Director of Social Media and Business Networking
Behind the Door:
Cyndi Flanagan is the Director of Social Media and Business Networking at Open Door America. Like other difference-makers in the organization, Cyndi serves in an unpaid, volunteer capacity. Born and raised in Maryland, Cyndi is a Business and Art graduate of Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. She has nearly three decades of experience in career services at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. She has been a volunteer with Open Door America since 2014 and a resident of Sarasota since 1986. Much to her delight, both of her grown "boys" also call Sarasota home and all three enjoy the Baltimore Orioles during Spring Training with the added tie to family in Maryland.
"I am a big believer in the power of constructive engagement and positive change. I view every day as a new beginning full of hope and promise. I see no reason why impoverished parents shouldn't be able to dream of better days for their children. One of the things I love the most about Open Door America is its stubborn commitment to ending intergenerational poverty through better employment, stronger families, and healthier communities. My goal is to help Open Door America do a better job of telling its remarkable story in the years to come."
From Our Blog
Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- Open Door America is pleased to announce a preliminary agreement has been reached with the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland to provide case management and mentoring services in support of the county's work-release and reentry programs. During the next 60 days, the parties will pursue a final agreement to create multiple employment-onboarding initiatives throughout Central Maryland beginning as early as December 2018. This developing partnership is a prime example of the type of public-private cooperation that is desperately needed in the United States to assist ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives and employers in finding highly-motivated entry-level workers.