first_imgVERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HIRES STUART COMSTOCK-GAY AS PRESIDENT & CEOMIDDLEBURY, VT – The board of the Vermont Community Foundation announced that Stuart Comstock-Gay has been named the next President & CEO. Comstock-Gay comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of institutions dedicated to bringing people together in the pursuit of community-minded goals.Rob Woolmington, the VCF’s board chair said that Comstock-Gay’s experience would be instrumental in continuing the work of the Foundation to help people, businesses, and organizations give effectively in Vermont. “The board was particularly impressed by Stuart’s understanding of how a community foundation can engage philanthropists and assist charitable partners in building healthy and vital communities. That is the core work of the Vermont Community Foundation. We believe Stuart will be an effective, thoughtful, and engaging leader, and we look forward to working with him.”Comstock-Gay started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Demos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.Most recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Demos, he has worked to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he has worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.Comstock-Gay said that he sees great potential to harness the community-minded spirit of Vermonters. “America’s best traditions include civic engagement and community spirit. Vermont has a long and inspiring history of these traditions. The VCF has proven that it is an important part of Vermont life. I am eager to work with VCF donors, supporters, and partners to address some of the states’s most pressing issues.”Comstock-Gay holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife have three daughters.The Vermont Community Foundation helps individuals, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of giving through opportunities to learn, lead, and grow as philanthropists. The VCF has more than 500 charitable funds, each of which was established to build healthy and vital Vermont communities. In addition, the VCF offers planned giving, nonprofit agency fund management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions.###last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, including an unstoppable long-range goal, to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League on Friday.However, it was not enough as the French side reached the quarter-finals on away goals. After both sides converted contentious penalties in the first half, Ronaldo struck from out of the blues on the hour but Lyon clung on for a 2-2 aggregate draw, which sent them to next week’s Final Eight tournament in Lisbon.They will meet Manchester City in a one-legged quarter-final.The defeat left Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri in an uncomfortable position as the Champions League title eluded the Turin side for another season.Although Juventus have won Serie A for nine seasons in a row, they have not been able to get their hands on the Champions League trophy since 1996 when they won it for the second time.Despite continuing the domestic run, Sarri failed to give Juventus the flamboyant touch the club had been looking for as well as missing out on their main goal. It was an uphill struggle for Juve from the moment they conceded an away goal in the 12th minute, albeit in controversial circumstances.Rodrigo Bentancur appeared to get the ball cleanly off Houssem Aouar but referee Felix Zwayer pointed to the spot and chose not to look at the incident on the pitchside monitor.Dempay converted with a cheeky Panenka-style penalty which sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way.Ronaldo saw a free kick palmed away by Anthony Lopes but it was another controversial penalty which provided the hosts with their equaliser.Miralem Pjanic’s free kick struck Depay’s elbow in the wall and, although his arm was close to his body, the referee gave another penalty, again without consulting the pitchside monitor. Ronaldo converted.Juventus seemed to be making little progress after halftime until Ronaldo found space for a shot and blasted the ball past Lopes from 25 metres on the hour.After that, it became almost a Ronaldo one-man show as he set up a chance which Gonzalo Higuain headed over, then headed over himself and drilled a free kick into the wall.But even he could not find the winner.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Reuters/NAN.Tags: Cristiano RonaldoJuventusOlympique LyonUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgA couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF:1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the league. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said. Polian personally spoke to Tim Tebow, who declined.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 14, 2019MORE: AAF Power Rankings Heading Into Week 2After that report started making waves, the Associated Press revealed more details as to what exactly transpired.From the AP:A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league. But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has publicly acknowledged such talks.Kaepernick’s $20 million is far more than what AAF players are making. Players earn $225,000 over three years, which comes out to $75,000 per season. In May, players can opt to chase their NFL dreams, but if they don’t get a roster spot then they are required to come back for another season.MORE: AAF Week 2 Predictions, Odds and Who to Watch The Alliance of American Football league reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing its league prior to its start last weekend.The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones spoke with AAF co-founder Bill Polian who told her that league CEO Charlie Ebersol wanted to see if the free agent QB would play. Jones also followed up on her report by saying the league didn’t initiate talks with Kaepernick.To follow up and correct an earlier tweet about Kaepernick/AAF, I’m told that though there was a conversation between Charlie Ebersol and Colin Kaepernick’s team last summer, the AAF didn’t initiate it. The AAF had other similar calls with free agent players.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 15, 2019AAF also had interest in Tim TebowThe Alliance also reached out to former NFL QB Tim Tebow, but he’s committed to baseball. What’s interesting about Tebow is that Polian reached out and so did Apollos coach Steve Spurrier. Although Tebow said he’s focused on baseball.”And I don’t blame Tim,” Spurrier said earlier this week on PFT Live. “Tim’s got a chance to go to Major League Baseball. I think he starts in the Triple A this year. I think Tim’s probably headed in the baseball direction right now, and I certainly don’t blame him. I think if I was in his situation, I might do the same thing.”last_img read more