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Biographical Sketch - Charlotte Hutto Gonnering.

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Biographical Sketch Charlotte Hutto Gonnering I am a product of my environment, my history, my culture, my family. All that I am has been formed by who I have known, where I have been and what I have seen. This is true for all of us but I feel that I have been privileged to have walked through a time of great change in our world and our society and to have been touched by people from many ways of life. My family has lived in the South for hundreds of years. On both sides of my family, I trace my ancestors back past the Civil War and to the Revolutionary War. Part of the Southern culture is knowing who you are "kin to" and where your place is in the long genealogy of your family. Part of my upbringing also was observing the attitudes and interactions of my extended family with those of other backgrounds and watching the way these attitudes and interactions have changed and evolved from one generation to the next. Older members of my family looked on people from the North as "damn Yankees" and didn't care for their rapid speech and aggressive manner. They also were suspicious of any "foreigners" and were paternalistic and dismissive in Charlotte Hutto Gonnering Page 2 their attitude towards African-Americans. "Colored folk" or "Nigras" were often treated as young, simple children who needed to be instructed and talked "down to" or were simply ignored as if they were invisible. ...read more.

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I learned much from my colleagues, supervisors and in-house staff development. I learned later that it is much easier to tell people how to parent than to actually parent. One of the aspects of this job that was especially Charlotte Hutto Gonnering Page Four gratifying was the interaction with the community. Our agency was very active in working with other agencies as well as community-based organizations. It was exciting to see how groups of people working together could accomplish many worthwhile goals. I also realized that I needed to return to graduate school in order to learn more and also to progress in my career. The timing never seemed right, however, and so I never returned to graduate school. My husband's orphaned brothers needed me, then my own children and finally my parents. I moved on to work at a psychiatric hospital amd then a non-profit agency dealing with female offenders. Although this experience was short time-wise it was a most fulfilling and illuminating experience. Working at this agency allowed me to become involved in many aspects of a non-profit program including developing several directions within that program, writing a grant, presenting it to funding sources and working with a variety of community based programs and agencies. I also experienced the down-side of nonprofit programs when funding was cut and ultimately eliminated and my position was deleted. In looking for a job with more stability and security, I came to the State of Florida, first working for the Charlotte Hutto Gonnering Page Five Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and then the Department of Juvenile Justice. ...read more.

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There are many "projects" that I have thought about and am interested in pursuing. Grass roots organizations are becoming more and more prevalent and once again people are beginning to question the "State of the Union". There is a need for people who can move in many circles and who can be the mediator and the communicator between these varied populations. Through my many years and varied experiences, Charlotte Hutto Gonnering Page Seven I know that I am one of those people. I am able to talk with people of varied experiences and circumstances and even though I may not have walked in their shoes, I can at least understand their path. I believe that I also bring many other strengths to the table. I have excellent communication skills, both written and oral. I am intelligent, compassionate, understanding, objective, energetic and really do want to change the world. I am also opinionated, intense, controlling and often try to do too many things at one time. Through the years, I have also found that sometimes a strength in one instance can be a weakness in another and vice versa. I hope this gives you some insight into who I am and what I am about. This is the most I have said about myself in years but I would also add that I would very much like the opportunity to attend graduate school and to obtain my master's degree in social work. I thank you in advance for considering my application. ...read more.

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