Julie Hering-Kent has been living in town for a couple of months already, and has done some substitute teaching at Roosevelt Elementary, attended a Chamber Coffee, and attended a local church, so she has a start.
Hering-Kent is a native of the southwest part of the state, graduating from high school in Oakland. She then graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri in 1993 with a degree in education, and taught 6th grade math and science in Atlantic for two years.
Julie continued to work with youth in her next position, as the 4-H and Youth Program Director for the Cass County ISU Extension Office, holding that position for 14 years.
Julie got married in December 2007 to Dennis Kent, who has been driving truck for Cherokee's Hy Vee Distribution Center for a few years, and the couple decided they needed to find a place to live in Cherokee. They found a small apartment in town and Julie did some substitute teaching at Roosevelt Elementary. When the Chamber position opened up, she applied, and is happy to be starting her new full-time position. She and Dennis hope to find more spacious living accommodations as soon as they can.
Julie says she is "learning the ropes" of her new position now, and hopes to meet "as many people as I can and learn what they feel the Chamber can do for local businesses."
Hering-Kent says that she has been impressed with the downtown area of Cherokee and the people she has met so far, and feels that Cherokee is a "very welcoming community."