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Enactus board sees refresh for new year

Jan 16, 2020

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.

Professional headshot for Sandra Gehring.

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.”



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