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Jolene Francis named as head of the Enloe Foundation

CHICO, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 – Jolene Francis, currently the President and CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, will apply her extensive business, banking experience and community service to lead the Enloe Foundation as Director of Advancement beginning Dec. 5. Francis’ last day at the Chamber will be Dec. 2.

The Enloe Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 [c] 3 organization since 1986, manages donations in support of Enloe Medical Center. Financial gifts support health care technology advancements, facility improvements, professional and staff training, and community health care programs. A community volunteer board of directors guides the Enloe Foundation. The Advancement Director is a new position, created as part of a recent consolidation of several departments at Enloe.

Francis has served at the Chamber of Commerce since 2009. She implemented changes that financially strengthened the organization, including introducing a Young Professionals Organization, creating a weekend Visitor Center, updating technology and rejuvenating business membership and community events.

Additionally, Francis has 10 years of leadership in the banking industry. From 2005 through 2007, as Business Consultant and Trainer with Francis Consulting, she played an integral role in creating Golden Valley Bank. She also served as Senior Vice President-Retail Division Manager of Umpqua Bank/Humboldt Bank/Tehama Bank, where she managed 10 retail bank locations in the North Valley from 2003 to 2005, and as Vice President, Branch Manager of Tehama Bank from 1995 to 2003, growing a new branch of the Red Bluff bank. Prior to this, Francis worked in various retail and commercial banking positions at Bank of America since 1978.

Francis said she was drawn to the Enloe Foundation because she sees Enloe Medical Center as major economic force for Chico – and one that is strengthened by the community’s support in return. “The community’s support for the operations of the medical center is vital to make our local hospital as strong and well equipped as possible.”

The people and businesses of Chico and the surrounding areas have recently given generous support for the current Century Project expansion. Francis will organize fundraising efforts for several major areas of need, including the FlightCare program, the Heart Program and the Regional Cancer Center.

Enloe Medical Center is a 298-bed hospital serving more than 450,000 residents in a six-county region in Northern California. As an independent, non-profit community hospital, Enloe redirects profits back into the organization as well as the community.


Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.


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