Lorene King Named Vice President of Philanthropy for Bethesda
(Milwaukee) – Bethesda, a national nonprofit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce it has named Lorene S. King as its new Vice President of Philanthropy. As a key member of the executive leadership team, King is responsible for executing a comprehensive plan to support all aspects of philanthropic giving.
In her new role for Bethesda, King brings a highly-accomplished history of executive leadership that includes progressively impactful board cultivation, high-performing team development, program implementation, and strategic planning. Under King’s leadership, Bethesda will seek to increase overall fundraising outcomes, with an emphasis on developing and implementing strategies for growing major gifts.
“Lorene is the perfect fit for this role – a highly accomplished fundraising executive with a strong Christian faith and a commitment to our mission, said Mike Thirtle, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bethesda. “She quickly rose to the top of the list during the thorough national search we conducted over the last several months.”
Bethesda has a strong history and an exciting future that is committed to development activities,” said King. “I am excited to embark on this new position and work together with the development team to strengthen philanthropy and donor engagement that will ultimately benefit the people we support throughout the country.”
Prior to joining Bethesda, King most recently served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., where she also was Executive Director of the college’s foundation. She previously was the Executive Director of the NASCAR Foundation and held several senior leadership roles with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
King earned an MBA from the University of Memphis and her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of South Alabama.
Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1904. Bethesda strives to become a central point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest through more than 300 programs across the country. For more information, go to http://www.bethesdalc.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.