Our Leader

This past year has been a time of great change and growth for American Humanics.

Nationally, in March 2010, after almost two years of study, the American Humanics Board of Directors moved to change the name of our organization to the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, making the relationship between our name and our mission unmistakable.

On the local level, the David M. Underwood Chapter of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) welcomed Melanie Barr Fitzpatrick as our new Program Director. Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge from her nonprofit community experiences as well as her previous work at the University of Houston.  Her passion and commitment will clearly benefit this chapter of the Alliance on all levels.

Below please find a heartfelt endorsement for Melanie by former American Humanics Program Director Margaret O'Donnell:

"I could hardly be more delighted with the selection of Melanie Barr Fitzpatrick as the new Director of the American Humanics/Nonprofit Leadership Alliance David Underwood Chapter. It was a true pleasure working with Melanie when she was with the Honors College - an academic advisor who really "got it". Melanie actively informed her students of all opportunities at UH to enhance their college degrees. She understood the importance of having extra hands-on training, connection to community and service hours practicing hard skills that benefit both the graduate and any company or organization that employed them. Melanie always understood that the ability to access resources (fund raising, volunteer recruitment, marketing) is crucial to successfully serving our clients."