Parents as Teachers CEO Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Missouri Association for Social Welfare

Susan Stepleton, who has served as president and CEO of Parents as Teachers for the past ten years, was recognized for a lifetime of achievement by the Missouri Association of Social Welfare (MASW) on May 18 for her contributions in social work and early childhood education.

St. Louis, MO, May 19, 2011 --( Susan Stepleton was recognized for a lifetime of achievement by the Missouri Association of Social Welfare (MASW) at a dinner on May 18 at the Highlands in Forest Park. Stepleton is president and CEO of Parents as Teachers and has led the international nonprofit for almost ten years.

Stepleton’s career spans more than three decades, with experience in early childhood, human service, nonprofit management and public policy. “This year, in addition to honoring someone in the field of legislature, media, community advocate and organization, we are also including the lifetime achievement award to honor Sue because of her long commitment to serving the poor, bettering the lives of families in our community, and advocating for individuals and families rights,” said Christine Woody of MASW.

To further the fields of social work and early childhood education, Stepleton serves on the Missouri Governor’s Coordinating Board for Early Childhood. She also serves on the boards of the Council on Accreditation and the St. Louis YWCA; the St. Louis Mayor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families; the Advantage Capital Community Development Fund National Advisory Board; the University of Missouri-St. Louis Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program Advisory Board; and is co-chair of the Child Welfare League of American’s Prevention, Protection and Family Services National Advisory Committee; is vice-chair of Eden Seminary's board of directors; and chair of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work Professional Advisory Committee at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Sue is truly deserving of this honor and committed to serving the children, families and the citizens of Missouri,” said Cheryle Dyle-Palmer, Parents as Teachers chief operating officer. “We celebrate this recognition with her.”

Among Stepleton’s recognitions are the ECHO President’s Advocacy Award in 2000; the Children’s Advocate Award from Annie Malone Children and Family Services in 2001; the St. Louis Woman of Achievement Award in 2005; and the 2010 Coro St. Louis Leadership Award. She has been recognized by both Washington University and University of Missouri-St. Louis as a distinguished alumna.

About MASW
MASW is a century old statewide nonprofit providing leadership, research, education and advocacy to improve programs and policies impacting the health and welfare of all Missourians. For more information, visit

About Parents as Teachers
Headquartered in St. Louis, Parents as Teachers champions the critical role of parental involvement and early intervention in a child’s development. Parents as Teachers supports a network of professionals and organizations who serve more than 300,000 families across the country and around the world through a proven parent education model. For more information, visit

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