Jane A. Walker is a licensed social worker, mother of five children and the first Executive Director of FREDLA. Ms. Walker’s second oldest daughter, Cathy, developed mental health needs as a young child and was sent out of state to residential care at age 12. At the time, services were not available in her state. As a result of that experience, Ms. Walker has devoted her life to improving services for children with mental health needs and their families. She was a founding member of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health in 1989 and served as President of the Federation Board of Directors for two years. In 1999, she founded the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health and served as Executive Director for 14 years. In January 2014, Ms. Walker became the first Executive Director of the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA). Ms. Walker is the recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy and leadership in children’s mental health.