Davis, who joined the Fund in 1984, had been responsible for "developing and implementing the two dozen programs that provide support for those in need who work in the entertainment community." She will continue to oversee all programs.
In a statement Actors Fund executive director Joe Benincasa said, "Barbara Davis is a perfect example of what The Actors Fund is all about. Her passionate support for those who work in performing arts and entertainment and her creativity with new ideas that help The Fund provide assistance has led to this expanded role in administration and fundraising. I'm looking forward to having Barbara work closely by my side."
During her tenure at The Fund, Davis' many accomplishments include the creation and expansion of several social and health services programs: mental health services, the AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, The Dancers' Resource and the Health Insurance Resource Center.
Davis also played a significant role in the program development of the Aurora on 57th Street, the expansion of The Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, NJ, and the building of the Schermerhorn Residence in Brooklyn. The latter is scheduled to open late this year.
The Actors Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.