“I always wanted to stay in the Ashland area, this is home,” said Ashland Community College alumni, Cindy Lang Blanton.
Cindy currently serves as Senior Vice President of Community Trust Bank, a role she has been in since 1997.
As Senior Vice President, Cindy is responsible for overseeing all the Ashland branches and its retail lenders.
“It’s diverse in that not only do I interact with customers, but I also interact with employees as well,” she said.
Cindy is a community advocate and is associated with The Salvation Army elected two terms as Chair of the Advisory Board and is a Lifetime member serving 24 years. She is Treasurer of the Ashland Senior Center, a Rotary Club member and past Community Events board member, The Ashland Cemetery Board and Continuing the Legacy Foundation Board member (formerly Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation). She has participated many years with the March of Dimes, United Way and Relay for Life Fundraisers.
A graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School, she enrolled at ACC as a full-time student receiving the Hope Memorial Scholarship in the fall of 1975, straight out of high school. She also worked while attending ACC part-time at Woolco Department Store in Ashland.
“I applied to the Dental Hygiene Program, but the program was already filled by the time I submitted my application, so I was placed on a wait list. After so long, that wait list was eliminated, so I went back to my advisor to find out what I needed to do to enroll in the business program,” she said.
Cindy says many of the courses she took at ACC prepared her for a career of working with and for people.
“I took classes that I felt was going to help me in the business at a job somewhere,” she said.
Cindy graduated from ACC in the spring of 1978 and got her first job at Community Trust Bank, formerly Second National Bank, the following fall as a teller. From there, she “climbed the ladder” and worked many different jobs within the bank until she reached the position she is in today.
“I think ACC provided me with the knowledge and somewhat experience to get ready for the business world, even though I didn’t know this is where I’d be. The guidance I received was very helpful to me,” she said.
Cindy is also a graduate of the Kentucky School of Banking at the University of Louisville.
She says she has worked for many bank presidents, gone through three name changes and eight or nine system changes during her tenure at Community Trust Bank and it’s been challenging at times.
“It’s been a learning process every day at work. Banks are so regulated with policies and procedures we must follow, it can be overwhelming sometimes to new people at first. But it’s a new day every day and I’ve loved every minute of it,” Cindy says.
She says she hopes to retire next year after over 44 years of service at the bank.
Cindy found her path at ACC and believes that others can do the same at ACTC.
“I think everyone has a choice to do something for themselves,” she said. “Find something you love and stick with it. “Don’t give up easily.”
ACTC Alum Named LPN of the Year
An Ashland native and ACTC alumna was recently named Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Megan Maynard graduated from ACTC’s LPN program December 2014 and has worked as a family care nurse since passing her nursing boards in 2015.
Before her career at Vanderbilt, Maynard worked at King’s Daughters Medical Center.
“My husband needed to move to Nashville for his line of work and that’s when I transitioned to Vanderbilt,” she said. “I’ve been at Vanderbilt since 2019. It’s been such a fulfilling and uplifting place to work. I’ve been supported since day one when I moved to Nashville for the new opportunity.”
She says she is honored to be recognized as LPN of the year.
“I’ve always just felt that the actions I take are just what anyone else would do,” Maynard said. “It definitely feels great to be recognized and supported by my team.”
A 2011 graduate of Paul Blazer High School, Maynard said she transferred to ACTC after a year of taking classes at Morehead State, because the four-year institution just didn’t feel like the right fit.
Of the healthcare programs offered at ACTC, she chose the LPN program because it best aligned with her schedule.
“The women that facilitated teaching the LPN program were the most caring and knowledgeable people. They were involved. They wanted us all to succeed,” Maynard said.
Maynard specifically remembers the impact two instructors had on her experiences.
“I would need a whole notebook to write out how grateful I am for Terri Ratliff, who was leading the program when I graduated. The same would go for Susan Wallace-Vernatter who taught skills,” she said. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without ACTC’s LPN program, my husband, and family.”
Maynard says that she believes nurses are always needed, even more so now than ever.
“There’s great job security in healthcare,” she says. “The possibilities are endless with the different careers nursing offers.”
She encourages anyone considering about a career in nursing to look at ACTC as the place to earn their credentials.
“Anyone that is thinking about going into nursing I would urge to reach out to the program coordinators, former students, or current students,” Maynard says. “ACTC is a great place to seek out a degree. They have an easy admissions process and that includes when you need to transfer in.”
For more information about ACTC’s LPN program, visit https://ashland.kctcs.edu/education-training/program-finder/nursing-lpn.aspx