Thursday, July 10, 2008

New DCC executive director on the job

Emily Epley, right, brings enthusiasm, leadership experience, and energy to the executive director’s post at Destination Cleveland County – “a good fit for our organization,” says DCC Board Chair Brownie Plaster. Emily assumed her new responsibilities July 1 and has spent her first few days getting to know more about the organization, its projects, and volunteers.

“I’ve been observing DCC from a distance and believe that its projects are very meaningful to Cleveland County,” she says. “I’m excited to be part of this visionary organization.”

In the post, Emily succeeds Marta Holden, DCC’s initial executive director. Marta resigned to relocate with her family to Texas, taking with her great appreciation for her many contributions as well as warm good wishes for the future.

A native of Richmond, Va., Emily has called Cleveland County home for more than 10 years. She lives in Boiling Springs with her husband Mike and their three-year-old son Andrew.

Emily was previously employed part-time at Cleveland Community College as a business and industry trainer and administrator of the WorkKeys and Career Readiness Certification program. She also has been an independent business and industry trainer specializing in communication skills, leadership, and customer service.

She was facilitator for the 2007-2008 class of Leadership Rutherford, a 10-month leadership development program. She also has worked locally with the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council, and Childcare Connections. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Winthrop University, majoring in speech with an emphasis on interpersonal communications and a minor in music.

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