Cheryl Keithly, Judy Hanson Mellor Volunteer Service Award 2017

Cheryl Keithly graduated from the University of Arizona in 1964 with a B.S. in Home Economics Education.  She worked for the University of California as a 4-H Home Advisor for 4 years and then as a teacher, committed mother and volunteer.  Cheryl also assisted her husband as a co-owner of Keithly Williams Seeds, Inc., an international seed distribution business covering the Western US and Mexico.

No matter where Cheryl has lived, she has made a positive difference through her community involvement and volunteerism.  Cheryl is a “doer”.  From her years as a student to today, she has always given freely of her time, her strong leadership skills, and financial support to help others.  Some of Cheryl’s volunteer service include:  4-H leader for 25 years that included being the community leader for a 120 member club; American Field Service Executive Board and serving as a host family to students from France, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland; and serving in leadership roles for numerous organizations.  Most recently, she is serving on the National Board of Directors of Concerned Women for America.

Cheryl has always been active with the Lutheran Church from after school children’s ministry to Sunday School Teacher, to Choir, Hand Bells, and church committees.  She has been very involved with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at the local and district level and has been the speaker for many retreats and special women’s programs.  Cheryl has served on the Foundation Board of Trustees of Concordia University, Irvine since the early 90’s as well as serving on the National Capital Campaign for Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

A “Wildcat for Life”, Cheryl serves on the UAAA Alumni Council, CALS Alumni Council, and the Norton School Advisory Board. She has received numerous awards including 2001 FCS Professional Achievement Award, 2009 CALS Alumni Achievement Award, and Holtville Citizen of the Year along with her husband, Kelly.

While serving as the Norton School Council of Alumni and Friends VP, her good friend and Council President, Judy Mellor, suddenly passed away. Cheryl graciously stepped up to the responsibilities of President and is completing her third year. Under her leadership, the Council has worked together to make significant changes for a stronger, more relevant Council for the future.

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