Meet Our Staff

 



Sherri Mitchell

Director, Workforce Development



Within minutes of meeting Sherri Mitchell, you’ll be captivated by her high-energy.

Her work ethic comes to her honestly as Sherri’s father was in the United States Navy for 30 years, and was stationed in San Diego for 18 years. Upon her father’s retirement, the family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida to be closer to family and it is here that her father became a business owner as a TV/Radio Technician. Like many parents, Sherri’s mother and father chose to lead by example and through their actions, she learned the value of hard work and a strong work ethic.  It was this way of life that led to Sherri’s indelible commitment to excellence, whether in her work or in relationships. She believes in going above and beyond what is expected of her.     

Family values were instilled in Sherri at a young age and still very relevant as she enjoys participating in children’s church, and believes in planting the seed at an early age when supporting kids. It is through her love of life, commitment to helping others and family that she works in support of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, supporting the annual Alzheimer’s Walk, which raises awareness and funds for vital care.  These initiatives are very near and dear to her heart, as she has the utmost respect for the caregivers, who are the unsung heroes.  It’s imperative to be a voice to those who no longer has the ability to speak for themselves.

Continuing in her parents’ footsteps, Sherri desires to share the importance of hard work and dedication as a mentor with Take Stock in Children - Nassau County. Her goal is to instill in the students hope for a better life, as well as, strengthen the workforce pipeline by sharing the possibilities of a promising future for these kids.

Most recently, Sherri played a key role in supporting Jacksonville, Florida’s manufacturing community and has made a perfect transition to her POSITION with the Nassau County Economic Development Board.  Building relationships with the high schools, implementing teacher recognition, and inviting teachers to participate in the monthly industry site meetings played a part in building manufacturing awareness among teachers.  Students were impacted through scholarships and contributions made to schools via the industry-related programs.  For Sherri, National Manufacturing Day was the culmination of her hard work and she is thankful for the manufacturers who participated in National Manufacturing Day by setting up tours, surveys and other events. The National Manufacturing Day events were the perfect scenario to bring teachers, students and those in the manufacturing sector together so students could see the wide array of opportunities available to them.

Statewide and National Programs that were heavily supported through workforce and manufacturing are:

DIDI -Dream It Do It! - To put an end to this misperception, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Dream It. Do It in 2005. Dream It. Do It. works to change the perception of the industry and inspire next-generation workers to pursue manufacturing careers. Members of the Dream It.  Do It. program gain access to national support and resources to aid their pro-manufacturing efforts and join a network of industry leaders that implement activities to meet local, regional and statewide workforce needs.

FLATE - The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high-performance, skilled workforce for Florida’s manufacturing sectors. 

Made In Florida – A product of FLATE, Made in Florida highlights opportunities and showcases products made in Florida.

Her many years of connections within the local governmental community as well as the strategic relationships which are already established are a great asset to Nassau County team. She is well equipped to drive our initiatives to a new level.

Ta'Nasha Parker

Economic and Community Development Liaison



Ta’Nasha Parker doesn’t let the grass grow between her toes. Whether she’s pursuing her goal to see the world or chasing her dreams, Ta’Nasha is a go-getter and a doer. Her tenacity has served her well in the role of the NCEDB’s Economic and Community Development Liaison. She plays a vital role within the organization traveling across Nassau County cultivating and building the comradery relationships with local municipalities, our A-rated school district, and many community agencies and represents the NCEDB as a member of the Fernandina Beach Main Street Economic Vitality committee.

A recent graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), Ta’Nasha received her Associate of Arts degree and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in management with a focus on supervision and organizational management. She also holds a certification in business strategies.

Her interest in politics extends to her college co-curricular activities including her current role as the FSCJ - Nassau Center Student Government President. Ta’Nasha won 2018-19 Florida College System Student Government Association President of the Year. Outside of politics, she is a member of the FSCJ Activities and Services Fee, Curriculum, and Innovation committees to name a few.

Ta’Nasha came to the NCEDB with an impressive resume, having worked for companies such as Allstate, Quest Diagnostics and United Health Group. In 2013, she and her sister founded Parker and Associates, a tax firm which has grown from two employees to seven.

Born at Martin Army Hospital in Ft. Benning, Georgia, she has lived in Atlanta, Georgia; Tampa, Florida, and New York City, yet her time spent living in rural areas such as Cusseta and Columbus, Georgia, and Panama City, Florida shaped her decision to pursue a career in economic and community development.

Having dreamed of building and rebranding the rural areas in which she lived and fueled by a desire to learn and problem-solve, Ta’Nasha realized this career path would be the perfect environment to bring those dreams to life. Ta’Nasha’s ultimate goal is politics with a dream of effecting global change for her generation. Her interest in politics began in the third grade when she ran for student body president. While she did not win the election, it served as a reminder to never give up no matter how long it takes. This tenacity and perseverance will serve her well in the political sphere where she hopes to build a better quality of life for the citizens of underdeveloped communities.

When not juggling school, work, and extracurricular activities, Ta’Nasha selflessly volunteers to help victims of human trafficking re-enter the community and workforce. 





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Ta'Nasha Parker
Economic and Community Development Liaison
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Workforce Development Director
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