Southeastern Council of Foundations Announces Board Members and Officers for 2009

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Southeastern Council of Foundations elects Board Members and Officers for 2009

The Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), a membership association of grantmaking foundations and programs, announces its 2009 Board of Trustees and Officers. The board includes two trustees newly elected to a three-year term, five elected to a second three-year term and 14 continuing their current terms.

Newly elected trustees are:

Ms. Kathryn H. Dennis, President, Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Dennis has held her current role since June 2002. Previously, she was employed with SunTrust Bank, Middle Georgia as Senior Vice President of Private Client Services. A native Georgian, she is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Leadership Georgia and Leadership Macon. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Macon Economic Development Commission, the Center for Racial Understanding and Stratford Academy. Mrs. Dennis is also a member of the Macon Estate Planning Council and Career Women's Network.

Ms. Heather Larkin Eason, JD, CPA, President and CEO, Arkansas Community Foundation. Eason has worked at the Foundation since receiving her law degree from University of Arkansas Law School in Little Rock in 1998. She earned her accounting degree at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, in 1993. In 2001, she participated in the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellows program, and in 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow. Ms. Larkin Eason is a graduate of Greater Little Rock Leadership, and a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Society of CPAs, Arkansas Women Executives, and Central Arkansas Estate Council.

Trustees elected to second terms are:

Ted Alexander, CEO, Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, Picayune, MS
H. Scott Davis, Trustee, Mildred V. Horn Foundation, Louisville, KY
Byron Harrell, President & CEO, Baptist Community Ministries, New Orleans, LA
Handy Lindsey, President, The Cameron Foundation, Petersburg, VA
Jan Young, Executive Director, Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Continuing their terms on the SECF board are:

Mr. Peter F. Bird, Jr., President & CEO, The Frist Foundation, Nashville, TN
Mr. Louie Buntin, CEO, Louie M. & Betty M. Phillips Foundation, Nashville, TN
Mr. H. Speer Burdette, III, President/General Manager, Callaway Foundation/Fuller E. Callaway Foundation, LaGrange, GA
Mr. Eugene W. Cochrane, Jr., President, The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC
Ms. Doyce H. Deas, Trustee, Doyce H. Deas Foundation, Tupelo, MS
Ms. Lesley Grady, Vice President, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Ms. Debra M. Jacobs, President & CEO, The Patterson Foundation, Sarasota, FL
Mr. William B. Johnson, President, Alabama Power Foundation, Birmingham, AL
Mr. Thomas C. Keith, President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller, President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem, NC
Ms. Dot Neale, Corporate Community Relations Manager, IBM, Memphis, TN
Ms. Allyson Rothrock, Executive Director, The Harvest Foundation, Martinsville, VA
Ms. Nina Waters, President, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Mr. David D. Weitnauer, Executive Director, R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Board Officers for 2009 are: Chair, Pete Bird, President & CEO, The Frist Foundation, Nashville, TN; Chair-Elect, Debra Jacobs, President & CEO, The Patterson Foundation, Sarasota, FL; Vice Chair, Handy Lindsey, President, The Cameron Foundation, Petersburg, VA; Secretary-Treasurer, Gene Cochrane, President, The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC; and President & CEO, Mike Howland.

The Southeastern Council of Foundations is a membership association of grantmaking foundations and giving programs that promotes excellence throughout the field of philanthropy and the creation of new philanthropic resources to benefit the region. SECF membership consists of more than 360 grantmaking organizations, from 11 Southeastern states with approximately $30 billion in philanthropic assets.

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