Linda Barton to Retire as WYAA Director

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The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance recently announced that Founding Director, Linda Barton, will retire, effective July 31.

According to the WYAA, Barton has led the organization for over 12 years, and has more than two decades in the afterschool field. She will be succeeded by Michelle Sullivan of Sheridan.

In 2007, Barton established the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance to support and promote quality, education-based out-of-school time programs that positively impact Wyoming’s youth and families. During her time, Barton was successful in receiving a Charles Stewart Mott Foundation grant, making WYAA the 32nd Statewide Afterschool Network in the United States. Barton also spearheaded campaigns to save 21st CCLC funds – the main source of funding for afterschool in the state, and hosted 10 years of statewide professional conferences and three Juvenile Justice Summits.

Under Barton, WYAA created the first set of Afterschool Program Quality Practices for Wyoming afterschool professionals and the first afterschool professionals’ credential. Finally, WYAA became a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation in 2014, the third priority fund of WYCF in its 30-year history.

SheridanWyoming.com

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