Foundation Hires New Major Gift Officer

The Dignity Health Foundation East Valley has hired a passionate and committed relationship-builder for the role of Major Gift Officer serving the East Valley community.

Eric Barkyoumb is a seasoned sponsorship and relationship management professional, who will bring more than 10 years of experience in the professional sports, media and non-profit industries, developing large-scale and long-standing relationships with sponsors, clients and community partners to our organization. He has relationships with large and small businesses in the fields of healthcare, technology, finance, education, grocery, airline and automotive.

Prior to joining the Dignity Health family, Eric served as Director of Client Services for iHeartMedia in Phoenix. There, he provided leadership and oversight to a team of Client Services representatives, developing best practices and processes to improve the overall client experience with the iHeartMedia radio stations and digital platforms. 

Previously, Eric worked for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals Football Club. During his tenure with the Cardinals, he forged and managed relationships with many local and national brands, developing and implementing unique and meaningful interactions between the Club, its fans and community partners. While with the Cardinals he oversaw the Club’s stadium naming rights partnership as well as coordinated and hosted annual trips to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl for clients, sponsors and supporters. He was also the liaison with Dignity Health. 

Eric also worked for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, where he managed the team’s public and community relations efforts, while also stewarding many corporate sponsorship relationships and fan engagement programs.

Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a Minor in Communications.  He is actively engaged in the community and has been a member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee since 2011. His proudest volunteer achievement is the role he played as Chair of the Fiesta Bowl’s Aerospace Challenge event, an annual STEM competition that serves more than 1,000 students from around the state.

An Arizona native, Eric loves being outdoors, and especially enjoys the challenge (and being humbled by) the game of golf. His wife, Gillean, is a registered dietitian and represents a healthy lifestyle company headquartered in the East Valley. Eric and Gillean reside in Gilbert along with their beautiful toddler, Emma, who was born at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. 




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