WellStone, Inc. is pleased to announce that Karen Petersen, CFRE, has joined the team as Director of Development. Petersen is charged with starting a development program for WellStone, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves more than 13,000 children, adolescents and adults every year. She came to Huntsville in 1997 and spent more than six years as a reporter and anchor at WAAY-TV. Petersen began her nonprofit career in 2004, when she became the Heart of the Valley YMCA’s Director of Marketing and Development. She later joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s development team, where she spent nearly 11 years before moving into the mental health field. Petersen’s priority at WellStone is launching a capital campaign for the organization’s new Crisis Diversion Center. She is passionate about serving those struggling with mental illness and substance use disorder, and eliminating the stigma associated with these conditions.