Member’s Talk

“I’m excited to be representing such a great organization like Ben’s Friends. Ben’s Friends has helped so many, and we’d love to know how we’ve helped you, too. We’ve seen the numbers grow and grow. Since our first year, our membership has increased from 23 to 50,946! In just the last 5 years our membership has increased an amazing 620%.

We look forward to helping many others, and we can do so with your help and support.”

NEW Executive Director of Ben’s Friends Gretchen Flatau

Gretchen has 20+ years of experience in non-profit management and fund development. She has held professional management positions at local and statewide agencies including serving as Executive Director for The Women’s Advocacy Project, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin and the College for All Texans Foundation. Having served as a caretaker and advocate for her husband, Art, when he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and treated with a bone marrow transplant in his early 30s, Gretchen has a special affinity for those dealing with rare diseases. Gretchen lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Art, who is a computer scientist. She has two adult children both who work in the health care technology industry.