Corliess Jenkins Davis, a native of Pinellas County, was born and reared in St. Petersburg, FL. Her parents, the late Helena Reed Rutledge and George W. Jenkins were both educators in the Pinellas County School System. She i
s the granddaughter of the late Sylvester Reed, Sr., an African American business pioneer and the original founder/owner of the Reed Roofing Company. His roofing business encompassed all of Pinellas County. Following the tradition of her parents, Corliess retired as an administrator from Pinellas County Schools after 37 years of service.
Corliess received her early education in Pinellas County Schools – Perkins/Lakeview Elementary, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Disston Junior High School and Boca Ciega High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Tennessee State University, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership/Administration from Nova Southeastern University and has done further studies at the University of South Florida.
She has been married to Herbert Davis for 30 years. They have a daughter, Cydney, who attends Florida Atlantic University. She aspires to begin her teaching career in January 2019. Pepper, the family dog, is a salt/pepper Schnauzer who is loved by all.
Corliess is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, an inductee into Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society for educators; additionally, she holds membership in Florida/Pinellas Retired Teachers Association and Tennessee State University Alumni Association.
Corliess, a woman of strong faith and belief in God is honored to be a part
of the Alpha House Board. Her involvement fits well with her favorite mantra, “If I can help somebody along the way… then my living shall not be in vain.”