Announcing A Changing of the Guard
The VFW National Home for Children Board of Trustees has selected Fred Puffenberger to replace retiring Patrice Green as the new Executive Director. A Michigan native and graduate of Michigan State University, Green worked for many years in youth services, leaving her position with the State of Michigan’s Office of Children and Youth Services to join the National Home team in 1989. The last 15 years of her 30 year tenure was as Executive Director. Sharing her sentiments upon her retirement, Patrice stated, “I am very proud to have served this wonderful organization, and I’m confident our excellent staff team and all our faithful donors and friends will continue to work in support of the Home’s worthy mission. Best wishes to Fred as he takes over the helm!” Puffenberger, an Eaton Rapids, Michigan native and graduate of Central Michigan University, has spent 30-plus years in leadership roles in the higher education auxiliary services field, where he served schools in Michigan, Maryland and Tennessee. When asked about his new position, Fred enthusiastically replied, “I’ve personally witnessed the impact that the National Home has had on generations of families, and I look forward to continuing this fine tradition.” Best wishes to Patrice on her retirement and congratulations Fred!