Lynn Cherry - Board Member

Lynn has been a small business owner for 17 years.  As President of Carpe Diem Community Solutions, Lynn has served as public information officer, trainer, program developer, and leader.  Her extensive community-based experience in training, moderating and facilitating group discussion encompasses focus groups, board retreats, strategic long-range planning, visioning, and community forums. Lynn has a solid track record and the unique ability to plan and implement appropriate public awareness tools and involvement experiences.  She creates public engagement and awareness strategies that focus on and garner community approval.  Flexible methodologies are adapted to meet the needs of the community and the site.  Lynn has received numerous awards from local and state organizations for her leadership in community-based programs.  What began as a Girl Scout, Lynn now has a passion for Florida State Parks.  In 1995, she led the state acquisition process to acquire and support the development of Camp Helen State Park in Bay County, Florida.  These efforts lead to the first in the nation partnership between a state park and a community college.  Lynn is the recipient of The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter Grassroots Leader, Bay County Audubon Society Conservationist of the Year, Florida Parks Citizen Support Organization of the Year, and the Florida Parks Best in the District awards.  Additionally, Lynn has served in a leadership capacity, including president, and major donor of the Friends of Camp Helen State Park for over ten years.  Lynn recently was awarded the first-ever emeritus award from the Friends of Camp Helen State Park for her 25 years of servant leadership style volunteerism at the park.

Lynn also pioneered and created the first partnership between the Kettering Foundation and a community college.  Subsequently, she served as director of the Kettering Foundation’s Public Policy Institute.  Lynn created and directed the Kellogg Foundation’s national award winning Citizen Leadership Institute, a statewide citizen-based leadership training program.  Lynn is an accomplished trainer in moderating, leadership, strategic planning, visioning, and community development.  She is certified by the National Charrette Institute as a charrette facilitator.  Lynn has a Master’s Degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University.

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