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Announcing Leadership Transition at MnAEYC-MnSACA

Friday, January 18, 2019  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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We are pleased to announce that Sara Benzkofer has been appointed the Interim Executive Director of MnAEYC-MnSACA.

Sara, the current Director of Policy and Communications, is the most tenured of the MnAEYC-MnSACA team, and her long-standing relationships with our national, state, and local partners and with the policymakers with whom we work will be vital to her work in the months ahead. Her knowledge of and passion for our mission, as well as her deep understanding of the organization, position her perfectly for the role.

She will lead the organization—in partnership with the board— through the end of June 2019.

Outgoing Executive Director, Kathleen O’Donnell, will be assisting in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Her contributions to the organization over the last four years have been central to all we have achieved. She has guided us through a period of growth and change and we wish her every success on her future endeavors.

Board and staff are excited about the trajectory of the organization. We will continue to advance our strategic plan, and serve more of the state in new and impactful ways. It's a critically important time to support leaders, professionalism, and quality in early childhood and afterschool.

Your associations are ready with exceptional professional development events, training, and coaching, plus exciting projects and collaborations with other organizations, and a robust policy and advocacy strategy to ensure your voice is heard.

In fact, our Annual State Conference and Winter Leadership Institute are in just a few weeks and we know we’ll see many of you there. If you’re interested in joining us, there’s still time to register! Register here. Also, the legislative session began last week, and with a new Governor and many new state House members, we’ll need your help to make the case for investments in the early childhood and afterschool fields. Check out our legislative agenda here.

We look forward to partnering with you as we carry out our mission.

If you have any questions, ideas, comments, please contact:

Sara Benzkofer
Interim Executive Director

Kylie Cooper
Co-President, Board of Directors

Gabe Sandvik
Co-President, Board of Directors

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