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Leadership Franklin County graduation May 7

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Leadership Franklin County will hold its inaugural graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 7, at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

The ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held in the Student Services Conference Center, 1700 Helberg Lane, with a reception following. Housed at Arkansas Tech-Ozark, LFC develops current and emerging leaders to work together to serve the good of Franklin County and the surrounding area. It provides four basic services to the communities and members: leadership development, in-depth knowledge of the county, community impact projects and networking. Graduating members of the 2013 class include:
  • Demus Shaw of Charleston, former Franklin County Quorum Court District 8 justice of the peace;
  • Jonas Shaffer of Charleston, Greenhurst Nursing Center administrator;
  • Eddie Melton of Altus, Bank of the Ozarks Franklin County president;
  • Jennifer Ree of Ozark, First United Methodist Church assistant administrator;
  • Corey Tedford of Altus, Ozark Police Department chief;
  • Kevin Eveld of Ozark, Ozark Fire Department chief;
  • Paul Post of Altus, Post Familie Winery vice president;
  • Kecia Berry of Ozark, Ozark Ford co-owner;
  • Rob Ratley of Fort Smith, OG&E community affairs manager;
  • Cindy Kopak of Paris, Cass Job Corp center director;
  • Aaron Mantooth of Ozark, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation;
  • Clay Crowley of Charleston-System Engineer, AVECC system engineer;
  • Stacie Harden of Ozark, Arkansas Tech-Ozark fiscal support analyst;
  • Frank Hug of Fort Smith, Hug Chevrolet president;
  • Allison Davis of Charleston, Hug Chevrolet social media director;
  • Laura Rudolph of Ozark, Arkansas Tech-Ozark community outreach director;
  • Brittany Standridge of Alma, Bank of the Ozarks call center manager;
  • Deborah Copsy of Paris, Baldor Electric materials manager.
Attendance for the event requires a ticket, which may be purchased either through an LFC graduate or Director Marci Gage. For more information, contact Gage at (479) 508-3371 or