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Wellspring Family Services Expands Leadership Team to Address Critical Demand for Mental Health Services

SEATTLE (March 24, 2022) – Wellspring Family Services announced today the addition of two executives to its leadership team. The new executive roles are part of the nonprofit’s 2022 initiative to expand mental health support and solutions offered through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Counseling Services amidst an unprecedented mental health crisis.

Danie Eagleton, LMHC, Chief Clinical Officer and VP of Network Management

Danie Eagleton, LMHC, comes to Wellspring from Seattle Counseling Service, where she served as the VP and Chief Clinical Officer and most recently as the Interim President & CEO. Eagleton is passionate about bringing her clinical expertise to increasing mental health services for LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Seattle University where she teaches in their mental health program. Eagleton has been consulting with Wellspring’s EAP and counseling programs since early March and begins her new role as Chief Clinical Officer and VP of Network Management on April 1, 2022.

Laura McMillian, VP of Operations for Employee Services

Laura McMillan joined Wellspring EAP in January 2022 as the VP of Operations for Employee Services. McMillian oversees client experience and the day-to-day operations of Wellspring’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Counseling Services. She brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in operations, strategic planning, board governance, network management and process improvement within the health care and nonprofit sectors. She most recently served as the Chief of Staff to the President of Optum PNW.

According to Wellspring Chief Executive Officer Heather Fitzpatrick, “Over the past few years, we’ve seen unprecedented growth in requests for mental health services exacerbated by social-political conflicts, the impact of the pandemic on work and family life, and round-the-clock exposure to negative news.

“At the same time, the behavioral health workforce has declined dramatically, with 13 clinicians exiting the field for every 10 who join the profession. This shortage disproportionately impacts many underserved communities, including LGBTQIA, BIPOC, and low-income families. While there are no easy solutions to the supply shortage, we believe the best answers lie in innovation, and we are confident Danie and Laura will help us expand behavioral health services in our community.”

About Wellspring

For 130 years, Wellspring Family Services has been committed to ending the cycle of family homelessness through both the prevention and resolution of housing instability and the treatment of the trauma that accompanies it. Wellspring provides eviction prevention, housing location, and rental assistance, a trauma-informed early learning program, mental health support, employee assistance, and a free store providing clothing, diapers, and basic needs for ages birth to 17.  A non-profit, multi-service agency, Wellspring serves children, youth, and families primarily in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, and employees nationwide.


For more information, contact:
Meg Roberts, External Communications Manager
(206) 826-3034


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