Charnele Dawson new Executive Assistant

Charnele Dawson learned about Sisters of the Good Shepherd from a staffing agency in St. Louis that had her resume on file. When the Province Center advertised the position for Executive Assistant, the agency called Charnele, believing she might be a good fit for the job. They were right! She has eased into her new position with a cheery attitude and high confidence.

Charnele attributes her successful transition into the job to Betty Goldbeck. Betty cross trained Charnele for two weeks in the position that she had held for 18 years before retiring on July 11 (read Betty’s retirement story).

“Betty was a great and patient teacher. As a result, I have been able to dive right in. Betty and the Leadership Team have made my  transition into Good Shepherd run smoothly,” she said.

Charnele relates to Good Shepherd core values

Charnele said what motivated her to apply for the Executive Assistant position were the Good Shepherd core values. Since being on the job she said she has seen how the core values are demonstrated in the daily work environment.

“There is an ongoing commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Everyone has been so kind, helpful, and welcoming!” she said.

Family means a lot to Charnele. She said one of her greatest pleasures is spending time with her twin sister and the rest of her family. She also likes to read and do volunteer work.

Charnele comes to the Province Center from Edward Jones, where she worked for nearly four years as Senior Tax Specialist and Cost and Measures Specialist.

Charnele was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. She graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a top-rated public magnet high school in Columbus, Mississippi.

She relocated to St. Louis to attend Washington University, where she studied psychology and anthropology. She and her sisters are first generation college students.

Charnele’s other professional experience has mostly centered around administrative and student support in higher education.

Charnele said she is eager to increase her project management skills and learn more about Good Shepherd’s individual ministries.

“Sisters of the Good Shepherd serve populations that need it most. They strive unconditionally to treat every human being with dignity and respect. I look forward to supporting their work,” she said.

You can also read the story in the current issue of Items of Interest.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website