Mary Jo Dively, chair of the Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, has stepped down from that role after 15 years, and Howard “Hoddy” Hanna is transitioning from the foundation’s board chair to the hospital board chair. These changes became effective this month.
Throughout Dively’s 15 years of leading Children’s board, the hospital has thrived in the areas of clinical services, national and international recognition, and philanthropic support from the community. She will remain an active member of both the hospital and Foundation boards of trustees. She was honored last week at a celebration in the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center on the hospital’s campus in Lawrenceville.
“Mary Jo’s commitment to Children’s Hospital is exemplary,” said Chris Gessner, Children’s president. “For nearly 20 years, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the hospital. We are very fortunate to have benefited from the services of such a respected and knowledgeable member of the Pittsburgh legal and business community.”
Hanna has served as chair of the Board of Trustees for the foundation since 2009, and previously served as a board member since the board’s inception in July 2000.
“Mr. Hanna’s commitment and dedication to Children’s over the years has been instrumental in enhancing the mission of the hospital,” said Greg Barrett, president of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
“His involvement with Children’s extends beyond his service on the board and spans more than two decades. In addition to having raised millions of dollars in support of the Free Care Fund, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services funded the creation of the Howard Hanna Healing Garden at the hospital.”
With Hanna’s transition to hospital board chair, the Foundation Board of Trustees elected a new chairman, Jay W. Cleveland Jr., who has been a board member since 2007 and has been a strong advocate of the hospital and the Foundation.
“We are excited to introduce Jay as the new chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees,” said Barrett. “Throughout the past few years, he’s been a strong advocate of the hospital and the Foundation. We look forward to his leadership and collaboration.”