Clear Path for veterans announces new director of national expansion, board chairperson


SYRACUSE — Clear Path for Veterans announced the appointment of Christopher Flaherty as the organization’s first director of national expansion. Flaherty had spent seven years on the organization’s board of directors, including most recently as board chair.

Cindy Boyd succeeds Flaherty as the new chair of the board.

Flaherty first arrived at Clear Path in October 2011 when the mother of Army Sgt. Eddie Bolen, one of Clear Path’s inspirations, invited him to the Chittenango facility. He has never left. Flaherty helped start the Veterans’ Advisory Council later that year then joined the board of directors in 2013, serving as chair since 2015.

After more than 27 years on active duty in the Navy, Flaherty is ready to further the Clear Path mission of serving his fellow Veterans. “Under the Clear Path model, not only do veterans and their families thrive, but just as importantly, so do their communities,” Flaherty explains. “I can think of no more consequential mission than to introduce this model to Veterans and communities near and far.”

This position builds on the work started by the former CEO of Advancement and Strategy Bill Smullen and is charged to develop partnerships and opportunities that promote the Clear Path model nationally.

Boyd is also looking forward to her new responsibilities.

“It is a great honor to be chosen to serve as the Clear Path for Veterans Chairwoman,” said Boyd. “I am incredibly proud of Clear Path, its mission, its dedicated staff, many of whom are Veterans, and volunteers that provide individualized direct services to veterans and their families.”

Boyd is a graduate of the Military Academy at West Point, an Army veteran and a graduate of Syracuse University. Boyd now works as a program manager at Lockheed Martin.

“I look forward to working with the board of directors, the Executive Director Alexander Behm, and the Director of National Expansion Christopher Flaherty to continue to provide best in class services here locally while also bringing the Clear Path model to communities across this great country.”

“Clear Path is grateful and excited to have both Chris and Cindy continuing to support our mission in their new roles,” Behm said. “They are a true testament to service after service.”


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