Holy Angels has announced that Kristen Gary Powers has joined the organization as Development Director.
Kristen has more than 11 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit communications, marketing, business development, and public relations. Her professional expertise in fundraising, donor relations, grant writing and event management made her the ideal candidate for the role at Holy Angels.
Her community involvement includes having served in fundraising roles for Robinson’s Rescue, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s biennial event, Christmas in the Sky, and Junior League Market: Shopping for a Cause, which she chaired in 2013. Kristen was a co-founder of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana – Northwest Chapter (PRAL-Northwest), and has most recently been involved as Communications Chair for the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and River Cities Network.
Kristen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University Baton Rouge in 2002, prior to moving to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management.
Kristen worked in administration and sports marketing for the UNO Department of Athletics before Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005 and she moved back to her hometown of Shreveport to take a position as director of communications for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Foundation. Kristen left the Foundation in 2009 to work in business development for Highland Clinic, which led to a position in public relations and marketing for CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier where she served until March 2014.
“I am very pleased to be continuing my career in ministry-based healthcare,” said Kristen. “The opportunity to serve Holy Angels in the development capacity allows me to contribute to a mission that makes an incredible impact on our world. I cannot think of a calling greater than caring for individuals with disabilities and working with their families to provide the highest quality care for them. I am joining at a time when Holy Angels is celebrating 50 years of care, and I feel blessed and excited to be a part of what is next for this great organization!”
About Holy Angels:
Holy Angels, established in 1965 by the Catholic Diocese and the Congregation of the Sister of Our Lady of Sorrows, is an independent, nonprofit facility serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities ranging in age from new born to senior citizens. In all, Holy Angels cares for approximately 185 individuals with disabilities and employs approximately 300 staff. Holy Angels provides vocational, educational, recreational and spiritual training in facilities that include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a horticultural center and conservatory, a wellness center, and a computer lab.