Cheri Long Bedford, LEC Coordinator

I am very excited to be the coordinator for Leadership Elmore County! Being a relatively new resident of Elmore County, I think this is the perfect way to get acquainted with what this beautiful area has to offer.

My husband and I relocated here from the town of Grant, Florida where we raised two children.  I have lived in Eclectic for two years, and now have two grandchildren.

I have always been involved in my community.  It is my strong belief that you must participate and be a mentor in your community. As a youngster, I learned the ropes of the Grant Seafood Festival. As an adult, I served as chairman of the Grant Seafood Festival, emphasizing growth and development of this 49-year old event that annually hosts approximately 80,000 people.  Over the years, I served in many positions in the Grant Community Club, including ten years as a volunteer firefighter with the Grant Volunteer Fire Department, and twelve years as an organizer for the Grant BBQ Fest, a BBQ competition that supports the nonprofit Toys for Kids.  I have also served as the coordinator of all vendors at a prominent three-day country music festival.

My professional experience includes a ten-year stretch with HealthSouth as a marketing representative for MRI and imaging facilities and a patient liaison for outpatient rehabilitation.  When the opportunity presented itself, I became an owner and a designer for Beautiful Bouquet Florist located in Palm Bay, Florida.  I look forward to making new friends as I learn and explore my new home here in Elmore County.


Telephone: 321.794.9393