Africare Announces Changes to its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2005–Africare Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Honorable George A. Dalley, Esq., has announced the appointment of the following people to the Board: New Board Chair, Mr. W. Frank Fountain, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy for DaimlerChrysler, who succeeds Dalley. New Board Members include F. Euclid Walker of MD Renascent Capital Group in Chicago, and philanthropist and career Foreign Service Officer, Philip Pillsbury, Jr.

Returning to the Board are members Mr. Clyde Richardson, Rev. Yvonne Seon, PhD, and Ambassador Curtin Winsor. Finally, three board members, Ambassador George Haley, Bishop Frederick James, and Dr. Louis Sullivan have ended their tenure on the Board after the expiration of their terms.

New Board Chair Fountain has had a distinguished career in public policy and government and external affairs with DaimlerChrysler Corporation, where he also is involved in National Education Programs and is President of DaimlerChrysler Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Corporation. Fountain has been able to combine his academic training with his business experience, and has further demonstrated his commitment to service as Chairman of the Board for the Corporate Council on Africa, Hampton University, and the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education. Fountain has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Bangal, India and holds a BA in history and political science from Hampton University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Fountain’s Predecessor, Mr. George Dalley, is the counsel and staff director for Congressman Charles B. Rangel, a position Dalley previously held from 1985-1989. Dalley has a renowned career in law and business—a founding member of the Corporate Council on Africa, he also serves the US Counsel for the African Business Roundtable, and served the US Civil Aeronautics Board. Dalley, according to Africare President Julius E. Coles, “Has honorably served as Chairman of the Board, and provided it with distinguished leadership. George’s commitment to Africare and Africa has been truly outstanding.”

New Board Member F. Euclid Walker is the Managing Director of Renascent Capital Group, a Chicago based strategic advisory and investment firm, and a Principal in CRADLE Real Estate Group, a Chicago real estate firm focused on urban markets, and a partner in Walker Properties. Walker has served as Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Group, and became one of two Morgan Stanley professionals in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996. He then worked in London overseeing a major restructuring of Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Finance until 2003, when he moved to Chicago.

Renowned philanthropist and career Foreign Service Officer Philip Pillsbury, Jr. has served in the Foreign Service around the world, including Spain, Italy, Mali, Madagascar, Congo (then Zaire), Iran, and Italy—among many other countries. Pillsbury retired as Deputy Director of the Office of Cultural Resources in 1990 through the United States Information Agency. During his tenure in USIA, Pillsbury received several awards for his service, including the Meritorious Honor Award both for his work in Mali.

Mr. Clyde Richardson is the President and CEO of Loriche Publications, a music publishing and production company. He has served on the Africare Board of Directors from 1980 to 2000. Rev. Seon has served on the Board for 25 years and has had a very distinguished career in public service as an educator and Unitarian-Universalist Minister. Ambassador Winsor has served in several foreign policy capacities, including Special Assistant to Bob Dole and foreign policy advisor to the Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan. Africare is pleased to have these former members return to the Board.

The Board Members whose terms have expired include Ambassador Haley, who has proudly served on the Board and has a remarkable background, including Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia from 1998-2001, among his many other accomplishments. Bishop Frederick Calhoun James is Chairman and President of the Church Furnishings Corporation, and has served as a Member of the White House Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a Member of the US State Department Advisory Board on Religious Freedom Abroad.