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April 24, 2008

Contact: Marilyn LeFeber, (810) 238-5651,

Mott Foundation announces promotions in Program, Communications Departments

FLINT, Mich. – A number of promotions have been announced at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Four of the promotions are within the Program Department:

  • Neal R. Hegarty, to director of the Flint Area program from program officer;
  • Shannon L. Lawder, to director of the Civil Society program from regional director;
  • Samuel B. Passmore, to director of the Environment program from program officer; and
  • J. Walter Veirs, to regional director for Central/Eastern Europe and Russia from program officer. 

In addition, Jack A. Litzenberg, senior program officer, has agreed to take on the responsibility of interim director for the Pathways Out of Poverty program. Litzenberg previously has been director of both the Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty teams.

Within the Communications Department, Mitchell W. Hurst has been promoted to team leader-new media from communications officer-new media. In this capacity he will lead an expanded Web strategy and content development initiative.

The program promotions follow the departure of two associate vice presidents for programs. Lois R. DeBacker became program director at the Kresge Foundation in Troy. Kevin F. Walker is leaving to become president and CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.

/upload/pictures/news pictures/nealh.jpg Neal R. HegartyHegarty joined the Foundation in 2000 as an associate program officer on the Flint Area team. He had been assistant director of the LVSA-Capital Area Literacy Coalition in Lansing. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from Texas Tech University and a master’s in public policy and administration from Michigan State University.

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Shannon L. Lawder
Lawder joined the Foundation in 1995 as an associate program officer on the Civil Society team. She had been international program director for the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic. She holds a bachelor’s in Russian studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

/upload/pictures/news pictures/samp.jpgSam B. PassmorePassmore joined the Foundation in 2001 as a program officer on the Environment team. He had been land-use program director at the South Carolina Coastal  Conservation League in Charleston. He holds a bachelor’s in English and environment studies from Oberlin (Ohio) College and a master’s in public affairs from Princeton (New Jersey) University.

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J. Walter Veirs
Veirs joined the Foundation in 1998 as an associate program officer on the Civil Society team. He had been practicing law in Prague and the U.S. He holds a bachelor’s in English literature and economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and a law degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

/upload/pictures/news pictures/jackl.jpgJack A. LitzenbergLitzenberg joined the Foundation in 1984 as a program officer on the Flint team. He was the 1994 recipient of the Robert W. Scrivner Award for innovation and creativity in grantmaking from the Council on Foundations. He holds a bachelor’s in social studies from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University and two master’s, one in urban studies from the University of Akron (Ohio) and the other in urban planning from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

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Mitchell W. Hurst
Hurst joined the Foundation in 2001 as a communications officer. He had been vice president in the community development banking division of the Bank of America in Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago.

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