Get to Know Dina Gentry
Dina Gentry, communications director for the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), speaks with a confidence and professionalism that is well earned. Last July, she was honored by the National School Public Relations Association in Washington D.C. with their “35 Under 35” award—a national accolade that seeks to empower young leaders in public school communications by recognizing their dedication. The group exchanged best practices, leadership skills, and strategies to help each other become stronger and empower other school communicators. “It was an out-of-body experience,” says Gentry. “Being in our nation’s capital...there was such a sense of promise.”
In her public relations work, Gentry provides support to county programs and school districts through positive PR, community engagement, crisis communications, and more. Her professional goals are to continue to make a positive impact, grow as a leader, empower others, make organizations stronger, and perhaps one day write a book.
Gentry also serves on several nonprofit committees, including Placerville Kiwanis as the president-elect, Sierra Community Access Channel 2, the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership El Dorado Program, and California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA).
Some parting words of wisdom from this young leader? “Don’t spread yourself too thin trying to be everything to everybody. Choose your top priority.”
Q&AWhat advice would you give to your younger self?
Stay true to your values, work hard, and become a servant leader.
What comes to you naturally?
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Negativity and pessimism.
Are you high or low maintenance?
Biggest life inspirations?
My El Dorado County family: parents, schools, educators, EDCOE leadership, community partners, and service organizations.
What are you most proud of?
Working with El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, to establish the El Dorado County Education Fund.
Favorite humanitarian cause?
Supporting individuals with disabilities.
Best words of wisdom you’ve received?
“Make an impact, not just an impression.”—Dr. Rick Rigsby
FAVORITESAUTHOR/WRITER: John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt
MEAL IN TOWN: Smith Flat House
LOCAL LANDMARK: Wakamatsu Farm
MOVIE: The American President
MUSICIAN/BAND: Dave Matthews Band
GUILTY PLEASURE: James Patterson novels
LOCAL NONPROFIT: El Dorado County Education Fund
SAYING: “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”—George Lucas