State and local dignitaries attend graduation of local women

By Portia Williams

September 11, 2013

Crystal Keaton of South Webster and Cindy Lindamood have graduated from the Appalachian Leadership Academy (ALA). The ceremony was held at Salt Fork State Park on Aug. 23. Families, friends, employers and dignitaries joined the graduates to celebrate their yearlong accomplishment. Joy Padgett, Deputy Director of the Governor’s office of Appalachia, was commencement speaker, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown sent a letter of congratulations to each graduate.

Keaton is a Business Resource Network Assistant with the Community Action Organization of Scioto County. She’s been with the agency for 15 years and is a 1998 Ohio University graduate.

Keaton’s final project was “Kiosk to Access, Refer and Educate” (KARE). CAO of Scioto County will be able to use Keaton’s project to provide enhanced services to the community.

She says of her experience, “I have found ALA to be an uplifting environment to grow professionally - providing experiences to gain leadership skills, resources and networking.”

Cindy Lindamood is a Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Action Organization of Scioto County. Her project was “Building One-Stop Partnerships”. CAO of Scioto and other One-Stops will be able to use the program implemented by Lindamood to provide a more cohesive and functional relationship between agencies.

ALA provides the necessary tools for mid-level managers of nonprofits, community action agencies, businesses and government agencies to meet the opportunities and challenges as they rise in their organizations.

For more information on ALA, please see www.ApplachianLeadershipAcademy or call 740-594-8499.