Staff Directory

 
Trey Csar

Trey Csar, M.P.P. President

Trey Csar has been the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund since 2009, a role in which he has grown JPEF into an active voice for universally high quality public schools in the Jacksonville Area. The organization conducts research, mobilizes the community and advocates for common-sense systemic solutions to improve student performance. Through the new Quality Education For All Fund, JPEF, in collaboration with the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, is investing $50 million to improve the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers and leaders in 36 historically underperforming schools in Duval County.

Before coming to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Trey worked as a youth organizer in San Francisco, working to involve students throughout California in advocating for better educational opportunities for their fellow students. He taught in an inner-city elementary school in Houston with Teach For America and served as an assistant principal at KIPP New Orleans West (NOW), a school set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to work with low-income students who evacuated to Houston from the New Orleans area. Trey has a master's degree in education policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and bachelor's degrees from theUniversity of Florida in Journalism and Business Administration. He also serves on advisory boards for the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida and WJCT Public Broadcasting.
Trey lives in the Riverside-Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville with his wife, Sunny, and their two children.

trey@jaxpef.org | cell: (415) 215-4994

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Rachael Tutwiler Fortune

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune Executive Vice President

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune is Executive Vice President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund where she oversees the organization’s programmatic work in advocacy, communications, data and research, community mobilization, and educator excellence initiatives. Together with her program colleagues, she works to deliver JPEF’s strategy to power the potential in and around local schools. Having served in government, nonprofit, 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 recently returned from Washington, D.C. where she served as Senior Director of Alliance Engagement at America’s Promise Alliance. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, she was responsible for leading the GradNation Campaign and developed and guided implementation of a plan to accelerate progress to the 90 percent by 2020 campaign goal. The plan emphasized the importance of closing graduation gaps nationwide, collaborating across sectors, and adopting state and local policies and solutions that improve outcomes for all young people.

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 multimillion-dollar Race to the Top grants and supported state education agency implementation of various K-12 policies and programs during the Obama Administration. She completed a detail, functionally serving 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 served as JPEF’s first Community Engagement Manager, 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from Stanford University. Among other leadership roles, she served as UNF’s second African American female Student Government President and while in graduate school, she interned at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is happily married to her husband, Emmanuel and 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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Zachary Champagne

Zachary Champagne Director, Advocacy and Program

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). 

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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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Laura Alrutz

Laura Alrutz Senior Manager, Policy Analysis

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.

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Charmaine Campo

Charmaine Campo Sr. Manager, Marketing & Communications

Charmaine joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in June 2016. She is a Jacksonville native and grew up in the Duval County Public school system. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Mass Communications – Journalism and a B.A. in Spanish. As a former military spouse, Charmaine has travelled across the United States (with her husband, cat, and two dogs in tow) and met many different kinds of people. Previously, she worked with a corporate Women’s Networking Group, producing communications that connected and empowered women nationwide to seek professional and educational development opportunities. Charmaine has produced communications for many nonprofits and social service organizations including Communities In Schools, military Family Readiness Groups, and Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. She is a detail-oriented storyteller and journalist with an eagerness to bring people together and an eye for creative problem-solving. 

Charmaine believes every child deserves access to quality education. She loves the city of Jacksonville and is passionately committed to making a positive impact in her hometown.

charmaine@jaxpef.org | cell: (904) 790-1178

 

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Kristellys Estanga, M.A.

Kristellys Estanga, M.A. Community Mobilization Manager

Ms. Estanga was born in Venezuela and arrived in the United States at the age of seven. Her experience instilled in her a strong work ethic and principles that have allowed her to be constantly engaged with her community in order to work for the common good and the improvement of people’s quality of life. She has a decade of experience in advocacy and community organizing around foreign policy issues, education and, most recently, health care. She is passionate about developing leaders and promoting civic engagement, and during the time she has lived in Jacksonville, she has been engaged with organizations and campaigns outside of her professional role. Her most recent civic achievement has been her appointment to the Sheriff’s Community Engagement Committee, which began in late 2015 and culminated in April 2016. She founded and chaired the Jacksonville Criminal Justice Behavioral Collaborative, a collaboration between the 4th Judicial Circuit, JSO and community behavioral health providers. Additionally, she's engaged and involved in the political sphere with a passion for developing servant-leaders, empowering communities through advocacy, and working with political stakeholders to ensure good policy on a number of issues. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Florida International University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Religious Studies. She graduated with top accolades from Eastern University with a Master of Arts in Urban Studies and Community Development. 

 

kris@jaxpef.org | cell: (954) 804-9010

 

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Valerie Howard

Valerie Howard Manager of Finance and Administration and Executive Assistant

Valerie settled in Jacksonville back in 2007 where she began attending the University of North Florida.  She was actively involved in the Honors program where she took part in several of their Study Abroad programs which focused on service projects in schools and orphanages around the globe. She became keenly aware of the importance and affect of education when she became actively involved as a mentor with the Jaguars Community Scholars Program, which aims to develop academic skills in high school students furthering their advancement onto college.  She continued to seek after organizations with similar missions, and was awarded an internship in Washington DC with the Heart of America Foundation.  There, she had the opportunity to work on the operations side of a non-profit organization, and assisted in refurbishing underfunded school libraries across the country. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011 with Honors.  Valerie went on to work for Girls Inc. of Jacksonville as a Kindergarten Coordinator, and later became a Recruiter and then an Executive Coordinator for a local company.  She continues to volunteer at several organizations around the area.

valerie@jaxpef.org | cell: (850) 293-2953

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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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