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Jonas Family Fund Promotes Darlene J. Curley to CEO and Kelly C. Mahoney to Deputy Director, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

NEW YORK, April 11, 2016 – Barbara and Donald Jonas, co-founders of the Jonas Family Fund, announce the promotions of Darlene Curley to CEO of the Family Fund and Kelly Mahoney to Deputy Director of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

As the new CEO of the Jonas Family Fund, Curley will oversee all of the philanthropy’s activities in addition to her role as Executive Director of the Jonas Center. She will lead national partnership development and grant-making in Environmental Health, Eradicating Blindness, Interdisciplinary Healthcare Education, Global Health and Nursing.

Mahoney will oversee the Jonas Center’s national grant-making programs, including the signature Jonas Scholar Program, and day-to-day operations.

“Ms. Curley and Ms. Mahoney have been at the helm of the Jonas Center’s greatest achievements, including 1,000 Jonas Scholars in all 50 states, and the milestone of our 10th anniversary,” said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center. “The Jonas Center is pleased to announce their new roles and anticipate ever greater success under their leadership.”

Darlene Curley, M.S., R.N.

Curley joined the Jonas Center in 2009 as Executive Director, bringing extensive experience as an educator, health policy leader, entrepreneur and leadership consultant. Prior to her role at the Jonas Center, Curley was elected to two terms in the Maine House of Representatives where she established herself as a leading expert in health policy and finance. She received a prestigious appointment to the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Curley is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine.

 Kelly Mahoney

Mahoney previously held positions at Malaria No More and the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at New York University. She spent two years as the lead health education volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Maloney also conducted post-tsunami field work for the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Aceh, Indonesia.

 She received her master’s in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and her bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.

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 The Jonas Family Fund

In May 2005, working with the Jewish Communal Fund and Christie's, the Jonas family auctioned 15 of their abstract expressionist artworks and generated $44 million to seed the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund. While nursing is the prime philanthropic focus of the Family Fund, it also supports initiatives in mental health and at-risk youth and families – giving efforts that involve the Jonases’ children and grandchildren. 

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