East Coast Migrant Head Start Project Names New CEO

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP) and Capability Company are pleased to announce John Menditto has been appointed to Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive nationwide search. Mr. Menditto has been serving as General Counsel and Director of Risk Management of ECMHSP since April 2001 and Interim CEO since April 2011.

Prior to joining ECMHSP, Mr. Menditto served as Legal Counsel with 2 firms in Washington, DC. Mr. Menditto’s familiarity with the Head Start system, experience managing the organization, and dedication to serving the needs of the children, families and communities make him an ideal fit for this role. He has a proven ability to understand and advise on Head Start policy and governance issues, represent the organization with advocacy groups and partners, and lead the staff during key transitions, and will continue to help further the impact of the program across the region and nationally.

“I am delighted to report that after a thorough process, we have found a wonderful leader for our team”, stated Pamela Dowdy, Board President of ECMHSP. “We know Mr. Menditto’s committed leadership will ensure East Coast Migrant Head Start Project’s vibrant, successful future.” Sherry Heuser, President of Capability Company, the consulting firm that supported the search noted, “We are honored to have had the opportunity to partner with East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, and are excited about the continuing work of this organization.”

About East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP) establishes, provides and promotes continuity of Head Start services to the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families along the East Coast of the United States. Through enabling children to develop their full potential, parents are challenged to become more self-actualized by being involved with their own child's development and in decision making structures throughout ECMHSP. Ongoing program and fiscal monitoring and training and technical assistance assure the continual growth of quality child development services at the center level and the promotion of staff development activities on a regular basis.

East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is committed to preparing children – especially the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers – for success. We do this by providing holistic, high quality early childhood education services for children and families in a nurturing, culturally sensitive environment and by advocating for those children and families in their other areas of need.

ECMHSP delivers Migrant and Seasonal Head Start services pursuant to two separate models: (1) ECMHSP directly provides services to 2,265 children in service areas located in parts of Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama; and (2) ECMHSP contracts with nine delegate agencies that provide services to 2,731 children in services areas located in parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

About Capability Company

Capability Company provides search services in partnership with nonprofit organizations to help them hire the best team members to fit their needs and fulfill the mission. To find out more about our services and to see how we can help you, visit www.capabilitycompany.com or call (919) 791-3700.

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