C. Richard Mattingly, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Sometimes the greatest discoveries are unexpected ones. More than 30 years ago, C. Richard Mattingly, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the CF Foundation, met a young girl with CF while serving as a college intern for the Governor of Kentucky. While he didn't realize it at the time, that meeting was to set the course for his life for the next three decades.
"I remember the innocence of the little girl that needed help," Mattingly said, "a supportive family who wanted to raise awareness about the disease and a volunteer that, although he did not have a family connection to CF, as chapter president, had a solid and very genuine commitment to the Foundation and the fight against CF."
Mattingly still has the photograph of himself and the Governor taken that day. Many years later, he realized that in it, he was holding the information about the disease and the Foundation that the family had given him. "The picture means so much to me because it almost seems like fate," Mattingly said. "I was being educated about CF for the first time and, more than 30 years later, this fight and this organization are things that I care so deeply about."
Upon graduation, Mattingly joined the Foundation, where he has served in a range of roles, including executive director of the Kentucky Chapter and national director of field operations. In 1993, he assumed the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, continuing to oversee fund-raising development, as well as many other facets of the Foundation. Over the course of his service, annual support and revenue have grown dramatically, from $11 million in 1978 to $246 million in 2007. Equally impressive is the fact that costs associated with management and fund-raising have consistently been among the lowest in the industry. Above all else, the Foundation has grown into one of the nation's most innovative and widely respected voluntary health organizations.
I draw enormous satisfaction from the collective achievements of this organization and, more specifically, the people that are the CF Foundation. The fact that we have long been an organization of great character, which has never lost its core focus, is invaluable to me and to those we represent."
C. Richard Mattingly
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
"The Foundation is known for excellence in its scientific research and business model and for compassion in its support of CF families," said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., Foundation president and CEO. "Rich embodies these characteristics. He has helped steer the Foundation's course and held us to exacting standards for 30 years. I am honored to call him my colleague and proud to call him my friend."