PIPELINE PARTNER - Community Connections, Inc. (CCI)

Located in the heart of southern rural Appalachia, Community Connections, Inc. (CCI) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in the communities that we serve. Founded in 1990 as an outgrowth of the West Virginia Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families, the agency has continued to expand its mission for the development of community-driven initiatives that promote strong, healthy lifestyles. Since its inception, Community Connections has reached across invisible borders and boundaries and effectively leveraged its resources to fill the gaps in services where needed. By doing so, CCI has used its ‘environmental change’ strategy to be a leader in advocating for:

- Public policy change;

- Building and sustaining coalitions;

- Program development and implementation;

- and Initiation of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery programs.

Community Connections is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with representatives from the leadership of social service initiatives, mental/physical health, educational organizations, and community representatives who are consumers of public services. Just as our Board of Directors, our Leadership Team is just as diverse as the population that we serve.

Greg Puckett, Executive Director greg.puckett@strongcommunities.org

Dr. Jamie Styons, Assistant Director jamie.styons@strongcommunities.org

Natalie Keaton, Financial Services / Human Resources Director natalie.keaton@strongcommunities.org

Kathrn Kandas, Programs and Development Director kathrn.kandas@strongcommunities.org

Beth Bailey, Director of Collaborative Programing beth.bailey@strongcommunities.org

We pride ourselves on collaborative efforts that build strong communities!