Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. Announces Resignation of CEO/Executive Director and Appointment of Interim CEO/Executive Director

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Mar. 15, 2019 – Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. (SSFC), a nonprofit organization leading early childhood development and education initiatives in Forsyth County, announced today that Lawrence “Larry” Vellani has resigned as CEO/Executive Director. “We are very grateful for the service and passion Larry gave to Smart Start and to the youngest children of our community during his more than seven years of leadership,” said Board Chair, Mr. Matt Britt. “He leaves us well-positioned for the next stage of our development.”

The Board of Directors is expected to officially appoint Jackie Lofton as the interim CEO/Executive Director at their next full board meeting on March 20, 2019. “As we begin our national search for a new CEO/Executive Director, we express appreciation to Jackie for her willingness to serve in the interim role. Our goal as an organization is to provide the best possible educational experience for the birth to Kindergarten population in Forsyth County, and we will continue to strive for those results.”

Mrs. Lofton has been at SSFC since 2007, most recently holding the position of Deputy Executive Director. She is a 30-year veteran of the childcare industry and is a leader in the local nonprofit sector, having served on numerous boards, taskforces, and committees. She represents SSFC as a co-convening organization of the Birth-to-3rd Action Network of Forsyth County and is managing the Help Me Grow initiative pilot program in Winston-Salem.

About Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc.

Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. works to provide training, resources, direction, and leadership in rallying the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community to build and sustain an affordable, equitable, high-quality system of early childhood development and learning for all families.

Smart Start is a network of 75 nonprofit, local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. This network is led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. that ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability and coordinates the statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families. Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc., a Smart Start network member since 1995, is a leading organization in Forsyth County focused on the quality and progress of the community’s early-learning system.

Media contact:

Mark Palmer, Director of Advancement
336-714-4350 (office)
636-233-2514 (cell)