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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County announces new CEO

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County has announced the hiring of Sarah Lankester as its new CEO.

Robert Colen, Chair of the ELCMC, made the announcement on March 2 during the nonprofit organization’s second annual Good Beginnings for Children Breakfast.

On Friday, April 1, Lankester will succeed Roseann Fricks who is retiring after leading the Coalition for nearly two decades.

Lankester is currently the Director of Finance at Hospice of Marion County, and her career history includes serving as Executive Director for Marion Senior Services. She is a CPA and holds an MBA from the University of Florida.

“Sarah has been a strong advocate in our community. We are confident she will continue to move the Coalition forward and help us serve more families,” said Colen.

Fricks will remain on the ELCMC team for the next few months to help ensure a smooth transition.

According to ELCMC, the nonprofit organization provides families with access to quality early learning programs that nurture each child’s learning potential and prepares them for their educational success.

For more information, visit the ELCMC webpage or call 352-369-2315.