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GWEN J. AZAMA-EDWARDS

EDUCATION:

Stetson University, Deland, Florida, B.A., 1970 – Major in Psychology: M.A., 1983, Guidance and Counseling; Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC); completed Master Municipal Clerk Academy (MMCA) to become a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC); Graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), City and County management training, 1991; Certified Employment Counselor and Counseling Supervisor.

EMPLOYMENT RECORD:

2005 to present: Radio Talk Show Host, at Goliath Radio/WELE 1380 AM- hosting broadcasts of the Truth Radio Show-featuring weekly broadcast interviews with guests on political and human interest topics. Radio Show has been on the air since December 2005. The show is about empowering people through increased knowledge-"knowledge is power!" Most shows uploaded to YouTube since 2011 for future viewing. Also writer, Minister and community volunteer.

2002 to September 2013: President/CEO of A-E Enterprises, Inc., private consulting firm, consulting and providing guidance in the areas of politics and ethics, for individuals and businesses; also worked as a Radio Talk Show Host.

1987 to September 2002: City Clerk/Assistant to the City Manager for The City of Daytona Beach with responsibilities for all administrative matters for The City to include: Records Custodian, parking ticket collections, municipal elections, community relations, research, special projects and coordination/development of City Commission agendas.

1985-1987: Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security as Regional Manager for Region V, one of eight Regions in the Division of Labor, Employment and Training. Responsible for planning, coordination, training, supervision and operation of Job Service offices, and Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) coordination in a nine-county area, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole and five Heartland Counties (Polk, Highlands, DeSoto, Hardee and Okeechobee).

1980-1985: Florida State Employment Service (Job Service of Florida), Employment Office Manager III, Volusia/Flagler Counties, responsible for planning, coordination, supervision and operation of a Class III Employment Office, two branch offices, and one out-station site.

1971-1980: Florida State Employment Service. Other prior experience includes work as an Employment Counseling Supervisor, Employment Counselor and Employment Interviewer.

MEMBERSHIPS:

Board Member of: Good Samaritan Center Advisory Board; Healthy Families Advisory Board; ElderSource Advisory Council; Crime Stoppers of NE Florida, Board Trustee and Past President; Palma Del Sol Homeowners Association, President. Member of the following: Rotary Club of Daytona Beach/Paul Harris Fellow ; NAACP (Life Member); International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC); Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) and Past President; Daytona Beach Leadership Council; League of Women Voters of Volusia County (LWVVC) (Past President); Council on Aging (President Emeritus); Florida Seniors Medicare Patrol (SMP); Volusia County Women's Network; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Gamma Mu Omega Chapter.

AWARDS:

Recognition/Appreciation for Chairing Faith-Based Organizations Subcommittee for 2010 Census from County of Volusia and US Census Bureau; "Volunteer of the Year" for weekly reading program and board service, April 2007, Olds Hall Good Samaritan Center; "Crime Stoppers Presidential Award" in recognition of outstanding leadership and accomplishment, February 2005, Crime Stoppers of NE Florida, Inc.; "Certificate of Recognition" for outstanding service as City Clerk, July 2004, The City of Daytona Beach; "Robert N. Clark Memorial Award" for outstanding service and representation of the City Clerk Profession, June 2004, FACC; "Outstanding Service to the Community as City Clerk-Expression of Appreciation, September 2002, The City of Daytona Beach; "Distinguished Alumni Award", February 2002, Stetson University; Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) Past President "Award for Outstanding Service", 2001;"Outstanding Community Service Award", 2001, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee; "Gwen Azama-Edwards Day" by The City and County of Volusia, May 2000, "Giant-Sized Gavel- Past-President Award", award as outgoing President of Association for Retarded Citizens, May 13, 1996; "Woman of the Year Award", 1995, Excelsior Business and Professional Women's Club; "Community Service Award", 1994, HRS District 12 ADMPC; "Citizen of the Year" for the Volusia Unit of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 1993; "Humanitarian of the Year Award" 1992, The ARC; "Community Service Award" 1992, ACT Corporation; "Award of Excellence" 1992, ADMPC District IV-B; "Marvin Samuels Outstanding Leader of the Year Award", 1991, Leadership Daytona; Who's Who of American Women, 1990-91, 1989-90; Who's Who in Government Services, 1990; NAACP "Distinguished Service Award", 1984; Personality of the South, 1983; Outstanding Young Woman in America 1983, 1981; National Employment Counselor's Association "Distinguished Service Award", 1981; and Florida Employment Counselor's Association "Citation for Meritorious Service", 1980.

FAMILY:

Wife of Rev. Larry T. Edwards, Pastor, Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, Inc., Holly Hill, FL. Two sons: Curtis L. Azama, Jr., CPA/ABV/Sr. Manager/Forensics Accountant, West Palm Beach, FL., and Anthony J. Azama, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Marketing, Promotions and Billing/Sport Administrator for Men's Basketball, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

OTHER:

In elective office as City Commissioner, City of Daytona Beach, Zone 4, November 2003-2005.

Author of Christian book released in December 2006 entitled, "I Love You, My Beloved."

 

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