Blake Bard is the senior vice president and executive director of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Foundation. His 20 years of prior experience in the nonprofit industry include positions as the Executive Director of Advancement for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock; Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Foundation at Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri; Director of Development and External Relations for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; and Director of Major Gifts for the Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Blake is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE), and a 2019 winner of the 40 Under 40 Award from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).
In July of 2017, Blake was appointed to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s (CMNH) National Advisory Committee in Salt Lake City, UT and served a three-year term on the inaugural committee. His volunteer service to communities includes past President of the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Southwest Missouri Estate Planning Council, and presenter and panelist for CMNH conferences, at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and AHP. He was the first recipient of the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 2017 for his work in creating Career CREDITS, a career and personal development program for high school students.
Blake earned his master’s degree in education from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, and completed his bachelor’s degree in communications at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri.