This morning, Bryan Mills, Community Health Network CEO, and George Geiger, chairman of the Community Health Network Foundation board of directors, announced Michele
Michele Thomas Dole
Thomas Dole has been selected as the new president and CEO of Community Health Network Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that raises financial support for Community’s initiatives to improve health and wellness in central Indiana.
In this position, Dole will work closely with Mills, foundation board members, staff and network leaders to build and implement fundraising strategies to support the network’s strategic growth plans and focuses on exceptional patient care and health care innovation. She will begin her new position on April 12, 2010.
“The work of the foundation and its fundraising strategy will be a key part of the network’s future growth,” said Mills. “Under Michele’s leadership, programs funded by the foundation will help us fulfill our mission of providing accessible health care to central Indiana residents, as we continue to build upon strong relationships within the communities we serve.”
Dole, who assumes this role after serving as a vice president with JP Morgan since 2004, was selected following an extensive search and was chosen for her performance-driven philanthropic experience and her strong leadership, relationship and not-for-profit management skills.
“We had a tremendous response from our national search for our new CEO,” said Geiger. “After interviewing more than a dozen talented individuals from various parts of the United States, it became clear that we had found something very special in Michele. Not only did she have an impressive results-driven resume, but we also found her to be incredibly personable. This, combined with her financial planning background, will allow her to lead our foundation to a new level!”
As a vice president for JP Morgan, Dole provided clients with comprehensive estate planning and charitable giving counsel. She grew and managed client relationships and served on a team focused on providing wealth management plans to physicians and health care professionals.
Dole also served as an officer for Fifth Third Bank and as a development director for Indiana University Foundation, where she made significant increases in planned and major gifts. A certified financial planner, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and a Master of Science degree in higher education administration from Indiana University.
“I’m honored to have been selected to lead the foundation during a historic time of health care reform,” said Dole. “Philanthropy will play a critical role in our network’s patient-centered care and its long-term commitment to ensuring access for the people of central Indiana. Now, more than ever, the generous gifts that the foundation receives are vitally important to supporting patient access and convenience, as well as health care innovation.”
Dole is an adjunct faculty member for both The Fund Raising School and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy and was named one of central Indiana’s “Forty Under Forty” business leaders by Indianapolis Business Journal.
She is dedicated to community service, currently offering her talents to the Girl Scouts of the USA, Indiana Pacers Foundation, Indianapolis Children’s Bureau and First Baptist Church of Indianapolis. She has also provided volunteer service to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Indianapolis affiliate, Purdue University’s President’s Council Advisory Committee and the Indiana Philanthropy Awards.