Lesley Christian, the long-time CEO and president of the Crispus Attucks Children’s Center in Roxbury, will be leaving her post.
After more than 35 years in various positions at the center, Christian will be retiring. Founded in 1971 the minority-owned center provides health and developmental services to infants and toddlers in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods.
"Lesley has provided iconic leadership during her 35-years of dedication to the children and families of Crispus Attucks,” Dan Rivers, chairman of the center’s Board, said in a statement. “She has set a high standard for early childhood education for Boston's inner-city youth. Her impact will forever be in the DNA of the community and we wish her great success in the next phase of her life.”
Christian, who first joined staff at the Crawford Street center in 1978, will be replaced by Myra Oria, who most recently was the director of Children’s Services for the Dimock Center in Roxbury.
“We are very excited to have someone with Myra’s early childcare depth and experience to lead,” Rivers added. “Myra represents a new and fresh beacon of hope and prosperity to both CACC and the community. While she undoubtedly has big shoes to fill, the board of directors is ecstatic with her future vision for CACC success. “
Oria has served in a number of capacities throughout the Commonwealth with childhood development work, including the Artisan Childcare Center in Woburn, the Kingsley Montessori School in the Back Bay, Jumpstart for Young Children, and ChildrenFirst, Inc., according to the release.