Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust promotes two to program directors


The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has promoted two veteran grant makers to program directors.

David Hillman and Lee Ann Hoy, both long-time grants officers, will be responsible for leading grant making and initiatives in Indiana.

"They have very deep knowledge of their community - the people, organizations and issues - and will now be taking a more strategic role in planning the Trust's giving," said Gene D'Adamo, president and CEO of the Trust.

Hillman and Hoy joined the Trust in 2000 and helped develop its three giving areas: Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature, and Enriching Community Life.

The Trust restructured its leadership team after the departure last year of its Indiana grants program director, Dr. Michael Twyman, who left for a new leadership position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
In addition to the leadership change, the Indiana grants team is adding a new program associate.

The Trust's Phoenix office also made personnel changes, promoting Robert Berger and Belen Gonzalez to program directors.

Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $224 million to nearly 900 Indiana and Arizona nonprofit organizations.

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About the new program directors

David Hillman, O.D., reviews the majority of Indiana environmental proposals. His portfolio also includes grants to address homelessness, ex-offender re-entry and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Hillman is a member of the Community Foundation of Boone County Board of Directors, chairing its grants review committee. He also serves on a number of United Way of Central Indiana committees and has leadership roles in several community initiatives. He earned two degrees from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences and a doctorate in optometry.

Lee Ann Hoy leads the Trust's work on the Love me. Fix me. initiative, which is increasing the number of cats and dogs spayed or neutered in the Indianapolis area. She is a member of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Board of Directors and the United Way of Central Indiana's Human Services Committee. She oversees many of the social service agency proposals, including those assisting youth. She also manages the Trust's work with the Summer Youth Program Fund. Ms. Hoy graduated from Franklin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and secondary education and earned a master's degree in public relations at Ball State University.

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