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Dr. Cheryl Jennings

 

CHERYL D.G. JENNINGS directs the Safe, Disciplined and Drug Free Schools Project, Florida Institute of Education, University of North Florida, Jacksonville.  She formerly was associate director of the Florida State University Gus Stavros Center for Economic Education.  Her Ph.D. and Masters work are in education and educational leadership.  She excels in organizational management, business and strategic planning, and fund-raising.  These skills have been the focus of her FAVACA consultancies with the Health Associations for the Development of St. Lucians (2001), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - Bahamas (2002), Jamaica Coalition on Disability (2002), Jamaica AIDS Support (2003), and The NETWORK, a national umbrella  women's organization, Trinidad & Tobago (2003).  Cheryl also serves on the FAVACA board of directors.

 

Projects:

JAMAICAN AIDS SUPPORT GROUP DEVELOPS BUSINESS PLAN.  In March, Robert Carr, executive director of Jamaica AIDS Support (JAS), requested training in the development of a business plan for participants in JAS's Life's Work program.  Life's Work has a dual mandate of providing secure and therapeutic employment for persons living with HIV/AIDS, as well as providing a source of income for JAS itself.  The program operates in each of JAS's three chapters throughout the island and currently produces cards, soaps, and candles.  The quality of the products is one of the program's strongest assets, however training in developing a business plan was needed.  Board member and active volunteer, Cheryl Jennings, PhD., conducted an initial workshop and returned April 10-17, 2004, to help finalize the plan with about 20 members of JAS's management team.  Jennings is the Project Director at the Florida Institute of Education, Safe Schools.  The business plan will address production, distribution and marketing issues and provides Life's Work with an effective and efficient platform from which it can achieve high levels of sustainability and profitability.

WOMEN'S GROUP IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO GUIDED IN PLANNING PROCESS.  The NETWORK was formed in 1985 as a comprehensive national umbrella organization acting as an advocate and support for all women's organizations in Trinidad and Tobago.  The group represents over 100 organizations and is committed to the aims of the UN Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Hazel Brown, coordinator for The NETWORK, requested training in strategic planning after they conducted a strengths and weaknesses analysis and formulated a report which also included recommendations from its members.  Board member and volunteer Cheryl Jennings, PhD., associate director, Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, trained twenty-five persons representing member organizations May 8-11, 2003.  Ultimately their goal is to further consult with its members and the NGO sector to develop a new mission and vision to include in their strategic plan.

JAMAICAN AIDS SUPPORT RECEIVES SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING.  Robert Carr, executive director of Jamaica AIDS Support (JAS), requested training in the development of a business plan for participants in JAS's Life's Work program.  Life's Work has a dual mandate of providing secure and therapeutic employment for persons living with HIV/AIDS, as well as providing a source of income for JAS itself.  The program operates in each of JAS's three chapters throughout the island and currently produces cards, soaps, and candles.  The quality of the products is one of the program's strongest assets, however training in developing a business plan was needed.  Board member and active volunteer, Cheryl Jennings, PhD., conducted the workshop March 6-10, 2003.  Jennings is associate director of the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, Florida State University in Tallahassee.  The business plan addressed production, distribution and marketing issues and provides Life's Work with an effective and efficient platform from which it can achieve high levels of sustainability and profitability.

JAMAICA COALITION ON DISABILITY IMPLEMENTS NATIONAL POLICY.  Monica Bartley, officer and secretary with the Jamaica Coalition on Disability, an umbrella organization for disabilities organizations requested training for members in strategic planning and fund-raising techniques.  The disability sector in Jamaica was recently successful in developing and piloting through Parliament a National Policy on Disability.  To facilitate implementation of the tenets of this policy the sector now wishes to develop a five year strategic plan.  Former Volunteer of the Year, Mary Dekle, director of development, Children's Home Society of Florida, and FAVA/CA Board Member, Cheryl Jennings, PhD, associate director of the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University, both in Tallahassee, conducted the first phase of this project December 2-8, 2002 for 40 stakeholders. 

BAHAMIAN FARMERS RECEIVE TRAINING IN ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING. FAVA/CA, in collaboration with the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture-Bahamas Representative, Errol Berkeley coordinated a workshop in organizational management and strategic planning for local farmers.  The training was attended by 28 stakeholders representing the Department of Cooperatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Bahamas Cooperative League Limited who aim to improve the performance of the producer/supplier co-operatives in the Bahamas. Veteran volunteer and new FAVA/CA Board Member, Cheryl Jennings, PhD, Tallahassee, conducted the site visits and facilitated the training sessions April 22-30, 2002. Jennings is the Associate Director of the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University. Berkeley stated "overall, Dr. Jennings made a significant contribution to the effort, which was appreciated both within the team and among co-operatives and government officials with whom we shared our findings."

ST. LUCIA HEALTH ORGANIZATION HOSTS STRATEGIC PLANNING.  Paula Calderon, president of Health Associations for the Development of St. Lucians (HANDS) hosted assistance in strategic planning and organizational management for the member organizations of HANDS November 9-13, 2001.  Dr. Cheryl Jennings, associate director of the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University traveled to St. Lucia to conduct the training. Dr. Jennings facilitated the creation of a strategic plan with 15 members of the association.

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