4C Names New Vice President to Executive Team

July 26, 2016

Juliewitten 2016

Julie Witten has been named 4C for Children's vice president for quality programs, a new executive leadership position within the agency. A 4C employee since 2004, she has served as director for Kentucky services out of 4C's Covington office for the past six years.

Witten's focus will be helping create greater continuity and alignment within the agency to deliver quality early childhood programming across the three regions served: Southwest Ohio, the Miami Valley and Kentucky. In addition, she will set and guide the implementation of the agency's public policy and advocacy agendas as well as lead efforts to realign the roles of 4C directors to emphasize the strategic leadership of programs and development of front line staff.

"I am thrilled to add such a wonderful leader to our executive team," says Vanessa Freytag, 4C's president/CEO. "Julie brings a deep understanding of early childhood education to this new role and she has been and continues to be a key voice in 4C's advocacy on behalf of child care providers and the families they serve."

Witten is excited to move into the new position. "Over the years I've seen 4C grow from a small agency that served only the Greater Cincinnati area to one that now has an impact across 40 counties in Ohio and Kentucky," she says. "Adapting to changing landscapes requires 4C to be nimble, innovative and laser-focused on the quality of our work. I look forward to partnering with the 4C staff to achieve a fully integrated and consistent approach to the quality delivery of programs."

She will continue to play a key role in 4C's stakeholder relationships in Kentucky while Sandy Woodall leads the operations of the Covington office.

"Julie's depth of experience will help us continue to execute our mission of helping prepare children for success in school and life in an increasingly complex landscape," Freytag says. "She has the ability to help us create—and implement—a successful and innovative vision for the future."
Prior to her work with 4C, Witten led school-age programs in Cincinnati, environmental education programs in rural Michigan and prevention education programs in urban Detroit. The Mount Lookout resident-—a member of Cincinnati Business Courier's 2015 Forty Under 40 class and president of the 2015-16 Leadership Northern Kentucky class—holds a bachelor's degree in child psychology with a minor in elementary education.