Barker named healthcare foundation’s new director


CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs and the Board of Directors of Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation announced Monday the appointment of Shannon Barker as the organization’s foundation director. Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to fundraising in support of patient care of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs and the residents of Hopkins County.

“We’re exceptionally pleased that Shannon has taken on this leadership role,” said Paul Harvey, Administrator of CHRISTUS of Sulphur Springs. “Her infectious enthusiasm and commitment to building relationships throughout the Sulphur Springs community is important and at the core of everything we do.”

Barker and her family moved to Sulphur Springs in 2016 and fell in love with the community. She immediately pursued service with local organizations Mother’s Culture Club, Parent-Teacher Organization at Travis Primary and Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s strategic planning.

With an early career in workforce development consulting, Barker has studied interpersonal behavior across corporate and

altruistic America, leading improvement efforts and contributing on various projects with both Fortune 500 companies and government organizations.

Barker earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Studies at TCU in Fort Worth. Post collegiate, Barker served as the business manager and senior consultant for a boutique-consulting firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with clients spanning the country and many abroad.

“Finding, fostering and cultivating rich communication with persons who care about the wellness of Sulphur Springs and the progress of this community [will be] key,” Barker said.

The director of the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation position is the perfect fit to continue that work and utilize her skills in event planning, relationship development and community building, she said. Barker added she is delighted to step into a position and team that is already highly functioning and successful and hopes to carry on the work and legacy of the people that have come before her.