A Child’s Place names new leader

A Girl Scouts executive from Kentucky has been named the executive director of A Child’s Place, a Charlotte nonprofit that works to lessen the effects of homelessness on children struggling in school.

Susan Hansell will replace Annabelle Suddreth, who led organization for seven years, a period when the organization went from helping 480 children annually to 2,650. Suddreth said she intends to work as a consultant, to allow for more flexibility in her family life.

Hansell comes to Charlotte after serving as head of Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council, a nonprofit serving 13,000 girls in 67 eastern Kentucky counties.

Before joining the Girl Scouts in 2010, Hansell lived in North Carolina and led various county, regional and statewide organizations in the Research Triangle area near Raleigh. This includes serving as president of Communities in Schools of Wake County.

Hansell graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and has a law degree from N.C. Central University.

During the 2012-13 school year, 99 percent of the students helped by A Child’s Place programs were promoted to the next grade (compared with 64 percent nationally) and 92 percent read on grade level (compared with 48 percent nationally).