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Education, Honors & Awards
Masters of Social Work, Child and Family-Governors State University; Masters of Education, Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services; Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Social Work-Mississippi State University
A proud native of Starkville, MS, Jackie Sharp moved to Chicago in 1982 after completing her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Education from Mississippi State University. In 2003, Ms. Sharp received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Governors State University with a focus in Children & Families. She started her career in social services at Bobby E. Wright Mental Health Center as a Mental Health Specialist III in 1982. Ms. Sharp has held the titles Residential Supervisor, Clinical Therapist, VP of Administrative Services, Quality Assurance Director, Child Welfare Administrator, Deputy Executive Director, and Adjunct Professor. Currently, Ms. Sharp is the CEO of Lakeside Community Committee, a non profit social service agency that works with abused and neglected children and their families, pregnant and parenting teen moms and dads, substance abuse prevention, relative caregivers, children at-risk of expulsion from schools and Juvenile Justice Re-Entry Program. All employment has been geared towards leading a team of professionals to deliver the best services to their clients by ensuring quality, ethical and professional guidelines are adhered to. Ms. Sharp is also an on call part-time Adjunct Professor at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois where she teaches a variety of human services administration classes. Additionally Ms. Sharp has a bed and breakfast by the name of Sharp's Bed and Breakfast. Ms. Sharp has dedicated her career to ensuring that children and families receive the best services. She is a Board member of the Illinois Youth on Collaboration and the Illinois Child Care Association. Ms. Sharp holds membership in the Black Administrators in Child Welfare, National Association of Black Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, The Greater Starkville Development Partnership/Chamber of Commerce, Bed and Breakfast Association of Mississippi (BBAM), and Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII). Ms. Sharp is a Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation for Children.