When Tricia Shankles does something, it’s all in or nothing at all. Tricia and her husband, Kendall Shankles, have been married for 37 years, and they have two grown children, Amanda and Eric. She has dedicated herself to family, church, work and community service. Tricia has served on the Fort Payne Chamber Board of Directors for over 13 years. She will roll off the board this year, and I know she will be greatly missed, as her colleagues have already expressed what an asset she has been.

Tricia is in her 19th year working as Assistant Fiscal Officer for the Childcare Resource Network (CRN) in Fort Payne. The CRN is a 501(c)3 with child care centers in Ft. Payne, Cedar Bluff, Guntersville and Boaz. They were one of the first to provide a state-funded Pre-K program, and now CRN oversees Pre-K programs in several counties. The program fees are on a sliding scale, making it an affordable option to provide child care services year round—before and after school, and summers too. The centers also provide USDA approved breakfast, lunch and snacks. One of Tricia’s many roles is to oversee the meal program. All CRN facilities are licensed by the state, and the CRN requires ongoing staff training. I encourage you to learn more about the Children’s Resource Network by visiting www.childcarealabama.com.

Tricia is a graduate of Geraldine High School. After graduation, she attended Northeast Alabama Community College and Auburn University. She loves to read, cook and shop. Tricia is a breast cancer survivor who supports cancer research and participates in Relay for Life. She is a member of Fort Payne Baptist Church where she sings in the choir, enjoys her Sunday school class, and is a member of the Baptist Women Christian Group. It was a pleasure getting to know Tricia. Even though this is her last year as a Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce board member, I look forward to working with Tricia, as she serves in many capacities within our community.

— Jennifer McCurdy is director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce. Her column appears in the Times-Journal on Wednesdays. You can email her through the chamber’s website at fortpaynechamber.com.

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