January 25, 2023

Recent Placements

At Peña Search, our mission is to support our clients’ missions by finding them the right long-term leadership. We work tirelessly to find the best people for the best organizations and are thrilled to share some of our recent placements.

Evelyn Barahona, Senior Vice President-Educational Fund

Evelyn Barahona, Senior Vice President-Educational Fund | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Barahona joins the USHCC after several years at The Boston Foundation (TBF), where she most recently directed the Latino Equity Fund. Other responsibilities at TBF included donor relations and oversight of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund, which supported Puerto Ricans on the island and in the Massachusetts diaspora community the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Ms. Barahona also brings a wealth of experience in both corporate and nonprofit communities, having held leadership roles at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as well several financial services companies, among others. She has also been exposed to entrepreneurship, having spent several years developing new business for a startup firm providing cultural competency training in the healthcare space.

Charles Beavers, Major Gifts Officer

Charles Beavers, Major Gifts Officer | Texas Ballet Theater

Mr. Charlie Beavers joins Texas Ballet Theater after a five-year stint with Dallas’ Theatre Three, where his tenure included stints in fundraising and as Executive Director. Committed to the performing arts, Mr. Beavers previously held roles at the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Turtle Creek Chorale. Mr. Beavers is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he earned his M.M. in international arts management, and is excited to attract support for an institution that brings international artistic talent to his home region of North Texas.

Chris Coleman, Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Chris Coleman, Chief Financial & Operating Officer | St. John’s Episcopal School

Mr. Coleman joins St. John’s with more than two decades of nonprofit finance and operations experience. Most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer at North Texas’ Recovery Resource Council, Mr. Coleman’s experience includes stints as Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. He now looks forward to leveraging his deep financial and operations experience to help St. John’s navigate the complexities of a capital campaign and facilities renovation.

Margaret Gilburg, Senior Director of Development

Margaret Gilburg, Senior Director of Development | Texas State University, The Wittliff Collections

Ms. Gilburg joins The Wittliff Collections after a successful tenure as Director of Development for The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, where she served for over five years. Prior development experience includes stints at The University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Texas Tribune, the Contemporary Austin, among other cultural and higher education institutions.

Janna Hinebaugh, Director of Development

Janna Hinebaugh, Director of Development | Texas Ballet Theater

A trained mezzo soprano turned development executive, Ms. Hinebaugh brings a lifelong affinity for the performing arts to Texas Ballet Theater (TBT). Most recently serving as Director of Development & Special Events for the Fort Worth Opera, Ms. Hinebaugh spent nearly two decades in hospitality and high-end event planning before pivoting to the mission-driven sector. Citing ballet as her favorite performing art to watch, she is excited to be advancing the cultural landscape of North Texas through TBT’s performances, educational opportunities, and community programming.

William “Wes” Livesay, Director of Charitable Gift Planning

William Livesay, Director of Charitable Gift Planning | Communities Foundation of Texas

Mr. Livesay joins CFT after most recently serving as Senior Director of Planned Giving for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After launching his career in sales, Mr. Livesay turned to the mission-driven sector two decades ago, where he held positions in marketing and fundraising on behalf of several universities, social services agencies, and healthcare institutions before specializing in charitable gift planning. With roots in North Texas, Mr. Livesay looks forward to contributing to its thriving nonprofit and philanthropic community, citing its tremendous ability to positively impact the local quality of life.

Robert Kyle Ward, Executive Director

Robert Kyle Ward, Executive Director | San Antonio Apartment Association

Kyle Ward joins the San Antonio Apartment Association as a proven nonprofit executive which includes over 16 years of association leadership experience. He is known as a visionary who brings positive results to governance, marketing, branding, diversified funding, and strategic direction.

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