Dr. Melissa Chester - President I Want to C.E.E. You in 2022!
Greetings! I am the Founder of Women's Council of the First Coast (WCFC) and I invited nineteen other women to join me. We were created to be a bridge for women's organizations in order to collectively impact our community. Many of us are doing great work in the community, but often feel it is not enough. Far too often, we are working in silos, instead of collectively collaborating. The goal of the WCFC is to ensure we are uplifting and supporting each other in order to maximize our impact on the community. We will accomplish this through C.E.E.ing each other - Collaborating with each other, Educating the other on who we are and what we do, and EmpoWEring one another by supporting and promoting the other's efforts.
Here is a little bit about me: I obtained my Bachelor's degree in education & a Master's degree in Sport Management from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). I earned my Doctorate degree in Sport Management from Florida State University (FSU). I taught on the collegiate level for approximately 15 years before transitioning into real estate full time. I taught at FAMU, FSU, Grambling State University (GSU), University of North Florida (UNF), and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). I obtained my real estate license in March 2016, became a real estate instructor in April 2017, obtained my broker's license in October 2018, and became the Managing Broker of Premier Coast Realty, LLC in July 2020. I am also licensed in Georgia. I currently sit on several local, regional, & national boards, and committees including United Negro College Fund Jacksonville Chapter (Board Member); River Oak Center (Board Member); Center One Foundation (Board Member); Georgia Association for Alternative Education (Board Member); Cognia Accreditation Engagement Review Team; Jacksonville Association of Real Estate Brokers (President); Women's Council of the First Coast (President); Florida State Association of Realtist (1st VP); National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Faith Based and Community Engagement committee, and NAREB Nominating Committee. I am also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I am married and have two sons.
In closing, WCFC looks forward to becoming the impetus that unites us all in order to create the synergistic collaborations needed to provide the level of impact the First Coast community deserves. Thank you to those who trusted me and embarked upon this journey and thank you in advance to those that will join us.
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