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 serving on the civil, family, juvenile, and probate benches in the Historic Courthouse on Amelia Island, Florida. 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, the Boy Scouts of America, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Jacksonville Community Council, Hubbard House, the Help Center, the PACE Center for Girls, the Jaguars Foundation, and of OneJax. He serves on the Community Foundation's Quality Education Forum 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.
Michael Ward, Treasurer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CSX
A 36-year veteran of CSX, Michael Ward has served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of CSX since January 2003. In 2000, he was named president of CSXT, and he was later appointed president of CSX and elected to the Board of Directors in 2002. His distinguished railroad career has included key executive positions in nearly all aspects of the company's business, including sales and marketing, operations and finance. Michael has a passion for philanthropy and community enrichment. Through the Michael and Kim Ward Foundation, his greatest focus is in helping young people who have learning, emotional or physical disabilities as well as low-income and at-risk youth through education to reach their potential. Michael was instrumental in bringing City Year, an organization that focuses on reducing school dropout rates, to Jacksonville, and he serves as its board chairman.
Lisa Page, Secretary Community Volunteer
Lisa Page was born and raised in Miami, Florida and moved to Jacksonville in 1996. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from New York University. Lisa was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division in Jacksonville. She serves 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 is married to Fred Page and is the mother of two teenage children who have attended public schools in Duval County.
Dr. Jordan Baker, Ph.D. Retired DCPS Principal
Dr. Jordan Baker is a community member dedicated to serving Jacksonville's public school students. He is a retired principal who served at Arlington Middle School, A. Phillip Randolph Academies of Technology, and Northwestern Middle School. Prior to leading these schools, he was vice principal at JEB Stuart Middle School and Robert E. Lee High School and was twice selected Duval County Middle School Principal of the year. He has been an adjunct professor at Jacksonville University for their Masters in Education Leadership Programs. He is also a consultant to a strong new grass-roots education advocacy group "Concerned Citizens in Support of Education."
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.
Gary Chartrand Executive Chairman, Acosta, Inc.
Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing, a leading full-service sales and marketing agency that provides outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. He joined Acosta in 1983 as a Business Manager, and was subsequently promoted to Vice President, Regional Vice President of Florida, President, President and Chief Executive Officer, and finally Chairman-Chief Executive Officer. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Grocery Manufacturers Association as well as several Advisory Boards for the consumer products companies represented by Acosta. In May 2001, Mr. Chartrand received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida, and he was named to the Supermarket News Power 50 List from 2003 to 2009. He currently serves as chairman of the Florida Board of Education. Mr. Chartrand currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Chartrand Foundation, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, St. Vincent's Hospital, and Fresh Ministries; He serves as Executive Chairman of the Board for Acosta, Inc. and the advisory board of CNL Bank of Jacksonville. He was the first chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund board and is a director on the board of the KIPP schools in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Chartrand previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the I.M. Sulzbacher Homeless Center in Jacksonville. He is currently serving as Vice President of the MDA "Aisles of Smiles" campaign. Mr. Chartrand is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Wounded Warrior Program, Catholic Charities, Guardian of Dreams Catholic Schools, and the Diocese of St. Augustine. Gary is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He resides in Ponte Vedra with his wife, Nancy. They have two children, Jeffrey and Meredith.
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.
Hugh Greene President and CEO of Baptist Health, CEO of Coastal Community Health
Hugh Greene is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health, a comprehensive community-based health system that is comprised of five hospitals. He also serves as CEO of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated network of eight hospitals that includes Baptist Health System, Southeast Georgia Health System (Brunswick, GA) and Flagler Hospital (St. Augustine, FL). Mr. Greene holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a master’s degree of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wake Forest University where he was Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Greene is past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of North Florida and was named an honorary alumnus of UNF. He currently serves on the Board of Citra Health Solutions He recently served on the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Bancorp, Inc. and The Jacksonville Bank, a public company on NASDAQ. He also served on the corporate Board of PSS World Medical prior to the sale of the company to McKesson. After serving numerous times on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, he served as chair in 2011 and chair of the Cornerstone economic development division in 2007. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Jacksonville Civic Council, the regional CEO group.
In 2007, the Jacksonville Business Journal named him one of the area’s 12 “Ultimate CEOs” and he was also inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame. He has been active with the United Way of Northeast Florida where he has served as chair of the Board of Trustees and as 2006 Campaign Chair. Mr. Greene was the founding chair of JaxCare, a program for the working uninsured. Additionally, as chair of the Sulzbacher Center Board, he received the Excellence in Healthcare Award for his efforts on behalf of healthcare for the homeless. Mr. Greene was a member of the 1991 Leadership Jacksonville class, and the recipient of the Leadership Jacksonville 2006 Community Trustee Award. He is also a recipient of the 2015 Thompson S. Baker “Solid as a Rock” Award by Junior Achievement; the 2012 Humanitarian Award by OneJax; and the 2013 Distinguished Business Leader Award by the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business. In 2014, he was the national winner of the Community Leader Award by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Outside of Jacksonville, Mr. Greene is a past chair of the Florida Hospital Association Board and a current board member. He was named “Grassroots Champion” for Florida by the American Hospital Association in 2009 for his political involvement on behalf of hospitals and subsequently received the “Spirit of Advocacy” award by the Florida Hospital Association in 2013. He currently serves on the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association. In 2015, he was named a keynote speaker at Becker’s Hospital Review national CEO Roundtable; and in 2016 as a panelist at the World Health Care Congress.
Hugh and Susan, his wife of 40 years, have three sons and four grandchildren.
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 has been a deacon with the Lakeshore Church of Christ since 1992. Locally, he served on the Board of Directors for the Youth Crisis Center and the Northeast Florida Safety Council. He served two terms as the President of the Florida 4-H Foundation, the charitable arm of Florida 4-H. Kevin has been married to Kathi Hyde since 1987. 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 daughters, Virginia and Michal.
Coley Jones Vice President, Middle Market Banking Group, TD Bank
Coley Jones is Vice President in the Middle Market Banking Group with TD Bank. Prior to this he served as Vice President for SunTrust Bank in the Institutional and Government Banking Group. He has also held numerous leadership positions with Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank. Currently, Coley’s clients consist of governmental entities as well as commercial and industrial companies with revenues of $50M-$500M, providing lending, cash management, capital markets and investment services. In his current role with TD Bank, he manages over $250M of the bank's assets. Coley supports his community by serving on the Leadership Development Committee for Leadership Jacksonville. As well as serving on the board of directors for Jacksonville Community Council Inc. and Eldersource as Treasurer. Coley is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville class of 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, where he met his wife Nicky. Coley and Nicky live in Jacksonville, FL, with their five children.
Ronnie King President, Scratchwerk, LLC.
Ronnie King is certified Software Engineer and owner of Scratchwerk, LLC. Scratchwerk provides software development services, as well as personalized training for individuals seeking to become entry-level developers. Ronnie is an active community volunteer and serves as the Vice-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 the Women’s Giving Alliance; 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 running, riding her Vespa, and advancing the educational and recreational interests of her 18-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.
Kay Park, ex officio 2016 Florida Blue Teacher of the Year, Alimacani Elementary
Kay Park is a native Floridian who graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and from the University of North Florida with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She earned National Board Teaching Certification, and has been teaching in elementary schools for 32 years.
With both parents in the teaching profession, Kay was inspired to teach at an early age. She began her teaching career in her home town of Pensacola, where she also met her husband, Steve. She spent her days in the classroom, and evenings teaching English as a Second Language to Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees. After living briefly in Virginia and California, the Navy brought the couple to Jacksonville in the mid 1980’s. Kay directed and taught Chapter I Reading at both Englewood and Greenfield Elementary Schools before moving to Alimacani Elementary when it opened in 1990, and she’s been there ever since.
Just as she so closely watched her mother do back in the 60’s, Kay teaches all subjects to her third graders. She has served as grade-level chairman, as a directing teacher for college interns, and as a mentor for new teachers. Knowing that her performance in the classroom impacts many young lives, Kay is passionate about teaching. Jenna Pugh, who was a student in Kay’s first grade class in 1991 and is now a fellow teacher at Alimacani, states it best: “she left a lasting impression on my life because I know just how much you can inspire kids to love learning by making them feel special.” Over time, Kay has made many children feel special, and she is regularly approached by them in later years with a warm hug and a word of thanks for the many lessons taught.
Kay sings in her church choir, enjoys living in the beaches area, and has two children, Stephen, a civil engineer for RS&H, daughter-in-law, Kelly, who works in finance at CSX, and daughter, Lauren who works for an audio technology company in NYC. Her husband, Steve, retired from the Navy after 25 years as a commander and is Director of Administrative services at FSCJ North campus.
Dr. Shannon H. Perry Community Volunteer
Shannon H. Perry, Ph.D., a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, has lived in Northeast Florida for more than a decade. 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 20 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.
Matthew Rapp Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship
Rapp is the Executive Director of THE PLAYERS, the PGA TOUR's signature event, staged in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. THE PLAYERS generates millions of dollars for local charitable organizations and brings worldwide exposure to Northeast Florida through global TV broadcasts and media coverage. Prior to his appointment as executive director, Rapp worked within the PGA TOUR's corporate marketing department for five years, where he contributed significantly to the growth of the PGA TOUR's title sponsor and Official Marketing Partner categories. Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, Rapp held several senior executive positions in public relations, communications and most recently marketing with the ATP, governing body of men's professional tennis. He has also worked with public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and for assistant majority leader of the U.S. Senate Wendall Ford. Rapp is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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. Nikolai Vitti, ex officio Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Nikolai Vitti became Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in November 2012.
Prior to being named Superintendent of DCPS, Dr. Vitti was the chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth-largest school district in the country. As the chief academic officer, he led 70 traditionally lower-performing schools in the county. He also managed the departments of Title I, Title II, Early Childhood/Head Start, School Improvement, Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Career and Technical Education.
Dr. Vitti's career accomplishments include serving as the assistant superintendent of the Education Transformation Office (ETO) with M-DCPS where he autonomously led a region of 26 schools identified as "persistently lowest-achieving" by the United States Department of Education and Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). The 26 schools increased proficiency in reading, math and science. Under his leadership, all Intervene Schools improved and avoided sanctions. In addition, each of the 10 high schools under his supervision improved their graduation rate with average gains in the double digits. Participation and performance in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and Industry Certification courses significantly increased through an emphasis on infusing a "college-going" culture in secondary schools.
Read more here: http://www.duvalschools.org/static/aboutdcps/superintendent/
Buck Williams Financial Advisor
Buck Williams, CFP® is a Financial Advisor with The Beard, Williams, Chappell 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. Currently Buck serves on the Finance and Audit Committee for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. He is actively involved with the Sanctuary on 8th Street serving as Chaplain on the Board of Directors. His other involvement includes being Chairman 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. Outside of UBS, Buck enjoys playing golf and tennis and spending time in the outdoors hunting and fishing.
The 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.