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Bowman Takes Chief Philanthropy Job at Beechwood Home

Debbie Bowman is the new chief officer of philanthropy at the Beechwood Home, a nonprofit long-term care nursing facility in Cincinnati's Hyde Park neighborhood.

She joins the organization after five years as president of Boys Hope Girls Hope and 34 years with the Cincinnati Art Museum where she served as chief financial and operating officer.

“We are delighted to have Debbie join our team, with her vast amount of experience and expertise in fundraising and not-for-profit work,” said Patricia Clark, DM, CEO of the Beechwood Home, in a news release. “We know that our residents will benefit from her enthusiasm, dedication, and community connections.”

“Coming to the Beechwood Home is an opportunity to tackle a challenge I didn’t think possible: to help those with chronic, incurable, and debilitating disabilities," Bowman said. "I look forward to dedicating the final chapters in my career to helping this deserving population. I had the opportunity to change the outcome of my life, I am now helping those who can’t.” 

Bowman was named chief financial officer at the art museum at age 23, the youngest person and only woman to hold the position. As chief operating officer ten years later, she oversaw management of a $14.2 million budget, a 200,000-sq. ft. building, and more than 200 employees.

She transitioned to Boys Hope Girls Hope based on her passion for paying it forward and helping the underserved population in the community, a news release said. In 2017, under her leadership the organization’s major fund-raising event, the Hearts for Hope Gala, had a record-setting 620 attendees and net receipts of $450,000. She also raised nearly $15 million for BHGH.

Bowman, who lives in Edgewood, is a member of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Bellevue High School, and was recognized in 1998 as one of the Cincinnati Business Courier's 40 Under 40, as well as the publication's 2016 Second Act award.

She serves on multiple local boards, including that of the Reds Community Fund.

Approximately eighty residents live at the Beechwood Home.

-Staff report

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