEO, has left the organization.

Lavery and Tommy Schenck, chair of the board of directors at Prevent Child Abuse and general manager at WCHL Viacom in Chapel Hill, each declined to comment.

Lavery, whose last day at work was Friday and who formerly was executive director of Communities in Schools of Durham, succeeded Rosie Allen Ryan, who had served as president and CEO since 2008.

Founding executive director leaving Pat’s Place

Anne Pfeiffer, founding executive director at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte, has resigned after 13 years.

The nonprofit’s board of directors plans to hire an independent interim executive director soon to work with Pfeiffer before she leaves in late May for Ohio to be closer to her mother, who is experiencing health issues, Linda Komanduri, board chair, says in an email message announcing the change.

The board has formed a search committee to look for a permanent executive director.

Pat’s Place, formed to provide a coordinated response for victims of child sexual abuse, has served over 3,500 children in Mecklenburg County.

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