Guilford Child Development Announces New Leadership Positions in Preparation for Britt Transition

Maria Stevens and Brad Huffstetler Promoted

GREENSBORO, NC, October 24, 2018 –Today, Guilford Child Development (GCD) announces the promotion of Maria Stevens to the position of Chief Operating Officer effective November 1, 2018 to help manage the transition of Executive Director Robin Britt as he prepares for his retirement one year from now (October 2019) while GCD completes a national search for his successor. In addition to his position as Director of Development, Brad Huffstetler has been made President of the Guilford Child Development Foundation which will be launched in November to help support the needs of families served by GCD.

“Maria Stevens is an extraordinary person. She has the knowledge, creativity and experience that it takes to make her a great leader and the follow through that leads to accomplishment. Her passion for children and families is a driving force behind her pursuit of excellence,” said Britt. “Some people have a vision; others know how to make things happen. Brad Huffstetler is one of the few who can do both. Brad cares deeply about children and families and his outstanding leadership skills make him a real champion on their behalf.”

Stevens has over 25 years of experience in Head Start, and has been leading Guilford Child Development’s Head Start/Early Head Start program, which serves over 1,400 children each year, for over four years. Stevens has overseen the implementation of two Early Head Start expansion grants at GCD valued at over $3 million. Throughout her career she has secured over $100 million at different nonprofit organizations to build new facilities, expand services, restore funding, and help improve the lives of families. As Chief Operating Officer, she will take on additional responsibilities including overseeing GCD’s programmatic services.

“Establishing positive long-term relationships with parents, staff and stakeholders while successfully advocating for the needs of our most vulnerable populations is by far my greatest accomplishment,” said Stevens. “I look forward to serving the agency and its stakeholders, staff, families and our community in my new role. Thank you to our Board of Directors and Mr. Britt for entrusting me to support GCD and giving me this opportunity to broaden my impact within the community.”

Huffstetler has over 25 years of experience in fundraising, sales and promotions including serving as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at UNC Greensboro. He has served as the Director of Development managing corporate, foundation and donor relations at Guilford Child Development and has overseen operations of the Greensboro and High Point Family Success Centers and Learning Together program since beginning his employment at GCD in 2014. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Family Success Center pilot program at GCD in 2015. He also helped establish GCD’s Early Childhood Champions Luncheon in 2014 and has managed the subsequent four events to increase awareness about the importance of early childhood development services. In addition to his current duties, Huffstetler will serve as the President of the Guilford Child Development Foundation and will work to establish a fund to help families in crisis served by GCD.

“This foundation will play a critical role in serving the needs of the many children and families that seek services at Guilford Child Development,” said Huffstetler. “I look forward to working with a passionate foundation board of directors that shares the vision of helping families reach their full potential. Through the generosity of our donors, we can create a funding platform that will help sustain the needs for those families in crisis for many years to come.”

Guilford Child Development’s Board of Directors and Management Team will be working together to create a seamless, well-structured leadership transition in the coming year.

About Guilford Child Development

Founded in 1967, the mission of Guilford Child Development (GCD) is to help young children and families reach their full potential through six distinct, yet supportive programs: 1) Head Start and Early Head Start provides early childhood education and development services for over 1,400 families at thirteen five star-rated Centers across Guilford County; 2) Regional Child Care Resources & Referral provides information, referral and financial assistance toward child care for working parents, as well as training and technical assistance to increase the availability and quality of family child care homes and centers; 3) Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based nurse home visitation program for low-income, first-time mothers; 4) Catering for Kids serves low-cost nutritious meals to over 2,000 children at GCD’s Centers and other child care homes/centers in Guilford County; 5) Learning Together Family Literacy is two-generational literacy program that focuses on educational achievements and social advancements of immigrant/refugee mothers and their preschool children; and 6) the Family Success Center is an integrated services program focused on breaking the cycle of poverty funded by the United Way of Greater Greensboro.