Executive Director named at Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children
The Board of Directors of the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children has announced the hiring of Sharon Cooper as the Partnership’s new executive director. The hiring was made official during the Partnership’s Annual Board Meeting last month.
“Sharon’s passion for enriching the lives of our children and understanding of the issues facing families today, coupled with her broad experience in childhood development, uniquely positions her to lead the Martin Pitt Partnership for Children,” said Partnership Board Chair Jason Semple. “(The Board) is excited about the Partnership’s future under Sharon’s direction and vision as we continue to seek a bright future for each child in our community.”
During her tenure as the interim executive director, Cooper worked with the Partnership’s staff to secure two first-time grants for the organization. The Partnership was awarded the City of Greenville’s Community Development Block Grant funding as well as a grant from the Vidant Health Foundation. In addition, Cooper was able to optimize the Partnership’s budget. This allowed for the hiring of two additional staff members with the Parents As Teachers program, as well as a Community Outreach Coordinator to assist in serving Martin and Pitt Counties.
Prior to her appointment as interim executive director, Cooper served as the Parents As Teachers Supervisor as well as the Martin County Site Supervisor. Cooper has been with the Partnership since March of 2001 when she was hired as an Administrative Assistant. Since then, she has worked as the Resource Room Coordinator and then, most notably, as a Parents As Teachers Parent Educator for 14 years.
“Being the Executive Director means so much more to me than just leadership,” said Cooper. “This job is about the family we have here at the Partnership, the communities we serve, and the lives we touch every day. In addition to supporting our community through our current programs, my dreams are to create additional resources for school-age children and their families, and to build connections to support the creation of a hands-on learning child care facility to serve as a resource for students returning to school as well as caregivers looking to return to the workforce.”
Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Arts in Human Services — Marriage and Family from Liberty University, as well as a Master of Science in Health Administration Services from Strayer University.
For additional information on the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children and its programs, visit www.mppfc.org or call 252-758-8885.
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is a Smart Start-affiliated 501(3)(c) non-profit that funds programs in early literacy, quality early childcare and learning, assistance finding childcare services, parent and family support, and health care in Martin and Pitt counties during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life.