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Alumni Public Service Award | 2018 Recipient

The Alumni Public Service Award (previously the Alumni Community Service Award) recognizes an alumnus who dedicates personal time and energy towards their community and uses their education and experiences gained at APUS to promote public service causes.

Lindsay Vani

Lindsay VaniLindsay is the recipient of the Alumni Public Service Award for 2018. She has a B.A. in Management and an MBA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from American Military University. She serves her community as a volunteer in various positions promoting economic growth, crime prevention, health, and safety.

Lindsay served on the board of directors for the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism from 2008 to 2012, supporting local businesses and encouraging economic growth. Following a home break-in in 2008, she joined the board of directors of Jacksonville/Onslow County Crimestoppers, a nonprofit organization that uses donations to pay cash rewards for tips that are of assistance to local law enforcement.

In 2017, Lindsay was elected as the treasurer for the Onslow County Farmers Market with a goal of providing local produce, quality goods, and sustainable agricultural education to enliven and support the community of Onslow County. This position ties in directly with her paid career with the Onslow County Department of Social Services as an income maintenance caseworker.

For nearly 20 years, Lindsay has been an avid blood donor, often recruiting family and friends to make an appointment with her. To date, her donations total approximately 10 gallons of blood. In 2015, Lindsay found her true passion volunteering for Onslow County Fire/Rescue Station 2 Bear Creek after receiving a letter asking for volunteers. Lindsay deployed to the Party Rock Fire in Western North Carolina in November 2016, completed her training as a North Carolina state certified Firefighter in 2018, and continues to work towards additional certifications.

Training and responses have given her a newfound appreciation for health and wellness. Lindsay creates workout plans for other department members to increase cardiovascular strength and endurance and improve performance on emergency scenes. Most recently, Lindsay joined a relief fund board dedicated to helping firefighters in times of emergency.