Throughout her 40 years in nursing as a RN, Cyndee Burton has always been an advocate for her patients. Coming face to face with the inhumanity and stigma that people living with HIV in Kentucky faced in the early years of the epidemic propelled her to do something she had never done before. She founded a grassroots organization of volunteers at her church and then built this organization into Matthew 25 AIDS Services Matthew 25 is a federally funded Ryan White Part B, C and D organization with four locations and a current staff of 54 that since 2001 has cared for more than 600 people living with HIV/AIDS and tested thousands more.
Cyndee grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and made her home with husband Luther in Henderson. They have a blended family of 5 children and 8 grandchildren who keep them busy with attending sports events of all kinds. They also have 2 adopted retired racing greyhounds.
Cyndee served on the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board and is a current member of Governance Committee. She has also served on the boards of Kentucky Housing Corporation COC Advisory Board, North West Kentucky Training Consortium, Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky and the Kentucky Regional HIV Quality Group. She is a former board secretary of the Rotary Club of Henderson.
She has been recognized by National HIV Body Pro as HIV Nurse of the Year in 2007 and Kentucky Nonprofit Network as the 2017 Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award.