JACKSONVILLE, FL – Leadership Jacksonville has selected 57 community leaders to participate in their annual adult flagship program. Since the first graduating class of 1977, over 2,400 alumni have completed the program and explored the dynamics of society, analyzed major areas of community concern and opportunity, facilitated the development of their personal leadership capacity, and connected with a rich network of dedicated community trustees.
Members of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2024 are listed below:
Meaghan Atkinson, Vice President, Sustainability, Crowley Maritime Corporation
Kimberly Barrett, United States Pretrial Services Officer, United States District Court
Dane Bennett, Director of Government Relations, Baptist Health
Shawana Brooks, Executive Director and Curator, Moving the Margins
Angie Campbell, Publisher, Jacksonville Daily Record
Tom Caron, Vice President, Donor Services, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Devin Coleman, Managing Member, Devin D. Coleman and Associates
Stephen Dackiewicz, Director, Bank of Montreal (BMO)
Danny DiChiara, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown of Florida
Kareen Dorsett, Florida Blue Medicare VP and CFO, GuideWell / Florida Blue Medicare
Jackie Dowdy, CEO/President, River Region Human Services, Inc.
Stacy Ellison, Vice President, Development & Communications, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Barry Farmer, President, Nu Beta Sigma Alumni Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Tori Foster, Manager and Assistant to the President, JAXUSA Partnership
Melissa Fulmore-Hardwick, Chief Information Officer, CSI Companies
Dennis Gamble, President, Kappa Alpha Psi Jacksonville Foundation, Inc.
Saralyn Grass, Chief Executive Officer, Kids Hope Alliance
Ashantae Green, Owner/FarmHer, Green Legacy Farm/Farmery
Tara Haley, Dean of Education and Human/Downtown Campus, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Khalilah Hall, Senior Manager, International Program Management, CVS Health Inc.
Ernie Hamilton, Regional Executive Director – Greater Northeast, Children’s Home Society of Florida
Jan Hanak, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Regency Centers
Keshan Hargrove, Health Services Administrator, Florida Air National Guard
Chase Harris, Attorney, Harris Guidi Rosner P.A.
Matt High, Senior Vice President of Operations, One Call
Jim Howland, Navy Defense Counsel (Judge Advocate General), U.S. Navy
Jack Jackson, President, Dapper D’s Cigars
Ben Johnson, President, Martin Coffee Company
David Johnson, Senior Manager, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Fidelity Investments
Charlene Jones, Director of Marketing, Point Taken Communications
Desiree Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Step-by-Step Behavioral Health Services
Leon Kally, Regional Vice President, TD Bank
Liz Klein, Partner, All Tides Capital
Jennifer Kouchis, Chief Mortgage Banking Officer, VyStar Credit Union
Jimmy Lovelace, Chief Experience Officer, Community First Credit Union of Florida
Liz McCoy, Executive Director, Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park
Christopher McKee, Senior Pastor, The First Baptist Church of Oakland
Jamaal Medley, Territory General Manager, Coca-Cola
Kim Miller, Vice President of Outreach, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc.
Jack Moran, Trial Attorney, Woolsey Morcom PLLC
Richard Naylor, Chief Operating Officer, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation
ReGina Newkirk Rucci, Director of Equity, 904WARD
Sharwonda Peek, Assistant Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools
Laura Phillips Edgecombe, Director of Development, Build Up Downtown
Nancy Powell, Executive Director, Scenic Jacksonville
Rochelle Price, Community Volunteer
Sarah Rocco, Owner/President, The Rocco Group
Tyler Saldutti, Founder and CEO, Prime Realty
Laura Schepis, Chief External Affairs Officer, JEA
Jenn Short, Chief of Patrol Support, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Justin Sievert, General Counsel, Jacksonville Jaguars
Julie Simpson, Associate Vice President, Communications and Marketing, UF Health Jacksonville
Kendall Sisisky Valliere, Director of Development, Jewish Community Alliance
Stephen Smith, Attorney/Managing Member, Law Offices of Stephen A. Smith
Dogan Tozoglu, Executive Director, River City Science Academy
Brian Verkamp, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of North Florida
Scott Wohlers, President, Riverplace Capital Management, Inc.
“The Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2024 is made up of an exceptional group of leaders. They are eager to learn, to support one another and to explore innovative ways to make positive changes within their communities. I’m excited to witness their progress over the next year as they challenge themselves and each other to tackle some of our communities’ toughest issues and celebrate our cherished assets,” said Leadership Jacksonville Chief Executive Officer Gracie Simendinger.
Leadership Jacksonville educates, connects, and inspires diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities. Criteria for selection includes demonstrated leadership skills, active community involvement, and a willingness to invest time and energy required by the yearlong program.
Leadership Jacksonville was established in 1976 as a vehicle to stimulate leadership growth in the Northeast Florida community. The mission of Leadership Jacksonville is to educate, connect and inspire diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities. Leadership Jacksonville offers four programs: Leadership Jacksonville, New Leadership Summit, Next Generation, and Youth Leadership Jacksonville.