Sharon Henry-Blythe is stepping down as executive director of the Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association (GMDCA) after a crisis-filled 16 months in which she and the board struggled through a number of financial controversies.
In a statement released August 2, GMDCA board chair Mike Wasik announced that Henry-Blythe was resigning as of August 18 to take a job with Hart-Shegos and Associates, a St. Paul consulting firm she had earlier hired to help GMDCA with strategic planning. “Sharon has been steadfast over the past 16 months as GMDCA addressed internal issues and responded to requests for information from outside bodies,” Wasik said. “Thanks to Sharon’s leadership, the good work of GMDCA to assist parents and children has continued throughout this challenging period.”
Henry-Blythe, who has led GMDCA for eight years, also serves on the Minneapolis School Board.
Former GMDC board chair Arthur Tredwell will replace Henry-Blythe. He currently serves as pastor of Christ Temple in Brooklyn Center and formerly was executive director of Exodus Community Development Company. According to a source close to the organization, Tredwell left the board in July and was being paid as a consultant to do lobbying for the organization. The board’s decision to hire him to succeed Henry-Blythe came as “a total surprise” to many in the organization, the source said.
GMDCA has been floundering since an investigation revealed that $26,000 had gone missing from the organization’s bank account. A former bookkeeper has been indicted in the case.
“Looking forward, we remain committed to the healthy development of all children, just as we have for the past 36 years, “ Wasik said. “Our work to provide child care referrals, coordinate professional development and technical assistance to licensed providers, and manage provider technical assistance and renovation loans will continue.”