Cynthia Yvonne Slater
Cynthia Slater is a life-long resident of Daytona Beach, Florida. She graduated from Mainland Senior High School in Daytona Beach in the Class of 1974. Cynthia was accepted into Bethune-Cookman College in January 1975, where she majored in Physical Education. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1979 and graduated Cum Laude. In addition to receiving a BS in Physical Education, Cynthia received a M.S.Ed. in Special Education: Visual Disabilities in 1992, from Florida State University, a Master of Science Degree in Teacher Leadership in 2010 from Walden University, and completed coursework in the Doctoral program at Walden University-Higher Education and Adult Learning (HEAL).
Upon graduation, Cynthia worked for the Volusia County Public School System as a Jr. High School Physical Education teacher and coach. Cynthia taught and coached Jr. High PE, and became employed with the State Department of Education-Daytona Beach Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired as a Recreation Therapist. Cynthia retired from the Rehabilitation Center in February 2019 (36 years) as a Senior Human Services Program Manager where she supervised instructional staff for the past 15 years.
Cynthia is a member of the Allen Chapel AME Church Board of Stewards, member of the Daytona Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and president of the Volusia County- Daytona Beach NAACP (20 years). She was former Vice President for the Florida State Conference NAACP, Board Member/Board of Directors-Conklin Center for the Multi-Handicapped Blind; Bethune-Cookman University Community Roundtable; Bethune Cookman College (University) Advisory Board; Co-Chair, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee; and the City of Daytona Beach Mayor’s Alliance Board under former Mayor Glenn Ritchey (to name a few).
Awards and recognition include Bethune-Cookman College (University) Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, Centennial Luminary Award-The Bethune-Cookman College Bronze Statue Project, Distinguished Alumni of Bethune-Cookman College (University), Branch President of the Year for the Florida State Conference NAACP, and the Outstanding Community Leadership Award to name a few. Cynthia was also recognized in April 2011 as one of the top 30 Power People listed in the April addition of the Floridian View magazine.