June 23, 2016 – Executive search firm The Buffkin Group has placed Heather Corum Powell as chief executive officer of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation (TKF). Roland Lundry, a partner with the firm, led the search.
As the TKF’s new CEO, Ms. Corum Powell’s top priority will be to build awareness in Tennessee about the vital kidney care resources provided by the TKF.
As the development director at Ronald McDonald House for past 10 years, Ms. Corum Powell has gained significant experience in non-profit brand building. She previously worked for Habitat for Humanity as a resource development manager. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a passion for developing non-profit programs and maximizing limited resources to reach a wide audience.
“We want to provide resources to Tennesseans affected by kidney disease,” said Ron Carter, TKF board president. “It’s important to have senior leadership that is passionate about this vision. We believe Heather’s experience and qualifications will help unite the community leaders and donors in support of this cause.”
“I am honored to have been selected at the TKF’s next CEO,” said Ms. Corum Powell. “It is a privilege to work for an organization that provides precious health resources to so many citizens. Without the TKF, many dialysis patients would not be able to afford the transportation costs to and from their dialysis treatments, or receive dental care, which is not covered by Medicare.”
Since 1969, the TKF has united Tennesseans in the fight against kidney disease. It relies on funds generated from the public to provide valuable resources back to the community, such as free kidney disease screenings, patient assistance programs and prevention education. Every year, the TKF meets thousands of requests for help by distributing more than 75 percent of its operating budget to kidney patients through its assistance programs.
The Buffkin Group offers executive search, executive coaching, management assessment and executive outplacement services, but its primary focus is on recruiting executives in the healthcare, technology, marketing, media, financial services and non-profit sectors. The firm serves public, private, venture and private equity backed companies from offices in Brentwood, TN, New York, and Alexandria, VA, with affiliate offices in San Francisco and London. The firm has placed senior leaders for similar organizations, including United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), MEDHOST, Meritus Health, RestorixHealth, and Urgent Care of Connecticut.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media