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New Executive Director Announcement


The Father Fred Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Candice Hamel as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hamel comes to the Foundation with more than 25 years of serving at-risk populations. Currently an Executive Director of the Northwest Resource Center’s Great Start to Quality serving a ten-county region, Ms. Hamel’s direct human services experience also includes service program management for Child Protective Services of the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. She has an undergraduate degree in Family Life Education and a Masters in Organizational Management.

According to Board President Betsy Aderholdt “The Foundation Board was particularly impressed with Candice’s passion for the Father Fred Mission; her extensive experience in serving at-risk families and refugees; her ability to connect with people; and her proven management of a regional organization.” Ms.  Hamel shared “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve an organization that aligns so perfectly with my personal values and professional skill sets.  The Father Fred Foundation is a community treasure and I am both honored and excited to carry out its mission to best serve our community.”

Ms. Hamel will assume the Father Fred Foundation Executive Director role on September 14, 2020.


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