Trustees & Staff

Our Staff

Dale Thomas Knobel, Ph.D.
Interim President & Senior Fellow in Higher Education
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Dale Thomas Knobel, Ph.D.
Interim President & Senior Fellow in Higher Education

Dr. Knobel currently serves as the Interim President of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations & as the 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.

Annie Bryan
Sr. Program Officer in Environment & Palliative Care
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Annie Bryan
Sr. Program Officer in Environment & Palliative Care
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Annie Bryan is the Foundations’ Senior Program Officer.  In this position she works across all program areas, with specific leadership of our Environmental Engagement, Stewardship and Solutions program and our End of Life and Palliative Care program.  Annie provides support to our grantee partners and stakeholders as we introduce our new strategic plan and develop partnerships that align with our philanthropic priorities.

Annie worked with the Foundations in 2015 as the Special Projects Manager and oversaw the series of Context Briefings that informed our trustee’s strategic planning process.  In this role she authored a compendium of information about the philanthropic opportunities across the nation and oversaw the staff’s contributions to the strategic planning process.  Prior to her work with the Foundations, Annie consulted with local foundations and nonprofits and served as the Director of Development for the Center City YMCAs in Charlotte, NC.  

Annie received her B.S. in Event Management from the University of Florida, where she was honored as the Most Outstanding Student Leader during the commencement ceremonies.  She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was the recipient of the Winston Crisp Award for Student Leadership. 

Annie serves as a member of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, as a member of the Advisory Council for the Birth and Newborn Center at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and as a Delores Barr Weaver Fellow of the Women’s Giving Alliance
Doreen A. Gross
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
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Doreen A. Gross
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
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Doreen Gross has served The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for over 20 years, first as a grants administrator, then as Vice President for Administration. In 2014, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer. She provides leadership and oversight of the Board of Trustees meetings, manages all trustee communications, and is Board Secretary responsible for official minutes and formal record keeping of the Foundations. She oversees administration of the Foundations' operations and human resources functions, and leads and supervises the grant management staff and the information technology efforts of the Foundations. She directs the Foundations’ Local Initiatives Program for small grants to Jacksonville non-profits and is a key program advisor for the Public Educational Media philanthropic grants of the Foundations. Doreen also provides special project leadership to effectively manage the AVDF Aspen Fellows Program at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

Doreen brings her leadership skills to other non-profits as a leader and board member. She serves on the board of Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, a non-profit serving low income families. She is a founding member of the Jacksonville Asian American Alliance and has served on the boards of several Filipino-American non-profits in the greater Jacksonville area.

Doreen holds a B.A. from the Lyceum of the Philippines. She has completed the SECF Hull Fellows program and other leadership development programs for nonprofit leaders.

 

Tim Michel
Chief Financial Officer
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Tim Michel
Chief Financial Officer
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Tim Michel recently joined the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations as Chief Financial Officer. In this position he brings a seasoned perspective to the Foundations’ business planning, accounting, budgeting, compliance, financial reporting and analysis, and contributes to the Foundations’ strategic goals. Tim works closely with the AVDF President on all matters of financial and accounting work and provides leadership to short and long-term planning activities of the Foundations. 

Prior to joining the Foundations, Tim spent over thirty-two years in various financial management positions at The Ohio State University, including Director of Investment Operations/Endowment CFO where he established policies and procedures for the office that managed the $3.6 billion endowment fund; Assistant Treasurer, Cash Management and Investments; and Assistant Treasurer for Administrative Operations. 

Tim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a native of Ohio. He earned a BSBA, summa cum laude from The Ohio State University’s Honors Accounting Program.
Jasmine Rhey Stamenic
Grants Manager & Senior Administrative Assistant
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Jasmine Rhey Stamenic
Grants Manager & Senior Administrative Assistant
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Jasmine is Grants Manager & Senior Administrative Assistant. In this position, she oversees the day-to-day work within the grants management system, and she provides administrative and organizational support to the president and the chief operating officer.

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.

Kristi Walters
Interfaith Program Fellow, Program Officer in Interfaith & Senior Advisor to the President
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Kristi Walters
Interfaith Program Fellow, Program Officer in Interfaith & Senior Advisor to the President
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Kristi Walters is the Foundations’ Interfaith Program Fellow and Senior Advisor to the President.  In this position, Kristi leads our Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy program, providing support to our grantee partners and stakeholders as we introduce our new strategic plan and develop partnerships that align with our interfaith and religious literacy philanthropic priorities. In addition, as a senior advisor Kristi provides leadership, counsel and support to the AVDF President on human resources matters, as well as with strategic planning and governance activities.

Prior to joining the Foundations, Kristi spent almost twenty years as a practicing attorney and law firm leader, where she oversaw the human resources function for over 400 lawyers and staff and practiced with special expertise in advising religious organizations, institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations on a wide range of employment and human relations legal matters. Prior to receiving her law degree, Kristi worked in higher education admissions at Davidson College and Duke University.   

Kristi earned her B.A., cum laude, in Religion from Davidson College. She earned her J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where, after several years in practice, she received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. 

Kristi serves in volunteer and leadership roles for a number of non-profit and bar-related organizations, including Community School of the Arts, Davidson College’s Kuykendall Scholarship Selection Committee, the Church in Vocation Group, and the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.  A committed and involved church leader, Kristi is an ordained Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and a passionate advocate for global outreach, playing a key role on the team supporting the Renguti Primary School outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  Kristi was an AVDF Fellow at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016. 

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
Dr. Eric Davis
Dr. Eric Davis
Ms. Sarah Davis
Ms. Sarah Davis
Mrs. Serena Davis Hall
Mrs. Serena Davis Hall
Ms. Alicia Davis Jaworski
Ms. Alicia Davis Jaworski
Ms. Dorothy Davis Kee
Ms. Dorothy Davis Kee
Mr. John L. Kee III
Mr. John L. Kee III
Mrs. Margaret Davis Maiden
Mrs. Margaret Davis Maiden
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)

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Mr. Holbrook Davis
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