Walton, Cochran join Board of Directors
Kevin Hyde, managing partner at Foley and Lardner, is the new chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). In addition, Lisa Cochran, chief information officer for VyStar Credit Union, and Terry Patrick Walton of Terry Patrick Walton Consulting have also joined the board of directors.
Hyde joined the board in 2015. Hyde has lived in Jacksonville since 1988 and was elected to the City Council in 2003, serving as Council President from 2005-2006. Hyde practices labor and employment law where he focuses on resolving workplace disputes, counseling employers on employee relations issues, and training employees and supervisors. He has long been involved in leadership positions with the Florida Bar. 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. He and his wife Kathi operate a non-profit to provide summer camp scholarships to needy students, www.joelsloancampfund.org.
Cochran is a transformational technology executive with diverse experiences across the healthcare and financial services industries. She joined Vystar as the Chief Information Officer in July 2021, bringing 25+ years’ experience leading technology organizations at global banks including Citi and Bank of America, as well as small and mid -size organizations. She focuses on simplifying technology and reducing friction for members by making technology simpler and easier to use. Cochran began programming computers at the age of 12 and is passionate about closing the digital divide in underserved communities where STEM education isn’t readily available.
Walton’s experience in career consulting, career development, and executive search services span her 30-year career. Since 2008, she has focused on providing job search, résumés, interview skills, and career strategy coaching for young adults through Terry Patrick Walton Consulting, and recently with Early Stage Careers in New York. She is the author of the book "Yes! The Job is Mine; 4 Steps to Get the Job” and founded 20sEmpowered.com, and previously My Career Catapult, to focus on young adult career development. Her previous experience includes Partner and Consultant with Heidrick & Struggles, an international executive search firm. Terry has a Myers-Briggs (MBTI) certification, Change Leadership certificate from eCornell, and a degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Walton and Cochran will serve four-year terms on the board of directors.
“We are grateful to the experience, support and dedication our board members bring to JPEF,” said Rachel Tutwiler Fortune, JPEF president. “We have set big goals around closing the literacy gap for students of color and launched an initiative to retain and recruit 1,000 diverse male teachers by 2025. We could not do this without the leadership provided by Chairman Hyde and our incredible board of directors.”