KU Endowment appoints 6 new members to board of trustees

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KU Endowment's offices on West Campus in Lawrence are pictured April 16, 2021.

Six new trustees from across the country have been appointed to the board of KU Endowment, the university’s chief fundraising arm.

The following members were elected to the organization’s operating board at KU Endowment’s annual meeting last weekend:

• Gene Camarena, Wichita, is president and CEO of La Raza Pizza Inc., one of the larger operators of Pizza Hut restaurants in the country. Camarena also is chairman of the board of directors for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which provides more than $30 million in scholarships to Hispanic students annually.

• Laura Pinkston Koenigs, Springfield, Massachusetts, is a medical doctor recently retired as program director for pediatric residency at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts.

• Erica LeBlanc, Chicago, is executive director of new ventures at S.C. Johnson, one of the largest household product companies in the world, making everything from Ziploc bags to Windex cleaner.

• Daniel Martin was recently hired as the new president of KU Endowment to replace Dale Seuferling, who retired. Martin came back to Kansas after having served as chief philanthropy officer for the Texas division of St. Luke’s Health, and previously was president and CEO of Seattle Pacific University.

• Lisa Murray, Mission Hills, is the chief investment officer for Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she oversees an investment portfolio of about $2 billion. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, she served as a consultant for a number of endowments and foundations.

• David Pittaway, Naples, Florida, holds multiple leadership roles with Castle Harlan, a New York-based private equity firm. He also is a co-founder of the Armed Forces Reserve Family Assistance Fund, which provides support for families of American service members serving overseas.


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