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Champions for Children Welcomes New Executive Director & Development Director


The Board of Directors at Champions for Children recently announced that Andria Horton of Tyler will be the new Executive Director of the organization. In addition, Tara Winter, also of Tyler, has accepted the position of Development Director.


Andria Horton began working for Champions in September of 2019 as the development director and was soon named director of operations and development. Originally from the Longview area, she has been working in Tyler since 2001 in various community outreach positions. After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Biblical Studies and Sociology, Andria spent 17 years working for Green Acres Baptist Church where she developed a local multi-housing ministry, served in a variety of community outreach efforts, and helped plan and coordinate both local and international missions. During this time, Andria also completed a masters degree Ministry-based Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the past year, Andria has also completed a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. Andria is passionate about preparing the next generation to be strong leaders and making Smith County a safe and nurturing community for children to grow and learn.   


Tara Winter brings more than 25 years' experience in fundraising and development to Champions. She has a business degree from Arizona State University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Fundraising. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive through CFRE International.


Her recent accomplishments include finishing a 25 million dollar capital campaign and securing four million in federal and state grant funding for early childhood education. She and her husband recently moved to Tyler from Illinois.


Champions for Children provides education, mentoring, tools, and support to caregivers, teachers, and parents so all children can reach their full potential. The organization serves families and childcare centers from all over East Texas. For more information, visit

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