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Community News

Day Nursery Announces New Executive Director

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 2
1/24/2014




Long Beach Day Nursery Board of Directors is pleased to announce appointment of new Executive Director, Whitney Leathers.

Whitney Leathers joined the nursery on January 6, after an extensive executive search headed up by the nursery’s board of directors and leading community members. LBDN’s Board Chairman, Jonathan Gotz commented, “The extensive search conducted by our Board and community members included several talented executives. Whitney’s appointment reflects our fundamental belief that LBDN is on track to continue its mission into the next century.”

Leathers brings a diverse set of skills in nonprofit management and early childhood education joining the Nursery from her previous position as Executive Director of The Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) in Reno, Nevada, where she grew the organization from administering one small program to a multi-program, multi-office agency which currently serves and trains over 600 providers annually.

Leathers received a BA in English from Western Illinois University and has continued her education in early childhood and nonprofit management throughout her career because she is “passionate about enhancing the lives of children, youth and families through sound services, programs and relationships.”

Her “goal is to continue to strengthen the Long Beach Day Nursery internally and externally so that our services best meet the needs of our children, families and community.” She continued, “It is an honor to be asked to take the Nursery into the next century. I have already developed an overwhelming sense of connection to the services we are providing and the agency pride is admirable and palpable both within the organization and the community alike.”

Leathers recently relocated from Reno, Nevada to the Belmont Heights area of Long Beach. When asked what she has liked best during her first month here in California, she commented, “Well, first of all, not having to shovel my driveway. I used to have this passive aggressive relationship with the weather and now I love Mother Nature! Also, originally being from the mid-West, I already feel at home here in Long Beach. I love the small town feel with the access to all that a big city has to offer.”

Submitted by LBDN