Baptist Health Foundation Names New Board Member

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Jerry Pavlas, Onebanc president and CEO, was recently named as the newest member of the Baptist Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Pavlas, who began serving in May, will continue his board duties until December 2020.

Pavlas began his 40 plus year career after receiving his accounting degree from Cleveland State University. During that time, he has accumulated an extensive background in lending, strategic growth initiatives, market expansions, risk management, re-capitalizations and acquisitions. Prior to joining Onebanc in 2012, Pavlas served as CEO of Southwest Securities in Dallas, TX. In addition to his work, Pavlas is committed to helping his community through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and now the Baptist Health Foundation Board of Trustees.

“We’re excited and looking forward to working with Jerry,” said Missy Lewis, Baptist Health Foundation chief development officer. “He has already hit the ground running and has volunteered to be the presenting sponsor for Pins for Preemies, the bowling tournament benefitting our NICU and which is hosted by the foundation’s Associate Board.”

The foundation, which is the fund-raising arm of Baptist Health, has 35 elected Board Trustees. They serve as ambassadors for the healthcare system, as well as advisors and fundraisers for the foundation. Each is asked to serve a three-year term with an opportunity to renew for a second three-year term.

The Baptist Health Foundation exists to provide financial support to advance the mission of Baptist Health, which is to provide quality patient-centered healthcare and health education. The foundation has raised more than $52 million in not-for-profit donations for Baptist Health since 2004 and funded more than 1,250 pieces of equipment since 1993 through the Grant Awards Program.