Thursday, July 1, 2010
Gilda’s Club North Texas hires Kelly Counts as new executive director
Counts spent six years on staff in the nonprofit’s development department, from 2003 to 2008.
DALLAS Gilda's Club North Texas has hired Kelly Counts as its new executive director, responsible for the leadership and management of the only Texas affiliate of a national program created in memory of comedienne Gilda Radner. A familiar face to the members and staff of Gilda’s Club, Counts spent six years on staff in the nonprofit’s development department, from 2003 to 2008, before her most recent position as director of major gifts at Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation.
As executive director of Gilda’s Club North Texas, Counts will work on many key initiatives and be responsible for the organization’s goals and financial objectives. She will oversee the general direction and lend support to the program director and staff. She will also supervise and execute fund development, create marketing strategies to support development, and handle administrative and financial decisions. Additionally, she will oversee the expanded program of the organization, which exists to provide social and emotional support for people with cancer and their families and friends at a satellite location on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian in Allen.
“It’s so exciting to be back and to also be a part of the program’s expansion which will enable more people living with cancer to receive the hope and emotional support they so desperately need,” said Counts. “There is so much I love about Gilda’s Club, but if I had to pick one thing it’s meeting the people living with cancer who choose to have a full life, despite being diagnosed with cancer,” said Counts. “Gilda’s Club is an amazing place with amazing people making such a difference every day.”
Counts’ previous experience at Gilda’s Club North Texas was in the development department as director, manager, and associate. During that time period, she successfully met revenue goals each year, secured approximately 100 multi-year donors for the organization, maintained financial sustainability through a two-year CEO search, and created the Gilda’s Club North Texas Young Leadership Board, a new generation of fundraisers and volunteers whose mission is to raise awareness and revenue for Gilda’s Club and support fundraising efforts.
“The board and staff welcome Kelly back to our family with open arms,” said Paul Schultz, president of the board, Gilda’s Club North Texas. “Her previous time at Gilda’s coupled with her most recent experience and her love for the mission of this worldwide nonprofit, have already proven her to be the perfect fit for this position. We are very excited to have her home and look forward to what her positive spirit, hard work, and strong background will bring to the organization and those we serve.”
Counts graduated from Augusta State University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a specialization in marketing, attending evening classes while maintaining a full-time job to finance her education. She began her undergraduate work at Georgia College and State University from 1997 to 1999, where she worked as an office assistant in the Journalism and Mass Communication Department.
Gilda’s Club North Texas is the first Texas affiliate of the national program created in memory of comedienne Gilda Radner by her husband Gene Wilder and her cancer psychotherapist Joanna Bull. The mission of Gilda’s Club North Texas is to provide a nonresidential, home-like meeting place, where people with cancer and their families and friends can join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care – free of charge.
Source: Gilda's Club North Texas