LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Joey Maggard, executive director for the Central Kentucky Division of the American Heart Association, announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31.
During Maggard’s 15-year tenure, the local division has made great strides in visibility, fundraising and outreach. Under Maggard’s leadership, the local division staff and volunteers have set numerous National Benchmarks in fundraising, with the local Heart Ball being among the most recognized in the nation. The local Heart Walk is the largest fundraising walk in Central Kentucky. And the local Go Red for Women Experience is one of the most important women’s events in our community.
“I was fortunate enough to meet Joey when he first started with the American Heart Association,” said Keith Yarber, founder and CEO of TOP Marketing Group, and former chair and current trustee of the association’s local board of directors. “I consider Joey a great friend and business associate. Joey has taken the Lexington chapter of the AHA from good to great. The Board of Directors are key leaders in the Central Kentucky area, and the staff is terrific. Under Joey’s vision and leadership, the AHA has grown into a dynamic organization making substantial financial and advocacy impact on our community.
I believe Joey will be remembered most for all of the friends and relationships he brought to the AHA.”
“The AHA will truly miss having Joey at the helm,” echoed Houston Hall, market president at Forcht Bank and the association’s local board chair. “His insurmountable contributions over the last 15 years, to not only the AHA but the Lexington Community, will have a lasting impact for years to come. We wish him the very best in his retirement and all of his future endeavors.”
Prior to his career at AHA, Maggard worked for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass for 12 years. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work.
Maggard has helped to bring local prevention, research and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association more into the public eye.
He has helped promote CPR efforts locally, and has helped to bring attention to congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in children. The 2020 recipient of the Midwest American Heart Association Leadership Award of Excellence has been passionate about bringing the work of the American Heart Association to the Appalachian counties of the Commonwealth.
Maggard has been battling colorectal cancer for over two years and is leaving his position in order to focus on his health.
He has become an advocate for preventive colonoscopies. In addition to focusing on his treatment, Maggard intends to spend time with family and friends, fly fish, and cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats in whatever way he can.
Maggard and his wife, Sara, have been married for 34 years. They have two children, Lindsey and Andy.