by Carolyn Fota
As many in our community know, 2021 was a very successful year for the IPPF. From record attendance at our Virtual Patient Education Conference to creating connections for researchers at our Scientific Symposium, we found continued opportunities to grow the impact of our organization. Years of awareness efforts culminated in offering a continuing education course with the American Dental Association. Our peer health coaches adapted to the ongoing pandemic and provided additional support to patients and caregivers. These are just a few highlights from a year with many to choose from.
What you may not know is that Kevin Mead, the IPPF’s Executive Director, stepped down at the end of 2021 to pursue other opportunities. Though Kevin’s time with the IPPF lasted only 15 months, his impact was immediate. Kevin successfully applied for and received several high-profile grants, streamlined operations, and managed a virtual staff and team of volunteers with a deft hand.
Upon Kevin’s departure, the IPPF Board of Directors evaluated the needs of the Foundation to determine how to best move forward in the coming years. The Board conducted an exhaustive search and selected a staff member who shows a deep understanding of the IPPF’s vision, mission, and a commitment to the needs of our community.
I am pleased to announce Patrick Dunn as our newest Executive Director. Patrick has been working for the IPPF since 2014 when he joined the staff as a health communications specialist. His role grew over the years, and he has most recently worked as the IPPF Communications and Marketing Director. “It’s a tremendous honor to serve pemphigus and pemphigoid patients and their caregivers, as well as the medical professionals who support them every day,” Patrick said. “I’m excited to work in this new capacity, especially knowing the talent that the rest of our staff brings to their jobs. The IPPF has never been stronger, and there are many initiatives in the works to make a brighter future for patients.”
Patrick Dunn will officially assume his new role as the IPPF Executive Director on February 28, 2022. We are all looking forward to this next chapter. Patrick can be reached directly by email or phone (916) 435-6751.
Carolyn Fota is the Chair of the IPPF Board of Director’s, IPPF peer health coach, and Mid-Atlantic Support Group Leader.