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Dr. LaDonna Morris is the Counselor Coordinator of the Rosanne R. Hartwell Women's Center at Florida State College at Jacksonville, a position which she has held for seventeen years. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. Prior to her position at the College, she was a therapist and supervisor at St. Johns County Mental Health for seven years. In addition to her position at the Women's Center, Dr. Morris enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor. At Florida State College, she teaches education classes and student success classes online. At the University of North Florida, she teaches web-enhanced education classes and online classes in the graduate school. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, a master's degree in Health Education and a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. She is a certified True Colors trainer, a certified True Colors Career trainer and a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) trainer.Dr. Morris is a recipient of Florida State College's Exceptional Service and Initiative Award as well as the Quality Leadership Award. Her dissertation, Perceptions of a Chilly Climate: Differences in Traditional and Non-traditional Majors for Women, won two awards: the Herbert H. Handley Dissertation Award of the Mid-South Educational Research Association and the Thomas Mulkeen Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation at the University of North Florida. She received the Innovators Exemplary Practice Award of the Career and Professional Employees Commission of the Florida Association of Community Colleges for her Bridging the Digital Divide for Displaced Homemakers Program. As the Principal Investigator for a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to provide after-school technology experiences to high school girls, she received the Florida Association of Community Colleges Equity Commission Exemplary Practice Award for Reach-Out and Access. In 2013, she was selected as the Corporate Leader of the Year by the Women's Business Owners of North Florida. She is a past President of Elizabeth Edgar Hall, Inc., a scholarship foundation for women, and a past President of Florida State College's Chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Morris currently serves as Chair of the Jacksonville Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. LaDonna has a partner of 29 years, Dr. Robert Gold, and 3 dogs, Sam, Lukas and Baxter.