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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.

Ryan Schwartz

Ryan A. Schwartz, Chairman
Chief Operating Officer, US Assure

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Mr. Schwartz joined US Assure in 1998 after studying Risk Management and Insurance at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He currently serves as the Company's Chief Operating Officer. In addition to his service as a trustee of the Community Foundation, he is actively involved in philanthropy and leadership of numerous organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville where he is leading its capital campaign, is a director and Past Chairman of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and serves as vice chairman and trustee of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Initiative program and Leadership Jacksonville.

Martha Baker

Martha Baker
Community Volunteer

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Ms. Baker is an active community volunteer who serves on the boards of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Christ Episcopal Church Foundation, and the Baptist Health 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. Formerly, she served on the boards of WJCT, Episcopal Children’s Services, Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art and The Bolles School. Ms. Baker is a graduate of Davidson College (BA) and Duke University (MA).

Dr. Solomon (Sol) G. Brotman

Dr. Solomon (Sol) G. Brotman
General Dentist

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Dr. Brotman is general dentist, with a private practice in San Marco. Dr. Brotman attended Washington & Lee University and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland in 1980. He earned his Post Doctoral Certificate in Comprehensive General Dentistry from the University of Florida in 1990. 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 over the last ten years, including: OneJax Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award in 2012, as well as the Bank of America Local Hero Award in 2007 and as a member of the Notable Alumni of Washington & Lee University in 2004. 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 Stein Fellow Mentor for United Way of Northeast Florida, member of multiple governing boards and committees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and various non-profit boards.

Peggy Bryan

Peggy Bryan
Founder, Shadowlawn Nursery, a division of the Reinhold Corporation

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Mrs. Bryan is an active community volunteer, currently serving on the executive committee of YMCA Metro Jacksonville and the boards of Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville, Tiger Academy, Leadership Jacksonville, Gateway Foundation, Waste Not, Want Not, Inc., and Greenscape of Jacksonville. She serves a director of the Reinhold Corporation, and was the director of the Reinhold Community Service Awards for many years, where 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.

Judge Davis

The Honorable Brian J. Davis
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.

Michael DuBow

Michael DuBow
President, HMS Sales and Marketing

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Michael DuBow and hs father, Laurence, co-founded HMS Sales and Marketing, a full service company focused on the pharmaceutical industry, in the early 1990’s and sold the company to Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, India’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, in 2000. Mr. DuBow then went on to design, plan, and oversee the construction of Ranbaxy’s North American distribution center here in Jacksonville, where both he and his father maintain offices, and continue to provide consulting/guidance to Sun Pharma (purchased Ranbaxy in 2015) on select projects. A native of Jacksonville, Michael has served as president of the Jacksonville Jewish Center. He also is a member of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Board and former board member of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation, and Museum of Science and History (MOSH). As an involved member of the DuBow Family Foundation Board, Michael has been involved in a wide array of non-profit initiatives and organizations in Northeast Florida.

Deborah Pass Durham

Deborah Pass Durham
Founder and Principal at Potentiae, a company that advises growing businesses

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Ms. Pass-Durham helps organizations grow, acquire, and maximize profits. She has been widely recognized for her business and civic activities including Women Power Hitters, 40 under 40, Top Women-Owned Businesses, Inc. 500, First Coast 50, and OneJax Humanitarian Award. Prior to founding Potentiae, she was president of ATS Services, a national employment services company for over 15 years. Ms. Pass-Durham’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Hope Haven Children’s Clinic & Family Services.

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.
Vice Chairman of the Board, Acosta Sales & Marketing

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Mr. Hill is a long-time sales and marketing professional who has served Acosta in a variety of key capacities since 1994. His reputation for achieving outstanding results comes from his in-depth knowledge of the industry, strategic sales execution excellence, and strong client relationships. Hill was President of Siler Brokerage, a family business since 1927, and managed sales and marketing for numerous consumer packaged goods companies when Acosta acquired Siler in 1994. After a series of positions with increasing responsibility, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004. During his tenure, he has led Acosta in meeting the sales and marketing objectives for more than 1,000 consumer packaged goods companies across North America, and the acquisition and integration of 50 agencies to increase Acosta’s size, scale and service offerings. He became President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2009. Hill serves on numerous industry-related boards and is active in the Jacksonville, Florida community. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baptist Health System, which encompasses six Northeast Florida hospitals, a member of the Baptist Medical Center Downtown Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of Jacksonville University. He is also a board member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and serves as Chair of the Furman University Board of Trustees. Hill is a graduate of Furman University.

Michael Meyers

Michael Meyers
Community Volunteer/Former 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 the President of the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida (a giving circle housed at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida), and as a board member of the ACLU of Florida, and the Peter Michael Foundation (a 501(c)(3) focused on prostate cancer research and treatment).

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.

Paul Perez

Paul Perez
Chief Compliance Officer, Fidelity National Financial

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Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Perez’s parents immigrated to Jacksonville in 1960. 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 board of Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority. He formerly served as chairman of the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee, and was also a member of the board for Florida Coastal School of Law.

Madeline Scales Taylor

Madeline Scales-Taylor
Emeritus Staff Mayo Clinic Foundation

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Ms. Scales-Taylor spent nearly two decades leading the community affairs efforts of Mayo Clinic’s more than 5000 employees in Jacksonville. Previously, she chaired the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville human resources function. An active community volunteer, Ms. Scales-Taylor is a past chair of the board of directors for Leadership Jacksonville, Inc., United Way of Northeast Florida, City Kids Art Factory, Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. She formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ms. Scales-Taylor graduated from Webster College (Webster, MO) and completed postgraduate work at Northeastern University (Boston, MA).

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 is 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, UNF College of Business and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UNF; State Director of Development, PACE Center for Girls, Inc.; and Director, Boutique and Agenda, Stein Mart, Inc.

She currently chairs Barnabas Center, Inc.’s Endowment Campaign; and is a member of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center Leadership Council and the Board of Directors of the Children’s Campaign, a statewide advocacy organization. Previously, she served as President of the Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and the Junior League of Jacksonville, Inc. Julia has chaired the boards of The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless; Barnabas, Inc.; and the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem, Fourth Judicial Circuit. She was a board member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association and of Leadership Jacksonville, and was first vice president, Association of Junior Leagues International. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. and Leadership Florida, Inc.

Julia received the EVE Award for Community Service and the Junior League’s Tillie K. Fowler Award for Community Service; she was also named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council-Northeast Florida.

A native of Jacksonville, Julia holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg VA., and took graduate courses in both Political Science and Education at the University of Florida.

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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