Enactus board sees refresh for new year
St. Augustine, Fla. – The Flagler College Enactus Community Business Advisory Board will start 2020 with a fresh slate of members of both educators and community leaders. Additionally, the faculty sponsor for the board will now be Sandra Gehring, a lecturer in the communications department at Flagler.
Enactus is a service-minded entrepreneurial student group, formerly known as SIFE, or Students In Free Enterprise. As a group the students choose community issues of concern to address, conduct assessments of needs relating to those issues and move forward with action to implement creative solutions. Nearly 30 students participate in Enactus. In recent years, they’ve received many accolades including winning the national Enactus project competition and frequently being named one of the most successful Enactus teams in the country.
The role of the board members will be to assist the students in making connections to help them further their action plans, present fresh ideas based on experience and provide a unique platform through which the students obtain valuable hands-on experience.
Advisory Board Members
Marge Cirillo – Florida Small Business Development Center, Certified Business Analyst
David Dinkins –University of Florida IFAS, Extension Agent
Karen Everett – SJC Chamber of Commerce, Ponte Vedra Beach Division Director
Barry Fox – St. Augustine Police Department, Chief
Orvando Freeman – St. John’s Youth Academy, Facility Administrator
Memory Hopkins – Chamber of Commerce Board Member and owner of Memory Hopkins Real Estate
Victoria Long – Flagler Hospital, Director of Community Programming & Partnerships
Melissa Nelson – United Way of St. Johns County, President and CEO
Jovie Reeves - Account Manager, InComm
Chelsea Reppin – St. Augustine Youth Services, Director of Development
Natalie Stephenson – Flagler College Faculty, Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
Beth Sweeny – Flagler College, Director of Community and Government Relations
Ann & Sam Thompson – owners/operators of DOTZ café
Ellen Walden – Home Again St. John’s County, Executive Director
As it applies to the new board, Gehring said: “I can honestly say that my new affiliation with Enactus, and working with the great new Enactus Community Business Advisory Board promises to be some of the most rewarding work I've done since moving back to Florida."
Gehring has been at Flagler for three years following a career in the network television business and has served on numerous boards prior to Enactus, including the American Red Cross, the Washington D.C. Cancer Society, the Urban League of Norfolk and worked as a mentor to military veterans looking for employment. She is also proud of her work on a multi-year, multi-media campaign called The Summer of Supervision targeting a reduction in pediatric drowning in the Phoenix area. This campaign garnered her many accolades including two national Emmy awards. Gehring is the author of several books including “Breaking Your Own News…How to Turn Any Media Coverage into Good Publicity.”
Flagler College is a small private, independent college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 34 majors, 41 minors, and a master’s degree in Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as an offsite campus in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark opened in 1888 by railroad pioneer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu.