Cottage Grove Member Among Nation's Top Public Works Leaders
Peggy Keppler, Cottage Grove Church member, has been named one of the nation's "Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year." This honor, recognizing outstanding career service achievements, was awarded by the American Public Works Association at their annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., in August.
Keppler is the city engineering development review manager for Eugene, Ore. She is known as an individual who is committed to building and nurturing community relationships, strengthening teams, and mentoring her staff as well as young engineering professionals. She has a reputation for a strong work ethic, for fairness in dealing with challenging issues, and for taking a reasonable, collaborative approach to solving problems. Kurt Corey, the city's public works director, says, "Peggy has distinguished herself as one of the true leaders in the public works profession today. She has a solid record of achievement and has devoted her career to leaving things better than she found them."
In addition to her busy work activities, Keppler finds time to volunteer with the American Red Cross and the Cottage Grove Community Emergency Response Team and to help regularly with a free meal program in Eugene. She has served on the Cottage Grove Church board, has been involved with prison ministries in Salem, and traveled with fellow church members to Kenya for evangelism and health mission outreach.