2013 Philip Gilbert Award recipient: Meredith Chartrand Frisch

Meredith Chartrand Frisch with daugher Lyla Grace at the 2012 NEFL March for Babies

Congratulations to outgoing Board member Meredith Chartrand Frisch, recipient of the 2013 Philip Gilbert Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

Meredith has served on the Coalition Board since 2008. Along with her family’s foundation, the Chartrand Foundation, she has contributed significantly to both the work and direction of the Coalition. Her leadership and advocacy allowed the Coalition to undertake the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! community education and awareness campaign. She also was a strong voice for Healthy Start during Children’s Week. In May 2o12, Meredith joined the Coalition’s March for Babies team to celebrate Lyla Grace, born at 33 weeks but now a healthy toddler.

Meredith resigned from the Board to spend more time with her family — Lyla and her new siblings, six-week old twin girls,  and husband Mark.

The Gilbert Award was established by the Coalition in 2006 in memory of Phil Gilbert, the founding chair of the organization and long-time Executive Vice-President of the Duval County Medical Society. The award honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Healthy Start and the health of women, infants and families.