When Free Inquiry was launched in the winter of 1980, Jean C. Millholland was named as the executive secretary of the editorial staff. The magazine was published by the then-called Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism (CODESH). By the fall of 1981, Millholland was the executive director of the fledgling nonprofit. She held that position until 1991.
Helping to manage and grow CODESH into an internationally known organization was a second career for Millholland, who had retired from teaching in special education. Her colleagues from the early days of the Council will always remember her with fondness, respect, and appreciation. Said current Executive Director Tom Flynn, “Jean was organized, professional, and creative in her work. She could also relish the fun—or the irony—in almost any situation. I hugely enjoyed my years working with her."