Successful Transition in Leadership Continues at Telamon


Suzanne M. Orozco has been named as Telamon Corporation’s new Executive Director.  Mrs. Orozco joined the nonprofit in 1992 as State Director of Telamon’s Head Start program in Michigan.  Since 1998, she has been responsible for managing Head Start, the National Farmworker Jobs Program, and other programs in five states as Telamon’s Deputy Executive Director.  Mrs. Orozco is an active member of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association and is an Advisory Board Member of the Johnson & Johnson Fellows Program at UCLA, where she was named a Fellow in 1993.

After announcing the results of the Board’s nationwide search for a new Executive Director, Dr. John H. Newman, Chair of Telamon’s Governing Board, stated, “Suzanne has the vision, leadership skills, and experience to launch Telamon into the next 50 years of providing programs that improve the lives of many in the communities that we serve.”  Mrs. Orozco’s tenure began on February 15, 2014.

Mrs. Orozco will succeed Mr. Richard A. Joanis, who spent 33 years as Executive Director of Telamon, having built the organization from a one-state operation into a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary nonprofit organization serving America’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers, children, youth and the rural poor in eleven states.  In recognition of his accomplishments, Mr. Joanis was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in the state of North Carolina in 2004.  He retires after 44 years of service to farmworkers, elderly and other disadvantaged populations including major program efforts in Head Start, adult and youth training and employment, home ownership, housing rehabilitation, and homeless services.

About Telamon Corporation

Striving towards its objective of “Empowering Individuals, Improving Communities”, Telamon Corporation, a Raleigh-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides early childhood programs, training and employment services, housing development, and a variety of other services, served over 27,600 individuals in eleven states in its 48th year of operation.  Locally, Telamon Corporation operates out of the One Stop Job Market in Salisbury, Maryland and operates several Head Start Centers in Sussex and Kent Counties in Delaware. For more information about the services we provide locally, please navigate to our website at or contact our State Directors, Ms. Doris Rizek, in Delaware and/or Ms. Jennifer Shahan, in Maryland.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *