Stephanie Berglund has been named the new chief executive officer of Alaska's child care resource and referral agency, thread. Berglund brings to the leadership position a strong social service background as well as a wealth of experience at thread as their former cheief operating officer and program manager.
thread is Alaska’s only statewide child care resource and referral network, partnering with offices in Juneau and Fairbanks. thread provides families, free of charge, with individualized early care and education referrals. thread also offers training to early childhood educators and information and resources to the community.
“Stephanie offers an established understanding of both program operations statewide and services to Alaskan communities. We expect she will take the organization to a new level of quality in service to our clients, both early care and education professionals, and families of young children,” said Bonny Headley, chair of thread’s board of directors and Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Berglund begins her new role as CEO of thread as it celebrates 25 years serving Alaska’s families and promoting quality child care.
“I couldn’t be more excited to continue working with families and educators throughout Alaska,” said Berglund. “I care deeply about early care and education and am committed to continually improving access and affordability of child care options in our state.
Other thread staff announcements:
Melinda Myers, formerly with Best Beginnings: Alaska’s Early Childhood Investment has been hired as thread’s Program Manager and COO. Melinda has worked in social services for over 12 years, with her last four years as Senior Manager of Best Beginnings.
Sarah Leonard, formerly with The Nature Conservancy in Alaska has been hired as thread’s Director of Marketing & Fund Development. She has worked in Alaska’s nonprofit community for over ten years.
For more information about thread services statewide visit threadalaska.org.