As Julie Lester’s time as Interim Director of the Missouri Children’s Division draws to a close, we would like to thank her for her courageous vision and leadership, not only as Interim Director, but throughout her decades of service to Missouri’s children and families. Ms. Lester’s dedication wholly imbued her work on behalf of Missouri’s most vulnerable. She clearly understood the value of engaging all aspects of community in creating lasting community change, and her integrity in partnerships fostered new champions for children while strengthening existing allies.
Entering the Interim Director position shortly after Family First Prevention Services Act came into law earlier this year, she has worked to expand our vision of what we can do to better serve children, and more importantly, what is possible for Missouri’s children and families.
Although her time as Interim Director was brief, her impact will be lasting. From all of us at MCCA, a heartfelt thank you.