Vision for Children at Risk is pleased to announce that Sanaria M. Sulaiman has been appointed associate director of our agency for the balance of 2017 as part of a planned leadership transition. On Jan. 1, 2018, she will become executive director of Vision for Children at Risk after our longtime executive director Richard Patton retires on Dec. 31, 2017.
Sanaria joined Vision for Children at Risk in 2013 as director of Project LAUNCH, a federally funded health and wellness program for young children in high-need neighborhoods operated under contract with the State of Missouri. Over the past four years, the St. Louis Project LAUNCH site has been nationally recognized as one of the program’s most successful.
“This selection fulfills our goal of putting in place an orderly transition of leadership,” said Dennis O’Connor, M.D., president of the Vision for Children at Risk board of directors. “We are privileged to have in house a leader of Sanaria’s capabilities. She has proven her skill in building a strong Project LAUNCH team that has established outstanding engagement by parents, faith leaders and other community members, and improved the lives of hundreds of children.”
Of Rich’s 25-plus years of service with Vision for Children at Risk, Dr. O’Connor said, “Rich has been a tireless advocate for children and families. He has been a guiding force in bringing together the community around collaboration to improve the well-being of children who face economic and racial disadvantages He also has advanced the importance of using data and best practices as the foundation for community action.”
Prior to joining Vision for Children at Risk in 2013, Sanaria was director of training and inclusion services for Child Care Aware® of Missouri and previously served at Youth In Need Head Start as senior director of program quality and assistant Head Start director. She holds a bachelor’s in business, and is studying toward a master’s in business administration at Webster University.
Please join us in congratulating Sanaria on her new role.