The award is annually given to an experienced, professional woman leader who mentors other women, supports her community, and excels in her career. The winner is a trailblazer who has carved her own path to success and has supported other women along the way. She must demonstrate high standards in all that she does and serves as an example to others professionally and personally.
Cindy Vogan is the founder and CEO of Whole Life Services Inc. (WLS) in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clarion University and a master’s degree in Non-Profit Business Management from Robert Morris University. Cindy began her career as a Residential Program Worker and then a Program Specialist focused on support services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
In 2001, Cindy founded Whole Life Services LLC, a nonprofit organization specializing in providing person-centered support to meet the unique needs of individuals and their families. WLS began operations in Cindy’s home with two employees serving one individual and has grown to employ over 100 employees serving over 100 individuals. Throughout the years, Cindy has built her team and created a culture of working together to achieve positive outcomes. To accomplish this, she empowers both her team and the individuals they serve to utilize their skills and talents. Initiatives to support this culture have been launched including Studio C, Custom Tees, Get 2 Work Productions, and the Valley Fab Lab.
Cindy credits her leadership skills to her involvement in several programs during her youth including Upward Bound, Junior Achievement, and a Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, believing that early intervention and support for teens are key to successful adult life.
Cindy resides in Hermitage with her son. She also has a daughter and three grandchildren.