Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma Names Bradley Barghols
Its New Chief Executive Officer
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 18, 2017) – The board of directors of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Oklahoma has selected Bradley Barghols as its new chief executive officer. In addition to managing the operations of the organization, he will work closely with supporters all over the state to promote the Make-A-Wish mission of “granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
“We are excited to have Brad as the new leader of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. His passion to serve coupled with his strengths and leadership ability align perfectly with our goal of increasing the number of families we serve across our great state”, said Lori Garcia, chairman of the board of directors and sales executive at Microsoft.
One of Barghols’ first actions will be to lead Make-A-Wish Oklahoma through its recently launched 35-for-35 campaign, a yearlong initiative named in honor of the organization’s 35th anniversary of serving families in Oklahoma.
Barghols joins the organization with a strong background in executive leadership of non-profit organizations at both the regional and national levels. He was most recently the regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, and was the CEO of the Central and Western divisions of the Muscular Dystrophy Association where he served in various capacities for 25 years. He is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Club 29 Rotary and the Oklahoma City Chamber “Board of Advisors.”
Brad and his wife Shannon were wish parents in the late ‘80’s when their son Cooper, who suffered from leukemia and has since recovered, was granted a wish by the Arizona chapter of Make-A-Wish. Knowing firsthand the importance and impact Make-A-Wish makes on families will provide valuable insight and motivation for Barghols in his new position.
Barghols replaces interim CEO Dennis Krueger, who has honorably served at the request of the board of directors for the last five months. Krueger and his family have been active supporters of the organization’s mission for over 16 years.
“Dennis was the ideal interim CEO for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma,” said Garcia. “His leadership through this CEO search has helped to unify staff in both OKC and Tulsa and further our mission. We are thankful to have had him through this process.”
About Make-A-Wish Oklahoma: Make-A-Wish Oklahoma grants the wishes of children, ages 2 ½ to 18, who are facing life-threatening illness to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1982, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma is proud to have granted nearly 2,800 wishes to children across all 77 counties of Oklahoma. The organization has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that serve as co-headquarters for the Make-A-Wish Oklahoma chapter.