Melany Stowe (M.Ed. ’04 Admin & Supv) was named the Director of Public Relations and Communications for The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Va. Melany has almost twenty years of public education and communications experience. She was recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2013, and a Top 20 to Watch in 2012 by the National School Boards Association. She received the Creating Excellence in Career and Technical Education Award by the Virginia Department of Education in 2009. Recently, her school report card design (co-designed with HD Web Studio) was the national Best Summary Winner for the My School Info Challenge sponsored by The Foundation for Excellence in Education and Getting Smart. Melany serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia ASCD and the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville.