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Community Council Members

Meet the Community Council

Meet our Community Council!  These dedicated volunteers support Take Stock in Children of Manatee County to achieve the 100 Student Promise - our goal to serve 100 new students per year!  If you are interested in joining us to help out with Take Stock Operations, Events or Fundraising, please contact Rob Hendrickson on (941)735-4999 or

Cheryl Evans

Cheryl Evans

It has been a pleasure to serve families and children for over 20 years.  Teaching special needs children, kindergarten and college students all across this nation, has been an honor. After coming to Florida over 7 years ago, I found that serving nonprofit organizations internally rewarding. Now that my son has also moved to Florida we look forward to continuing this mission as a family.  Manatee County has a great need and I look forward to supporting our scholars through mentoring and being a part of the Community Council. 

Jackie Grosser

Jackie Grosser is currently the FUSE advisor for USF Sarasota-Manatee. In her current role she supports students planning to transfer from SCF to USFSM. She recently served as Student Programs coordinator for USF’s College of Pharmacy (USFCOP). In this position she oversaw special events, the supplemental instruction program and student organizations.  Prior to that, she worked as an Admissions Advisor/Recruiter at USFCOP.

She received a BS in Business Management from University of Lowell in 1985 and her Master’s in College Student Affairs from USF Tampa this past May.

Jackie is married to Greg Grosser, they recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. They have a son, Kyle, who will be graduating from FSU in May. Jackie’s interests include yoga, reading, biking, and cooking.

Brenda Harvey

Brenda Harvey

Brenda Harvey is a retired educator and taught English at Lincoln Memorial and Manatee High Schools.  She, also, developed the first media center at Martha B. King Middle School.  All of her employments were in schools in Manatee County.

She achieved a BS degree from Tuskegee University and a Master's Degree from the University of South Florida. 

She has one son Kevin and two granddaughters Kameron and Kayla who reside in Atlanta.

She has provided many hours of service to many citizens of Manatee County and various counties in South Florida.  She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Take Stock in Children, Manatee, Club Les Coeurs, and EEC.

Her additional civic services are for the YMCA Advisory Board, Bradenton Branch,  Suncoast Credit Union, and Creative Camp.

Brenda is a member of Saint John First Baptist Institutional Church, Palmetto.  She teaches the Adult Women Class.

She has genuinely lived her philosophical commitment - "Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man." Sam Walter Foss.