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30 Years of Service to WADI

Ken Pettijohn, WADI Executive Director and Donna Emmons
Wabash Area Development, Inc.  said goodbye to  longtime employee, Donna Emmons, on May 3rd.  Donna started at WADI as a Social Services/Parent Involvement Coordinator in 1981 and became the Head Start / Early Head Start Director in 1987.  Donna has been a Saline County resident since 1981, raising her children there while working in White County.  Her son, Dr. Benjamin Emmons and family now live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while her other son, Dr. Joseph Emmons and family live in Woodstock, Illinois.
"Our loss is the state's gain," said Ken Pettijohn, Executive Director of the seven county Community Action Agency.  "After 30 dedicated years of service and leadership with our agency, she has been hired by the Illinois State Board of Education as Principal Consultant in the early childhood division. " 
In preparation for starting her new job on May 16th, Donna has purchased a house in Springfield.  "I've always loved Springfield.  I'm so glad that I'll now be able to call it home."

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