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New Board Members Named at Life Learning Center

Three new members joined the board of the Life Learning Center this month.

The Covington-based nonprofit whose stated goal is to take individuals who demonstrate commitment to stable employment and prepare them for full-time, sustainable careers through education, training, and life coaching, added Dan Meyer, Gary Massa, and Patrick Hughes to its board.

“All three of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise, and innovative thinking to the table," said Life Learning Center president Alecia Webb-Edgington, in a news release. "We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen the vision of Life Learning Center by providing permanent solutions to poverty through transformational change,” said Alecia Webb-Edgington, President of Life Learning Center."

Dan Meyer is CEO of Nehemiah Manufacturing, has over 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and has held senior management positions with large, multi-national companies. Nehemiah is committed to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the region to stimulate community development and economic growth, a news release said. The free soft skill training and care resources (i.e. expungement services) at Life Learning Center unified with local job opportunities through Nehemiah Manufacturing will likely fill the unemployment gap and provide a second chance to convicted and rehabilitated individuals to sustain living wage careers.

Gary Massa is vice president for university relations at Xavier University, managing all phases of development including the annual fund, major gifts, estate and planned giving, and alumni relations. Massa, a two-time Xavier graduate, joined Xavier in June 1999, after 17 years in the corporate world as vice president of sales and marketing for the Midland Company. During his tenure at Xavier, Massa’s team was responsible for nearly 90 percent of what has been raised in the history of the University. The Annual Fund has doubled and recently experienced its 7th record year in a row and estate giving to the University has quadrupled as well.

“Having been involved in numerous non-profit organizations and boards across Cincinnati, I have found that Life Learning Center’s holistic approach to permanently tackle the cycle of poverty is a critical component to address the complex barriers many unemployed individuals face. I look forward to serving on the board and helping make a difference in the larger tri-state area,” said Massa, in a statement.

Patrick Hughes is a partner at Dressman Benzinger LaVelle law firm who focuses on public-private partnerships, infrastructure development, economic development, commercial transactions, banking, healthcare, and government regulation in Kentucky and Ohio. Hughes has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters involving public-private partnerships, banking, and public financing, infrastructure development, and construction, health care and insurance regulation. In 2011 and 2012, Patrick served as Chief Deputy Attorney General to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. As Chief Deputy, Patrick was responsible for daily operations, including criminal and civil investigations and enforcement actions.

Patrick was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, and as Chair of the Gateway Community and Technical College Nominating Commission. He also serves as co-chair of the Monica Hughes Children’s Fund benefiting Children, Inc., and as a member of the board of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.

The slate of board members for 2017 is listed below:

William (Bill) P. Butler – Chair

Carol Butler – Vice Chair

Gordon Snyder – Treasurer

Barbara Baumann Schaefer, J.D. – Secretary

Mark Hayden, J.D.

Richard (Rick) Kuertz

Kenneth Webb

Daniel Meyer

Gary Massa

Patrick Hughes

Alecia Webb-Edgington – President

Denise Govan – Managing Director

-Staff report