Staff Directory

 
Rachael Tutwiler Fortune

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune Interim President

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune serves as Interim President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund where she leads the organization to leverage its capacities in research, engagement, communications and advocacy to improve the extent to which every student in Duval County receives a high-quality public education. Having served in government, non-profit, district and school-based roles, Rachael draws upon significant professional experience at all levels of the education system. 

A Jacksonville native and product of Duval County Public Schools, Rachael returned from Washington, D.C. in 2017 to serve as JPEF’s Executive Vice President. In D.C. she served as Senior Director and as a member of the senior leadership team at America's Promise Alliance, responsible for leading the GradNation Campaign and supporting state and community cross-sector collaborations to adopt policies and practices to improve youth outcomes. 

Prior to her work at America's Promise Alliance, Rachael was selected a Presidential Management Fellow and served as a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Deputy Secretary and later the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. She managed a portfolio of multi-million-dollar Race to the Top grants and supported state education agency implementation of various K-12 policies and programs during the Obama Administration. She also served briefly as a Social Science Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, advancing child welfare, teenage pregnancy and early childhood education initiatives. 

As an Education Pioneers Fellow, Rachael partnered with senior leaders at Oakland Unified School District to improve community school strategic planning across the district. She earlier led JPEF's Community Mobilization efforts, launching the ONE by ONE campaign to mobilize stakeholders to develop a shared vision for local schools. She began her career as a teacher at S. P. Livingston Elementary School after being selected as a Teach for America - Jacksonville charter corps member. 

Rachael holds a master's degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida, where she served in a variety of leadership roles including as the second African American female Student Government President and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family and Community Services and is a member of the Women’s Giving Alliance. She was recognized as a member of Leadership Florida Education Class of 2018 and served on the City of Jacksonville's 2018 Task Force on Open Government. She is happily married to her husband, Emmanuel, and is the proud mother of their son, Nicholas.

rachael@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 352-6897

 

 

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Kimberly Allen, Ph.D.

Kimberly Allen, Ph.D. Director, Data & Research

Kimberly Allen grew up in Jacksonville and Duval County Public Schools. Upon graduation from high school, Kimberly attended Florida State University and earned two Bachelors Degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Family and Child Sciences. During this time, Kimberly had the privilege of working on campus with a group focused on the mental and emotional well-being of students on the FSU campus. Additionally, Kimberly interned with a non-profit mental health facility in Jacksonville. In the subsequent summer, Kimberly interned with the Early Learning Coalition of Leon County and assisted with school readiness activities and Pre-K enrollment. Kimberly continued in the Family and Child Sciences Department at FSU and earned a Masters Degree. After graduation, Kimberly matriculated at the University of Georgia where she began coursework toward her doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences. She worked in a grant-funded research center that worked exclusively with African American families on research projects and prevention and intervention studies. While there, Kimberly had the opportunity to work on several manuscripts and present findings at national and international conferences. Kimberly eventually transferred back to FSU where she continued to work as a research assistant on project dealing mainly with Latinos and African Americans. August 2015, Kimberly graduated from FSU with a Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a concentration in Family Relations.

Kimberly has been married to my high school sweetheart, Brandon, for five years and they have two beautiful children together —a 2 ½-year-old son named Langston and an 8-month-old daughter named Camille. Kimberly is excited to be put her skills to use in a way that will directly impact the community where she grew up and plan to raise her family.

kimberly@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 710-4984 

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Laura Alrutz

Laura Alrutz Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Laura Alrutz is a Jacksonville native and a proud product of Duval County Public Schools. Upon graduation from high school, Laura attended the University of Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Art History. After college, Laura returned to Jacksonville and taught 6th grade World History at Ribault Middle School as a Teach For America corps member. During her time in the classroom, Laura developed a passion for providing excellent educational opportunities for students. Shortly after, she attended Vanderbilt University Law School where she continued to pursue her commitment to impacting education and received her Juris Doctorate in 2015. Prior to joining the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Laura practiced education law for a firm in Nashville, representing multiple school districts across Tennessee and developing policy for the state. As Senior Manager of Policy Analysis, Laura is excited to put her knowledge and skills to work back in the hometown she loves.

Laura is married to her wonderful husband, Zach. They recently welcomed their beautiful daughter into the world and are still overjoyed to be new parents.

email: laura@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 529-5792

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Zachary Champagne

Zachary Champagne Director, Teacher Leadership

Zachary Champagne spent thirteen years as an elementary school teacher with a specialization in math and science. During this time, he received many state and national awards for excellence in teaching, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), Duval County Teacher of the Year, and Finalist for Macy’s Florida Teacher of the Year. After his time in the classroom, Zachary spent six years as a researcher at the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University. Zak is very active with local, state, and national organizations as a founding member and Past-President of the Duval Elementary Mathematics Council (DEMC), Past-President of the Florida Mathematics Presidential Awardees Association (FMPAA), and President of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM). He is also serving on the Editorial Board of Teaching Children Mathematics, an elementary mathematics journal published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 

email: zak@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 635-3142

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Stephanie Garry Garfunkel

Stephanie Garry Garfunkel Director, Marketing and Communications

Stephanie Garry Garfunkel was honored to join the Jacksonville Public Education Fund as Director of Marketing and Communications in July 2018. Stephanie attended public schools in Citrus County, Fla., and graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with degrees in Journalism and English and a minor in Spanish. At UF, she worked as a copy editor, reporter and news editor at the Independent Florida Alligator, ultimately serving as editor-in-chief, and interned as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald, where she wrote front-page stories about local news, the Florida Legislature and social issues. After graduation, Stephanie worked as a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times before joining the U.S. Peace Corps as an education volunteer, supporting teachers and students in public schools in El Limón, a rural town in the Dominican Republic. She holds an MA in Communication from Johns Hopkins University, and has worked in communications for Boston-based nonprofits including Partners In Health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where she was most recently Senior Managing Editor. She has continued her volunteer work by tutoring immigrant high school students in Cambridge, Mass., and building alumni support for the Independent Florida Alligator.

She relocated from Boston to Florida to work on behalf of public education in the community where she lives with her husband, David, and daughter, Lucia.

 

 

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Kristal Hance

Kristal Hance Office and Fund Development Associate

A Jacksonville native, Kristal Hance recently joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund as the Office and Fund Development Associate.

Kristal has always been interested in the education of the next generations of individuals who will become citizens, volunteers, and voters, and believes that every child deserves access to a quality education and being able to pursue their interests and passions. 

Before entering the nonprofit sector, Kristal taught dance and coached gymnastics, encouraging students to follow their dreams and achieve their individual goals. 

Kristal has over ten years of experience in nonprofit administration, beginning with the American Cancer Society, where she held positions in the areas of income development and office management. She especially enjoyed working with volunteers to increase mission awareness and community civic involvement. She plans to use this experience with JPEF to make an additional impact at the local level.

Kristal lives in the Maxville area of Jacksonville with her husband, Daryl, who she met her sophomore year at Ed White High School.

kristal@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 655-0723

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Maira Martelo

Maira Martelo, Ed.D. Community Mobilization Director

Originally from Colombia, South America, Maira has been living in Jacksonville for the past nine years. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are in communication, with an emphasis on education. Maira Martelo has more than 12 years of teaching experience as a college professor in Colombia, Mexico and the United States. She also has worked as a research consultant in Colombia and Mexico, evaluating several programs that involved community engagement. Her experience as a contributor writer for Hola Noticias, the local Hispanic newspaper, as well as her engagement in several Hispanic organizations have allowed her to get to know closely the Hispanic community. Maira holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. Her dissertation focused on early literacy practices at home and beliefs about education among the Hispanic community in Jacksonville. Based on the results of her dissertation Duval County Public School created the first bilingual Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) at West Riverside Elementary School.  Prior to working at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Maira worked as assistant of assessment at the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida. She is currently a board member of the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and chairs the Achieving The Dream Scholarship for Hispanic students. Maira mentors high school students who are pursuing their college education. She also volunteers with the Refugee Program at Catholic Charities. 

maira@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 351-6671

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ReGina F. Newkirk

ReGina F. Newkirk Development Director

ReGina Newkirk joined JPEF as the Director of Development in July 2017. She has over fifteen years of fundraising experience, including her service as Executive Director of Rocketown in Nashville, TN, and Director of Development, Communications, and Community Relations of Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC. At Rocketown, ReGina was responsible for overseeing the $1.2 million organization, as well as successfully managed a $7.4 million capital campaign. During her tenure at Whitman-Walker Clinic, she was responsible for all fundraising, which resulted in approximately $14 million annually. This included major donors, direct mail, individual gifts, public and private grants, planned giving, and special events. Before her work at Whitman-Walker, ReGina served as the director of grants and corporate relations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington where she oversaw all grant requests, grants management and corporate sponsorship proposals. She more than doubled the grant dollars raised in her first year and she increased federal funding by 500 percent.

Most recently, ReGina has been serving the educational needs of children in the classroom. She joined Teach for America in 2013, where she served as an elementary school teacher to Title I students in Oklahoma City. Her students made significant gains in math and reading, and she was an integral part of improving her school’s grade from an F to a C. She then moved to Jacksonville to teach for two additional years, working as a 5th grade math teacher at KIPP Impact Middle School and a 4th grade math teacher at Andrew Robinson Elementary School.

ReGina was born in Fort Collins, CO, and raised in Nashville. She graduated with highest honors from New York University with a B.F.A. in dramatic writing. She received her master’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.

regina@jaxpef.org | cell: (615) 516-8004

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Carly Yetzer Manager of Finance & Administration, Executive Assistant

Carly Yetzer grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and is the product of a public school education. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and International Studies. In 2006 Carly matriculated into the Teach for America corps in the Bay Area teaching fourth grade at DJ Meyer Elementary School in San Jose and then sixth grade English Language Arts at KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco. During that time, she earned her California Preliminary Teaching Credential through Alliant International University. 

In 2008 Carly moved to Jacksonville where she continued to work in the field of education as an Assistant Director at Huntington Learning Center. There she managed operations and tutored students. Carly joined the JPEF team for the first time in March of 2010 in the position of Operations Associate and later became the team's Finance Manager.  While in Jacksonville, Carly served on the Teach for America Jacksonville Alumni Board for two years and volunteered for four years as a mentor with Achievers for Life at Matthew Gilbert Middle School and then with Take Stock in Children at First Coast High School. In 2014 Carly moved back to the midwest and made the decision to stay home with her children. Three years later, in 2017, Carly was pleased to have the opportunity to return to her position as Finance Manager on the JPEF team.

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