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Mary Phan-Gruber Selected to Lead Jefferson Regional Foundation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

John R. Echement, President and CEO of Jefferson Regional Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Jefferson Regional Foundation, announce that Mary Phan-Gruber has been selected as the Foundation’s Executive Director.

Phan-Gruber has more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished nonprofit leader with expertise in guiding and growing community-based organizations, programs and foundations. She has served in several community health-related capacities as executive, consultant, program director, teacher and therapist.

She comes to Jefferson Regional Foundation from Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging in Pittsburgh, where she led the creation and implementation of the agency’s first strategic plan, guided the creation of its learning center and initiated and led quality improvement projects.

She previously worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region and she was a senior nonprofit consultant with a Pittsburgh-based leading regional management consulting firm focused on nonprofit excellence and serving community-based organizations, public agencies and foundations.

From 1997 to 2007, Phan-Gruber served as executive director of the Birmingham Foundation in Pittsburgh, where she created and managed a grant program focused on strengthening community health and human services resources. She also served as associate director for Allegheny County Center for Victims of Crime and Violence, where she developed, secured funding and managed several programs. She is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and has lectured at Duquesne University, Carlow University, California University and Case Western Reserve University.

Phan-Gruber received her BA Summa Cum Laude from Muskingum College in psychology and communications and her Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape board vice president, Community College of Allegheny County social work advisory council member and National Association of Social Workers.

She was attracted to her new role with Jefferson Regional Foundation “for the opportunity to help build a valuable community resource,” she said. In addition to startup activities, she will focus early efforts on more fully understanding the strengths and needs in target communities whose residents are struggling with issues such as access to transportation, convenient and affordable health care and limited essential services.

“Our Board has made a strong commitment to continue to address the needs of our residents in the Jefferson Hospital service area, now and into the future,” Echement said. “Mary has the vision, experience and enthusiasm to lead us forward in our mission to serve that purpose.”

The mission of Jefferson Regional Foundation is “to improve the health and welfare of the community of Jefferson Hospital through grantmaking, education and outreach. The Foundation will serve the community with integrity and transparency.”