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. | direct: (904) 356-6948 | cell: (415) 215-4994

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Pam Paul

Pam Paul, MBA Executive Vice President

For the past two decades, Pam has worked at key organizations in Jacksonville dedicated to providing low-income children access to supports, opportunities, and high quality public schools. At the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Pam oversees the organization's programmatic work in community mobilization, data and research, and advocacy and communications. Prior to her current role, Pam was Vice President of Community Initiatives for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, including responsibility for Quality Education for ALL, a ten-year initiative for eliminating the achievement gap, and Learning to Finish, a collaborative to increase the graduation rate. Pam also served for more than twelve years at the Jacksonville Children's Commission overseeing expansion of youth development programs, including partnering with the school district to create the TEAM UP afterschool program. Pam's earlier positions were with United Way of Northeast Florida, and advertising firms, Wunderman Worldwide (London), Young and Rubicam (New York), and Burton-Campbell (Atlanta). A native of Jacksonville, Pam received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Masters in Business Administration from  City University London. She is a graduate of  Leadership Jacksonville and the Jessie Ball duPont Community Building Fund Community Coaches program. She is married to Hank Holbrook and has a son, Chad, currently a junior in high school. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (904) 333-3652

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Kimberly Allen, Ph.D.

Kimberly Allen, Ph.D. Research Analyst

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. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (904) 710-4984 

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Deirdre Conner

Deirdre Conner Advocacy & Communications Director

Deirdre Conner joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in June 2011 after spending seven years as a print journalist. Previously, she was a staff writer for  The Florida Times-Union, where she covered a broad range of issues, including urban and suburban affairs, education, demographics and race relations. Before moving to Jacksonville in 2007, Deirdre was a reporter for the  Naples Daily News, where she wrote about education and child welfare in Lee County, Florida. She won Florida Press Club awards in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Deirdre is a native of Miami, Florida, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from  Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. | direct: (904) 394-0950 | cell: (904) 345-0597

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Imani Hope

Imani Hope, M.P.P. Director of Strategic Investments

Imani joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in December of 2013, bringing nearly a decade of experience working in youth development and education.  A Florida native, Imani completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Education from the University of Florida. She has also completed graduate coursework in Education Policy at George Washington University, taking coursework focused on Urban Policy Problems and Policies of Educational Equity. Early in her professional career, Imani developed a passion for improving education outcomes in urban areas.  She served as a Program Director with the YMCA of Central Florida, as well as in the office of teacher certification at the Florida Department of Education. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Imani worked as an educator with the School District of Philadelphia and as a research and policy associate with the National League of Cities in Washington, DC. Imani comes to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund with a strong background in education reform and education policy, and commitment to working to ensure that all children have access to quality education. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (904) 323-1246

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Megan Hubbuch

Megan Hubbuch, CPA Finance and Administration Director

Megan Hubbuch, CPA joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in October 2014.  Megan previously spent nine years in public accounting providing auditing services to property/casualty and life insurers and co-managing office operations including marketing, recruiting, budgeting and professional development.  She volunteers her accounting and strategic planning skills through participation on the board of The Seaside Playgarden Preschool, a small non-profit preschool in Jacksonville Beach. Megan received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Kutztown University and Masters in Business Administration from Salisbury University. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Florida Institute of CPAs. Megan is married to a St. Johns County School District teacher and has two young children. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (610) 392-5848

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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. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (904) 351-6671

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Jason Rose

Jason Rose, Ph.D. Vice President, Data & Research

Jason Rose joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in January 2011. He began his career in education as a first and second grade teacher at schools in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, where he also served as grade level chair and as part of multiple leadership and community outreach committees at each school. Jason received his training in quantitative and qualitative analysis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he worked as a researcher and analyst for several education research projects at the  Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. His own dissertation research examined a national dataset of students between kindergarten and fifth grade to identify teacher, classroom and school characteristics associated with significant reading achievement differences during the early years of school. For this research, he participated in advanced data analysis training with the  Institute of Education Studies/National Center for Education Statistics in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jason was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Center for Diverse Families and Communities at  The Pennsylvania State University where he oversaw all data collection and analysis for a statewide project on the social and educational effects of quality afterschool programs and also worked as an expert consultant on data collection and analysis in school settings for the AZ REACH project at the  University of Arizona. He has presented at numerous regional and national education research and data conferences, including the American Educational Research AssociationSociety for Research on Child Development and South By Southwest EDU.  Jason has a master's degree in early childhood education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has most recently completed a two year fellowship with the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (904) 257-3797

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Valerie Howard

Valerie Howard 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. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (850) 293-2953

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Charmaine Campo

Charmaine Campo Marketing & Communications Manager

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. | office: (904) 356-7757 | 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. | office: (904) 356-7757 | cell: (954) 804-9010


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