CRA’s Female Executives Represent Leadership, Stewardship & Professional Success

Posted 07 24

Please join the CRA family in congratulating our female executives/owners CEOs Susan Lavenski and Caryn Foster Durham and Chief Communications Officer Alisha Maddox for earning multiple awards and accolades in 2017 (thus far) for their business acumen, leadership and stewardship. They continue to prove they’re at the top of their professional games, with no plans to change any time soon.

Susan was named a 2017 “Who’s Who in West Virginia Business” by The State Journal - West Virginia’s business newspaper. She was recognized for her professional contributions in helping make a significant difference in the state’s business climate. Additionally, her alma mater, Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has recognized Susan’s professional successes and achievements and will formally induct her into its Hall of Fame this fall.

Also, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Caryn to the Virginia Council on Women. Eighteen women across Virginia are chosen to work on ways in which women can reach their full potential, while contributing to society and the Commonwealth. Caryn is also finishing her term as the President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Richmond Chapter – an organization she’s been an integral part of for several years. Additionally, Caryn represents working women and female-owned business leaders in speaking opportunities across Virginia. Most recently she was the keynote speaker at the 2017 “Women in Entrepreneurship” Conference in Newport News, Va., which connected like-minded women entrepreneurs and aspiring women entrepreneurs to build business momentum and expand networks.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice recently appointed Alisha to the West Virginia Parkways Authority. She has also been recognized as one of the WV Executive Magazine’s “2017 Young Guns” and received the “40 Under 40” award by The State Journal - both highlighting her professional career and recognizing her contributions in business and to the state. Alisha is also one of only six women named by Union Mission Ministries as a “Woman on a Mission” in 2017. This title goes to women in West Virginia who are committed to offering their time, resources, talents and hearts to helping others in need. 

We congratulate our three hard-working female executives for their outstanding accomplishments!


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