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4 WKU staff members among 2017 Trailblazer honorees

WKU staff members (from left) Johnalma Barnett, Ryan Dearbone, Martha Sales and Aurelia Spaulding will be honored Feb. 26 by Bowling Green's Trailblazers Committee.

WKU staff members (from left) Johnalma Barnett, Ryan Dearbone, Martha Sales and Aurelia Spaulding will be honored Feb. 26 by Bowling Green’s Trailblazers Committee.

For 20 years, Bowling Green’s Trailblazers Committee has recognized community leaders during Black History Month. This year, four of the six honorees are members of the WKU community.

The six local African American citizens will be recognized on Sunday (Feb. 26) for their leadership qualities in Management, Civic Engagement, Community Service, Law, Entrepreneurship and Higher Education.

The four WKU staff members are:

  • Johnalma Barnett, Shipping and Receiving Manager in the Division of Finance and Administration, will be recognized in the area of Management.
  • Ryan Dearbone, Assistant Director of College Advancement in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, will be recognized in the area of Entrepreneurship.
  • Martha Sales, Executive Director of WKU TRIO Programs and the Intercultural Student Engagement Center, will be recognized in the area of Higher Education.
  • Aurelia Spaulding, Communications & Marketing Coordinator in the Division of Public Affairs, will be recognized in the area of Community Service.

Other honorees are Ronald Lewis for Civic Engagement and Carlos Bailey for Law.

Chairperson Hattie Page said, “The event provides an opportunity to honor our African American achievers, who have worked tirelessly to make Bowling Green/Warren County a better place to live. They have all made a positive impact within Bowling Green/Warren County.”

The Trailblazers’ 20th Annual Black History Month program will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 26) at Eleventh Street Baptist Church, 1035 Kenton St., Bowling Green. During the program youth and adults in the community will perform skits and other forms of artistic expression to tell the story of each recipient.

Contact: Hattie Page, hpage@citizensfirstbank.com

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