FREDLA Announces New Executive Director

December 20, 2018


After an extensive five-month search process, the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association’s (FREDLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Patricia Hunt as FREDLA’s new Executive Director, filling the role held by Jane Walker for the past 5 years.

Pat is a family member with lived experience and for more than 25 years has been an advocate for children and youth with mental health needs and their families. Pat brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her new position. Her work with family-run organizations includes developing and directing a family-run organization in Maine; leading policy efforts at the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, and 11 years on Magellan Health’s corporate team. Pat has a history of developing innovative solutions to complex problems and her work spans 42 states. Upon accepting the position Pat stated, “I am eager to work with the heartbeat of the nation’s family movement and employ strategic partnerships with national and state leadership to collectively and fully realize the possibilities that accompany times of uncertainty.” Pat will begin on January 2, 2019, and can be reached at

FREDLA’s mission is to build strong, sustainable family-run organizations and together influence policy and practice to support children and families. The organization was started in 2013 by 16 executive directors of family-run organizations. FREDLA is a partner with the TA Network at the University of Maryland and provides training and technical assistance to family-run organizations, states, and communities to promote family engagement, strengthen family leadership and develop strong family-run organizations.

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