The Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center (www.scottdale.org) has named Maryum C. Lewis as Executive Director, announced Keith J. Blair, Chairman of the Board of the Center. In her new role, Lewis will direct all operations, oversee staff, manage volunteers and strategize fundraising activities for the award-winning early childhood care and education organization based in the historic Scottdale community of DeKalb County, just east of Atlanta.
“We are delighted that Maryum has agreed to bring her considerable experience and talent to the Center,” said Blair. “She has over a decade of success in Atlanta working in leadership positions with organizations committed to high quality early childhood education. She is an accomplished fundraiser and understands how to involve the business community in supporting education and enrichment programs for children and their families. The Board conducted a thorough search and we are convinced she is the right person to lead the Center into its next phase of growth.”
Prior to accepting her new position at the Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center, Lewis served as Director of Development at Quality Care for Children, a statewide childcare resource and referral agency, and as Director of Development for Genesis Shelter, a transitional homeless program for families with newborns that includes a fully-licensed child development center. She is a member of the Boards of the International Community School and Charis Circle, and is also on the Executive Committee for the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“The Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center’s mission of enhancing the development of young children and supporting their families is something I deeply believe in,” said Lewis. “As Executive Director, I am able to bring together my professional experience, my educational background and my volunteer activities to work with the Center’s outstanding board, staff and volunteers to build on and expand the great work the Center is doing. My passion for early childhood education comes not only from my work in resource development for organizations in the field, but also from having a mother who worked as a family child care provider, and a daughter in kindergarten.”
Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science degree in Non-Profit Leadership from Georgia State University. She also earned her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designation from CFRE International in Virginia, and is a faculty member at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Originally from Addison, Michigan, Lewis is a 14-year resident of DeKalb County and currently lives in Avondale Estates.
About Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center
Founded in 1977 in DeKalb County’s historic Scottdale community, the Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center is a 501(c)3 early care and educational organization serving low and moderate income families. Its mission is to enhance the total development of children from six weeks old to age 5, and strengthen their families and communities. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals, and focuses on developing young children’s social, emotional and physical skills, along with pre-reading language and literacy skills and pre-math. For more information, visit www.scottdale.org.
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