Posted by: March of Dimes - July, 1st 2016 @ 09:00 am

BLOOMINGTON RESIDENT JOINS MARCH OF DIMES AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Brad Johnson exits 25-year corporate executive career to lead the nonprofit's North Central Illinois Market Bloomington, IL - March of Dimes is pleased to welcome Brad Johnson as Executive Director of the North Central Illinois Market. Johnson brings with him a diverse background of professional and volunteer experiences. For the past five years he served as the Managing Director of Aderans Corporation in Bloomington where, in 2013, he was named Managing Director of the Year. Dedicated to his community, he previously sat on the Boards of Directors for the American Heart Association and the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps the most important experience Johnson brings to this new position is his personal connection to the March of Dimes mission: his sister-in-law gave birth prematurely. "I vividly remember the stress and trauma," Johnson said. "Knowing that I can now help make a difference with something like this in another family's life gives me a sense of purpose and gratification." Of his decision to leave the corporate world, Johnson says he was ready for a change. "I wanted to work for an organization where I could make an impact on the lives of individuals," he explained. "I couldn't imagine a more rewarding impact than helping save the lives of babies." In this new role, he will oversee the North Central Illinois Market where he will educate local business on the cost of prematurity, develop a strong leadership team to extend March of Dimes presence within his 19-county area and coordinate events including the Signature Chef Auction and March for Babies. Johnson and his wife reside in Bloomington, but he and his team are dedicated to continuing the relationships already established by March of Dimes throughout the region, as well as opening doors in other areas throughout North Central Illinois. Funds raised through his efforts will fund local programs that help women have healthy pregnancies, research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and advocacy efforts in Springfield. About March of Dimes The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us at, and # # #