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Huntsville Hospital Foundation Announces Restructuring

HHF announced a reorganization to better support the current and future growth of the third largest community health system in the U.S., as it expands with the Tennessee Valley.

Huntsville Hospital Foundation Announces Restructuring
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Dec. 19, 2019) – Huntsville Hospital Foundation (HHF) announced a reorganization to better support the current and future growth of the third largest community health system in the U.S., as it expands with the Tennessee Valley.

The organizational changes come under the leadership of HHF President Sarah Savage-Jones, who divided the larger team into five collaborative teams devoted to donor and community relations in support of Huntsville Hospital’s mission to improve the health of those they serve from all walks of life.

“Our new team structure will enhance our efforts to grow the Foundation and its support of our community hospital,” Savage-Jones said. “I am lucky to be surrounded by a great team that is already doing amazing work on behalf of our donors and hospitals. With this restructuring and our new additions, we are positioning the Foundation to keep pace with the dynamic growth of our region and hospital system, and to continue fulfilling our mission on behalf of the donors and patients we serve.”

New teams include:

Community Relations: Corporate Partnerships & Signature Events
Cheryl Geiger, promoted to director of community relations — corporate relations & signature events, manages the team which cultivates corporate partnerships and oversees all Foundation signature events, including the Huntsville Classic, BMW Brunch, Liz Hurley Ribbon Run, Miracle Bash/Swim for Melissa and Party in the Park.
Katherine Hanback, event coordinator and past HHF volunteer, will support the Foundation’s five signature events through her local event planning business, Consider It Done.
Anna Manning, event and volunteer manager/SPEAK coordinator, has an expanded, full-time role which includes management of the Foundation’s five signature events and all volunteer management.
Amy Rathmann, event support, will continue her outstanding work in providing assistance to all HHF signature and community events and activities.

Community Relations: Corporate Partnerships, Grants & Governmental Relations
Diane Brown, director of grants, will continue to lead successful grant writing, which generates hundreds of thousands of dollars through grant submissions and stewardship for the Foundation.
Amy George, director of community relations — corporate and governmental relations/grants, has transitioned from her part-time grant-writing role into full-time leadership role for corporate partnerships, grants and governmental relations.
Andrea Landers, community engagement manager and past HHF volunteer, will oversee all community events that benefit HHF by building and maintaining relationships with host organizations to ensure that they are recognized for their impactful partnership.

Donor Relations
Anna Blocker, promoted to director of donor relations, leads the Foundation’s new donor relations team, including donor recruitment, retention and recognition, major gifts/capital campaigns, Development Council, and all endowed named funds.
Ashley Lawson, promoted to physician donor relations officer, will lead hospital physician giving programs and efforts to support equipment and program needs of the hospital’s 900-plus physician staff.
Lynne Berry Vallely, the new planned giving officer, brings with her years of experience and leadership. She will identify, cultivate and steward planned giving to the hospital system, and oversee the Societies of 1895 & 2012, Millennium Society, and Madison Hospital Women’s Council.
Jordan Wallace, promoted to employee donor relations officer, will now be solely devoted to overseeing annual employee giving programs among the hospital’s 9,000-plus employees in Huntsville, Madison, and Women and Children hospitals, and distributing more than $5 million annually to meet hospital needs.

Katherine Flowers, promoted to donor support officer, manages the Foundation’s donor customer relationship system, along with named giving recognition efforts.
Tracey James, promoted to office manager, provides the first line of contact for Foundation donors, supports the entire HHF team, and manages the Foundation building, which houses multiple hospital departments.
Melinda Marona, promoted to operations director, where she oversees the management and recognition of donors.
Tara Speigle, promoted to CFO/COO, manages the operations team, and handles HHF’s $38 million in assets, including all legal, financial and investments aspects of the Foundation.

Linda Brouwer, strategic initiatives and special projects director, provides decision support and evaluation of the Foundation’s tactical opportunities, and directs performance metrics and benchmarking processes.
Katie Coppens, communications director, oversees all public relations and marketing efforts, including media relations, social media, materials development and event promotion for more than 100 events.
Ginny Pryor, promoted to executive assistant, supports HHF President Sarah Savage-Jones, the entire HHF team and the HHF Board of Directors.
Sarah Savage-Jones, president, serves as the fifth Huntsville Hospital Foundation president in its history and leads the 19-person Foundation team, providing strategic leadership and vision for continued growth and success.

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About Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Huntsville Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1978 as the fundraising arm of Huntsville and Madison Hospitals. It strengthens relationships between the hospitals and the community. The Foundation accepts gifts—both individual and corporate—on the hospitals’ behalf, and works to fund present and future equipment and program needs. For more information, visit