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Brenda Todd Larsen Elected to Board of Trustees

Brenda Todd Larsen of Kiawah Island, S.C. and Tryon, N.C., was elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the Collegeís recent Board Meeting. Larsen was appointed to a six-year term and will serve through 2010.

Brenda Todd Larsen

Larsen brings to Bereaís Board experience in health education and a wide range of volunteer service. From 1987 Ė 1998, Larsen held positions at the University of California at Los Angeles in cancer information programs, including serving as Chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee for the Cancer Information Service, a program of the National Cancer Institute. The Duke University graduate also has work experience with the Travelerís Insurance Company as a research assistant and as assistant to the director of development for the Chamber of Commerce in Durham, N.C.

Larsen has been active in community and church organizations in all of the communities where she has lived. In Los Angeles, she volunteered with a psychosocial counseling program with Cancer Care; was treasurer of a fundraising guild for Los Angelesí Childrenís Hospital, and was a member of a symphony league. Currently, Larsen serves on the Board of Directors for Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy and is active in Johns Island Presbyterian Church.

The Mt. Vernon, Ohio native has a long association with Berea College as well as roots in Madison County. Her mother, Elizabeth Dove Jessee, attended Berea Academy and completed a business course at the College, then worked for former Berea Dean Edward Matheny and his wife, Edith, in their Berea weaving business. Other members in Larsenís family also attended the Academy and Berea College. Larsenís father, Walker Thurman Todd, whose family goes back several generations in Madison County, was a member of the first graduating class of Berea High School in 1929.

Larsen and her husband, Charles Larsen III, have three grown children.

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