Kay C. Barnett, CFRE, is an experienced development professional and currently serves as the Executive Director of Development for the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. Barnett’s efforts promote the image, utilization and development of the fund raising and volunteer programs of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation. She oversees all philanthropic efforts at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital.
She has received certifications in Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns and Major Gift Fundraising from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. In 2009, Barnett received the CFRE Certificate of Fundraising Executives, which identifies a fund raising professional as one who has demonstrated mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field against international standards in philanthropy.
Barnett has had the honor of serving as the first woman on the Board of Commissioners for the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, Port of Lake Charles from 2003 – 2011. In her two-term tenure, she held the positions of secretary-treasurer, vice president and president in 2005 and 2009.
Barnett has previously held the position of Business Development Consultant for South Ryan MRI, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Cancer Support Center, Vice President & Marketing Director of Premier Bank and Bank One, Vice President and Marketing Director of First Commerce Corporation, Public Relations and Executive Director of the Calcasieu Arts & Humanities Council and the Endowment Coordinator Assistant of the McNeese State University Foundation. Barnett received her degrees in French Education and Journalism from Louisiana State University. She is also an LSU alumna.
Her community service includes the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Board of Directors, the Chenier Plains Committee of the Chamber Southwest Louisiana, the United Way Southwest Louisiana Board of Directors, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Barnett has served as Coordinator of the two Shiver Me Timbers Millennium Park projects, Executive Committee member of the Council for A Better Louisiana, President of the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana Chairman, Family and Youth Counseling Agency Board of Directors, American Heart Association Heart Gala Chairman, 21st Century Community Learning Center Advisory Board Member, the Salvation Army Board of Directors, the Lake Charles Symphony Board of Directors and others.