Dr. Cheryl Bly-Chester, Director of AJAR, will be a featured speaker at the Leadership Convention for the Northern California Republican Women Federated at the Holiday Inn in Chico, California on April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The topic will be "Participative Government: Citizen Watch Groups over Boards and Commissions"
Dr. Bly-Chester served as the Vice-Chair of both the State Reclamation Board (Flood Protection) and the State Mining and Geology Board and as a Placer County Parks Commissioner. Her doctoral dissertation research focuses on the influences exerted on California regulatory board decision-making. She will be bringing her experiences and the results of her research to bear on the discussion about the effectiveness of public involvement in bringing about better transparency and accountability in government.
Dr. Bly-Chester is also the founder and owner of Rosewood Environmental Engineering serving the private sector and local government in complying with state and federal environmental regulation. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Registered Environmental Assessor, Certified California Disaster Service Worker and trainer, and holds a certificate in Nuclear Reactor Safety from MIT. In addition to her Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership, she holds an MBA in International Management in global resources and a BS in Civil Engineering from UC Davis.