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For Immediate Release

Celebrating 17 Years of Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Fred Waddle, Chief of Government Affairs, Retires from Easterseals UCP

Raleigh, NC, December 11, 2017

Media Contact:
Kathy Edgerton

No one knows Easterseals UCP like Fred Waddle.  For nearly two decades, he has advocated for children and adults with disabilities, encouraged lawmakers to support Medicaid and mental health funding, and has brought hope to families with challenges in North Carolina and Virginia. 

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Left to Right:
Rick Anicetti, Easterseals UCP Board Chair
Fred Waddle, Easterseals UCP Chief of Govt Affairs
Luanne Welch, Easterseals UCP CEO

Fred’s compassion and dedication to the community helped increase awareness of the mental health services provided by Easterseals UCP.Over the 17 years, Fred has orchestrated Easterseals and UCP mergers, expanded services including the development of group homes, therapeutic foster care, family treatment and has helped shape public policies.

While Fred may be out of sight enjoying retirement with his wife on Oak Island, he will not be out of mind to employees and families at Easterseals UCP who are grateful for his years of service.  Fred’s hope is see Easterseals UCP continue to flourish; and he encourages community support for children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges.

President and CEO Luanne Welch stated, “Fred, it has been and honor to know you, learn from you, and work along-side you. Please know that your influence will live on in many ways here at Easterseals UCP and throughout North Carolina. Countless lives are better because of your leadership, commitment and dedication.  We hope your retirement is everything you ever dreamed it could be – and even more than that.”

From the entire Easterseals UCP family of clients, volunteers and staff, thank you, Fred!


Easterseals UCP works side-by-side with adults and children who are managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve as a nurse, a therapist, a social worker, a job counselor, a teacher, a psychologist, a caregiver and a compassionate friend all rolled into one. Our purpose is to help neighbors in need achieve better days and live their best possible life.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com

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