BENNINGTON -- Sunrise Family Resource Center, a Bennington County social services agency that provides direct services and resource referral to families in need, announces new leadership positions:

Denise Main, a family advocate at Sunrise for 26 years, has been appointed director of family services. In this capacity she oversees all staff who work directly with families. These include the Family Advocacy Staff, Family Development Staff, Children’s Integrated Service Home Visitors and Childcare Coordinator, Children and Family Mental Health Services and the Youth Development program, (for youth transitioning from Foster Care) and the Parent Offerings Service Coordinator. Main is the Sunrise representative at community housing teams and the local inter-agency team.

Amelia Silver, a family outreach worker and Family Advocate for nine years, has been appointed development director. She will be responsible for fundraising, external relations and media. She was development director at The Buxton School and foundation relations director at Bennington College in the late 90s.

Tracie LeClaire, previously business manager at Sunrise has been named finance director.

Sarah Butterfield, formerly employed at MACE as director of consumer sales, joins Sunrise as administrative director. She will serve as grants manager, human resources coordinator, data collector, and will work closely with the finance director.

The anticipated retirement of longtime Assistant Director Janice Lerrigo in June prompted Sunrise and its board of trustees to embark on an intensive strategic planning effort in the Spring 2012 with the consultative support of Melanie Goodman, executive director of youth catalytics of Charlotte, Vt. Through the strategic planning process the entire agency identified strengths and challenges and committed itself to implementing changes necessary for growth and future planning. These new appointments will enhance our ability to provide even more effective coordinated services to Bennignton County families in need.

Sunrise Family Resource Center is a nonprofit agency founded in 1969. It started as a daycare program for working mothers and is now one of 15 Parent Child Centers in Vermont. Services include childcare referral resources through Bennington County Childcare Association; a nationally accredited Early Care and Education program for children ages 6 weeks - 3 years; an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens; intensive family-based services for families at risk of losing custody (through a contract with the Department of Children and Families); home visits and Reach Up Case Management (through a contract with The Economic Services division of the Department for Children and Families.)