CSG Mourns the Loss of a Friend

It is with great sorrow that CSG would share the our friend and colleague, Miss Kathy Shanklin, passed away Jan. 29, 2011, at 2 p.m..  She was at home surrounded by her parents and family.  She was 42 years old.

Beginning her CSG career in 1989, Kathy was an outstanding member of the CSG team for more than two decades. She embodied the best of CSG. She worked hard to serve our members and consistently demonstrated excellence in all of her many contributions to the success of our organization. She is much beloved and her passing leaves a large void in our CSG family.

While the job title on Kathy Shanklin's business card at The Council of State Governments is "Executive Assistant," it doesn't begin to capture all that Kathy Shanklin did at work. For so many of you, Kathy was the person at CSG who knew how to solve your problem or respond to your request. She was that happy, friendly voice at the other end of the phone and the person you knew would be able to take care of you. Her commitment to the members of CSG is legendary and it was her unwavering commitment to them that allowed her to make such a big impact at CSG. 

Her laugh, smile and heartfelt compassion made her a much beloved and unforgettable person. In all the ways she served others in her work, Kathy Shanklin made a profound difference for The Council of State Governments and all the states of our nation; her influence will continue to be felt in the legacy she leaves. During her impressive tenure, Kathy served as a liaison to 22 CSG presidents and 22 CSG chairs, including Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, all of whom went on to serve in presidential cabinet positions; North Carolina Rep. Bob Hunter, who went on to become a judge in the North Carolina Court of Appeals; Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who became a 2008 presidential candidate; and Puerto Rico Sen. Kenneth McClintock, who currently serves as the secretary of state of Puerto Rico.

It is no understatement that Kathy Shanklin truly served her country with nothing less than grace and the utmost professionalism.Her example will endure as we continue the work she did so well. The indelible and warm memories she leaves behind live on in all who were privileged to know and work with her.  

If you have thoughts or memories you would like to share about Kathy, we invite you to visit www.csg.org where we have provided a condolence page. Information on the services is below; please feel free to call (800) 800-1910 or e-mail membership@csg.org  if you need any additional information.  

Services for Miss Kathy Shanklin

Ware Funeral Home
Cynthiana, KY
Thursday, Feb 3, 4-8 p.m.

Berry Christian Church
Berry, Ky.
Friday Feb 4, 1 p.m.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made directly to:

Berry Christian Church Building Fund
In Remembrance of Kathy Shanklin
320 E Main St.
Berry, KY 41003
(859) 234-5197