L’burg Library Youth Director Named “Hero of Character”

Posted On May 15, 2014

Press release from Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Judy Maples provided

Jody Maples

(West Chester, Oh.) – Jody Maples has been honored for her service to the community by the Character Council. She was named as a “Hero of Character.” The celebration was held at the Marriott North in West Chester. The keynote speaker was Dr. O’dell Owens, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Jody Maples is the Youth Services Director at Lawrenceburg Public Library.  In addition to fulfilling her responsibilities as a library employee, Jody has been able to work with members of the community to integrate the 40 Developmental Assets framework and 49 Character traits into all aspects of her work.  She has chaired the “Step Ahead” program representing a wide range of non-profit organizations.  She also serves on a coalition of community leaders who have helped to promote the “Character Qualities of the Month” to schools, businesses and many local organizations.

“Jody’s passion has always been to serve the people and benefit the community.  Jody Maples, her husband Tom, and their two lovely daughters set a wonderful example for the values championed by the Character Council.  Her efforts highlight these values by introducing and implementing Character Council Qualities into our Southeastern Indiana communities.” – Nancy Ray

“The rewards have been endless. My biggest inspiration has been my youngest daughter, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 4. Watching her overcome all her obstacles in life gave me the desire to help others persevere and overcome adversity.” – Jody Maples

The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to foster character development in children and adults as a foundation for success.

The Character Council promotes and encourages good character, strengthens individuals, and helps organizations and entire communities create a culture with good character at the core.  Our partner schools, businesses, and non-profits see results in improved behavior and outcomes.  In 2013, we reached over 888,000 people with inspiring messages and engaged over 52,000 youth in character building.

Visit www.charactercincinnati.org or call (513) 467-0170 for more details.