Beverly Smith named VNA & Hospice Foundation director

VERO BEACH — The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of the Treasure Coast is proud to announce Beverly Smith, CFRE as the non-profit home health and hospice agency’s new Director of VNA & Hospice Foundation. As a 12-year veteran of the VNA & Hospice Foundation, Smith is well suited to fulfill her role as the organization’s leader.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of the VNA & Hospice Foundation, the fundraising arm of the non-profit.

“With almost 20 years of experience working with local non-profits and work experience strongly focused in the medical industry, Bev is amply qualified to lead the VNA & Hospice Foundation into the future,” said Kathie Pierce, VNA & Hospice Foundation Board Chairman.

Smith began her career with the VNA & Hospice Foundation in 2006, working in an administrative role, eventually taking on additional, more event-focused responsibilities. She was recognized for her tremendous leadership skills and promoted to a management position.  Smith earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2015 and most recently acted as the organization’s Director of Donor Relations.

Remarked Smith, “I am most proud of the Foundation staff and feel very fortunate to have such a phenomenal development team, working towards a common goal: raising funds and increasing awareness of the VNA’s mission to ensure quality health care is available to those in need.”

Smith has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International and Indian River Chapter since 2008. At the local level, she has held several leadership roles with AFP Indian River and has served on the board since 2010.

Most recently, Smith was named chairman of the 2018 National Philanthropy Day, the chapter’s annual celebration to recognize those whose gifts of time, expertise, and resources have contributed significantly to the quality of life in Indian River County.

When asked if she had a mentor who helped hone her expertise in philanthropy, Smith said, “I’ve had several. I contribute much of my professional development to the guidance provided by the VNA & Hospice Foundation Board and my involvement with the Association of Fundraising Professionals.”

For more information about the VNA & Hospice Foundation, visit www.vnatc.com.

 

About the VNA

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides home healthcare services—including Medicare-reimbursed and private-duty nursing; home health aides; physical, speech, and occupational therapy; in-home companions; and personal transportation—throughout Indian River County. The agency is also the only licensed hospice provider in Indian River County, offering end-of-life care in patients’ homes, local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the VNA Hospice House. The VNA also provides community wellness services such as flu vaccinations, no-cost blood pressure/blood sugar screenings, and speakers on health-related topics for local community groups.  

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