Seretha Tinsley has been a trailblazer and overachiever her entire life. Her background includes being the first African American female to graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College; being one of the first Black female general managers in the radio industry; and being the first Black President of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Seretha was not only a “first” in many ways, she was a top achiever as well. An entrepreneur, civic leader, mother and wife, Seretha’s commitment to excellence has always been her calling card.
Desiring to become a Missionary, Seretha took a 2 month trip to West Africa, visiting 6 countries and studying with educators from across the country. While in Africa, she developed such a respect for the way Africans were so informed about Americans and other Countries, she realized she could be more effective by becoming an educator in the US where she could have a greater impact on empowering young lives with knowledge.
Tinsley Co-Founded Chain of Lakes Achievers, Inc., an achievement center devoted to empowering youth through Mentoring, Leadership and Life Skills training where she serves as Executive Director. She is the National 1st Vice President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and a charter member of the Polk County, FL chapter.
Seretha’s community service and progressive leadership has earned her numerous honors, recognitions and media coverage. She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorate Degrees; Doctorate of Humanities from Kentucky Wesleyan College and Doctorate of Business Administrations from Webber International University.
A Servant Leader, Tinsley serves on numerous boards; Florida Polytechnic University, ICABA, Public Education Partnership, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. just to name a few. She maintains her passion for teaching by incorporating it into every walk of her life. She is a phenomenal business woman; and takes pride in assisting others in reaching their ‘phenomenal potential’. Her commitment to service is accredited to the biblical principal: “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Tinsley is the CFO/Owner of several family businesses, PenGeo, Inc. (KFC), Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc. (Airport Concessions in Miami, FL, Tampa, FL and Louisville, KY).
A trustee at First Missionary Baptist Church, Seretha and George, her husband of 47 years, George, have 2 children – Penni and George II.