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Friday, January 13, 2023

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County hires new CEO

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County has a new chief executive officer (CEO).

After conducting a nationwide search, the nonprofit organization announced this week that Carrie Theall has been hired as CEO.

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County hires new CEO
Carrie Theall is returning to Florida to serve as the new CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County (Photo: Early Learning Coalition of Marion County)

Robert Colen, Chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County (ELCMC), stated, “We are excited to welcome Carrie to both the Early Learning Coalition and Marion County. Carrie has the experience, passion, and dedication to lead this organization and ensure we are meeting the needs of families in our growing community.”

Theall is returning to the Sunshine State after spending the past three decades in North Carolina, where she worked for 22 years as an early childhood professional. Over the past 10 years, she served as the executive director for a nonprofit agency – the Alamance Partnership for Children – that was responsible for administering Smart Start and North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten funding.

Theall earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University and is professionally associated with multiple early childhood organizations.

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County provides families with access to early learning programs that aim to nurture the learning potential of children while preparing them for their educational success.

According to ELCMC, the nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide leadership and foster partnerships to optimize a quality early learning environment for local children through child care, voluntary pre-kindergarten, and parent education.

For more information, visit the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County’s website or call 352-369-2315.