Meet Cheryl Jensen

“My husband, Robert, and I are passionate about the power of education to transform lives, especially those of girls. TDS allows us to do that.”


Board Member since 2015

Hometown: Madison, Wis.

Trips taken with TDS to Tanzania: 2

Career: Nurse Manager

Hobbies: Reading and crafting




I joined TDS in 2009 with my husband, Robert. We traveled to Tanzania in the inaugural 2009 trip and returned in 2011 to finish the dormitory we had begun building in 2009. Robert and I took our two children with us on our TDS trips because we felt it was important to educate them on the conditions and cultures in other parts of the world.

I have worked for a clinical research organization as a nurse manager for 31 years and help test new drugs before they go on the market. We have a son, Nick, who will soon be a graduate student in microbiology at the University of California, Davis, and a daughter, Jessica, who is starting her last year of undergraduate studies at McGill University.

My dad – a kind, generous man who made friends with a wide variety of people – oversaw facilities at a bank. My mom was a teacher. She had to work her way through college with the help of her mother, who took in side jobs like washing laundry to help her pay tuition. Both of my parents put a very high priority on education.

When I was in college, my roommate copied my English essay and submitted it as her own work to another professor. When I found out and was deciding whether to turn her in, several friends of hers were angry at me. This stunned me. It was the first time that I realized that people could have a totally different philosophy of “doing the right thing” than mine. I’ve always tried to do the right thing and feel that I am by serving as a Board Member of TDS.

Goals for 2017

1. Transition into an organization that sets clearer goals.

Goals for 2018

1. Develop a solid plan with a professional board in place to achieve those goals.


“The widely successful TDS Yard Sale – TDS’s largest community-engaging fundraiser – helps give visibility to our organization each summer.”