HFES Welcomes Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman

Thursday, August 10, 2017


                   Julie Freeman

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is pleased to welcome and introduce Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman, who will join the Society on October 2 and officially assume executive director responsibilities upon the October 27 retirement of Lynn Strother, HFES Executive Director of nearly 28 years. Ms. Freeman, an accomplished association executive with 30 years of experience in strategic planning, financial management, operations management, member communication, and board governance, will assist HFES through its transition to a permanent executive director.

Ms. Freeman has a BS in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. She has served, among other leadership roles, as interim executive director for the California Society of Anesthesiologists, president of the International Association of Business Communicators, and executive director of the Professional Picture Framers Association. During her tenure at HFES, Ms. Freeman’s responsibilities will include assessing and maintaining HFES operations and governance and working with the HFES Executive Council and staff to ensure a seamless transition to a new executive director.

“The members of the task force are excited to have Julie joining us as interim executive director,” says Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, chair of the HFES Executive Director Selection Task Force. “She comes to this position with experience serving in the same capacity for other organizations, and we are confident that she will ensure that during her time in this role, the Central Office continues to provide the services we have come to expect. We look forward to working with her as we search for a permanent executive director.”

In addition to welcoming Ms. Freeman, HFES staff, Executive Council, and members would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Lynn Strother for her many years of exceptional leadership and dedication to working with human factors/ergonomics researchers and practitioners around the world to advance the mission and vision of the Society. She will be greatly missed.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering."