MOUNT VERNON — The members of the Leadership Knox Class of 2018 have worked with New Directions to enhance the living experience at the domestic abuse shelter. The members of the class were inspired by the work of New Directions and wanted to provide a space where clients could feel comfortable.

Specifically, the class wanted to provide some freedom for clients by focusing on allowing them to be outside in a safe and comfortable environment. Privacy blinds were installed on the porch, a variety of seating areas were created with patio furniture. The project was completed with a plaque to commemorate the efforts involved. The class was able to do a complete makeover of the exterior space at the New Directions shelter that will have a large impact for years to come.

“We appreciate this year’s Leadership Knox class choosing New Directions as their project agency. Having the blinds installed and the furniture provided to our shelter will make a huge difference for our clients,” said Lori Jones-Perkins, executive director of New Directions. “They will now have privacy on the porch at the shelter and that is something that has never been an option for them. We love the collaborative work that happens in our community and Leadership Knox is yet another example of what makes Knox County so unique.”

Members of the Leadership Knox Class of 2018 include Bobbi Kirch, Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Brandy Seals, Griffin Insurance; Courtney DeCosky, Kenyon College; Cyndi Wyatt, The Ohio Eastern Star Home; EJ Pido, Knox Community Hospital; Joyce Frazee, Knox County Health Department; Kyle Walls, First-Knox National Bank; Laurie Gallwitz, First-Knox National Bank; Lisa Lloyd, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County; Mary Ann Van Hoose, Revere Roofing; Mike Copley, CES Credit Union; Pat Downey, The Killbuck Savings Bank Co., Sam Filkins, Kenyon College; Scott Boone, Knox County Job & Family Services; and Stacy Smith, Ver-Mac Industries.

Leadership Knox is a 10-month program of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, designed to identify, nurture and promote future and existing leaders in Knox County. The program develops informed and committed leaders by providing participants with an understanding of the critical issues affecting the county and beyond. Leadership and stewardship capabilities are developed to assist in resolving these issues with an emphasis on knowledge, skills enhancement and trusteeship.


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