Jennifer Pennell-Aslinger joined the staff at Jr Achievement of the Ocoee Region in October of 2017. After almost 20 years in banking she serves as President of the organization that teaches students about workforce readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. She is married with 2 dogs and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Bradley Central High, Pennell-Aslinger received an associate of science degree from Cleveland State Community College. She has volunteered with Jr Achievement for the past 19 years and has served on the board since 2010.
A native of Bradley County, Pennell-Aslinger enjoys sharing her enthusiasms for helping others prepare for their financial future and loves helping students in grades K-12 in Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk counties.
Mrs. Melissa Gunnell coordinates our two annual signature fundraising events: JA’s Bowl for Education in March and our 5K Race to Achieve in August. The funds raised from these events are used to support our programming, as well as to educate and inform the community about JA’s impact in the five counties we serve. Melissa works to create partnerships with the community by sharing opportunities to get engaged through participation, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind donations supporting JA of the Ocoee Region. Melissa works closely with JAOR’s president and board of directors in our Annual Campaign.
Melissa is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Converse College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Melissa worked in public accounting for over 12 years in SC. She has homeschooled her two sons for several years as well as worked in a private Christian school in Spartanburg as a substitute teacher and volunteer coordinator. Melissa moved to Cleveland, TN in 2011.
Melissa joined Jr. Achievement of the Ocoee Region in August of 2015. she is married and has two sons and a daughter in-law. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland. Where she sings in the choir and serves in other ministries of the church.
Liz Mathurin-Williams hails from Twin City, also known as St. Croix U.S Virgin Islands. As a transplant, Liz has taken the opportunity to learn of the differences in culture and how those differences can help in the development of our community. A mother of three, she holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Cleveland State Community College and a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Tennessee Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing an MBA from TWU.
Liz, a former educator, started her career on the island of her heritage, St. Lucia. There she held various positions to include executive secretary, cultural liaison and elementary school teacher. These positions also granted her the opportunity to work with individuals from other OCES countries. When she returned to St. Croix, Liz continued her teaching career and chaired the fundraising committee as well as spear-headed several school and community programs such as the Reading and Interscholastic Bowl.
Liz was appointed to the position of JA Programs Manager in August 2018. In this position, Liz is responsible for delivering high quality and timely programs forced on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship to students and families of the Ocoee region. The pursuit of a technical or academic education is also stressed to students as a means of self and community development. Creating new and continued volunteer opportunities with community members, businesses and institutions of higher learning within our coverage area is also of great importance to Mrs. Mathurin-Williams.