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News Community Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s finance officer graduates

Deborah Grant first met former Governor James Hunt during the Leadership North Carolina program, and last week they reconnected when he visited Cherokee at the invitation of Cherokee Preservation Foundation.Deborah Grant graduates from Leadership North Carolina

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation announced that Deborah Grant, the Foundation’s Finance Officer, recently graduated from the Leadership North Carolina program’s Class XVIII.

“The Leadership North Carolina program was an amazing experience,” said Grant. “I visited six cities across the state and learned from leaders in many disciplines about the opportunities and challenges North Carolina faces. I now have a much broader understanding of how all our 100 counties are interrelated in addressing environment, education, health and human services, economic development and government issues. Through the program, I’ve established a new network of colleagues on whose expertise I can draw as I continue serving in our local community. I especially want to thank the Cherokee Preservation Foundation for providing me this opportunity.”

Grant is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Carolina University. She has been with Cherokee Preservation Foundation since 2002 and formerly was Chief Financial Officer for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

Susan Jenkins, Cherokee Preservation Foundation executive director and former LNC board member commented, “We are so pleased that Deborah took advantage of the Leadership North Carolina program and admire the time and effort she has put into it. With the program’s focus on a wide range of issues, what Deborah has learned and the contacts she has made will be invaluable to us at Cherokee Preservation Foundation and will be equally helpful to the EBCI and the region.”

Brian Etheridge, Leadership North Carolina president, said: “Our state is at its best when citizens from every corner of North Carolina are engaged. Deb has taken a journey across our state over the past seven months, learning from decision makers and policy experts with a focus on how she and her fellow Leadership North Carolina participants can continue to move North Carolina forward. Our program and her fellow classmates are richer due to her participation and her perspective. Deb joins a cadre of over 850 outstanding leaders who have graduated from the Leadership North Carolina program and are dedicated to helping make the most of what our state has to offer.”

The mission of Leadership North Carolina is to inform, develop and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing our state.

Deborah resides in Macon County in the Nantahala community with her husband Chuck.


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