By Tiffany Thompson for the SNAP
Sunday, June 29, 2014 —
Tammy Albertson, current program coordinator for Stanly County Partnership for Children, will become executive director on July 1. She will take over when director Barbara Whitley retires at month’s end.
“It has been great working with Barbara over the past 12 years,” Albertson said.
“I hope to carry on the good works that have happened here under her leadership.”
Albertson has worked with the Partnership for Children for 16 years, the last 12 of which was with Whitley as director. She began as the outreach coordinator in 1995, but left in 1999 to move to Georgia with her family. After returning to Stanly County in 2002, Whitley reached out to her about returning and she has been part of the Partnership family ever since.
“We have great staff here who are committed to working hard for the families of young children in the area,” Albertson said.
“I am so proud to be a part of that commitment,” Albertson said.
“I hope to continue to see us grow and thrive and continue to meet the needs of the young children in our area.”
Albertson said she currently monitors the programs offered by the partnership, as well as ensure that the organization meets its performance-based incentive standards and participates in outreach programs.
Albertson said the Partnership has advanced during her tenure, but the core of its mission remains the same.
“We’ve evolved from the early days,” Albertson said.
“We continue to focus on the same population that we always have, but now we’re focused more on evidenced-based programs and on making sure the services we provide are of the highest quality.
“My goal is to bring us a little more up-to-date with the services we currently provide.”
Albertson said she would like to work toward revamping the Partnership’s mission and vision statements, as well as updating its social networking capabilities and website.
Stanly County Partnership for Children is one of 77 local partnerships that make up the North Carolina Partnership for Children. The statewide organization was developed to lead Smart Start for each of the state’s 100 counties. Each of the individual partnerships are guided by a board of directors.
“We are lucky to have our board of directors and I’m excited to have this opportunity to work together with them,” Albertson said.
Albertson was born and raised in Stanly County. She is a graduate of North Stanly High School and she earned her bachelor’s degree from Pfeiffer University. Prior to her time with the Partnership, Albertson worked as a social worker with the Stanly County Department of Social Services, during which time she also worked alongside Whitley.
“We had worked together at DSS when she was the director there,” Albertson said.
“So when she came to the Partnership, she reached out to me about coming back.”
Tiffany Thompson is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.