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New Leader Takes Over At Kansas Action For Children


An influential advocacy group based in Topeka is getting a new leader. Annie McKay is taking over as president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children.

She replaces Shannon Cotsoradis, who's leaving KAC for a job with the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative.

McKay praised the agency and Cotsoradis for their accomplishments, which included stopping the state from selling off part of a tobacco settlement used to pay for children’s programs.

“Preserving and protecting the Children’s Initiative Fund, in this fiscal climate, was a tremendous victory for advocates across the state,” McKay says.

McKay is currently the executive director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. She says her goals for KAC include expanding access to safety net programs for children and preserving funding for children’s programs. Cotsoradis served as head of the KAC for the past six years.