Southeastern Council of Foundations Names 2008 Hull Fellows

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Southeastern Council of Foundations names prestigious Hull Fellows class of 2008. The only program of its kind in the country, the Hull Fellows Program is a selective program designed to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast's emerging leaders in philanthropy.

The Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) has named its 2008 class of Hull Fellows. The only enterprise of its kind in the country, the prestigious Hull Fellows Program was established by SECF in 2000 to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast's emerging leaders in philanthropy. The selective program benefits newer foundation staff and board members who have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities in their careers and their communities. It is named in honor of Robert H. Hull, who served as SECF's CEO for 19 years, retiring in 1997.

Candidates are selected for their leadership potential and may be nominated only by the Executive Directors or Board Chairs of their grantmaking foundations. Each class is composed of an intentionally diverse mix of participants. Since 2000, some 150 new leaders have completed the training.

Southeastern Council of Foundations' President, Martin Lehfeldt, points out: "SECF's unique program to nurture some of the best and the brightest newcomers in our field is a major contribution to ensuring that philanthropy in the South will continue to be led by thoughtful professionals and volunteers."

The program will enable Hull Fellows to develop an understanding of the historic roots and traditions of philanthropy; gain new perspectives on philanthropic issues; explore the challenges and opportunities particular to Southern philanthropy; hone personal and professional development with an emphasis on experiential learning; and form new, collaborative relationships with their Southeastern peers.

The cornerstone of the Hull Fellows Program is an interactive late spring conference May 19 - 22, 2008. The program concludes with a special session at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations scheduled for Asheville, North Carolina, November 12 - 14, 2008.

The 2008 Hull Fellows are:

Laurell Allen, Executive Director/Trustee, Patterson-Barclay Memorial Foundation, Gainesville, GA ; Denise Blakney, Senior Program Officer, Obici Healthcare, Suffolk, VA; Ethan Clapsaddle, Senior Program Associate, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Cherokee, NC, Marco F. Cocito-Monoc, Affiliates Director, Greater New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans, LA; Catherine Covington, Grants Manager, SunTrust Endowment & Foundation Services, Atlanta, GA; Kappy Kellett deButts, Executive Director, The Zeist Foundation, Inc, Atlanta, GA; Anne Douglas, Program Officer, The Cameron Foundation, Petersburg, VA; Jennifer C. Evins, Trustee, Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg, SC; Rebecca Finley, Communications Director, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN; Lisa K. Garcia, Director of Development, The Community Foundation of the New River Valley, Christiansburg, VA; Maria S. Kennedy, Executive Director, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Birmingham, AL; Isha Ahsan Lee, Senior Development Associate, The Atlanta Women's Foundation, Atlanta, GA; M. Tina Markanda, Program Officer, The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC; Nadine Marsh-Carter, Trustee, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Richmond, VA; Michele W. Pritchard, Grants Manager, Peyton Anderson Foundation, Macon, GA; Kathleen S. Shaw, Program Director - Grantmaking, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; Katherine "Katy" Pugh Smith, Executive Director, Piedmont Health Care Foundation, Greenville, SC; Marvin L. Starks, Trustee, J. Marion Sims Foundation, Lancaster, SC, Lauren Welsh, Vice President, Marketing & Communitcations, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Joyce Yamaato, Vice President, Philanthropic Consultant, Wachovia Trust, Atlanta, GA.

The Southeastern Council of Foundations is a membership association of approximately 350 grantmaking foundations and programs in 11 states. SECF promotes excellence throughout the field of philanthropy and the creation of new philanthropic resources to benefit the Southeast. For more information, contact Helen M. Ishii, Director of Marketing & Communications at 404-524-0911, or visit SECF's website at


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