Hosparus Health Names Tawanda Lewis Owsley VP of Development
Hosparus Health is pleased to announce Tawanda Lewis Owsley has been hired as vice president of development for the not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization. In her new role, she will lead all fund-raising efforts, including strategy, donor cultivation for capital and major gifts, planned and annual giving, special events and other initiatives designed to increase access to care for seriously ill patients and their families in 41 counties across Kentucky and Indiana.
Owsley has 18 years of experience in philanthropy leadership and health care development. She previously served as executive director for the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she built successful strategic partnerships that supported the organization’s expansion efforts. Earlier in her career, she served in key fund-raising roles with major health systems, including Norton Healthcare, KentuckyOne Health, and Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center.
Owsley earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville and her master’s degree in business communication from Spalding University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education. She has been recognized as one of Business First of Louisville’s Forty Under 40, Louisville Magazine’s People to Watch and as a Today’s Woman’s Way to Go Woman.
“I’m thrilled to be aligning myself with Hosparus Health and a mission that serves others by helping loved ones live better longer,” Owsley says. “I look forward to using my nearly 18 years of experience in philanthropy to complement this team. We will be engaging our community as we elevate support so that we can continue providing compassionate life care for patients of all ages and backgrounds.”
“As we continue to focus on meeting the growing demand for person-centered care, Tawanda’s strong background in raising funds for health care organizations makes her a tremendous asset to our team as our mission grows,” says Phil Marshall, President and CEO of Hosparus Health. “More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 years old every day, and up to 85 percent of them are living with at least one serious illness. Because our mission drives us to ensure our care is available to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay, there has never been a more crucial time for increased community and donor support.”