Poppy Clements, Chair Community Volunteer
Poppy Clements is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She attended boarding school at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. Her post-secondary education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science degree in Education from Wheelock College. Mrs. Clements returned to Jacksonville in 1994 and has served on the boards of The Baptist Health System Foundation, The Bridge of Northeast Florida, City Year Jacksonville and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. She currently serves on the board of Wolfson Children's Hospital. She is married to Rob Clements, and they have four children: Ann, Curry, Ross and Phoebe.
Honorable Brian J. Davis, Vice Chair United States District Court Judge
Brian J. Davis, a former prosecutor and civil litigator, is currently a U.S. District Circuit Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida. Formerly, for almost 20 years, he served on the civil, family, juvenile, and probate benches in Duval and Nassau counties as a state Circuit Court Judge . He is a native of Jacksonville and a graduate of its public schools, Princeton University and the University of Florida Law School. Judge Davis has actively volunteered with Leadership Jacksonville, NCCJ, the Urban League, the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Jacksonville Community Council, Hubbard House, the Help Center, the PACE Center for Girls, the Jaguars Foundation, and OneJax. He serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. He and his wife, Tanya, worship at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. They are the grandparents of four, the offspring of two children, Brian and Cicely.
Lisa Page, Secretary Director of Attorney and Community Development for the State Attorney's Office
Lisa Page was born and raised in Miami, Florida and moved to Jacksonville in 1996. Lisa is the Director of Attorney and Community Development for the State Attorney’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit and was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division in Jacksonville. She has served on the Executive Board of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the Steering Committee of the Women’s Giving Alliance, and is involved with other charitable organizations. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from New York University. She is married to Fred Page and is the mother of two children who have attended public school in Duval County.
Buck Williams, Treasurer Financial Advisor
Buck Williams, CFP® is an Account Vice President and Portfolio Manager with The Beard Williams Group at UBS Private Wealth Management. They focus their time working with 50-60 successful families, executives, foundations, endowments and corporate entities. Buck's community involvement is centered on the things he is most passionate about: youth development, education, and the outdoors. He is actively involved with the Sanctuary on 8th Street serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. His other involvement includes being Chair of the Troop Committee for Boy Scout Troop 26 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Buck is a member of the St. Vincent's Shircliff Society and also a graduate of the Weaver Philanthropic Initiative Class of 2015. Buck, a 4th generation Jacksonville native, graduated from the University of Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics and a minor in Business Administration. Before the University of Florida, he attended St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, FL. Buck and his wife Susannah currently reside in Ortega with their daughter Bebe and yellow lab Bertie.
Ricardo A. Bedoya Commercial Litigator
Ricardo A. Bedoya is a commercial litigator. He has prosecuted and defended a broad variety of business and tort claims. Among others, he has litigated complex contract, consumer finance, product liability and real-estate claims, as well as the full range of business tort actions. Mr. Bedoya also has broad-based experience representing banking and lending institutions. In addition to his business-related litigation work, Mr. Bedoya has extensive healthcare-related litigation experience, representing health plans and healthcare facilities throughout Florida.
Mr. Bedoya frequently practices in Spanish, serving clients in the U.S. and Latin America. He also serves on the Latin America Investigations team where he assists clients in the United States and Latin America with internal investigations and compliance issues. Prior to his employment with Holland & Knight, Mr. Bedoya was employed as a health policy associate with the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, Mass., and later as an attorney with an international law firm in Dallas, Texas.
Lt. Lakesha Burton Executive Director
Lieutenant (Lt) Lakesha Burton is a police commander and a 19 year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. She holds the distinctions of having been the 4th African American woman to obtain the rank of police sergeant the 2nd African American woman to earn the rank of police lieutenant in the 190 year history of Jacksonville Law Enforcement agencies. She is currently serving as the First Female Executive Director of the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville in over 45 years of its existence. PAL is 501(c) (3) youth serving organization.
Lt. Burton is a native of Miami, Florida. She moved to Jacksonville with her family as a young child where she began her secondary education. Lakesha excelled in sports, especially basketball and upon graduation from Wolfson High School she received a basketball scholarship to attend the Lake City Community College. After two years and earning an associate’s degree she accepted a scholarship to the University of Central of Florida where she later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology.
Lt. Burton was hired by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 1999. She quickly established herself as one of Jacksonville’s finest on and off of the job. She has worked in a multitude of areas including the; patrol division; community affairs; recruiting; detectives division and the field training unit to name a few. Lt. Burton continued her education, earning a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Florida Metropolitan University in 2002, and she is currently working on her terminal degree in Christian Counseling.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and a lifelong member of Hopewell Church.
Lakesha is married to Assistant Chief Gregory Burton and they have five children, ranging from ages 7 to 28.
Hon. John Delaney University of North Florida President Emeritus
John A. Delaney retired as the University of North Florida's fifth president in 2018. Previously, he served two terms as mayor of Jacksonville, the country’s thirteenth largest city, spearheading major initiatives including The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion improvement plan that gave the city new public facilities and other amenities. He also created the Preservation Project, a massive land conservation program giving Jacksonville the distinction of having the largest urban park system in the United States. Prior to that, he served as the chief assistant state attorney, the number two prosecutor for Northeast Florida, and as the general counsel for the City of Jacksonville. He has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards.
Delaney and his wife, Gena, have four children and three grandchildren.
Kevin Dooley Head of Human Resources, Deutsche Bank
Kevin Dooley is a business executive with 20 years of experience across different industries and geographies. During his 18 years with Deutsche Bank, Kevin has held a variety of human resources and communications roles around the world and has supported many of Deutsche Bank’s business lines. Kevin relocated to Jacksonville during the Summer of 2014 to take on the newly created role of head of HR for Jacksonville. Kevin holds a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and sits on the Academic Advisory Board of his alma mater, Hofstra University.
Cindy Edelman Teacher and Community Volunteer
Cindy Edelman is a former educator and community volunteer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Vanderbilt University and later earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University. In addition to teaching high school and college courses, Mrs. Edelman is an Art History lecturer at a number of venues in the Jacksonville community, including: The Cummer Art Museum, The Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida State University, the Jewish Community Alliance, and The Temple. She has also worked with the Cummer Museum as a docent, member of the Steering Committee for Art Connections, member of the Board of Trustees, and as Chairperson to the Education Committee. As Chair of the Cultural Council Initiative, Arts as the Fifth Academic, Mrs. Edelman has worked to further arts awareness and help develop the Model School Arts Infused Program. She has served as President of the Congregation Ahavath Chesed, The Temple and as a Co-Chair on of its Capital and Endowment Campaign. A member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1989, she was a founding board member of Youth Leadership Jacksonville. Past Chairman of The Community Foundation, Mrs. Edelman served as the Chair of the Education Initiative. In 1999, she was named the Individual Arts Award Winner by the Cultural Council, and in 2001, Mrs. Edelman was named to One Jax's Circle of Honorees. Winner of the Eve Award for Volunteer Service, Mrs. Edelman is married to Daniel M. Edelman, she is the mother of two daughters and one step-son.
Rev. Mark L. Griffin Pastor and Chief Executive Officer
Mark L. Griffin is an accomplished minister and accountant. Griffin has been the Pastor of Wayman Ministries since 1995. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 75 to more than 1,400 members. Since 1995, Wayman Ministries has grown from a small, Sunday morning worship ministry to a two-campus ministry that includes two additional corporations, Wayman Community Development Corporation and Wayman Academy of the Arts, Inc. Currently, the ministry and its related corporations employ well over 100 people.
In 1995, Pastor Griffin founded Wayman Community Development Corporation, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. This corporation operates two fully licensed daycare centers, three after school programs, Summer Camp, Mentoring Program, Life Change Youth Counseling, Transformations Car Wash, and other community service projects. Funding is provided by various federal, state and local governmental agencies, as well as private donations and service fees.
In 1999, Pastor Griffin founded Wayman Academy of the Arts, Inc., which is an Elementary Charter School. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. In August 2000, the school opened its doors to 131 Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Now in its fifteenth year of operations, the school has an enrollment of approximately 375 students, and is rapidly acquiring a reputation of excellence educating children from low socio-economic backgrounds. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In addition to being an accomplished pastor and community leader, Pastor Griffin is also a successful entrepreneur. In 1990, Griffin started his own accounting firm, originally called Mark L. Griffin, Certified Public Accountant, and subsequently renamed to Griffin & Company, CPA’s. For over eleven years, the firm developed a reputation for excellence in auditing, accounting, and tax consulting services. The firm has served clients in the governmental, business, non-profit, church and individual arenas. He eventually closed the firm to focus full time on the ministries of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Pastor Griffin graduated from Florida A&M University in 1982 with a B.S. degree in accounting. Two years later, he passed the C.P.A. examination. In 1989, he received his M.B.A. from the University of North Florida. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. He accepted the call to ministry in 1988, and was an associate minister at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Jacksonville, Florida until 1992. In 1992, his first pastoral assignment was at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Starke, Florida. In 1995, he was assigned to Wayman Chapel, where he continues to serve as the leader of one of the most dynamic ministries in the area, and in January 2007, Pastor Griffin launched inaugural worship services at a second location on Jacksonville’s Westside, the Spirit of Life Worship Center.
As a community leader, Griffin is frequently consulted by leaders and other advocates on issues that affect the citizens of Jacksonville. He served as a Board Member of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools; Past President of the United Community Outreach Ministries, Inc.; Past President of the A.M.E. Church, East Conference Ministerial Alliance; Catholic Charities of Jacksonville, JCCI, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and other various community and civic organizations.
Griffin performs workshops and lectures for numerous church and non-profit groups, including the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Florida State Primitive Baptist Church Convention, the Institute of Church Administration and Management, and many local church groups and congregations. He is a member of the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the General Board. He is also the Accountant for the 11th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church.
Griffin has been married for 34 years to Dr. Cynthia Roberts Griffin. They have two daughters, Whitney and Crystal; one son-in-law, Tony; and two grandchildren, Marcus and Maya.
Kevin Hyde Partner, Foley & Lardner
Kevin E. Hyde has lived in Jacksonville since 1988. He was elected to the City Council in 2003 and served as Council President from 2005-2006. Kevin is the Managing Partner of the Jacksonville office of Foley & Lardner. He practices labor and employment law where he focuses on resolving workplace disputes, counseling employers on employee relations issues, and training employees and supervisors. Kevin is certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in the area of labor and employment law. Kevin has long been involved in leadership positions with the Florida Bar. He is a past chairman of the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section and active in the community. He is an elder with the Lakeshore Church of Christ since 1992. Locally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Florida, is a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and WJCT Public Broadcasting. Kevin and his wife Kathi operate a non-profit to provide summer camp scholarships to needy students, www.joelsloancampfund.org. Kathi is a homemaker who volunteers a great deal of her time to the Lakeshore Church of Christ and its children education program. Kevin and Kathi have two adult daughters, Virginia and Michal.
Coley Jones Senior Vice President in the Commercial Banking Group for Bank of America
Coley Jones is a Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for the Northeast Florida market in Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this capacity, his responsibilities include leading a team of specialists focused on understanding each client’s unique needs to deliver strategic financial guidance and solutions. Coley’s mission is to help local companies thrive by achieving their business goals, no matter how simple or how complex. Bringing seventeen (17) years of experience, Coley joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2017. He has also served as Vice President in the Middle Market Group for TD Bank. He began his banking career at Wells Fargo where he was most recently a Business Banking Leader in Atlanta, GA. Throughout his banking career, Coley has served mid-sized companies throughout the Southeast United States to support their commercial banking needs. To help create a more sustainable future for the companies and communities he serves, Coley volunteers with several not-for-profit organizations focused on civic improvements. In addition, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Eldersource, and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Coley graduated from the University of North Florida where he met his wife Nicosia. He resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and five kids.
Ronnie King President, Scratchwerk, LLC.
Ronnie King is certified Software Engineer and owner of Scratchwerk, LLC. Scratchwerk provides software development and testing services, specializing in Java and Guidewire integrations. Ronnie is an active community volunteer and serves as the Chair for the Board of Library Trustees. He has also served on the boards for Mentoring Families and Kids and Hubbard House. King has held leadership positions in several community organizations including National Society of Black Engineers, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Urban League Young Professionals. He is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and served as president of the Jacksonville graduate chapter. Ronnie studied at the University of Florida where he earned his Associates Degree while playing basketball for the Gators. He later earned his Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of North Florida. Ronnie is also a husband and father of two beautiful girls, Jada and Bostyn.
Marsha G. Oliver, MBA Director of Public Affairs for the City of Jacksonville
Marsha Oliver is the Director of Public Affairs for the City of Jacksonville. Prior to her appointment in September 2015, she served as Assistant Superintendent of Communications for Duval County Public Schools for 16 years.
Oliver earned a BA in Public Relations (cum laude) from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, where she was chosen to serve as the 2001 Graduate Commencement Speaker. Oliver is as equally committed to her community, as evidenced by her memberships on a number of non-profit boards and organizations including JPEF; the American Cancer Society; Leadership Jacksonville (2001); Eartha M.M. White Legacy Board; Community Hospice Board of Directors; Jack & Jill of America, Inc.; the Bold City Chapter of the Links, Inc.; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and others. In addition, Oliver is a certified Community Coach, designated by the Nonprofit Center (Community Foundation of Jacksonville).
An avid runner, Oliver enjoys reading, riding her Vespa, and advancing the educational and recreational interests of her 20-year-old son, Joel.
Donna Orender Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Orender Unlimited, LLC
Donna Orender is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Orender Unlimited, LLC, an independent marketing, media, and strategy company. She has more than 20 years of sports business experience. Orender also served as President of the WNBA from 2005 to 2010. Earlier in her career, Donna spent more than 17 years with the PGA Tour, serving as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development in the Office of the Commissioner, where she developed and managed all strategic direction of the PGA including new media, Internet, advertising and brand management. Donna also has experience in television production that began with her work for ABC Sports and SportsChannel. She later founded her own production company, Primo Donna Productions. She recently launched Generation W, a brand focused on educating, inspiring and connecting women and girls. The inaugural conference, held in April 2012, featured over 25 national speakers and 700 attendees. She currently serves on the boards of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the V Foundation for Cancer research, co-chairs the UJA Sports for Youth Initiative and the board of W.O.M.E.N., a mentoring organization.
Dr. Shannon H. Perry Community Volunteer
Shannon H. Perry, Ph.D., a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, has lived in Northeast Florida since July 2000. Dr. Perry served our community as the President/Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida from February 2009 to June 2015. Dr. Perry earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. For 25 years, she has assisted the homeless, elderly, crime victims, incarcerated women, chemically dependent adults, mentally ill adolescents, and children with their families. She and her husband feel privileged to parent their son, Steele.
Anita Vining Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Anita Vining has been a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (formerly Prudential Network Realty) for 18 years, and has been the recipient of numerous local and national awards, including the Top Producing Agent in the company in 2013. Anita was born in Meridian, Mississippi, and moved to Jacksonville in 1983. She currently sits on the board of the San Marco Merchants Association and is a member of Assumption Catholic Church. She and her husband, Pete Vining, have two children, Neill Lasher and Trip Vining, and three grandchildren, Wyatt, Lawton and Harbor.
Dr. Diana L. Greene, ex officio Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Diana Greene became the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools on July 1, 2018. Prior to her work in Duval, she was the Superintendent of the School District of Manatee County, where she made significant strides forward academically, financially and in terms of its public perception.
Known for her positive nature and engaging personality, Dr. Greene initiated her time as Superintendent in Manatee County by putting forward a leadership plan that consisted of what she named the Five C’s: Calmness, Consistency, Civility, Confidence and Community. Leading by example, Dr. Greene has overseen a district that has improved academically to the point that it received a B grade from the state two of the last three years (2015, 2017), after receiving a C grade the previous three years, even in the face of more rigorous standards. In addition, the Manatee District’s graduation rate rose 5.6% during the 2015-2016 school year, and was 2.8% higher than the statewide graduation rate.
On the financial front, the Manatee District’s fund balance (reserve fund) increased from $17.3 million to more than $25.5 million in the last three years, causing global credit ratings leader Fitch Ratings to raise its financial rating of the District two times in the last three years. Those accomplishments led directly to the passage of two separate countywide tax referendums in a span of 16 months. The first came on November 8, 2016, when Manatee County voters approved the renewal of a 15-year half-cent sales tax to help fund school district capital needs. The second came on March 20, 2018, when voters approved a four-year, one-mill property tax increase to help fund more competitive teacher and staff pay, and to add a half-hour of instruction for students each day. Combined, the referendums are expected to add more than $60 million annually to the District’s budget.
Prior to becoming Superintendent, Dr. Greene served as Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services in Manatee County. During her 33-year career as an educator, she has spent time as a teacher, assistant principal, principal as well as in curriculum development, staff development and in senior executive leadership. On a personal note, Dr. Greene is the daughter of a father who served in the Air Force, and she grew up living in locations all over the United States and abroad. She is married to James Greene, an independent financial advisor, and they have two sons, Aldon and Joshua.
Honorable Paula D. Wright, ex officio Duval County School Board
The Honorable Paula D. Wright represents District 4 and was elected to the Duval County School Board in August 2010. A Jacksonville native, Paula graduated from Edward H. White High School and Jacksonville University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English. Paula brings a rich and diverse background having experience as a manager in the corporate world, newspaper publisher, radio talk show hostess, athletic coach, and an educator in both post-secondary and public school education. Most recently, she was employed as an administrator in the High School Acceleration Programs Office in Duval County, where she transitioned from teaching 8th grade Language Arts and Reading, served as a school-based Reading Coach, and head coach of the girls’ basketball and swimming teams, all at Northwestern Middle School. She also served as a District Literacy Coach and a Specialist in the Academic Services Department. Paula, as an adjunct, taught remedial English at two local colleges, Florida State Community College (then Florida Community College at Jacksonville) and Edward Waters College for more than ten years. As a committed educator, Paula throughout her adult life has dedicated time to mentoring students, serving as an active PTA member at multiple schools, and being involved in the community. Paula is an experienced educator, a motivational speaker, and a member of the PTA of several schools. Publishing The Jacksonville Chronicle Newspaper and hosting Viewpoint with The Honorable Paula D. Wright, a live radio talk show, afforded Paula the opportunity to not only inform citizens of important issues impacting their lives, but to keep her finger on the pulse of the community. Paula is an active member of St. Matthew Baptist Church, and she has served in many capacities including on the Springfield Preservation, and Restoration Board, the TRUE Commission, the Duval County Desegregation Committee, Junior Achievement, NAACP Education Committee, as well as other community organizations.
Stephanie Bellino, ex officio 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year
Stephanie Bellino is the 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. She is a fifth-grade reading teacher at Garden City Elementary School, where she works to provide opportunities for her students to guide their own learning with self-reflection. She believes that if students can guide their own learning, it will allow them to be accountable in a way that develops independent, intrinsically motived learners. Stephanie works tirelessly to ensure that her students are engaged and excited, uses after school time to get better at her craft through professional learning, and volunteers to coach extracurricular actives because she observed the same behaviors from individuals who inspired her many years ago. She believes in the importance of teachers and teaching and says, “I teach because I want children to have the same passion for education that I do.”