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NEWS RELEASE


For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 15, 2022 


For more information contact:
Christa Mannarino 
(423) 718-2898
Email: [email protected]

Partnership Announces DEI Policy, Paid Juneteenth Holiday 



(Chattanooga, TN) June 3, 2022 – The Board of Directors of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (Partnership) announces its adoption of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy that includes the observance of Juneteenth as a paid holiday for agency staff.  

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy approved by the Partnership Board includes support from the organization’s leadership, staff, volunteers, interns, and constituents. It was crafted to address and improve DEI in four areas: Board Members, Employees, Volunteers and Interns; Leadership Engagement and Planning; Cultural Competency and Humility in Client Services; and External Partnerships and Advocacy. The Partnership is committed to fostering a culture of belonging and believes that DEI is essential to fulfilling its mission. The policy is posted in full on the agency’s website, partnershipfca.com. 

“I am proud we have a board that supports our agency values on DEI and voted to pass a policy with action steps ensuring equity in our relationships within and outside our organization,” said CEO Pam Ladd. “One of those action steps is the recognition of Juneteenth as an agency holiday. It reinforces our DEI policy, and allows our staff time away from work to reflect and celebrate this momentous day with family and friends.” Since Juneteenth falls on a Sunday this year, Partnership staff will have that opportunity on Monday, June 20.

Juneteenth is a day to commemorate June 19, the emancipation of enslaved African Americans—and to celebrate African American culture. The holiday, which originated in Texas, has been celebrated in some areas of the U.S. since 1865. It was declared a federal holiday in 2021, but many agencies and businesses do not include Juneteenth on their calendar of paid holidays.

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults is a non-profit organization serving the Tennessee Valley community for 145 years through counseling, crisis intervention and prevention services.   Our mission is empowering people and building communities and our vision is to improve the lives of our neighbors through a continuum of emergency, stability and self-sufficiency services so that we have a strong, safe and informed community. 


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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release with Photo, May 12, 2022

For more information contact:

Christa Mannarino 
(423) 718-2898
Email: [email protected]

Partnership Announces Kevin Hyde as New CEO 

Hyde to Take Helm on Aug. 25 


(Chattanooga, TN) May 12, 2022 – The Board of Directors for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (Partnership) is pleased to announce that it has named Kevin Hyde as its new CEO effective Aug. 25. Hyde brings a wealth of leadership experience and a passion for service to make a difference in people’s lives. He will succeed CEO Pam Ladd, who retires on Aug. 24.

“Our Board of Directors is thrilled to introduce Kevin to the Partnership and Chattanooga communities” said Board Chair Tyler Forrest. “Kevin possesses the qualifications and expertise to grow the Partnership into an even greater, more successful organization to create a lasting impact on our area.” 

Hyde’s most recent role was Regional Vice President for the USO Indo-Pacific in which he led business units covering 52% of the globe, with 95 employees and 2,500 volunteers. Under his direction the USO provided support to 360,000 military personnel assigned to the region. That support included humanitarian assistance to United States sailors and their families after the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain and the COVID outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  

Hyde began his career in the United States Air Force. During his almost 29-year tenure, he commanded multiple units around the world and was responsible for community relations in Rheinland-Pfatz, Germany, the largest American military community outside the United States. He participated in humanitarian relief operations in Haiti and Somalia, and led international relief operations in the Philippines, retiring as a Brigadier General.

Hyde holds a B.S. in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Organizational and Human Resource Development from Abilene Christian University, an M.A.in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College, an M.A. in Strategic Studies from United States Army War College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Maryland.

He and his wife, Jodie, chose Chattanooga as their home after 38 years of serving our country and others around the world. They are pleased to have the opportunity to make a difference and give back to their new community and hometown.

“Jodie and I are thrilled be a part of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults family, and we look forward to continuing the Partnership legacy of empowering and strengthening our greater Chattanooga communities.”

Hyde’s appointment concludes a six-month national search process completed by the Board Search Committee in conjunction with Buffkin Baker, a Nashville-based executive search firm. Hyde will begin work at Partnership on June 22 and assume the role of CEO on Aug. 25. Please join the Board of Directors of Partnership for Families, Children and Adults in welcoming Kevin Hyde to our community. 

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults is a non-profit organization serving the Tennessee Valley community for 145 years through counseling, crisis intervention and prevention services.   Our mission is empowering people and building communities and our vision to improve the lives of our neighbors through a continuum of emergency, stability and self-sufficiency services so that we have a strong, safe and informed community.  


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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release with Photo 

For more information contact:

Christa Mannarino 
(423) 718-2898
Email: [email protected]


Partnership’s Director of Victim Support Services Wins Statewide Recognition

Carmen Hutson Receives 2022 Voices for Victims Award


(Chattanooga, TN) May 9, 2022 – Carmen Hutson, Director of Victim Support Services for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (Partnership), received the 2022 Voices for Victims Award at a ceremony on April 27. The Award was given to Hutson in Chattanooga as part of National Crime Victim Rights Week in recognition of her outstanding service on behalf of victims of crimes. 

“Carmen epitomizes the essence of this award and has demonstrated this type of service and support for years in our community,” said Pam Ladd, Partnership Chief Executive Officer. “Our entire Partnership team joins me in congratulating Carmen for her outstanding service and commitment to the support, respect, and empowerment of crime victims.

Hutson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She was with the Partnership from 2010 until 2018 as its Clinical Director of Stability Services. After then working at United Way for almost three years, Hutson returned to Partnership in December 2021, to take the helm of Victim Support Services.

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults is a non-profit human services agency that assists people in building better lives through counseling, crisis intervention, prevention, and education programs. These services would otherwise not be available to individuals and families in 25 Tennessee counties and four counties in North Georgia. The Partnership is celebrating its 145th anniversary this year.


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