“It’s been a good week,” Cindy Kole of Vicksburg declared as she learned that she was selected to receive one of the YWCA’s Women of Achievement awards on May 5. To add to that recognition, United Way of the Battle Creek Kalamazoo region has singled her out for an Exemplary Leadership award this week.
Kole and her husband Kevin are graduates of Western Michigan University. They settled in Vicksburg in 1980 to raise their two children, Marcus and Alli, both Vicksburg High School graduates. Kole went to work for what was then National City Bank, later PNC, where she quickly moved up the ladder because of her encouragement of others to fulfill their full potential. “I love the impact of giving back to others and seeing people I helped advance. My mom instilled that in me as a young person living in Port Huron.”
Her many volunteer activities in Kalamazoo include serving as president of the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival board; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts board for 12 years; Heyl Scholarship board member; Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation, Vicksburg Little League board, and chair of the United Way campaign from 2014 through 2016. Within PNC she held many positions where she inspired women to take on challenges and responsibility. She co-led charitable contributions for NCC and PNC for Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. She held the position of community executive at PNC which was much like president of this region of the bank.
She retired from PNC in 2015 and soon found herself bored so accepted an offer to become the director of advancement at the KIA. Kevin has retired and loves to play golf at Olde Mill. Their son Marcus is a manager at PNC. Daughter Alli is membership and volunteer coordinator at Ministry with Community.