When Cheri Ezzell moved to Enid in 1984 she expected it would be a short stay — a few years at most. Now, almost 35 years later, the executive director of Community Development Support Association (CDSA), is a well-recognized leader in Enid’s nonprofit sector and champion of causes benefiting those in need.
Ezzell has compiled an impressive resumé of achievements and contributions to the Enid community. Her work was instrumental in relocating CDSA in the old Newman’s Department Store which is now The Non-Profit Center, a collaborative space for nonprofits. She has also served on the board of Enid Beautiful and helped make Dillingham Memorial Garden a public space.
Other achievements include being a founding board member of Loaves & Fishes, a board member at Autry Technology Center, and a fundraising volunteer with 4RKids and Gaslight Theatre. She even served on the Enid City Commission from 1995 to 1997.
Although she has accumulated a lengthy list of accolades, Cheri has one she remains most proud of. That honor, she said, goes to the daily work of CDSA to serve those in need.