Board Member Spotlight
Dr. Ja’Net Bishop
Dr. Bishop is an experienced certified School Principal in both a high school and alternative school settings, certified K-12 School Counselor, a Veteran (Army officer), and the CEO and Transition Strategist/Coach in her company, Have Joy LLC.
A native of New York City, she is a former enlisted soldier who later became an Army Reserves and National Guard officer (Captain), having served during Operation Desert Storm. She is a proud Veteran, military spouse, and mother of two adult sons – whom are also veterans.
Dr. Ja’net Bishop presents frequently at national, state, and local conferences on manifesting more joy and living your best life. She works to inspire military females, women’s groups, retreats, churches, community organizations, and social service agencies to enjoy their journey in life while striving for success.
Her life has been one of service and many transitions, which audiences have been able to relate to. Growing up in New York’s housing projects the oldest of 3 children – she was inspired to pursue more and leave the inner city behind her. She was the first female in her family to join the military, to start her own business, and to ultimately achieve a doctorate degree from Georgia Southern University.
Under her leadership, her alternative school has been recognized by the National Alternative Education Association (2013, 2014, and 2015) and the Georgia Association of Alternative Education (2015).
She was recognized in 2017, during Women’s History Month, at the International Heritage Festival by the McCormick, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, as a “Keeper of the Flame.”
She has also distinguished herself as an adjunct professor at Cambridge College. Her community advocacy has served families in the areas of parenting, substance abuse awareness, child abuse prevention, and juvenile court intervention groups.
As CEO of HAVE JOY LLC launched in 2014, a Training and Personal Development practice, she also launched in 2017 – “Boots to Breakthrough” – a program through Have Joy LLC which empowers military-connected women to transition from military service to civilian success and fulfill their dreams to live their best life. Additionally, she trains leaders in the areas of 7-Dimensions of Wellness and Workplace Resiliency: Managing Stress and Burnout.
Dr. Bishop volunteers on several national, state, and local boards which addresses leadership development. She is an alumni of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Augusta GA.
Now living in Summerville SC, she serves as a Commissioner on Mayor (Charleston, SC) John Tecklenberg’s Commission for Homelessness and Affordable Housing.
She is the author of
How Much Joy Is In Your Journey?
A Creative Guide to Your Fearless Vision. She and her late husband William are the proud parents of two sons, William II and Matthew, whom she considers to be the true blessed accomplishments of her life