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Charlottesville Campus Welcomes Back ANU Graduate and Community Leader

The Charlottesville Campus recently welcomed back Lindell Chavis, an ANU graduate and now the Steps To Success director for the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA).  Lindell, a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army veteran, was named to her current position with MACAA just after completing her associate’s degree in business administration– accounting at the Charlottesville Campus in 2011. She recently returned to the campus to lead a finance and credit restoration seminar for students.


As the current Steps To Success director, Lindell helps individuals and families build a pathway out of poverty by teaching financial management, asset building, and credit rehabilitation and by helping people secure and manage the resources necessary to overcome barriers to success.  A major focus of the program involves teaching low wage earning families how to manage limited resources, build assets, and avoid high interest non-bank loans.


“Had I not graduated from ANU at the time I did, I would not have become employed with MACAA,” she said. “I completed my degree in August 2011 and in the same month became employed with MACAA.  I am grateful to ANU for the knowledge and relationships I departed with.” 


As part of her position with MACAA, Lindell works with a team of instructors to train workers from different agencies across Virginia seeking to earn the Temple University Credential for Strengths-Based Family Workers. “In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would become an instructor or even want to be an instructor, but that is what I do, and I love it,” stated Lindell. “MACAA has given me the opportunity to use book knowledge I received from ANU combined with life‘s lessons.” 


The Charlottesville Campus will host MACAA’s Financial Education Training component in 2015, which will include instruction in debt management, preparing a budget, analyzing credit reports, recognizing predatory lending practices, understanding traditional banking, and building assets and saving for emergencies.


Charlottesville Campus business administration director Bill Alberts (L) and campus director John Donohue (R) welcome graduate Lindell Chavis (center) back to the campus. Both Bill and John were Lindell’s instructors while she was completing her degree at ANU.

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