Cheryl Courson, CSRM, CTSBO | Manager of Risk Management | Mesquite ISD
How did you get your start in school business?
I started with Mesquite ISD in 1994 as an instructional assistant. From 1996-2022, I served as an administrative assistant in various departments, handling work orders, payroll, purchase orders, check requisitions, and all things accounting. I was promoted to manager of risk management in July 2022.
What do you like best about your job and where you work?
I like the diversity of my position, working with safety, loss control, campus inspections, workers' comp, various insurance policies, RFPs, unemployment claims, and ADA accommodations.
Why do you recommend TASBO to your colleagues? What programs and services do you find helpful?
I gained a wealth of knowledge and information from attending TASBO certification courses. The classes provided me a solid foundation for my current position.
What is your favorite TASBO training to attend and why?
The Engage Conferences are excellent, providing certification courses, breakout sessions, and remarkable guest speakers.
Who has inspired you in your career?
Personally, my mom inspired me by encouraging me to complete my degrees and advance in my career. Professionally, James Gadsden, Executive Director of Operations/Risk Management, inspired me by providing financing and support to attend classes for several certifications and distinctions.
What was your childhood dream job?
In kindergarten, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said an angel. By high school, I knew I wanted a position in the business world, and took various business courses (Typing I & II, Business Math, Business Law, General Business, and Accounting).
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
I am a two-time cancer survivor.
What's something you're looking forward to in the future?
Professionally, growing in my career. Personally, traveling to Switzerland for my dream vacation later this year.
If you have your certification, or are currently working towards one, tell us what it means to you to be TASBO certified?
I received my CTSBS in February 2022, which enhanced my qualifications when applying for my current position. Then in April 2023, I received my CTSBO! I believe the TASBO certification program has greatly increased my knowledge and awareness of the various areas of school business. It also indicates to MISD Administration that I take professional growth and development as imperative to my position.
Anything else you would like to tell us?
I am a firm believer in life-long learning and continued professional development.