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Achievement Centers for Children & Families Names Jalesa Worthen as Its Chief Operating Officer

The nonprofit organization has served Delray Beach and southern Palm Beach County since 1969.

The Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF) has promoted Jalesa Worthen as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Worthen has been the Director of Early Learning Programs at ACCF for the last two years and has extensive knowledge of the organization, which will aid in a smooth transition to her new role. She has demonstrated expertise in various areas, including grant support, fiscal management, team leadership, strategic planning, youth programs, professional development advocacy, staff skill-building initiatives, and fostering collaborative community relationships.

“Jalesa’s wealth of experience and steadfast dedication to the Achievement Centers for Children & Families position her to play a crucial role in advancing the ongoing success and expansion of our organization,” Stephanie Seibel says, CEO of ACCF.

Before joining ACCF, Worthen served as the Education Supervisor at Lutheran Services Florida Head Start, supervising four Head Start Center directors across Palm Beach County. She ensured compliance with grants and contracts while overseeing essential meetings of the school readiness advisory committee. Her extensive background includes significant experience in programming, early childhood development, leadership development, and asset-based community engagement.

Worthen obtained a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Florida Atlantic University. Later, she pursued an MBA in Leadership and Management from Lynn University. Currently, a native of Jupiter, she resides in West Palm Beach with her husband and their four-month-old son.

 “I find fulfillment in working at ACCF because we possess the unique opportunity to positively impact children’s lives from early childhood through their teenage years,” she says.

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is at 555 NW Fourth St., Delray Beach. For more information, call (561) 276-4561 or visit achievementcentersfl.org.

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