Our History, Our Mission

It is a tradition of philanthropy, of giving help to others.

who we are

Sacred Heart Foundation

Sacred Heart Foundation is a philanthropic advocate in support of Sacred Heart Health System. In that role, we actively encourage contributions and invite volunteer participation to support the work of Sacred Heart hospitals to improve health care and social services for the sick and poor of all ages in our region. Please join us in our mission. You can help bring the power of hope, healing, and new beginning to our community – welcoming all through our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. 

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Our Team

Our team is made up of experienced professionals deeply dedicated to answering the needs of our community through Sacred Heart Health System. We embrace our role, and work together with our board, businesspeople and medical professionals throughout our region to ensure every man, woman and child among us can have access to the best possible care and treatment.

Hope Bradford

Development Coordinator hope.bradford@ascension.org 850.416.4660

Carol Carlan

Emily Ioakim

CMN Development Coordinator emily.ioakim@ascension.org 850.416.4665

Adrienne Maygarden

Janet Piepul

Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving janet.piepul@ascension.org 850.278.3704

Cortlandt Roces

Jennifer Saba

Development Coordinator jennifer.saba@ascension.org 850.416.4661

Tarra Talbert

Lisa Wainwright

Gillian Ward

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Our Board

Our board is an extraordinary mixture of community and business leaders who generously, selflessly, provide oversight and guidance in governance of Sacred Heart Foundation. It is only through their relentless support that we are able to fulfil our mission and advance the goals the Foundation set out so long ago. Their support makes all the difference to us – and to the people we serve.

Michael Baggett

Senior Financial Advisor / Senior V.P. Wealth Management, Mazenko/Baggett Group

Aaron Ball

President, Ballpoint Communications Group

Justin Beck

CEO, Beck Partners

Autumn Blackledge

Autumn Beck Blackledge PLLC

Nina Hess Campbell

Design Associate, Aqua Decor & Design

Steve Clark

CEO, New School Selling

Pam Heinold

Broker Associate, Better Homes & Garden Real Estate

Justin T. Holman

The Holman Law Firm

James Hosman

Market President, Centennial Bank

Michael Johnson

Owner, State Farm Insurance

Sister Ellen Kron

Daughters of Charity

Jane Lauter

President, The Kugelman Family Foundation

Ric Nickelsen

Vice President, Commercial Lending, Smartbank

Wes Payne

Mall Manager, Cordova Mall

Wes Reeder

Managing Partner, Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon

Kerry Anne Schultz

Partner, Fountain, Schultz & Associates, P.L.

Mallory Studer

Marketing & Branding Manager, Bodacious Shops

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The Hospital’s tradition began through another tradition: the tradition of philanthropy, of giving to help others. For it was through the vision and generosity of one man, who contributed $500, and his 19 friends, whom he solicited for matching gifts of $500, that gave our community the ultimate gift – Sacred Heart Hospital.

Sacred Heart Foundation, certainly, is much younger but we share the same traditions, mission and values. In 1984, Sacred Heart Foundation was formed as a not-for-profit, philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the current and future healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast by supporting Sacred Heart Health System’s programs, capital building and equipment needs.