Northbrook, IL (April 12, 2021) — The Board of Directors of The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) announced today that Gail Roddie-Hamlin has been named President and CEO of the foundation after an extensive nationwide search, effective April 12, 2021.
The mission of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs) by funding the most promising research. CHDs are America’s most common birth defect, impacting approximately 40,000 babies each year.
“We are excited to have Gail become the President and CEO of The Children’s Heart Foundation. Gail’s strong leadership, strategic focus, and ability to organize and inspire volunteers will have an immediate impact on CHF. This impact will enable us to fund even more life-saving and life-changing CHD research aligned with our mission,” said Kevin Slawin, CHF National Board Chair.
Ms. Roddie-Hamlin has an extensive career as a senior executive leader at renowned national non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was the National Vice President of Community Engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, where she led a new nationwide initiative in partnership development to advance the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. Prior to that, she served as Regional Leader, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. Ms. Roddie-Hamlin also brings experience from the American Cancer Society, where she held executive roles, such as regional Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join The Children’s Heart Foundation and work with the dedicated Board of Directors, committed volunteers and talented staff. Together we will move forward our mission for children and families impacted by congenital heart defects,” said Roddie-Hamlin.