Baptist Memorial Names Two New Vice Presidents, Promotes Chief HR Officer

Baptist Memorial Names Two New Vice Presidents, Promotes Chief HR Officer

Nancy Averwater

Baptist Memorial Health Care has recently promoted its chief human resources officer and named two new vice presidents to their senior leadership team. The two new vice presidents will replace Scott Fountain, the organization's senior vice president and chief development officer, who retired on July 2.

Nancy Averwater has assumed the role of Baptist Memorial's senior vice president and chief human resources officer. In addition to maintaining her current duties, she will develop and implement the Baptist Center for Career Development. The center will help people accomplish their professional and career goals at Baptist through career counseling, career pathing and upskilling. Nancy began her Baptist career in 1993 and has served in several clinical and operational leadership positions before assuming her current role.

Robbie Johnson, a 10-year Baptist employee, has been promoted to vice president and chief development officer, where he leads Baptist Memorial's fundraising activities systemwide. Before assuming this new role, Robbie was the executive director of the NEA Baptist Foundation in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he successfully oversaw and managed foundation funds, which helped support many needed programs and projects in that community.

Ayoka Pond now serves as Baptist Memorial's vice president and chief marketing and communications officer. She leads the organization's corporate communications department, which includes marketing, digital marketing, public relations, creative services and internal communications. She has spent her entire 22-year Baptist career in corporate communications, most recently as its public relations and internal communications director.