Also among today’s business updates: Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and Kent State University at Trumbull.
YOUNGSTOWN — Carol Potter, the Better Business Bureau of Mahoning Valley’s president and CEO, is stepping down.
The organization announced at its annual meeting of Accredited Businesses that Potter is retiring effective May 1. The BBB Board of Directors promoted Melissa Ames, vice president of Business Services, to serve as president beginning Jan. 1. She will work with Potter, who will remain CEO until May.
“The board of directors commends Carol for her outstanding leadership in not only transforming the BBB into the strong, relevant organization it is today but for developing a sound leadership transition plan,” Jennifer Johnson, chair of the BBB Board of Directors, said in a news release. “She recognized Melissa’s talents and leadership potential and spent years mentoring her for this important role. The board has high confidence in Melissa’s abilities to support our Accredited Business and continue to advance marketplace trust in the Valley and congratulates Carol on her much-deserved retirement.”
Youngstown Area Jewish Federation receives grant for renovation project
YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation received a $25,000 grant from the Walter E. and Caroline H. Watson Foundation for its Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community renovation project.
Heritage Manor, 517 Gypsy Lane, is a 72-bed facility on an 18-acre campus that provides a variety of services and resources for every stage of life, a news release states. Phase 1 of the renovation project will add 12 private rooms. Future phases include privatizing existing shared rooms, turning some into hospice suites and adding an enhanced rehab space that will prepare residents to return to their own homes.
KSU at Trumbull students are perfect for third year in a row
WARREN — For the third consecutive year, veterinary technology students at Kent State University at Trumbull earned the highest three-year average passage rate in Ohio on the Veterinary Technician National Exam, administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
KSU at Trumbull’s 2021 veterinary technology graduates took the exam, and all received 100%. The program, which is administered through Kent State University at Tuscarawas, now has a three-year average passage rate of 100%. The national three-year average score is approximately 70.5%, a news release states.
“This is an incredible accomplishment,” Melissa Best, program director, said in the release. “While our cohorts are smaller, when compared to other Ohio veterinary technology schools, we provide an exceptional education for our students by providing more one-to-one instruction and smaller classroom faculty-to-student ratios.”
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