Mary Ruth Barnes
Region covered: Oklahoma, Joplin, Springfield and Branson, Missouri and Southern Kansas (Wichita, Kansas office).
Mary Ruth Barnes is the Director of Gift and Estate Planning for Oklahoma, as well as, the Branson, Joplin and Springfield, Missouri markets and the Wichita, Kansas markets of the High Plains division. During her tenure with the American Cancer Society, Mary Ruth has been recognized as the Rookie of the Year in 2011 for Region 1 and National Rookie of the Year for the Planned Giving Business Unit for 2011. She also was recognized in 2012 as Top Performer for Region 1 and Top Performer Nationwide overall for 2012. Mary Ruth joined the American Cancer Society after being Director of Development for the Advancement Office of a regional university, East Central University. She was responsible for all major fundraising activities leading to one of the largest donations in history to the university, over $8 million. Previously, Mary Ruth was the Executive Director of Valley View Foundation, a foundation for a regional hospital, and received the southwest regional AHP Gerry Gunnin Professional Fundraising award in 2006. After graduating with a Bachelors from North Carolina State with high honors and a Masters from Montana State, Mary Ruth is close to completing her CFRE in fundraising. She is extremely active in her community through Rotary, Business and Professional Women and AFP of Oklahoma. She is also an avid equestrian and her and husband live on a horse ranch in south central Oklahoma.
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