Women's Leadership Institute

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    WLI Advisory Board Members

    Outstanding Achievements by Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board Members

    The Women’s Leadership Institute’s Advisory Board is made up of some of the most influential and successful women in our region.  Four members of the Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board have recently achieved outstanding success in their fields.  

    Melanie BarstadMelanie Barstad Joins Cintas’ Board of Directors

    CINCINNATI, October 18, 2011 — Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) announced today the appointment of Melanie W. Barstad to its board of directors.  Ms. Barstad was elected by the shareholders at the company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, held this morning at Cintas’ corporate headquarters in Cincinnati.   

    Ms. Barstad spent 23 years with Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, a diversified provider of consumer products, prescription medicines and medical devices with more than 250 operating companies located in 60 countries throughout the world.  While there, she served in several leadership and management roles, including President of Acute Care and most recently, President of Women’s Health in the Medical Device and Diagnostics Division.  Ms. Barstad also served as co-chair of the Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership Initiative.

    “Melanie’s vast experience running a complex, enterprise-wide global business gives her diverse and valuable insight into various aspects of our business,” said Bob Kohlhepp, Chairman of Cintas Corporation.  “She is one of the most respected female thought leaders in her industry and we look forward to Melanie’s contributions as a member of our board.”

    As a member of Cintas’ board, Barstad will serve on the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee.  Her other corporate affiliations include membership with the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, the National Association of Female Executives, and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She is also actively involved with her alma mater, Auburn University, serving as Vice Chair of the Directorship Committee of the Foundation Board, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Advisory Board and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts.

    About Cintas Corporation:

    Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types.  Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses.  Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

    Lauren Hayes Lauren Hayes a spring 2009 graduate in the College of Liberal Arts who majored in public administration has been awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend Cambridge University in the fall where she will pursue a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education with a focus on Politics, Development and Democratic Education. While at Cambridge Lauren will examine the Charter School movement in the U.S. and the U.K.

    As a student at Auburn, Lauren was elected the university's second female SGA President and as President she spearheaded the successful effort to build a new student recreation and wellness center as well as helped to create the position of Vice President for Student Affairs for the university. In addition, Lauren served as an intern in the Provost's Office working for Dr. John Heilman. And, to top it off, Lauren graduated with 3.93 grade-point-average!

    Because of her numerous academic and leadership accomplishments, Lauren was selected to the USA Today Academic All USA 2nd Team in the spring of 2009. Lauren currently serves as co-chair of the Honors College Development Council and on the College of Liberal Arts Women’s Leadership Institute Board of Advisors. Congratulations to Lauren Hayes.

    Sarah Newton Sarah Newton, principal of Fayette Elementary School, has been elected to serve as president pro tempore of the Auburn University Board of Trustees for the 2009-2010 academic year.  Newton, an Auburn trustee since 2004, was unanimously chosen by other members of the Board.

    Susan Parker Susan Parker formally announced in December that she will seek re-election to the Alabama Public Service Commission Place 2.

    "I have worked hard for the consumer, but there is still much work to be done. I want to continue my efforts to make a difference for Alabamians," said Parker.

    "People are facing difficult times. They are looking for every possible way to save money. That's why I started the Consumer Education Initiative and compiled a Customer Bill of Rights. Each day I look for new ways to help every Alabamian learn more about energy efficiency and how to save money on their utility bills. I have fought to keep energy rates as low as possible while insisting that service remains reliable and dependable.

    "The PSC gives me a unique opportunity to serve not only the people of Alabama but the Southeastern region and the rest of the country as well. I have worked to move into regional and national leadership positions so I can be an advocate for Alabamians at this critical time," stated Parker.

    Although Parker is only in her first term on the PSC, she is currently serving as President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She was recently elected as 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners which means she will become president of this prestigious national organization in 2012. In January, Parker will also become President of the Chicago-based Gas Technology Institute Advisory Board.

    Parker served as Alabama State Auditor from 1999-2003 and was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2002. She was elected to her first term on the PSC in November 2006. She and her husband, Paul, are natives of Morgan County and have been married for 29 years.

    Carol Sue Nelson Carol Sue Nelson, a shareholder with the law firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., has been recognized as one of the Top 25 female lawyers in the State of Alabama and was recently appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to its Standing committee on Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics.

    Anita Newcomb Anita Newcomb, president of A.G. Newcomb & Company, recently appeared on C-SPAN to talk about the U.S. banking system, the Obama administration’s efforts to stabilize the financial markets, and the release of the “stress test” reports.  You can view the program here.

    COLUMBIA, Md.—December 4, 2009 --A.G. Newcomb & Co., a strategic advisory firm for the banking industry, announced today its president and founder, Anita Gentle Newcomb, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond -- Baltimore, MD branch. The three-year term is effective January 1, 2010.

    Ms. Newcomb's experience spans more than two decades in the financial services industry as a CEO, investment banker, and strategic consultant. She founded A.G. Newcomb & Co. in 1999 and has built a national reputation in advising some of the country's most successful financial institutions as well as companies that interface with banks on a wide range of corporate development initiatives. These range from consumer and business banking strategies and strategic planning to valuing and structuring acquisitions and divestitures. Ms. Newcomb is a noted industry speaker on the Future of Banking and has been a guest on C-SPAN and Washington Business Radio.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District covering Washington D.C, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia. The Board of Directors for the Baltimore branch consists of seven directors who are appointed by the Board of Directors of the Richmond Reserve Bank and the Board of Governors.

    A.G. Newcomb & Co., headquartered in Metro DC, provides strategic and financial advisory services to community banks and their partners nationwide. The firm's expertise includes consumer and business banking strategies: strategic planning; bank branch acquisitions and divestitures; market positioning—customer segmentation, product development, online banking strategies, organizational assessments; and financial management.


    Last Updated: March 09, 2018