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Frederick J. Ferrer Named New CEO of The Health Trust
Date:11/7/2007

Respected community leader takes the helm to help launch vision of Silicon

Valley as healthiest region in America

CAMPBELL, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Frederick J. Ferrer, a nationally-recognized expert in child development and nonprofit leadership strategies and an active community leader in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years, has been named Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust.

Ferrer is leaving his consulting practice, Manzanita Solutions, to take the post previously held by founding CEO Gary Allen who retired in June.

"We are delighted that Fred has accepted this position," said Judy Heyboer of The Health Trust Board of Trustees who chaired the Search Committee. "His reputation in the community is outstanding, and he has an impressive record of building effective coalitions, policy advocacy and thought leadership. We had more than 100 candidates for this position, but Fred's broad-based experience and dynamic skills as a leader stood out as ideal for the next phase of The Health Trust."

Ferrer served as Executive Director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose for 18 years where he grew the organization from serving 74 children initially to multiple programs that touched the lives of more than 1,000 young children and their families every year. His expertise in child development and family support was put to good use in his volunteer positions as past chair and commissioner of the FIRST 5 Commission of Santa Clara County, as a board member of the Rocketship One Charter Elementary School, and a member of the Department of Education's Autism Advisory Board, among others.

"Health is the basis of all child development, so I am aware of the challenges to creating a healthy community for all of our residents -- no matter their age, income or access to what it takes to live a healthy life," Ferrer said. "I have a lot of clinical experience, front line experience. My roots are in providing real servi
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