Lipford chosen to lead Highlands Foundation

Staff Report

C. Denise Lipford

PRESTONSBURG – After a long and dedicated search, Highlands Health System has welcomed C. Denise Lipford as the executive director of the Highlands Foundation.

Lipford holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and maintained her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) accreditation from 2004 through 2007 as endorsed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Her fundraising experience includes positions within Midway Renaissance, Inc., Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and The Nature Conservancy. This is in addition to previous roles in banking at Citizens National Bank and Chase Financial Services.

“The Highlands Foundation Board is looking forward to having her take the Foundation to new heights, and we welcome and support her efforts in this role,” said Bud Warman, President & CEO, Highlands Health System.

With a mission to cultivate and maximize the philanthropic potential of the service area, Highlands Foundation, Inc. exists to garner funding paramount to the prevailing health, wellness and community-based needs of this region.

Many of the programs and services available at Highlands Health System and Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) would not be available without the generous support of our community members and the work of the Highlands Foundation. Because healthcare is critical to the fabric of any area, supporting the work of Highlands strengthens the entire region.

Lipford encourages gift and volunteer participation from all of those who are able. Charitable gifts supporting the Foundation are often fully tax deductible. Furthermore, these gifts directly impact community outreach programs, the Center for Autism and crucial medical technologies.

For more information about the Highlands Foundation, visit or call (606) 889-6271.

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Staff Report

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