By Julie Ann Madden
A lifelong Akron resident has agreed to be a write-in candidate for the third seat of the Akron Care Center Board of Trustees.
“Another board member mentioned the position was open,” said Crystal Manley, “and asked me to consider running for the seat.”
Since Manley didn’t jump into the election arena until after the nomination papers deadline, her name will not be on the ballot. Those wanting to vote for her must write her name on the trustee’s blank line on their ballots. Other trustee candidates are incumbent Margaret Correia and candidate Karen Schroeder.
“I think I could offer some insights from my experiences in health care,” she told The Akron Hometowner, adding she feels the time is right to become involved more in the community.
Manley graduated from Akron-Westfield High School in 1983 and earned a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. Since then, she has been working in the health field.
In fact, she began her career at the Akron Care Center when she was 16.
“It’s a place I want to see do well,” said Manley, “and I know the whole community will benefit from it for a long time. It may be my home some day.”
Currently, Manley is employed at the Sioux City Veterans Clinic, which is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
Manley and her husband, Doug, have two daughters: Kayla and her husband, Jerod Bruget of Akron; and Kashe Manley and her fiance, Chris Utesch of Ireton. They have three grandchildren: Josalyn and Jeremiah Bruget and Khai Utesch plus another grandchild is due this November.
Manley is the daughter of Bob and Marge Lias and daughter-in-law of Bill and Vera Manley, all of Akron.
When she isn’t working, Manley enjoys gardening and growing flowers from seed and spending time with her grandchildren.
The Manleys are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Doug is employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation and is a retired wrestling official.