Paul Perez, Chairman is Chief Compliance Officer of Fidelity National Financial. Born in Havana, Cuba, his parents immigrated to Jacksonville in the late 1960's. He graduated from Jacksonville University, received a master's degree from University of Florida and law degree from George Washington University. He served as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida from 2002 - 2007. His civic involvement includes serving on the boards of Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority and Florida Coastal School of Law. He formerly served as chairman of the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee.
William D. Brinton, Vice Chairman is an attorney with the law firm of Rogers Towers P.A. A long-time advocate of scenic enhancement, he spearheaded a petition drive in 1987 to put a strong billboard ban on the ballot for vote by the citizens, which passed by a landslide. In 2000, he launched yet another successful petition drive calling for minimum standards for tree protection, conservation and mitigation during development. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Scenic America, Inc., based in Washington, D.C., and is the present and past chair of Scenic America’s Billboard Control Committee. He is the co-founder of Citizens for a Scenic Florida, Inc. and Scenic Jacksonville, Inc. and served for six years as chairman of the Jacksonville Landscape Commission. In addition to his environmental work, Mr. Brinton also organized an initiative that successfully placed a two-term limit on Jacksonville City Council members. In 2007. Mr. Brinton received The Community Foundation’s first Prize for Civic Engagement. He has served on numerous boards and in 2005, he received Jacksonville Community Council, Inc’s first Milestone Award for Citizen Advocacy in recognition of his efforts over the past three decades. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his law degree from the University of Florida.
Martha Baker is a community volunteer who serves on the boards of WJCT, Episcopal Children's Services Foundation, the Jacksonville Zoo and Christ Episcopal Church Foundation. She is a founding member of the Women's Giving Alliance, a member of the Women's Board of Wolfson Children's Hospital, and a member of the Beaches Habitat Advisory Council. Baker is a graduate of Davidson College (BA) and Duke University (MA).
Peggy Bryan is founder of Shadowlawn Nursery, a division of the Reinhold Corporation, of which she is a director. She is an active community volunteer, currently serving on the executive committee of YMCA Metro Jacksonville and the boards of PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville and Greenscape of Jacksonville. Peggy and her family have deep ties to Clay County. As the director of the Reinhold Community Service Awards for many years, she worked to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations in Clay County. In addition, she was a member of the Community Building Fund Community Coaches program and she has served as a volunteer coach to many nonprofit agencies in Duval and Clay Counties.
Cindy Edelman received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her MAT from Jacksonville University. An active community volunteer, Cindy has served on the Boards of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Leadership Jacksonville, Youth Leadership Jacksonville, past President of Congregation Ahavath Chesed and a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Recently retired as an AP Art History instructor, Cindy has taught in The Bolles School and Florida State College. Currently, Cindy is Chair of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, a member of the Education committee at the Cummer, a member of the board for City Year, and teaches Art Appreciation for Seniors at the Jewish Community Alliance.
Charles D. Hyman (Chuck), is the president/founder of Charles D. Hyman & Co., a private, registered investment management firm located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The firm primarily manages assets for individuals and families, as well as pension and profit sharing plans. Charles D. Hyman & Co. believes in a relationship driven approach to portfolio management and strives to achieve long-term investment objectives on behalf of its clients.Chuck has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from The University of Virginia (1981) and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Florida (1984). He has 25 years experience in the investment business. He is involved civically with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (former Board/Treasurer), The Police Athletic League (PAL), The River Club of Jacksonville (Board/President), and The Greenwood School (Board/President).Chuck was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 17, 1959. He has been married to Janet Healy for nineteen years. They have two children, Joe (11) and Lainie (13).
Deborah Pass-Durham is president of ATS Services, a staffing and executive recruiting organization with 35 offices located in 14 states. Ms. Pass also chairs the Kesler Mentoring Connection and serves on the board of the Delores Pass Kesler Foundation. A native of Jacksonville and graduate of Leadership Florida, Ms. Pass is very involved in the community and serves or has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Hope Haven Children’s Clinic & Family Center, United Way of Northeast Florida and Dignity U Wear. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Philanthropic Initiative program at The Community Foundation and has served on the steering committee of the Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation.
C. Daniel Rice, has served as President and CEO of Mayport Venture Partners, LLC since its founding in 2000. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Rice was a partner in the law firm McGuireWoods LLP and served as Chief Administrative Partner at Mahoney Adams & Criser, P.A., prior to the merger of the two firms. Mr. Rice currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Pet Resort, Inc. and has been an adviser to other portfolio companies on issues such as strategic partnerships, fundraising, business plan development, operational issues and restructuring. Mr. Rice received a BS in Financial Management from Clemson University and both his MBA and JD degrees from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he served as a computer programming and research assistant at its Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He is active in various philanthropic endeavors, including service on several not-for-profit boards of directors.
The Honorable Harvey E. Schlesinger is a U.S. District Court Judge serving the Middle District of Florida. In 1968, after serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army, he moved to Jacksonville to work as corporate counsel to Seaboard Coastline Railroad. In 1970, he became Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida and later was appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for the same district. He has received many awards, including NCCJ's Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award, the George Washington Medal of Honor for Patriotism, the Franklin N. Flaschner Award from the American Bar Association as the Outsanding Trial Judge in the United States and the Green Award from the University of Richmond for professional excellence. Judge Schlesinger has served on many not-for-profit boards and is a member of Congregation Ahavath Chesed
Ryan Schwartz serves as Chief Marketing Officer for US Assure, an insurance program administrator and services organization. Mr. Schwartz joined the company in 1998 after studying Risk Management and Insurance at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. In addition to his service as a trustee of the Community Foundation, he is actively involved in philanthropy and leadership of numerous organizations. He is serving his second term as Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, is a director and Immediate Past Chairman of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and serves as a trustee of the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens. Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Initiative program and Leadership Jacksonville.
James Van Vleck has served as adjunct professor and assistant to the president at the University of North Florida, interim executive director of the Jacksonville Symphony, spearheaded Mayor John Peyton’s literacy initiative and now serves on the Jacksonville Symphony Association Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. For 35 years he worked for the Mead Corporation, serving as president of several Mead businesses, Mead’s executive in Europe, and International Senior Vice President. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1956.
Dori Walton worked for approximately 20 years in the commercial and investment banking industry in New York City with her most recent position as Director in the Latin American Investment Banking Division of ING. She graduated with a BA in Religion from Princeton University in 1978 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. After moving to Jacksonville in 2000, Dori quickly became active in the local community. She currently serves on the Board of the Museum of Science and History, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and the Riverside Presbyterian Day School. She is a former board member of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. She and her husband, Bill, have three children.
Tracey Westbrook is the founder of Threads and More, a uniform distribution company. Previously, she worked for King Provision Corporation, where she was instrumental in creating and developing King Uniform, the primary uniform distributor for Burger King. Currently, she serves as a trustee of the David A. Stein Family Foundation. Mrs. Westbrook led the successful capital campaign to establish a permanent campus for the Greenwood School, which specializes in educating students who learn differently or have specific learning disabilities. She also has been recognized by the Jewish Community Alliance for her outstanding service as a board member and is an active member of Congregation Ahavath Chesed. Mrs. Westbrook was a member of the inaugural class of the Philanthropic Initiative, a program designed by The Community Foundation to give young community leaders an opportunity to learn about the history and practice of philanthropy and engage them in a strategic-giving practicum that enhances the work of the Foundation in building community assets. Also, she is currently a member of the Women's Giving Alliance.
Jim Winston is Chairman-Director of LPMC, a private investment company and President of Citadel Life & Health Insurance Company. He is also a General Partner of the White Oak Land Company, which was actively involved in real estate development at Amelia Island including the Ritz Carlton, Summer Beach Resort, and the Golf Club of Amelia Island. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, Mr. Winston has been active in community affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Patriot Transportation. He is past Chair and a current member of Florida State College Foundation, past Chairman of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WJCT, past Chairman of Florida’s First Coast YMCA, past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the First Coast Community Music School, past President of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
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