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Danielle Degnan

Chief Development Officer

National Coast Guard Museum Association

New London, CT


Danielle Degnan is the new Chief Development Officer of the National Coast Guard Museum Association and will report directly to Dick Grahn, NCGMA President and CEO.

Danielle will be leading a $50M+ capital campaign effort to establish philanthropic funds for a national museum on the New London, Connecticut historic waterfront to increase awareness and appreciation of the Coast Guard. The Museum will explore the Coast Guard’s rich history, current life, and future challenges through world class, museum-quality interactive exhibits, programs, public and private partnerships, and STEM-based, life-long learning experiences. She will manage a high-level portfolio and supervise a development team, as well as collaborate strategically with NCGMA leadership and Board.

Danielle brings with her a unique philanthropic perspective and 28 years of engineering, non-profit development, executive team management and consulting for a variety of industries. As the Director of Development and Public Relations at Caritas Carney Hospital, Danielle managed a successful feasibility study and launched and completed a capital campaign. In 2005, she became the Vice President of Development at Partners HealthCare at Home securing transformational gifts for the organization. Most recently, Danielle held the Director of Development and Community Relations position at The Salvation Army, Massachusetts Division, leading successful capital campaigns, raising over $20M annually, and serving as a branding and communications strategist. With a long-standing interest in the armed forces and commitment to philanthropic strategy, Danielle brings both passion and expertise to the CDO role and the Museum Association’s campaign.

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the armed services that does not have a national museum to celebrate its role in the life of our nation and to honor the men and women who serve. Since its inception in 1790, the Coast Guard has established a proud and illustrious history which deserves recognition from the public.

The Coast Guard, under the aegis of The Department of Homeland Security, has three major roles: Maritime Safety, Maritime Security, and Maritime Stewardship. These vital responsibilities are carried out by 42,000 highly trained men and women who perform these missions with integrity, dedication and honor to duty and country. The public is generally unaware of the scale and scope of the Coast Guard’s operations. The Museum will send a clear message both through its exhibits and its iconic image: Respect the past, engage the present and look to the future.

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Robin Elkins

Vice President for Development

New England Aquarium

Boston, MA


The New England Aquarium (“the Aquarium”) welcomes Robin Elkins as the new Vice President for Development. Robin comes to the Aquarium from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she began her development career after many years in the private sector. Over her almost 7 years at MIT, Robin has held progressive positions in the international area, most recently as the Director of Global Initiatives. In this role, Robin led the strategy and design of Sloan’s international philanthropy program while personally managing a portfolio of principal gift prospects in Europe and Latin America.

As the Aquarium’s Vice President for Development, Robin will oversee and manage all development functions including major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, membership, annual giving, government grants and planned giving. As a valued member of the Executive Management Team, Robin will partner with the President & CEO, Board of Trustees, and senior leadership, to strengthen the Aquarium’s philanthropic program and drive organizational strategy.

Welcoming close to 1.3 million annual visitors, The New England Aquarium is a $45 million operating organization that combines education, engagement, and action to address the most challenging problems facing the oceans. The Aquarium is the only Boston-based cultural institution with a mission focused primarily on the environment, promoting the importance of protecting the blue planet through innovative exhibits and educational programs. This includes the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life; a groundbreaking initiative designed to highlight and expand the Aquarium’s cutting-edge applied marine research and data-driven conservation solutions.

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Malcolm E. Berry

Chief Development Officer

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation

St. Louis, MO


The following announcement is from Joan Magruder, President of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and BJC Group President, Community & Home Care Services

It is my great pleasure to welcome Malcolm E. Berry to our executive leadership team, as Chief Development Officer of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation. Malcolm joins us from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, where he served as the Foundation’s Vice President, Major Gifts.

Malcolm will provide strategic leadership of all efforts to significantly increase funding for SLCH.

As you know, elevating the impact of our Foundation is among our most key aspirational goals: from optimizing donor engagement and stewardship, to dollars earned, to the growth of our donor pool, to public awareness of SLCH as a charitable cause. I am thrilled somebody with Malcolm’s breadth of experience and accomplishments will help us advance this mission.

Malcolm has served roles at SickKids that focus on fundraising, gift planning, donor relations, estate planning, and other key functions. Further, he has served in leadership roles with the Woodmark Group, a U.S.-Canadian organization of 26 prominent children’s hospitals, as well as with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

He not only brings critical strategic skills and experience, but a personal relatability that make him an extraordinary fit with our hospital culture and mission. He will work closely with the leadership teams at SLCH, Washington University School of Medicine, and the SLCH Foundation Board of Trustees to identify fundraising needs and priorities for the hospital and WUSM pediatric departments.

Malcolm earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Education degree from OISE/University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University.

His office will be located at the Highlands building, along with the SLCH-Foundation team. His first day with us will be February 20, 2017.

I couldn’t be more excited for Malcolm to join our team, and lead us on a transformative journey.

Please also join me in thanking the Foundation Board Trustees who interviewed and selected Malcolm, Sandra Young for her interim VP leadership during this pivotal transition, as well as the entire Foundation team for their hard work, momentum and focus, during this five-month period.

Thanks very much.

Joan

Joan Magruder

President, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and

BJC Group President, Community & Home Care Service

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Mack Davidson

Chief Financial Officer

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Cambridge, MA


The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) welcomes Mack Davidson as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Since its founding in 1939, UUSC has been dedicated to serving the most marginalized people on the planet, and that motivation carries into their work today. Through a potent combination of advocacy, education and informed action, UUSC mobilizes its membership base of 40,000 to effect change for social justice, environmental justice, and human rights in the United States and 15 countries around the world.

Working closely with UUSC’s President and CEO, Rev. Dr. William Schulz, and the Board’s Finance and Investment Committees, Mack will lead UUSC’s finance team and have an active role in shaping strategic decisions to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Mack comes to UUSC from the Conservation Law Foundation where he currently serves as Vice President for Finance & Administration and previously held the position of Director of Operations. A Princeton University and Harvard Kennedy School graduate, Mack has held a variety of positions in the nonprofit and higher education sectors at several organizations including the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Maura Lynch

Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Tufts Medical Center Trust

Tufts Medical Center

Boston, MA


Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) welcomes Maura Lynch as its new Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Tufts MC Trust. Maura enters this role with over 25 years of development experience and most recently served as Executive Director of Development at Mount Sinai Health System during its $1 billion capital campaign. Over the course of her almost six-year tenure with Mount Sinai, Maura also served as Director of Development of the Tisch Cancer Institute, where she was responsible for campaign management and philanthropic revenue for the Tisch Cancer Institute, the Department of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Maura worked in Boston as the Director of Development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer at YMCA of Greater Boston. Maura received her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her M.S. from Boston University’s College of Communications.

Reporting to CEO, Dr. Michael Wagner, Maura will be collaboratively engaged in designing, building, and implementing a fundraising program and volunteer leadership structure that will be the foundation of true philanthropic transformation for Tufts MC. She will play a central leadership role as a member of the senior management team, as well as help to oversee the Trust Board and Board of Governors. As chief development officer, Maura will manage a growing team of development officers and work to build a culture of philanthropy at every level of the Medical Center and represent Tufts MC as its ambassador by building ties in the greater Boston community.

Originally established in 1796 as the Boston Dispensary by early American patriots, Tufts Medical Center is an internationally-respected academic medical center and teaching hospital. Tufts MC takes tremendous pride in offering world-class care and does so with great compassion for each and every patient, offering care for all patients from the tiniest newborns at their full-service pediatric hospital, Floating Hospital for Children, to centenarians in their specialized Geriatrics clinic. Located in downtown Boston in the Chinatown and Theater Districts, Tufts MC is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine, playing a key role in training the next generation of leaders in medicine.  Its expansive research program includes groundbreaking bench research, clinical trials, and developments in health policy.

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Alice Roebuck

Director of Advancement

Concord Academy

Concord, MA


Chartered in 1922, Concord Academy is a highly selective, co-educational day- and boarding school in Concord, Massachusetts. The school currently enrolls 373 students from 10 countries and 23 states and engages its students in a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust. Students and teachers work together in a vibrant and close-knit community dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor.

Alice Roebuck will lead Concord Academy’s advancement operation and continue to foster a culture of innovation, data-driven analysis, and bold fundraising achievements to ensure sustainable, long-term growth in private philanthropic support, and enhance Concord Academy’s educational programs and campus life. She will coordinate the participation of the Head of School, trustees, senior administrators, and key volunteers in the fundraising process, fostering relationships between these stakeholders and alumni and friends who live and work around the world. Alice will also set expectations for the overall office and 15-person staff, and continue to promote excellence through well-defined, ambitious, and measureable goals.

Alice comes to Concord Academy after a 14-year tenure at Harvard University, where she most recently served as the Executive Director for the Harvard College Fund, Reunion and Annual Campaigns.

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Danielle Degnan

Chief Development Officer

National Coast Guard Museum Association

New London, CT

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Robin Elkins

Vice President for Development

New England Aquarium

Boston, MA

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Malcolm E. Berry

Chief Development Officer

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation

St. Louis, MO

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Mack Davidson

Chief Financial Officer

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Cambridge, MA

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Maura Lynch

Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Tufts Medical Center Trust

Tufts Medical Center

Boston, MA

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Alice Roebuck

Director of Advancement

Concord Academy

Concord, MA


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