The Family Tree Board of Directors Announces Retirement of 21-Year Executive Director, Patricia K. Cronin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 9, 2021                                   

Mary Francioli, Director of Development & Communications
(410) 454-1199,

BALTIMORE, MD – February 9, 2021 – The Family Tree Board of Directors announced today that Executive Director, Patricia K. Cronin, LCSW-C, is retiring on June 30, 2021. Cronin’s decision to retire from the nonprofit is the culmination of a remarkable 21 years of service to The Family Tree and Maryland’s children.

Board President Sally Bauer stated, “With our deepest gratitude for Pat’s leadership and vision, The Family Tree Board, staff, and partners recognize the positive impact Pat has made for hundreds of thousands of children and families in Maryland. Serving beyond our State, Pat is valued nationally for her expertise and dedication to building strong families and providing effective strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. We are enormously grateful for her many contributions. She has built an organization that is strong financially and focused solely on its mission.”

During Pat’s tenure, The Family Tree expanded its Healthy Families America program, launched the universal home visiting program Family Connects Maryland, adopted the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center, redeveloped our core family education services, launched a new strategy to reach more families through technology, and led the State’s ACE Interface Project. Baltimore City Councilmember Zeke Cohen recently shared, “I want to thank Pat and The Family Tree staff for not only pioneering trauma informed care and the ACE Interface here in Maryland, but really for modeling what it means to serve with grace, compassion, and humility. You’ve been building a generation of stronger children and families, and our community is more resilient as a result.”

“I have had the extraordinary privilege of serving The Family Tree during the past two decades; spending every day focused on strengthening families and building an aspirational organization for our staff and volunteers. I’ve witnessed the work of our brilliant and committed national, state, and local partners, making meaningful connections that enabled us to learn and scale our work to support families. This is an exciting time for prevention science — a revolution of knowledge about brain architecture, the epigenetics of trauma and abuse, and the power of resiliency. We can now envision a time when all children can thrive in safe and nurturing homes and environments.  I cannot be more excited about what lies ahead for this outstanding organization.” – Patricia K. Cronin

Presently, The Family Tree’s Board of Directors is conducting a search for a new executive director. To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Amy Smith with Kittleman & Associates, LLC at


THE FAMILY TREE leads Maryland in preventing child abuse, connects caring communities, and builds strong families to improve society for generations. Learn more at, or follow us @FamilyTreeMD on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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