25, 2005] At an annual staff meeting
each year, the Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation
honors one employee for outstanding contributions. This year, Beth
Fleshman of Lincoln was presented the award at the Oct. 21 staff
Fleshman has worked at CIEDC for almost five years. In that time,
she has served the Head Start program as the health and nutrition
coordinator. Fleshman took on the additional role of interim deputy
director in the summer of 2005 as the organization faced an
Angela Stoltzenburg, executive director, agrees that Fleshman is
an important part of the agency. "In my short time at CIEDC, I have
seen that Beth is a reliable staff member who has earned the respect
of her co-workers," Stoltzenburg said. "We received several
nominations for the employee-of-the-year award, but there were
several nominations for Beth from many of the counties we serve."
Nominations are reviewed by an objective outside source. This
year, staff and administration at the Illinois Community Action
Association made the final selection. The Illinois Community Action
Association, headquartered in Springfield, is a membership
organization that serves as the network for Illinois' not-for-profit
corporations and units of government that strive to raise the
health, education and economic standards of Illinois' low-income
Officials from the association said they were most impressed by
Fleshman's ability to handle several responsibilities throughout the
transition period and that the nominations came from staff members
throughout the CIEDC service area.
CIEDC employs over 160 employees throughout the six-county
service area of Piatt, DeWitt, Logan, Menard, Mason and Fulton.
CIEDC is a Community Action Agency headquartered at 1800 Fifth St.
in Lincoln. The mission of CIEDC is to work toward the reduction and
eventual elimination of the causes and effects of poverty.