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From: VOICES for Alabama's Children;

The Board of Directors of VOICES for Alabama's Children has announced the retirement of Executive Director Linda Tilly at the end of the year. Tilly has been with the statewide child advocacy nonprofit organization for over 17 years.
 
Leigh Hancock, President of the Board of Directors of VOICES, comments, "We want to thank Linda Tilly for her exemplary service to our organization. For 17 years, she has been a tireless champion for the health, education and well-being of Alabama's children and has positioned VOICES as the leading child advocacy organization in the state of Alabama. She has built strong relationships across sectors which have facilitated collaboration by nonprofit's and government on many pressing issues."
 
A former marketing director in the corporate sector, Tilly joined VOICES in 1996 as Executive Director. With her guidance, VOICES has become a leader in Alabama for child advocacy and a credible source of information on child well-being for media, policymakers and other nonprofits.
 
VOICES is the only organization to document child well-being in all of Alabama's 67 counties in its annual Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Since the publication of the first national KIDS COUNT Data Book, Alabama has consistently been in the bottom five states in child well-being indicators. However, the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released in June, ranked Alabama 44th in child well-being: its best ranking to date.
 
During Tilly's tenure, VOICES played a major role in the creation of the Children First Trust Fund and the funding of health care under ALL Kids for children not eligible for Medicaid. Also, VOICES played a key role in the passage of a bill establishing statewide child death review teams and in the creation of child passenger and teen driver safety laws to help reduce child injuries and deaths in Alabama.
 
Under Tilly's leadership, VOICES also has been a strong advocate for pre-k. Since 2006, as a founder of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, VOICES has worked to grow the budget for high-quality state funded pre-k from approximately $5 million to over $28 million. VOICES helped secure $9.4 million during the 2013 legislative session for the expansion of Alabama's nationally recognized First Class pre-k program.
 
Suzanne Respess, Vice President, Government Relations at Children's of Alabama, comments, "Since VOICES inception in 1992, Children's of Alabama has been a strong supporter and partner. The organization has raised the public awareness and significantly impacted the well-being of children in Alabama over the past two decades.  We are confident that VOICES' board will bring in new leadership that continues to identify and lead positive change for children and for Alabama's economy."
 
Tilly said that she is excited about the future of VOICES.
 
"After more than 17 years, my passion for improving the well-being of Alabama's children will continue and I plan to support the new leadership of VOICES in any and all ways that I can," Tilly said. "I think it's appropriate that, as VOICES enters its third decade, new leadership with new approaches will be at the helm."
 
The Board of Directors established a transition committee earlier this year that includes former board leadership as well as current and future board leaders. This committee has been working with TransitionGuides, a nationally known consulting group based in the Washington D.C. area. The investment in this transition process has been underwritten by the Maryland-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, which views the work of VOICES as critical to its mission to improve the well-being of children in the U.S.
 
VOICES has retained TransitionGuides to assist in identifying and recruiting candidates for this position.  Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to VOICES@transitionguides.com

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