Ruthann Bates, Board President

I am skilled in business development, program development, project management, customer service, and strategic planning—Including mergers and acquisitions. My background includes more than 35 years of experience in government contracting, primarily for Federal health agencies. I have a M.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University in New York, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. My husband, Richard D. Bates, Jr., is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Georgetown University, and I have two children, both married, and a grandson.

As a Vice President at Lockheed Martin (from which I retired), I had profit/loss responsibility for a $200M health business of 2000 employees. There, my responsibilities included managing both information and communications programs on HIV/AIDS, cancer, genetic and rare diseases, clinical trials, and other topics for the NIH, CDC, FDA, DoD, and other Federal agencies.

My philanthropic experience includes serving as a board member of the Hope for Children Fund, a nonprofit devoted to supporting children orphaned by AIDS in Ethiopia. I also volunteer for several, local civic organizations. Since 2018, I have been privileged to serve on Iona’s Board of Directors, and believe strongly in Iona’s mission and purpose. I first became involved with Iona through volunteering at the Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s. Later, I began volunteering as member of Iona’s Board of Directors Program Committee. Friends and neighbors of mine have found Iona to be a wonderful source of help. Iona has helped them navigate personal aging issues, challenges with their parents, estate settlement, and dementia support for family. Iona also helped them find and get connected to creative arts and wellness programming. I especially like that Iona tackles awareness on difficult topics such as planning for a good death.