LWLA Executive Director Appointed

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ATCHISON, Kan., September 17, 2015-The board of directors of Live Well. Live Atchison. (LWLA) has announced the appointment of Andrea Clements as executive Director of the organization effective Sept. 21. Her background includes management roles in the social service and health-related nonprofit sector, as well as bank management experience.

In her new position with LWLA, Clements will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the vision, mission, and strategic direction set by the board.

Principal duties of the role include the following: manage the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services; provide leadership for day-to-day operations and short-term and long-term objectives; oversee financial planning, development and management, including budget preparation and securing adequate funding for the operation of the organization; and plan and implement community relations/advocacy initiatives. 

“We are very excited to add Andrea to our organization,” said LWLA Board Chairman Chris Taylor.  “Her nonprofit background will springboard LWLA to the next level faster than if we stayed as a strictly volunteer-led organization. Combined with her professional experience, Andrea’s community involvement and knowledge of the Atchison area will be invaluable as we move forward and grow LWLA to help make our county a better place to live.” 

For the past two years, Clements has served as financial center manager for UMB Bank in Atchison. From 2010 to 2013, she was manager of home based services for the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Project Eagle. This initiative was responsible for four grant-funded home visiting programs serving approximately 300 women and families with children up to three-years-old. It also ensured program compliance with grant requirements and Head Start performance standards.

Clements previously spent approximately two years as quality assurance coordinator for Cornerstone of Care, Kansas City, Mo., and four years as foster care and adoption case management supervisor for that organization. She additionally has served as a foster care and adoption case manager for Spofford & Mattie Rhodes located in Kansas City, treatment coordinator for Adventures in Change, Denver, and family support worker/interim case manager for Kaw Valley in Atchison.Clements is a native of Atchison County and a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she received a bachelor of science degree in human resources and family science in 2000. 

“I look forward to furthering the important work of LWLA,” Clements said. “The board and volunteer group have already laid the groundwork and made significant strides in the effort to improve the health of our county. I see many opportunities to improve the health of Atchison County and its citizens. I also see an increased investment in the county’s well-being from a diverse group of community members. I am eager to capitalize on that community investment by furthering LWLA’s mission to make Atchison County one of the healthiest counties in Kansas.” 

LWLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization health initiative created in 2010 by a partnership of community leaders and Atchison Hospital. The organization’s vision is focused on developing one of the healthiest lifestyle cultures found in Kansas. This is being accomplished through collaborative planning with other local and area entities, community action, education, and policy advocacy. 

The organization was created by volunteers and spearheaded by Atchison Hospital in response to the 2009 Kansas Health Rankings report, which rated Atchison County as one of the lowest for health behaviors in the State. Since its formation, LWLA has made strides on several fronts to assist residents in efforts to adopt healthier living habits and improve the overall quality of life across Atchison County. 

LWLA is operated under the auspices of a nine-member board of directors, with input from a leadership committee representing numerous agencies, institutions, and businesses within Atchison County. 

“I want to thank our board members, leadership committee, and other volunteers for all of the time, service, and talents they have devoted to ensuring the success of Live Well. Live Atchison. for the residents of our county,” Taylor said.

“On behalf of all involved, I wish to extend special thanks to our benefactors, whose support is essential to our progress, and to Aggie Asher, Atchison Hospital social work manager, who has performed a significant role in leading our efforts since the organization’s founding.” 

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