Dr. Cheralee Morgan displays many outstanding leadership
qualities such as inspiration, vision, dedication, stewardship, and work ethic.
Cheralee has shown that she possesses the ability to motivate the people she
works with. For example, she has built relationships with the City of South
Bay, the Facility’s contractors, the Florida Department of Corrections, GEO’s
Corporate Office, and several accreditation institutions. These relationships
have an impact on the successful performance of the departments she oversees.
Recently, Cheralee has effectively fostered staff collaboration on educational
projects to ensure participant success. Within the first year of joining the
organization and without any correctional experience, she mobilized the staff
to work together to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation
of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the American Correctional Association
(ACA). Cheralee’s vision for the departments she manages is evident to her team
and includes diligent efforts to incorporate more college courses into the
academic programs, and to gain The National Center for Construction Education
and Research (NCCER) accreditation for the vocational programs. Dr. Morgan
serves on several community boards. Most notably, she is a member of the City
of Lauderhill Arts, Culture, and Tourism Board. In this capacity, she works
with other board members to promote local business and community relations for
the City of Lauderhill. She also serves on the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce
Action Network. This is where professional Jamaicans living in the United
States participate in designing programs that help in the growth and
development of Jamaicans. Cheralee also sits on the executive boards of all her
past educational institutions, from elementary through college. Through these
associations, she partners with local organizations like Food for the Poor,
Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding South Florida. These organizations provide
aid and service to underserved communities.
To balance her work and community service, in her personal
time, Cheralee also serves her church community at Christian Life Center as a
member the Red-Carpet Ministry and Online Moderator Ministries.The GEO family
congratulates TaCara and Cheralee, as well as all the nominees in this great
recognition program that provides an opportunity to showcase the distinguished
and diverse individuals we employ in all areas of the company. Each winner received a check for $5,000
sponsored by our insurance consultants, Lockton Companies.
The judges for this year's Diversity in Leadership Awards
were Dr. Derrick Schoffield, Alex Londono, Susan Napolitano, Johanny Handel,
Louise Williams, Jada Preston-Hill
(Lockton Companies), JoAnne Steed (Lockton Companies), along
with 2020 winners Jamie Flores and Thatiana Tavarez. Both new recipients will join the judges’
panel to assist with the selection process for 2022.