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Barnabas Foundation CEO steps down

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Last edited 12:51 p.m., Aug. 15, 2018

The CEO of Springfield-based nonprofit Barnabas Foundation Inc. exited the nonprofit.

Barnabas Foundation Director of Marketing Andrea Harp said Jason Brawner’s last day was July 31. She was unsure what his next career step would be.

“He has yet to make a decision, although I know there are several opportunities,” Harp said via email. “Right now, he's enjoying extra time with family.”

Barnabas Foundation board Chairman David Ross, co-owner of Ross Construction Group LLC, said the nonprofit’s governing body is currently conducting interviews for Brawner’s successor. The board expects a decision within two weeks, Ross said.

Brawner, who became CEO of Barnabas Foundation after first working as director of operations starting in late 2009, is succeeded in an interim capacity by John Tillack, executive director of Barnabas’ Prep and Life programs.

“As we all know, Barnabas is not about one person. It is about every staff member, board member, parent, camper, missionary, student and resident coming together for the common purpose of better understanding Christ, growing closer in community as he has commanded and going away to do that for others,” Brawner said in the release. “I’m ready for the next chapter, but I’m also thankful for the time I’ve had here.

“I know the next leader of this organization will take Barnabas to a place of prominence in what disability ministry should look like.”

Brawner is scheduled to be honored Aug. 17 as part of Springfield Business Journal’s annual Men of the Year awards.

During his time at the nonprofit, Barnabas Foundation’s annual operating revenue grew to $4.3 million from $1.8 million. Its signature Camp Barnabas for children with disabilities has grown to over 2,000 campers served by 3,000 volunteers and 33 full-time employees, according to his Men of the Year profile.

Prior to joining Barnabas Foundation, Brawner was vice president of marketing for TrialPoint Inc., a California-based trial services company, according to past SBJ reporting.

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