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Nancy Whisnant Collins Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Ms. Collins has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as an author and a leader in the administration industry

Ms. Collins is a seasoned foundation administrator with over 50 years of experience facilitating logistics for everything from the Girl Scouts to the Marconi Society.

    MENLO PARK, CA, August 24, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Nancy Whisnant Collins a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Ms. Collins celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Ms. Collins is a seasoned foundation administrator with over 50 years of experience facilitating logistics for everything from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Hoover Institution, to the Marconi Society, a non-profit foundation for the support of scientific research which recognizes living scientists in information technology who have advanced economic development worldwide. She started her career as a journalist, but soon expanded into administrator, author, mother, and even a travel guide. Since 2010, Ms. Collins has served as the assistant to the chairman and is now the senior vice president of Landbank Investment, a major Silicon Valley real estate developer.

Born in 1933 to Ward William Whisnant and Marjorie Adele Whisnant, Ms. Collins attended Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, before matriculating at the University of North Carolina for an AB in journalism in 1955. She worked as personnel assistant for R.H. Macy & Company in New York, attending Cornell University on a scholarship for postgraduate work, before joining the Scofield Placement Agency in San Francisco as a junior executive placement director. From 1957 to 1958, Ms. Collins lived in London, Paris, and Frankfurt, Germany as a freelance journalist. It was in 1959 that she married her first husband, Air Force Captain James Quincy Collins Jr., in Wiesbaden, Germany and had three children, James Quincy III, Charles Lowell, and William Robey. After her first son was born, she worked as a program director for the Girl Scouts U.S.A. In 1965, she helped lead a tour to Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Ms. Collins received a Richardson Foundation grant in 1967 and earned an MS in personnel administration from the University of North Carolina. She accepted a position as assistant director of the Sloan Executive Program in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 1968, serving until 1978, and then became their Corporate Development Officer. She used the administration skills she honed to become assistant director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford for two years, supporting the think tank's mission in advancing ideas on free enterprise. From 1981 to 2000, Ms. Collins supported the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California as an assistant to the president, facilitating medical care, research, and education; and in 2000, she worked as an assistant to the chairman of Novo Ventures investment services specializing in working with and funding revolutionary products and technologies. From 2006 to 2009, she was appointed the executive director of the Marconi Society, and in 2010, she joined Landbank as assistant to the chairman and is currently the senior vice president. In 1974, Ms. Collins and her first husband divorced and, later, she married Richard F. Chapman, MD in 1982.

Ms. Collins is the author of Professional Women and their Mentors; Women Leading: Making Tough Choices on the Fast Track; Love at Second Sight: Playing the Midlife Dating Game; and A Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area. She is the editor of "Have a Great Day: Today and Every Day of Your Life," and has contributed short stories, poetry, and articles to numerous publications. She has served on the board of directors for American Healthway Systems. Ms. Collins is a member of the Daughter of the American Revolution, and the Mayflower Society, the American Association of University Women, Catalyst, the Peninsula Professional Women's Network, the American Management Association, the Menlo Circus Club, the Overseas Press Club, the Commonwealth Club, and Kappa Delta Sorority. She was the national spokesperson on TV for CyberDefender and she is currently on the Board for the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, the Events Committee for the Peninsula College Fund, and is a Deacon at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. For pioneering leadership in foundation administration, Ms. Collins was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Ms. Collins has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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