The SHINE Initiative Names Fred Kaelin as Next Exec. Director

Fred Kaelin
August 6, 2018 — The SHINE Initiative, a Worcester nonprofit that works to improve mental health awareness, research, programming, and public policy in the fight against mental illness in children and young adults, today announced it has named Fred Kaelin as its next executive director.

Kaelin will succeed Paul Richard, executive director of The SHINE Initiative since 2011, who will retire at the end of the year.

“We are extremely pleased with this leadership transition,” says advisory board chair and Fidelity Bank Chairman and CEO Edward F. Manzi, Jr. “Paul will retire as a beloved leader. We couldn’t have had a more able leader for the past seven years. Fred’s vision, experience, and accomplishments are an ideal fit for The SHINE Initiative going forward.”

Kaelin most recently served as chief development officer at Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. and has nearly a decade of executive director experience at Dynamy, Inc.

“It is an honor to join The SHINE Initiative,” said Kaelin. “I look forward to bringing my years of nonprofit work to the organization and continuing Paul’s work of shining a light on the stigma of mental illness in central Mass.”

Kaelin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Hamilton College and a master's degree in secondary English education from Tufts University.

Richard has been a member of The SHINE Initiative advisory board since its inception in 2004. He will retire after a 30-year career in fundraising, community development, and mental health advocacy.

The SHINE Initiative’s was founded by Fidelity Bank with input from its employees in 2004 to reduce the stigma of mental health conditions, end discrimination and raise awareness and understanding about mental health conditions in children, adolescents and young adults as a mainstream health issue.

According the organization, half of lifetime causes of mental illness begin by age 14. Since 2013, The SHINE Initiative has engaged directly with 31,000 young people and the parents, teachers, and other adults who care for them, through a series of 200 classroom presentations, teacher/staff trainings, and parent and community forums and conferences.

The SHINE Initiative said nearly 40 student-led Student Wellness Advisory Teams (SWAT) will be in place in central Massachusetts high schools and middle schools within the next year.