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Meet Our Board of Trustees

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Our Board of Trustees is deeply committed to the vision of stimulating philanthropy to build a better community. They generously contribute their time and talents to ensure that The Community Foundation grows and prospers so that Northeast Florida can benefit, forever.

Martha Baker

Martha Baker, Chair
Community Volunteer

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Martha is a community volunteer who is actively involved in philanthropy and leadership of numerous organizations. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and as a trustee of The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Baptist Health Foundation, the WJCT Foundation, Renewing Dignity, Florida House and Davidson College Board of Visitors. Martha is also a co-founder of the Beaches Community Fund and co-chaired the Women’s Collective Giving Network’s 2017 National Leadership Forum. 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 Christ Episcopal Church Foundation Trustee Emeritus. In the past, she has been a trustee of the Bolles School, HEAL, MOSH, MOCA, Beaches Habitat for Humanity Advisory, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Episcopal Children’s Services Foundation. A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of Davidson College (BA) and Duke University (AM). Martha is married to Tom Baker and they have three grown children.

Judge Davis

The Honorable Brian J. Davis,
Chair-Elect

U.S. District Court Judge

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Brian Davis was appointed as United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida by President Barack Obama in 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as a state Circuit Court Judge for nearly 20 years in Jacksonville and most recently, Nassau County. Judge Davis is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Florida College of Law. Previously, he practiced law privately in the civil arena and was Florida’s first African-American Chief Assistant State Attorney. Judge Davis has actively volunteered with Leadership Jacksonville, NCCJ, Urban League, NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Jacksonville Community Council, Hubbard House, Help Center, PACE Center for Girls, OneJax, the Jaguars Foundation, and he chaired the Mayor’s Domestic Violence Task Force in 1999. He served on The Community Foundation’s Forum for Quality Education, and is on the board of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

Carol Alexander

Carol J. Alexander
President & Chief Creative Officer,
MaBu: A Cultural Resource

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An arts management executive, producer, storyteller and educator, Carol Alexander’s work has taken her around the world including her oversight of the reopening of the National Museum of Liberia in 2017, following a 14-year civil war there. She has been the driving force behind two local museums, serving as the Founding Executive Director of Jacksonville’s prestigious Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, and she founded and has directed the artistic and educational operations at the American Beach Museum on Amelia Island since it opened in 2014.

Dr. Solomon (Sol) G. Brotman

Dr. Solomon (Sol) G. Brotman
VP, National Clinical Operations, Life and Specialty Ventures

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Dr. Brotman is Vice President of National Clinical Operations for Life and Specialty Ventures, serving as chief dental officer for BlueCross affiliates. He maintains a private practice in San Marco. Dr. Brotman attended Washington & Lee University, received a D.D.S. degree from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Comprehensive General Dentistry from the University of Florida. Sol has served on the faculties of both the University of Florida and the University of Maryland, which named the Brotman Facial Pain Center in 2000. Dr. Brotman’s commitment to the community is evident with numerous honors and awards received, including Florida Dental Association Community Service Award, OneJax Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award, as well as the Bank of America Local Hero Award. Sol served as founding Chairman of OneJax, Florida Board of Dentistry Chairman, HandsOn Jacksonville President, Jewish Family and Community Services President, Mental Health Foundation of Jacksonville Community Board Chairman, and Jacksonville Lacrosse Club President. He has also been a member of multiple governing boards and committees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and various non-profit boards.

Michael DuBow

Michael DuBow
DuBow Family Foundation

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Michael DuBow, a native of Jacksonville, currently manages a family investment portfolio and serves as Vice-President of the DuBow Family Foundation, overseeing all grantmaking initiatives. Previously, he had an extensive career in the Pharmaceutical industry as co-founder of HMS Sales and Marketing, a full service company focused on generic prescription products in the US market.  Michael has been involved in a wide array of non-profit initiatives and organizations.  He previously served as President of the Jacksonville Jewish Center and is currently the Board Chair of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital and a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.  Michael received his BSM from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Florida.  Michael is married (Helen) and has two children.

George Egan

George M. Egan
President & CEO, Reinhold Corporation

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George M. Egan is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Reinhold Corporation, a family owned timber/land management and investment holding company. Prior to Reinhold, George spent nearly 20 years as an investment banker in New York City and Pittsburgh. George received his BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

George currently serves as a Director of the Reinhold Corporation, Shadowlawn Farms and Hueman People Solutions, LLC. He also serves as the Chair of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation, and as a Trustee of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church Foundation and The Paul E. & Klare N. Reinhold Foundation. Since 2014, George has been a member of the Investment Committee of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Formerly, George served as Chair of the St. Mark's Episcopal Day School Board and as a Trustee of the Pittsburgh Children’s Institute and of Shady Side Academy.

Barbara Harrell

Barbara Harrell
Community Volunteer

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Barbara Harrell, an active community volunteer, is a founding member and past president of The Women’s Giving Alliance and a trustee of The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Formerly, she served on the boards of the Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission, the Daniel Foundation and JCCI. With an early focus on public education, she served as campaign chair of the community effort in 1987 to pass the $199 million referendum which built and renovated schools, served as Chair of the Mayor’s Education Council, and served on a number of task forces and committees appointed by the School Board and the Superintendent of Schools. She was a 2011 honoree of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Robert E. Hill Jr.

Robert E. Hill Jr.
Community Volunteer

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Robert Hill moved into the Vice Chairman role at Acosta in 2016 after spending 22 years with the company. He spent seven years as CEO of the company and was president and COO for the five years prior to that. Mr. Hill led the $2 billion company with 30,000 associates to become a leading sales and marketing agency throughout North America. The company more than doubled in size during Mr. Hill’s tenure as CEO.

Mr. Hill has spent 30 years in the consumer products industry after a short stint in the commercial banking industry. He joined his family sales agency business, based in East Tennessee in 1986 and became President in 1990. The company was acquired by Acosta in 1994, and Mr. Hill moved to Jacksonville FL in 1997 to begin a series of operational roles over the next two decades.

Mr. Hill’s responsibility expanded to larger geographies over the next several years until he became President and COO from 2004 until 2009. He moved into the CEO role in 2009. During Mr. Hill’s tenure as CEO (2009-2016), he led the company’s expanded relationships with clients such as P&G, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Samsung, Con Agra, Clorox, Tyson, Hostess, Starbucks, Mondelez, Smuckers, and many others. The company also rapidly expanded its business with leading retailers such as Walmart, Costco, and Kroger.

Currently, Mr. Hill is engaged in the Jacksonville community as he serves on the Board of Baptist Health, the largest hospital system in North Florida. He served as System Chair of the Board for seven years. He also serves on the Board of the United Way and led the N. Florida $25 million campaign in 2017. He also serves on the Board of the Community Foundation, The Trust Company of Tennessee, and Furman University.

Michael Meyers

Michael Meyers
Community Volunteer/Retired Attorney

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Michael Meyers, trained as a lawyer, is an active board member for and trusted advisor to a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In 2016 Mr. Meyers retired after 23 years at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, an international law firm where he practiced corporate and finance law, mostly in the energy sector.

In the non-profit arena, he currently serves as a board member of The Bolles School and the Peter Michael Foundation (a 501(c)(3) focused on prostate cancer research and treatment), and on the Advisory Board of the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida (a field of interest fund housed at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida).

In the for-profit sector, Mr. Meyers serves as a director of the Peter Michael Winery, a premium California winery, and as a Managing Member of ML Venture Investments, a family company.

Velma Monteiro-Tribble

Velma Monteiro-Tribble
Senior Director, Foundation Community Investments
Florida Blue Foundation

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Velma Monteiro-Tribble is Senior Director – Foundation Community Investments for the Florida Blue Foundation. The Foundation is the philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, formerly Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, and seeks to improve the health and well-being of Floridians and their communities.

Prior to joining the executive team at the Florida Blue Foundation, Monteiro-Tribble served as Executive Officer and Assistant Treasurer of the Alcoa Foundation, a worldwide $500 million foundation based in Pittsburgh and New York City. There she developed and implemented the strategic direction and operations including corporate citizenship and global philanthropy nationally and internationally in 33 different countries.

Her experience includes five years at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she specialized in leadership development programs particularly for initiatives in Latin America, South Africa and Salzburg, Austria. She has served in executive roles at the National Association for Community Leadership and at American College Testing (ACT). As an entrepreneur, for five years she owned and operated a national marketing, training and human resources development company that provided leadership development, management and multicultural diversity training for major corporations, governments, individuals and the banking industry.

Monteiro-Tribble’s early work in volunteerism and education ranges from service in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines to drafting the first White House Initiative Executive Order for the involvement of Historically Black Colleges and Universities with the Federal Government during her tenure in the U.S. Department of Education.

She currently serves on Nonprofit Boards here in Florida, to name a few, Vice Chairperson, the Florida Education Foundation, Chairperson, FSCJ Foundation, and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.

George Schulz

George E. "Buddy" Schulz Jr.
Lawyer

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George E. "Buddy" Schulz Jr. is a trial lawyer, and his practice has involved him in litigation throughout the United States since 1973. He has served as a cabinet member of United Way; general counsel of PACE Center for Girls/Jacksonville; a director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.; a director of the Jacksonville Urban League; a member of the City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission; a member of the City of Jacksonville Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Strategy Board; and a member of the Gator Bowl Association. He is presently a trustee emeritus of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and a member of Florida Blue Key. Mr. Schulz earned his law degree following military service as a lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

Ryan Schwartz

Ryan A. Schwartz
CEO, Patronus Medical

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Mr. Schwartz is Chief Executive Officer of Patronus Medical, an international provider of destination medicine and private health services. Prior to joining Patronus, he spent more than two decades at US Assure, an insurance company, joining the organization 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 a trustee and Past Chairman of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Schwartz also served as Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville where he chaired its successful $13 million expansion campaign, is a Past Chairman of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and is involved with KIPP Jacksonville Schools. Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of The Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Initiative program and Leadership Jacksonville.

Richard Sisisky

Richard L. Sisisky
President/Owner, The Shircliff & Sisisky Company

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Richard Sisisky has been a prominent member of the business and civic community in Jacksonville for three decades. He has served in numerous leadership positions, including the boards of Stein Mart, Inc. where he was the lead director; Baptist Health Systems, Jacksonville; The Bolles School; WJCT; United Way of Northeast Florida; Jewish Federation of Jacksonville (president); and the Jewish Foundation of Jacksonville (president). He is the founding chair of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Public Policy Institute of Jacksonville University. Mr. Sisisky was a 1999 Humanitarian Award Recipient of the National Conference for Community & Justice, and was recognized as the 2015 Florida Hospital Association Trustee of the Year.

Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor
Community Volunteer

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Julia Taylor has had an active career in both the private and non-profit sectors, including Director of Community Affairs and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of North Florida; State Director of Development, PACE Center for Girls, Inc; and Director, Boutique and Agenda, Stein Mart, Inc. She currently serves as a Trustee of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center Leadership Council; the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless Advisory Board, and is president of Weave Tales, Inc.

Among her previous Board service, Julia was president of the Women’s Giving Alliance; Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc.; Barnabas, Inc; Junior League of Jacksonville, Inc, and the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem, Fourth Judicial Circuit. She served as First Vice President of the Association of Junior Leagues International and on the national board of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. Julia is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. and Leadership Florida, Inc.

Julia is a recipient of the ONE JAX Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award and the EVE Award for Community Service. She was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts, Gateway Council, Northeast Florida and was awarded the Junior League’s Tillie K.Fowler Award, and the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Northeast Florida.

Julia holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Mary Washington College.

Dori Walton

Dori Walton
Community Volunteer/Former Investment Banker

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Ms. 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 is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. After moving to Jacksonville in 2000, she quickly became active in the local community. She currently serves on the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Board of Directors and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. She formerly served on the board of Riverside Presbyterian Day School. She is a former board member of the Jacksonville Symphony, Museum of Science and History and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Ms. Walton graduated with a BA in Religion from Princeton University in 1978 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984.

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