Cambridge promotes Dodson; Barnard joins International Cultural Exchange Service

Cambridge promotes Dodson

Ashley Dodson has been promoted at Cambridge to senior director of Commissions Processing and Services.

In this role, Dodson leads a team of subject matter experts focused on providing support and guidance to Cambridge?s independent financial advisers as it relates to their compensation payments.

Dodson joined Cambridge in 2008 as a supervisor on the Commissions Processing and Services Team where she played an instrumental role in supporting service requests and assisting with the implementation of automated files. Her professional experience includes leading several continuous improvement initiatives focused on cost reduction and creating efficiencies in the Accounting Department and across the firm.

Dodson successfully completed Cambridge?s Continuous Improvement Embedded Leaders program, earned the Registered Corporate Coach designation, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Additionally she holds the FINRA Series 7 license.


Barnard joins International Cultural Exchange Services; seeks families

Valerie Barnard of Fairfield is has joined International Cultural Exchange Services as a local coordinator.

As the local coordinator, Barnard will work with international high school students and the local families that host them. She will be working with families and schools in Fairfield and the surrounding area.

Barnard is looking for families that would like to host for the school year of 2018. Exchange students live as a member of the host family ? not a guest or boarder. They participate in family activities, follow host family rules, and help with chores. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses; host families provide room and board and loving parental guidance to the student. As the local coordinator, Barnard is available to answer questions, give advice, and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience. For more information about hosting or working with ICES, contact Barnard at 502-641-2340.

Barnard has lived in Fairfield for 23 years. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of four. She has worked as a high school and middle school teacher, camp counselor, and mental health therapist for adolescents. More recently, she?s tutored exchange students from many different countries. She enjoys art, reading, hiking, swimming, gardening and volunteering at the local animal shelter.

?I love working with exchange students because they allow me to learn about different cultures, and I feel that I am helping to foster greater understanding among people from different parts of the world,? said Barnard.


Iowa Tractor Supply stores donate $2,500 to fund FFA projects

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. ? Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Organization are supporting Iowa?s next generation of agricultural leaders through the third annual Grants for Growing program. This year, Iowa Tractor Supply stores raised $2,500 through customer donations to fund local, youth-led agriculture projects made possible by the initiative.

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, awarded a grant to an Iowa FFA chapter that requested funding to build or enhance a sustainable educational project that will further their students? understanding of agriculture. In Iowa, the grant will help fund a community garden.

?Grants for Growing not only allows us to invest in Iowa communities, but also invest in Iowa youth who are the future of the agriculture industry,? said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. ?This program gives students hands-on learning experience as they watch their ideas turn their communities into stronger, more sustainable places.?

Between Jan. 10 and Feb. 14, FFA received nearly 600 applications from FFA chapters across the country detailing how they would start or expand a unique and sustainable project. This year, Tractor Supply awarded grants to more than 270 FFA chapters nationwide. Coinciding with National FFA Week, Tractor Supply hosted a 10-day in-store fundraising event nationwide, which offered shoppers the opportunity to donate at checkout in support of the program. The fundraiser collectively raised a record-breaking $830,000 for National FFA Foundation. Many FFA chapters participated in additional fundraising opportunities at their local Tractor Supply stores to supplement donations, including bake sales, car washes and more.

Since the program?s start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $2.2 million for the National FFA Organization. In total, the initiative has funded 994 grants supporting projects involving more than 103,000 students.

For more details about the program, visit