Cheryl O’Hara

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A life-long summer resident of Avalon, Cheryl became a year-round resident upon her retirement in 2012.  She is a graduate of Lafayette College (BA Biology) and the State University of New York at Binghamton (MBA Marketing and Organizational Design). 

For most of her career, Cheryl was a professor in the McGowan School of Business of King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA), teaching in the fields of marketing and business. Her primary research and publication areas were curriculum and assessment of learning. She was one of the leaders in the design of King's nationally recognized curriculum assessment process, and served as a consultant to many other colleges. Cheryl also served as Associate Dean for Continuous Improvement while at King's.  In this position, she spearheaded the accreditation efforts for the School of Business.  She authored the successful accreditation report for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). While at King's, she also attended a five day intensive grant writing training program, and wrote several successful small grants for non-profits. 

Upon leaving King’s and relocating to the Washington DC area, Cheryl worked in the Institutional Research Office at Hood College (Frederick, MD), where she oversaw the implementation of their competency-based curriculum assessment plan. During that time, she also served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching business writing.

Prior to retiring, and after spending her entire professional career working in the non-profit sector, Cheryl earned a certificate in Culinary Arts from L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland .  She developed and operated a successful personal chef business in the Washington DC metro area for five years.

Throughout her career, Cheryl has been active on several non-profit boards, including the Junior League of Wilkes Barre (treasurer, vice president, president) and Women Business Owners of Montgomery County (secretary).  She also served as a research consultant to the board of Tyler Memorial Hospital (Tunkhannock, PA).  Currently, in addition to being a Board member of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Cheryl is a member of the Advisory Council for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) for Cape May County and is the current President of the Avalon Book Club.  Cheryl’s other interests include photography, all things related to food, and traveling with her husband Chuck.