Cheryl provides leadership for Great Schools Partnership’s community schools initiative in 16 Knox County public schools and the Parents as Teachers program in 17 Knox County elementary schools. As vice president of operations, Cheryl is responsible for leading and overseeing operations by establishing and fulfilling long-range goals, strategies, plans, policies and procedures which support the mission of the organization. She is also operationally responsible for external and internal communications, and for supporting employee development, strategic initiatives, donor relations, the leadership team and board of directors.
Previously Cheryl was at Fletcher Marketing PR where she led and developed strategic marketing initiatives for local, regional and national clients including the City of Knoxville, Clayton Homes, TN Department of Education, JTV, The Trust Company and Cellular Sales among others. Cheryl also operated her own award-winning firm, worked with LeBlanc Financial and Rhône-Poulenc Agriculture in the corporate sector. However, much of her earlier career was spent as a nonprofit executive with Girl Scouts, Goodwill Industries, National Association Medical Staff Services and Carolina Organ Procurement Agency.
Her previous community leadership has spanned a wide variety of organizations including the United Way, Old North Knoxville Victorian Holiday Home Tour, Mabry Hazen House and Childhelp Tennessee. Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through PRSA, Cheryl has held numerous leadership roles and remains active in the organization as a mentor and senior practitioner. She volunteers with the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, her neighborhood association and several other outdoor groups.
Cheryl has a bachelor’s degree in communications media/public relations with a minor in marketing from Appalachian State University. She loves all things outdoors – hiking, kayaking, biking, camping and gardening. In her free time, Cheryl loves to explore and travel. She currently resides in South Knoxville with her husband, Jonathan.