Sterling Martin Associates Places CEO at National Association of County and City Health Officials

Sterling Martin Associates CEO National Association County City Health Officials

May 11, 2018 – Following a national search conducted by Sterling Martin Associates, the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) selected Lori Tremmel Freeman to be its next chief executive officer.

Prior to joining NACCHO, Ms. Freeman served for four years as CEO of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, where she oversaw all of the organization’s operations. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Freeman was NACCHO’s associate executive director for administration and advancement. In that capacity, she built strategic partnerships with local health departments and other key organizations, ensuring that NACCHO was a relevant, responsive, member-driven and fiscally sustainable organization.

Ms. Freeman also was responsible for strategic membership development; targeted and relevant outreach; developing communications, events, products and services; research and evaluation activities; and ensuring sound and strategized information technology infrastructure including database, website, software and hardware management.

A Seasoned Leader

Ms. Freeman has developed and overseen cooperative agreements and grants with a variety of government agencies and private foundations including procuring, planning, developing and implementing annual and multiyear grant proposals. Throughout her tenure in non-profit management, she has contributed widely in senior managerial roles in strategic planning and visioning, building relationships and partnering opportunities, membership and new business development, foundation start-up and fundraising, the creation of benefits and services, use of technology to advance organizations, event turnaround and program management.


COLA Seeking New CEO

Sterling Martin Associates was recently tapped by COLA to conduct an executive search for its next CEO. Established in 1988, COLA accredits nearly 8,000 medical laboratories and provides the clinical laboratory with a program of education, consultation, and accreditation.

 According to Sterling Marin, candidates will have had experience managing an organization of COLA’s size and scope and will be strategic visionaries and experienced leaders and executives with passion for patient safety.


Ms. Freeman career in non-profit management spans 30 years. Other organizations with which she has held senior management positions include: the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the American Public Health Association, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Grant Thornton LLP, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the International Test and Evaluation Association.

Ms. Freeman holds a bachelor of science degree in management sciences from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration with a marketing minor from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Improving Public Health

NACCHO, which was started in 1960, works to improve the public’s health while adhering to a set of core values: equity, excellence, participation, respect, integrity, leadership, science and innovation. The non-profit includes nearly 3,000 local health departments from across the U.S. The organization is focused on being a leader, partner, catalyst and voice for change for local health departments. It is governed by a 27-member board of directors, comprised of local and tribal health officials from across the country, all of whom have been elected by their peers. NACCHO programs are overseen by committees made up of staff members from local health departments nationwide.


California Speech-Language-Hearing Association In Search of New Leader

Sterling Martin Associates was also selected by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association to find its next executive director. CSHA is a non-profit association with the mission of fostering excellence in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through education, advocacy and collaboration.

Sterling Martin said the organization is seeking candidates who have experience managing an association of CSHA’s size and scope. The executive director will be a strategic visionary and an experienced leader and executive with appropriate leadership and/or practice experience.


Established in 2006, Sterling Martin Associates focuses on finding leaders for associations and non-profit organizations. The firm has been engaged by over 150 clients throughout the U.S. Its staff consists of 16 professionals located in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, and Orange County, CA.

Eighty-five percent of the firm’s searches are for roles at the CEO/executive director level with the balance being for senior staff. The firm recently recruited executive directors for the Chemical Educational Foundation, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, the Texas Society of Association Executives and the Texas Society of CPAs. It also filled CEO roles for the National Speakers Association, Maryland Food Bank and the American Rental Association.

Sterling Martin Associates is led by David Martin, CEO and managing partner. He has three decades of professional experience, including national executive search, non-profit leadership and with Georgia-Pacific Corp. Mr. Martin has conducted searches in a broad range of executive leadership positions at the C-suite level, including president and CEO roles, executive directors and chief operating officers.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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