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2/20/2013, 6:38 a.m.
CACC’s new Executive Director Myra Oria (R) and Mihalia Steele Martin, the center’s supervising...
CACC’s new Executive Director Myra Oria (R) and Mihalia Steele Martin, the center’s supervising head teacher. Fran Cronin

The Board of the Crispus Attucks Children’s Center (CACC) recently announced the appointment of Myra Oria as its new executive director to run and lead the oldest minority owned and operated childcare center in Massachusetts.

Oria joins Crispus Attucks after an impressive career most recently as the Director of Children’s Services for the Dimock Center in Roxbury. She received her MS in Infant and Parent Development and M. Ed in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.

“Myra represents a new and fresh beacon of hope and prosperity to both CACC and the community,” said Dan Rivers, chairman of the CACC Board of Directors. “While she undoubtedly has big shoes to fill, the board of directors is ecstatic with her future vision for CACC success.”

Oria replaces Brookline resident Leslie Christian, who recently retired after 35 years as the president and chief executive officer.

Under her leadership, the center completed over $2.4 million in renovations to the campus and classrooms, creating a state-of-the-art facility, and doubled its student intake and services to the present capacity of 238 children (ages 2 months to 6 years).