ROSEMONT, Ill., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) today announced the appointment of R. Barkley Payne as vice president, corporate development and strategic philanthropy. Payne brings to OREF more than 10 years senior-level experience in cultivating corporate and institutional partnerships for nonprofit health care entities. Founded in 1955, OREF is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization, which seeks support from companies and individuals for clinically relevant research and education that contributes to improving orthopaedic care and quality of life for patients of all ages.
"Barkley Payne comes to OREF with extensive experience and many accomplishments," said OREF CEO Sharon Mellor, PhD, CAE. "I look forward to Barkley helping us build on the strong foundation of corporate partnerships that have been so vital to OREF's success in advancing orthopaedics through research and education."
"Barkley's track record is impressive, as is his relational approach and experience with a diverse set of constituencies," said OREF Board President Ramon L. Jimenez, MD. "We are very pleased to have him leading OREF's corporate development initiatives."
Immediately prior to joining OREF, Payne served as vice president, development for the American College of Healthcare Executive, Chicago. Earlier, he led the American Dental Association Foundation, also in Chicago, as executive director for five years after five years as senior director of fundraising and development. In 2009, he was awarded honorary fellowships by the American College of Dentists and International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, their highest awards for non-DDS professionals. Association Trends Magazine named Payne a 2004 young and aspiring association professional. A Kentucky native, Payne held executive and development positions with Metro Louisville Operation Brightside and the Louisville Orchestra.
Payne earned a BA in public relations at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky. He has further developed his leadership skills through programs offered by the American Society of Association Executives and Center for Creative Leadership. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Council of Planned Giving and Chicago Health Executives Forum, and serves on the board of directors for the Association Foundation Group. Payne is a resident of Chicago.
OREF is the leading and most experienced administrator of grants for the advancement of orthopaedic specialty care, having awarded more than 4,000 grants and awards totaling $120 million through March 2012.
SOURCE Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation