LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actress JoBeth Williams has been named president of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, the organization announced Monday.
Marcia Smith, the foundation's executive director, said Williams was elected to replace retiring president Mitchell Ryan, who served the foundation for the past nine years.
Williams is best known for her roles in the films "Kramer vs. Kramer," "The Big Chill" and "Poltergeist."
"I am honored to have been elected president of the SAG Foundation," Williams said in a statement. "It is an organization close to my heart because of its extraordinary programs which help actors in need and introduce children across the country to the joys of reading."
The Screen Actors Foundation was founded in 1985 as an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic non-profit organization.