Hannan Foundation Appoints New Leadership for 90 Year Old Senior Service Organization

Monday, June 22, 2015

Detroit, MI - The Board of Trustees of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation announced that Vincent Tilford has been appointed to serve as its Executive Director.  Mr. Tilford’s appointment will be effective  on  June 22, 2015. Mr. Tilford will succeed Ms. Sandra Bulger who has served as the Foundation’s interim Executive Director since January 1, 2015, following the retirement of the Foundation’s former executive director of twenty one years, Timothy Wintermute.

Ms. Bulger, who resigned from the Hannan Board to fill the position on an interim basis, will rejoin the Board as the Foundation’s Vice President. Ms. Bulger says she is “excited about having such an experienced and outstanding executive assume the leadership of the Foundation.” Dr. Ruth Dunkle, President of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, says, “ Mr. Tilford is very well prepared to position the Hannan Foundation to solve the future challenges facing older adults in Detroit."

An experienced nonprofit executive, Mr. Tilford is stepping down from his position as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Detroit, after eight years in a leadership role. Mr. Tilford’s career spans nearly thirty years, including: a stint with Aetna Life & Casualty where he served as an investment director; three years as the president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority; and several years as the senior program director for the Detroit office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

A Cleveland, Ohio native who has lived in Michigan for 17 years, Mr. Tilford is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Maryland and a master degree in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.   

The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation is unique in that it is an endowed “operating” foundation that provides programs and services as well as funding. It was established with endowments from the estates of Detroit philanthropists Luella and William Hannan and the John Scudder Foundation. The Foundation has been located in the “Hannan House” building in Midtown since 1993, providing programs and services for senior citizens in the Detroit metropolitan area since it was established in 1925.

The Foundation’s Department of Social Work provides social work services and service coordination to more than 4,000 seniors living in 33 senior apartment buildings in the Detroit Metropolitan Area and State of Michigan. In addition to the social services for older adults, the building is also home to its Center for Creative Aging, including the Hannan Center for Lifelong Learning and the Ellen Kayrod Gallery of Art. The Foundation’s 45,000 square building is also a nonprofit office center where office space and infrastructure support are leased to  several non-profit organizations. Cyd Kinney, Executive Vice President of the search firm, DHR, conducted this successful search. 

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