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Leadership Floyd County Academy attendees receiving their recognition certificates.
Leadership Floyd County Academy attendees receiving their recognition certificates.
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PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Health System Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Maxanna Cook, completed the Leadership Floyd County Academy. The academy commenced at the annual Floyd County Chamber Banquet where all academy attendees received their recognition certificates.


The Leadership Floyd County Academy is a program designed to promote and develop informed business and community leaders among citizens of Floyd County. This program is designed for participants to gain insight into the operations, available programs, services, and issues of Floyd County. The primary focus of Leadership Floyd County is to build a communications network of individuals willing to assist in advancing the county’s growth.


This program gives leaders an inside view of Floyd County. Through the sessions, participants explore issues with key decision makers and develop a network of contacts. Participants are introduced to Floyd county experts as well as compelling issues facing our county today. Experts lead stimulating sessions for six months on topics relevant to Floyd County and the future. Session topics included Team building techniques, Leadership skills, Health Care, Education, Economic Development, Tourism, Environmental / Infrastructure and Government/Legislation.


“There is so much to learn about Floyd County - its history, its strengths, and its future. I’m really honored that I was able to participate in this program”, says Cook of the academy.


Cook holds a Bachelor’s of Science in the Arts from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s Degree from Duquesne University. In addition, Cook has worked with organizations such as Verizon, the NFL, Lexus, Proctor & Gamble, Tyco, Nestle, Estee Lauder, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever, and taught Marketing and Strategies for ITT Tech.


In 2011, Cook accepted the position of Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Highlands Health System. Currently, she is also a Big Sandy Federal Prison Communications Board Member, and a Paintsville Kiwanis Member.


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