The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Gray as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Diana’s new role will begin November 13, 2015.
“The Hydrocephalus Association’s vision is to seek a cure for hydrocephalus and dramatically improve the lives of those living with the condition,” stated Aseem Chandra, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association. “Diana’s appointment as CEO of the Hydrocephalus Association represents the Board’s commitment to that vision. We are delighted that Diana is bringing her 20 years of executive experience in fundraising, operations, new market development and volunteer management, to lead the Hydrocephalus Association.”
Building on the association’s growth over the last five years, Diana joins HA at a pivotal time with the establishment of a five-year strategy to raise awareness of hydrocephalus and increase research funding to seek a cure. The strategy includes expanding educational and support services, influencing the health delivery system to improve diagnosis and treatments for patients, building key relationships with government officials and federal agencies, and pursuing high quality, high impact research in pursuit of a cure.
“I am honored to be joining the Hydrocephalus Association in support of its life-changing mission.” shared Diana. “My hope is to provide strategic leadership and to add positive value as the organization seeks to expand its impact as outlined within its five-year strategic plan. Foremost, our collective goal is to move the needle in the landscape of hydrocephalus awareness, care, advocacy and research in order to improve the lives of those impacted by this condition. I enthusiastically embrace this challenge and look forward to creating new partnerships to strengthen our efforts.”
Diana recently served as Vice President of two nationally-recognized organizations – the Lupus Foundation of America and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). Her tenure at both organizations involved overseeing field management and development while growing operational capabilities and expanding into new markets. Her efforts enabled programs to reach more communities, empowered more volunteers to become leaders, and delivered increased services to growing numbers of constituents. During her 12 years at JDRF she helped structure programs that continue to serve as models across the country. Prior to joining JDRF, Diana exemplified her commitment to members of patient organizations by providing outstanding service as CEO of the Damien Center. The governor of Indiana presented her with Indiana’s highest civilian award, the Sagamore of the Wabash, in recognition of her distinguished service. Gray received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Anderson University, where she graduated summa cum laude.