Barton Health appoints new executive director to lead foundation’s philanthropy efforts |

Barton Health appoints new executive director to lead foundation’s philanthropy efforts

The Barton Foundation has a new executive director.

Chris Kiser was recently hired to oversee fundraising efforts intended to improve health care for the Lake Tahoe community through philanthropy, Barton stated in a news release.

Kiser brings a breadth of experience in nonprofit health care leadership and philanthropy development, according to Barton. Most recently, he was chief development officer of the Banner Health Foundation in Phoenix. Kiser also served as president of the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation in Greeley, Colorado.

“Chris Kiser’s experience in healthcare philanthropy is an asset to the Barton Foundation and the community we serve,” Dr. Clint Purvance, Barton Health president and CEO, said in the release. “His leadership will play a key role in partnership development and fundraising to support Barton providing consistently exceptional care for residents and visitors of our area.”

As executive director, Kiser will facilitate the Foundation’s efforts with the Community Health Advisory Committee and report to a 21 member board of trustees. He will additionally manage the Foundation’s staff and volunteers to produce fundraising events including the Festival of Trees and Lights in December and Pink Heavenly in March.

The Foundation invests donations from supporters into life-saving medical equipment and patient services, according to Barton. It also gives $50,000 in annual community grants to local organizations to help address local health needs.

Kiser holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree from Western Illinois University, according to Barton. He enjoys tennis, cycling, skiing and fly fishing. He and his wife, Cheri, have two college-age sons, Colin and Leo.

“I am passionate about the mission of Barton Health and consider it an honor to lead an organization that is committed to providing high-quality care and improving the health and wellness of its community,” Kiser said in the release.

To learn more about the Barton Foundation, visit

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