Beth Rusnock has been named president and chief executive officer of the National Life Group Charitable Foundation.
“Beth brings passion and compassion to her new assignment,” said Mehran Assadi, president and CEO of National Life Group. “National Life Group has a long and distinguished history of doing well by doing good. But there is much more we can do.”
National Life Group and the National Life Group Charitable Foundation, based in Montpelier, Vt., support a wide range of nonprofits that focus on providing homes, heat, health, education, the arts and recreation.
“Our goal is to improve the quality of life wherever we see an opportunity to make a difference,” said Rusnock, who in her new role will also oversee corporate marketing and community relations for National Life Group.
In the past year the company and the foundation have made substantial donations to Vermont flood relief efforts, provided assistance to tornado-damaged schools in Joplin, Mo., and contributed to an innovative school program in Texas.
The foundation makes grants annually to roughly 100 nonprofits, ranging from the National Life Cancer Treatment Center to the Veteran’s Place, a haven for homeless veterans, and to the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College.
Separate from the activities of the foundation, National Life Group also provides financial support for a wide range of events and organizations, such as the Lake Champlain Dragonboat Festival, the Everybody Wins literacy program, the Vermont Mountaineers, Lost Nation Theater, and the People’s Health and Wellness Center.
In addition National Life Group employees contribute hundreds of hours of volunteer time in their communities. Each employee is allowed 40 hours a year to volunteer in the community on company time.
Rusnock, who joined National Life Group in 2006, has led the company’s corporate branding initiative and overseen both life insurance and annuity marketing. Prior to joining National Life Group she worked for ING in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Rusnock resides in Jericho, Vt., and replaces Martha Trombley Oakes, who has been named associate dean of institutional advancement at Vermont Technical College.