JUST IN: Arthritis Foundation South Central Region Adds New VP’s

The South Central Region of the Arthritis Foundation has just added two new vice presidents to their team.

Karla Baldelli

Karla Baldelli

Former American Heart Association National director of Philanthropic Giving Society Karla Baldelli has been named the Arthritis Foundation SCR’s Senior Vice President of Development. Her position is new “for the region with a primary focus to significantly expand revenue development efforts and increase overall results.”

Decobia (Cobi) Gray

Decobia (Cobi) Gray

The other new exec is Decobia (“Cobi”) Gray, who will be Regional Vice President of External Relations. Formerly executive director of the strategic fundraising consulting firm CCS, she will “oversee the grants and giving, as well as the marketing and communications functions of the South Central Region.”

According to Arthritis Foundation SCR CEO Susan Carter, “To meet the increasing needs of the people we serve in our region, and to position our organization for growth and sustainability to address those needs, it was imperative that we hire the best and the brightest in mission delivery and fundraising. Karla and Cobi’s extensive background in the non-profit sector and their expertise in fundraising and donor communications will be catalytic in our ability to provide support to those living with arthritis.”

For a full rundown on the new hires, follow the jump.

Arthritis Foundation Announces Key Hires at South Central Region’s Dallas Headquarters

New Senior Vice President of Development and Vice President of External Relations

Bring Extensive Experience to Organization

The Arthritis Foundation South Central Region is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Karla Baldelli, Senior Vice President of Development, and Decobia (Cobi) Gray, Regional Vice President of External Relations.

“To meet the increasing needs of the people we serve in our region, and to position our organization for growth and sustainability to address those needs, it was imperative that we hire the best and the brightest in mission delivery and fundraising,” said Susan Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Arthritis Foundation South Central Region. “Karla and Cobi’s extensive background in the non-profit sector and their expertise in fundraising and donor communications will be catalytic in our ability to provide support to those living with arthritis.”

Baldelli assumes a completely new position for the region with a primary focus to significantly expand revenue development efforts and increase overall results. She is a highly successful development executive specializing in major gifts, coordinated individual giving campaigns, foundation cultivation, and the development of stewardship campaigns for major donors.

Most recently, Baldelli worked at the American Heart Association, National Center (AHA), where she has been since December 2007. Her last role was as National Director, Philanthropic Giving Society. While at AHA, she grew the Open Your Heart unrestricted individual campaign from $2 million to more than $20 million; significantly improved metrics measurements to allow more effective and targeted giving campaigns; developed a National Stewardship program; strengthened retention of major gift performance; designed campaign architecture for a $100 million campaign; and designed and created AHA’s National Giving Society, Cor Vitae.

Baldelli’s outstanding career in the non-profit world also includes The Salvation Army, DFW Area Command, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to name a few. She is also an accomplished trainer and coordinator of the collective efforts of boards and committees and has held a wide variety of non-profit volunteer leadership roles including Grace Academy Board (current); Dallas Lutheran School Board; Parish Episcopal School Parent Board; American Diabetes Association Board; Junior League of Richardson Board; Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Administrative Board; and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Gray is a passionate development professional who most recently served as an Executive Director for CCS, a strategic fundraising consulting firm with offices in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  She has also led development for the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, TN, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County and held several high-level development positions with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas where she was selected to participate in a one year international leadership development program for high-potential professionals from across the United Way Worldwide System.

Gray has a Masters in Journalism Administration from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications from Dillard University in New Orleans.  She has an affinity for sports as one of her first roles in community engagement was with the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA team).

As Regional Vice President, Gray will oversee the grants and giving, as well as the marketing and communications functions of the South Central Region.

The work of the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region (Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) supports the organization’s fight against arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Currently, 50 million Americans (one in five) are living with arthritis pain every minute of every day. The Arthritis Foundation leads initiatives to support research to find a cure, provide public health/educational programs for those who have arthritis, and continue its advocacy efforts throughout the South Central Region and across the U.S.

Please join us in welcoming Karla Baldelli and Cobi Gray to the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region team. For more information, call (214) 826-4361; email [email protected] and [email protected].

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

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