Cynthia Reed’s work as Director of Academics at the nonprofit Celebrant Foundation & Institute for the past ten years has not only been at the pioneering forefront of online learning, it has also touched the lives of nearly 500 Life-Cycle Celebrant graduates, and the countless more individuals, couples, families and organizations that those Celebrants have gone on to work with. Life-Cycle Celebrants create and perform custom crafted ceremonies to mark life's seminal and transitional moments with significance, by focusing on personal story, symbolism and structure. A former lawyer, Cynthia designed and oversees an innovative multimedia curriculum to bring Celebrancy to the United States, Canada, and beyond. Her work delves into the roots of our human need to acknowledge life’s milestone moments in large and small ways, teaching each year’s class of Celebrants to collaboratively create unique funerals, weddings, baby blessings, adoption ceremonies, divorce ceremonies, new business launches, community vigils, and much, much more for people of all beliefs and backgrounds. Her work enhances our true purpose in life: deepening and enriching human connection for both present and future generations. A true educator, the impact of Cindy’s dedication and work has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people; first the alumni and community who have found meaningful and purposeful work, next their clients who want a ceremony that reflects their truth, as well as those in attendance at a Celebrant ceremony, who are integral and essential to the shared experience of the life passage. Closer to home in Asheville, NC, Cindy has been married for 11 years and is the proud mom of Astrid, from China, age 9, and Akeyla, from Ethiopia, age 3, and serves on the Board of Directors at Rainbow Mountain Children’s School and as Membership Coordinator for Families with Children from China-Asheville.