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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces Key Staff Appointments


  Toni Almasy
Avatar Communications, Inc.


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Atlanta, Georgia – August 29, 2002 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced several staff
appointments. “The staff at Healthcare Georgia Foundation represents the diversity, experience,
training and compassion that are the prerequisites to effective grantmaking,” said Foundation
President, Dr. Gary Nelson. “I’m delighted to be working with colleagues who are skilled at
advocating, supporting and partnering with Georgia’s public and private nonprofit sector.”

Nicole Howe Buggs, Director of Grants Management
As the Director of Grants Management, Nicole manages the grant information system, provides
quality control for all grantmaking procedures and systems and provides reports for analysis and

Prior to joining the Foundation, Nicole worked at the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Gannett
Foundation, MicroEdge, the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of

Milano Harden, Program Director
As Program Director, Milano is responsible for administering the Foundation’s Grantmaking
Program. He is charged with reviewing solicited grant proposals, acting as the liaison between the
Foundation, grantseekers and grantees. Milano develops and manages all aspects of the
Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Harden was the president of The Genius Group, Inc. which
specializes in program and organizational development solutions for health, nonprofit and
community leaders. He has also served as the Manager of Education Initiatives for the Hauser
Center for Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University and as a Development Manager of Executive Education at the Health Research &
Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association.

Michael J. Sweeney, III, Director of Finance
Mike is responsible for managing the Foundation’s financial operations and reporting functions.
He assists the President in financial tax planning and investments. Additionally, he is responsible
for the technology infrastructure for the Foundation, including data integrity and disaster
recovery. He also reviews prospective grantees financial statements.

Prior to joining Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Mike was with Bank of America for over 30
years. He most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, where his responsibilities
included managing the financial and administrative functions for the company’s Corporate
Affairs division.

Barbara Ann Park, Executive Assistant to the President
Barbara is responsible for the coordination of administrative and clerical activities for the
Foundation’s President. She also serves as the recording secretary to the Board of Directors as
well as assisting in various administrative functions dedicated to ensuring the achievement of the
Foundation’s mission.

Prior to joining Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Barbara was Executive Assistant to the President
for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Ta-Tanisha Smith, Program Assistant
Ta-Tanisha is responsible for providing administrative and creative support to the Foundation
staff. In addition, she assists the Director of Grants Manager with the processing of grants.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ta-Tanisha worked as an Administrative Assistant and
Webmaster for Medi-Cal Policy Institute in Oakland, CA. While at the Institute, she provided
administrative services and support to the Director and several policy analysts. She was also
responsible for Website maintenance, mailing list shipments and assisting the staff with research.

About Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: