Trustees & Staff

Our Staff

Nancy J. Cable, Ph.D.
President
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Nancy J. Cable, Ph.D.
President
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After 39 years in college and university leadership, Dr. Nancy J. Cable was appointed as President of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in October 2012.  A nationally recognized leader in higher education access, finance and affordability, she is known for her achievements in widening access to college for students from all walks of life.

In 2011-2012, Dr. Cable served as interim President of Bates College focusing on faculty governance, campus ethos, robust faculty hiring, and matters of diversity and inclusion.  She completed key philanthropic initiatives totaling $10 million, launched new programs in collaborative leadership, and led the dedication of two new academic buildings.

Dr. Cable joined Bates College as vice president to collaborate with faculty, trustees and students to strengthen Bates as a leading liberal arts college. She led major innovations in admission and financial aid practices, and in the college’s communications and media relations enterprise. She supported new initiatives with the Bates Arts Collaborative, strengthened local and regional relationships, and oversaw Bates’ hosting of a Maine Public Broadcasting telecast of a Maine gubernatorial debate.

Prior to Bates, Dr. Cable held faculty and senior administrative roles at the University of Virginia and from 1992 to 2005, she served Davidson College as vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, leading a college-wide effort to advance selectivity, diversity and faculty involvement in the admission and financial aid process.

Dr. Cable previously served as a vice president at Guilford College and held several administrative and faculty positions at Denison University.  A native of Ohio, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Marietta College, a master’s from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

She has served on many boards including the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the College Board Task Force on Quality and Access, and she currently serves as Chair of The Better Angels Society Board of Directors, a nonprofit board in support of Ken Burns’ extraordinary service to the nation’s education system through quality public television.

Doreen A. Gross
Chief Operating Officer, Vice President for Administration
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Doreen A. Gross
Chief Operating Officer, Vice President for Administration
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Doreen is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Administration. In this position, she plays a central role in helping the president focus on strategic objectives and external relations by providing executive level direction and management oversight for all of the administrative and operational functions of the Foundations. Doreen also manages the Foundation’s Local Initiatives program.

Prior to joining the Foundations, Doreen spent 15 years at Florida National Bank in a number of key roles with progressively responsible experience in Trust Real Estate, Business Banking and as an executive assistant to the bank president and chief operating officer.

Doreen holds a BA from Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Doreen is a board member of Family Foundations, a Jacksonville nonprofit dedicated to building strong and financially stable families and individuals. She also serves on the board of We Filipinos Inc., a founding member of the Jacksonville Asian American Alliance, and was a Hull Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, a program for emerging leaders in philanthropy. In 2005, following a visit to the Philippines, Doreen helped establish a charity called READ Philippines, whose mission is to provide educational resources for schools in poor communities throughout the Philippines.

To date, READ Philippines has sent school supplies and other educational resources to over 200 schools in the Philippines.

Dale Thomas Knobel, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Higher Education
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Dale Thomas Knobel, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Higher Education

Dr. Knobel is a Senior Fellow in Higher Education. Knobel retired as president of Denison University having led the liberal arts institution from 1998 to 2013. He previously served as Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Southwestern University in Texas and earlier held academic leadership positions at Texas A&M University. In recognition of his achievements at Denison and in American higher education leadership, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education presented him the Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2012.

Knobel earned a B.A., cum laude from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. A historian of the United States, Knobel is a widely published scholar on the subjects of immigration and ethnic and race relations in North America. He is the author or co-author of books dealing with ethnic stereotypes and anti-immigrant hostility published by Wesleyan University Press, Simon & Schuster, and Harvard University Press and has contributed to scholarly journals published in both the US and the UK. Currently, Knobel serves as a Director of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a philanthropic supporter of higher education and the fine arts in the United States.

Nance D. Spiak
Interim Chief Financial Officer
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Nance D. Spiak
Interim Chief Financial Officer
904.834.1032

Nance is the Interim Chief Financial Officer. In this position, she oversees all financial management aspects of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ operations. Nance provides critical financial insight, counsel and support to the president and the board of trustees, including the audit committee, on all financial matters, as well as on strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining the Foundations, Nancy spent over thirty-five years in financial management positions, such as the national distribution manager with Mazda Motor of America, and financial leadership positions in Multicorr Corporation; ICX Group, Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

Nance holds a BA in Accounting from the University of North Florida.

Nance is a board member of the Jacksonville Humane Society, serving on the finance committee. She was previously the education director of the Women Business Owners of North Florida. 

Jasmine Rhey Stamenic
Senior Administrative Assistant
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Jasmine Rhey Stamenic
Senior Administrative Assistant
904.834.1031

Jasmine is a Senior Administrative Assistant. In this position, she provides administrative and organizational support to the president, the chief operating officer and the vice president for programs in religion and health care.

Prior to joining the Foundations, Jasmine was a coordinator in events planning at OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida.

Jasmine holds a BA from the University of North Florida in Spanish with a minor in Communications. She also studied Arabic Language at the American University in Cairo. She recently received the BUZZ Magazine Top 30, Under 30: Future Leaders of Jacksonville Award for her musical work and organization of multicultural community events in the city.

Tom Torretta
Chief Information Officer & Grants Administrator
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Tom Torretta
Chief Information Officer & Grants Administrator
904.834.1037

Tom Torretta is the Chief Information Officer & Grants Administrator. In this position, he is accountable for the day-to-day grants operations, systems and workflow management of the Foundations’ grant making, as well as the vision, operation, support and continuous improvement of all technology initiatives and deliverables.

Most recently, Tom was Grants Manager for the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF). In that role, he oversaw all of the competitive grant cycles run through the Arizona Community Foundation and its affiliates. This included over 25 different grant cycles annually. Prior to that, Tom worked with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum for approximately three years as their Director of Member Services.

Tom has approximately 20 years of results-oriented leadership experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors managing staff sizes up to 50 employees and budgets of up to $8,000,000 annually.

Tom holds a BS in Computer Systems from St. John's University, a Masters in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University and a MS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

Our Board of Trustees

Mr. J.H. Dow Davis
Chair
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Mr. J.H. Dow Davis
Chair

For the past eighteen years Dow Davis has held the position of Chair of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Board of Trustees.

Dow spent twelve years at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a senior development officer, focusing in Asia, and later as the Executive Director of the Center for Business and Government, a major research center at the Kennedy School.

Prior to his position at Harvard University, Dow spent over twenty years in financial services which included senior leadership roles in corporate and multinational US banking and four years as Managing Director of Bank of Boston’s subsidiaries in Australia. He later was a senior vice president with Bank of New England, managing a private banking group.

Dow is a graduate of Middlebury College. He spent several years as a staff officer and company commander in the Army and later received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently living in Cotuit, MA, Dow has been active in several non-profits including as past Treasurer and Trustee of the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, member of the Corporation of Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Class Agent for Middlebury College and a former member of the Town of West Windsor Development Review Board. He is also a Member of the Corporation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a past trustee of Middlesex School. His wife Sue is a Speech and Language Pathologist.

Ms. Amanda Davis
Ms. Amanda Davis
Mr. Caleb N. Davis
Mr. Caleb N. Davis
Dr. Christopher V. Davis
Dr. Christopher V. Davis
Dr. Eric Davis
Dr. Eric Davis
Mrs. Serena Davis Hall
Mrs. Serena Davis Hall
Ms. Alicia Davis Jaworski
Ms. Alicia Davis Jaworski
Mr. John L. Kee III
Mr. John L. Kee III
Dr. William Given Kee
Dr. William Given Kee
The Bank of New York Mellon (as Corporate Trustee for Foundation No. 2)
The Bank of New York Mellon (as Corporate Trustee for Foundation No. 2)
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (as Corporate Trustee for Foundation No. 3)
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (as Corporate Trustee for Foundation No. 3)

Our Trustees Emeriti

Mr. Holbrook Davis
Mrs. Dorothy Given Kee
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