Pam Ladd to retire Aug 24, served agency for seven years
Pam Ladd, hired by the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (Partnership) as Chief Operating Officer in 2015, and promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2016, will retire on Aug. 24. In addition to past positions at TVA and UNUM Provident, Ladd founded and operated a small business. She used these skills to reduce the Partnership’s administrative costs, expanded grant revenue, sell surplus properties, and create new programs.
"The Partnership’s Board of Directors is proud to make a donation in Pam’s honor to support critical programs that make a difference in thousands of lives of our community," said Liz Ahmed, Partnership Board President and Executive Vice President, People and Communications at Unum.
"So many of the programs Pam and the Partnership team instituted during her tenure have changed lives," said Ahmed. "Among the many programs are our sexual assault and domestic assault response teams, our Children in Divorce or Separation Workshops, our Expressive Art Therapy program, and Camp HOPE, a year-round mentoring and healing program for children affected by domestic violence."
These programs are part of myriad services provided by The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, which have a life-changing impact by empowering people and building stronger communities in the Greater Chattanooga Area. In 2020-2021, the Partnership served 7,114 clients and provided a continuum of care to those in need. Key efforts include:
- Victim Support Services provided 1,975 victims of domestic violence 8,379 nights of safe refuge or non-residential support services; and
- 636 rape victims over age 13 received counseling and court advocacy.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services ensured 1,159 deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing community members received support and life skills training.
- Stability Support Services helped 119 clients Build Stable Lives with housing, training, and education; alleviated hunger with food pantry support to 412 households; and empowered 40 youth exiting foster care with health education, financial readiness and life skills training through the River City Youth Collective.
- Elder Services provided advocacy to 1,151 residents in long-term care facilities, and aided 242 seniors with in-home care and case management; and
- The Center for Family Connections enabled 471 safe parent visits and exchanges.
A past City Council representative for District 3 Chattanooga and a recipient of both the Chattanooga Woman of Distinction and UnBought and UnBossed awards, Ladd plans to stay busy in her retirement. She will continue her civic engagement work and advocacy for those who are most vulnerable.
"I have no doubt that Pam will bring her considerable wisdom and energy to whatever she does going forward," said Ahmed. "We hope she will stay involved with the Partnership, and we wish her all the best in this next phase of her life."
The Partnership Board announced this May that Ladd’s successor would be Kevin Hyde, who brings years of experience to his role as Partnership CEO. Hyde most recently served as Regional Vice President for the USO Indo-Pacific, directing support to 360,000 military personnel assigned to the region. He and Ladd have worked together since June to ensure a seamless transition when he becomes CEO on Aug. 25.
"We know that Kevin will build on the great foundation laid by Pam," said Ahmed. The Partnership is so fortunate to have had her leadership for seven years."