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Premier Board Training Experience 2013 Cohort


ongratulations and fond wishes for success to each member of the Blueprint for Leadership Cohort of 2013. All of us at HandsOn Jacksonville thank you for your participation and attention, for your enthusiasm and good humor, for your competence and intelligence, and for your spirit and style. No doubt you are already laying claim to the title “Best Class,” and no doubt it is true at this moment in time! You have learned together, questioned together, planned together and rolled up your sleeves together to get a job done. You have been exposed to some of the innumerable needs in our community, and now as you move on to the next phase of your Blueprint for Leadership experience, more will be expected from you, and you will receive less guidance and support. Do, however, remember that we are here as a resource for you. Please plan to remain connected to us through our e-news, our various programs and services, and volunteer opportunities. Let me leave you with some final thoughts that you may already be familiar with since they have found their way into the political discourse. They come from the elders of the Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona. Let them speak to you in the context of your community and your own personal journey of service. We have been telling the people that this is the eleventh hour/Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the hour/And there are things to be considered./Where are you living?/What are you doing?/What are your relationships?/Are you in the right relation?/Where is your water?/Know your garden./It is time to speak your truth/Create your community./Be good to each other./And do not look outside yourself for the leader./This could be a good time!/There is a river flowing now very fast/It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid./They will try to hold onto the shore./They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly./Know the river has its destination./The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river,/Keep our eyes open, and our head above the water./See who is in there with you and celebrate./At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally./Least of all ourselves./For the moment that we do,/Our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt./The time of the lone wolf is over, Gather yourselves!/Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and your vocabulary./All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner/And in celebration./We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. In service,

Dr. Judith A.M. Smith

History of Blueprint for Leadership A trained, equipped and engaged board of directors can mean the difference between effectiveness and failure for nonprofit organizations. For more than twenty years, HandsOn Jacksonville has mobilized, equipped and placed leaders as interns on area nonprofit boards. Blueprint for Leadership was launched in 1988 as Project Blueprint in response to a Kellogg Foundation study which indicated a startling disparity between the percentage of income given by minorities to nonprofit organizations and the representation of minorities on governing boards of the same organizations. Project Blueprint was implemented by HandsOn Jacksonville to identify, recruit, train and place minority on nonprofit boards. The program experienced such tremendous success that in 1997 HandsOn Jacksonville broadened its mission locally, and it became Blueprint for Leadership. With the change came a corresponding movement of inclusion to reflect a true representation of the Northeast Florida population. Since the program’s inception in 1988, more than 850 people have graduated from Blueprint for Leadership and have interned on more than 50 local nonprofit boards of directors.

Blueprint for Leadership 2013 Cohort

Katherine Anthony earned her Masters of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University, and has a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNF. She is Project Auditor for CSX Corporation. Katherine volunteers for IMPACTJax as Professional Development Committee Chair and is a tutor at The Sulzbacher Center.

Whitney Brooks earned her BS Degree in Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude.) She is a Lending Manager at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Whitney works with young girls to be a role model and founded the organization Teens Making a Difference.

Monique Brown earned her BA in Political Science and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is the Corporate Compliance and Privacy Council at FIS. Ashley is an active member in the Junior League of Jacksonville and the United Way of Northeast Florida’s Women in Local Leadership.

Earlette BurnellHannibal earned her MJ in Corporate Law from Widener University School of Law and her Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and her BBA in Management from Jacksonville University. She is a Quality Assurance Analyst at Wells Fargo & Company. Earlette volunteers with United Way’s Honor Rwos and Real Sense, Wells Fargo CRCM Prep Program, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and more.

Callie Crump earned her Bachelor of Arts in Office Administration from Trinity Baptist College and holds a Christian Counseling Certification from the Association of Exchange Life. She is Member Relations Coordinator at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Callie volunteers as Director of Bible Fellowship and serves in multiple volunteer roles at her place of worship.

Lezita Davis earned her Masters in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She is a Manager at Prudential Financial. Lezita volunteers as a board member of the Working Women’s Tennis League, I.M. Sulzbacher and is a coach for the Junior Tennis League of Jacksonville.

Gregory Flowers earned his BA in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. He is the Process Owner Community Relationships, Brand & Marketing, Strategic Partnerships at Florida Blue. Gregory volunteers as the founding chair of ENNABLE Employee Resource Group, as a deacon at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, as an executive board member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and at Kesler Mentoring.

Lisa Giordana earned her BS in Computer Science from North Central College. She is the Finance Director for HandsOn Jacksonville. Lisa volunteers as a HandsOn Jacksonville project leader and supports her daughter’s athletic ambitions and associations.

Annie Grogan earned her BA in Secondary Education (Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico. She is the President/Executive Director of The H.I.L.L. of Northeast Florida. Annie volunteers to help Latino job seekers find gainful employment.

Matthew Hutchins earned his Masters in Business Administration in Leadership from Jacksonville University, and his Bachelor of Science in Business from Michigan State. He is the Vice President of Community Banks at Wells Fargo, Inc. Matthew volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and serves on the board of the Clay County Education Foundations.

Larry Grogg earned his BA in Business Management from Indiana University. He is an Operating Partner at Papa John’s Pizza. Larry volunteers for HandsOn Jacksonville as a board member and serves on the Development Committee.

Bill Hart earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Florida and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is Partner and Cofounder of Retirement Strategies, Inc. Bill volunteers with Highland’s Precious Gifts Preschool as treasurer and is an elder at Highlands United Presbyterian Church.

Paula Horvath-Neimeyer earned her Ph.D. in Mass communication and her Masters of Science in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is an Instructor at the Department of Communication at the University of North Florida. Paula volunteers with nonprofits that serve refugees, immigrants and minority groups.

Barbara Justice earned her Masters of International Business degree from University Linz, Austria. She was a recent employee of Client Focused Media. Barbara volunteers with the Nassu County Homeless Pet Shelter.

Staci Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Florida State University and is PHR certified. She is Vice President of Human Resources Business Partner at Wells Fargo. Staci volunteers as the Wells Fargo Volunteer Chapter Officer, American Lung Association, American Heart Walk, March of Dimes, Second Harvest Food Bank and the United Way of Northeast Florida.

Ashley Lyon is pursuing a business degree in IT Project Management at Capella University. She is the Events Coordinator at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Ashley volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem and coaches her 5 year old daughter’s soccer team.

Renee Moore earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a Minor in Art & French from Middle Tennessee State University. She is an Account Manager for Client Focused Media. Renee volunteers at Community Connections, Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens and the Jacksonville Zoo.

Tonya Smart earned her Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University, her Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walten University and BA in American History from Salve Regina University. She is the Human Resources Generalist at South Lubes. Tonya has volunteered as a mentor with The Bridge of Northeast Florida and daniel. She also tutors with Catholic Charities and serves at The Rape Crisis Center.

Cara O’Reilly Densford earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences at Florida State University. She is the Vice President of Development at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - North Florida Chapter. Cara volunteers with many ongoing activities at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Florida Chapter.

Pam Strickland earned her BS and Masters in Accounting at the University of Florida. She is Head of Reporting, Audit and Compliance, Shared Services at Aetna. Pam volunteers at Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Florida, Paint the Town, Mayor’s Mentors and serves on the board of Emergency Pregnancy Services

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Willetta Richie earned her Bachelor of General Studies - Business from Jacksonville University. She is the Project Manager of Information Technology at Florida Blue. Willetta volunteers with the United Way of Northeast Florida’s Women in Local Leadership; Community Connections; Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc.; Gamma Rho Omega Chapter as Vice President; The Links; Bold City Chapter as a member and founder of the North Shore Village Keepers.

Chris Simser earned his Bachelor in Business Administration from Oglethorpe University. He is Vice President of Operations Project Consultant, Transportation Services Cash & Check Initiatives at Bank of America. Chris Volunteers for Habitat Restore, HandsOn Jacksonville and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Matthew Weathers is pursuing a double major at the University of North Florida in Finance and Financial Services. He is the EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Fazzini’s Coffee & Teas. Matthew volunteers at the many HandsOn Jacksonville events.

Adam Wetzel earned his BS in Information Technology Management from the University of Tampa. He is Project Manager of Implementation Services at Lender Processing Services, Inc. Adam has volunteered as past president of the Jacksonville Zoo’s Young Professional Group, “The Wild Things” and serves on the board of the Jacksonville Zoo.

Scott Wilder earned his BS in Communication and Marketing at Ball State University. He is Senior Vice President at Citi Cards and Senior Operations Manager of Early Fraud Warning. Scott volunteers at I.M. Sulzbacher, Clara White Mission and the MS Walk of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society North Florida Chapter.

Cohort Project The Blueprint for Leadership cohort of 2013 selected PACE Center for Girls as the recipient of their community service project. While the 12 to 17 year old at-risk girls who come to PACE were on a 2-day break, our team worked some magic in their classrooms. They raised more than $10,000 to purchase new flat-screened televisions, documentary DVD’s, books and other items on the teachers’ wish lists and to buy paint & materials for room renovations. In one day the team worked hard to clean, paint and upgrade bulletin boards in 8 classrooms. The culmination of this 6 month’s deep-dive nonprofit learning experience resulted in a phenomenal day of service, bringing in over $26,000 of value to PACE Center for Girls in donated goods and services! Congratulations to these inspiring leaders who are well on their way to making our community a better place for all!

Blueprint for Leadership Presenters Nicole E. Bowden is a certified public accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP of Jacksonville. She works daily with financial reporting and internal controls, providing expertise to Fortune 500 companies. During her graduate studies, she instructed Basics of Financial Accounting at Florida State University, where she assisted with the 2004 revisions to the Gleim CPA Study Guide for Auditing. In addition to her work with various other local nonprofits, Nicole is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of HandsOn Jacksonville, and is a proud Blueprint for Leadership Cohort of 2009 alum.

Nicole E. Bowden

Nicole E. Bowden, Senior Auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP 50 North Laura Street, Suite 3000 Jacksonville, Florida 32202


The Conrad Consulting Group helps leaders solve complex people related challenges through an innovative approach to understanding human behavior. They provide keynote speaking, training, coaching and consulting services. Dr. Conrad is the author of The Fragile Mind and is a proud Blueprint for Leadership Cohort of 2003 alum. Conrad Consulting Group, LLC 2008 Riverside Ave. Ste. 302a Jacksonville, FL 32204 800-651-4940 904-388-1417

Dr. Jarik E. Conrad

Chris Folds is the Public Policy and Advocacy Assistant for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Chris volunteered as an intern for both United States Senator Bill Nelson and then - City Council President Kevin Hyde. Chris has worked for Habitat for Humanity, Jacksonville where he assisted in the start up of a new fundraising venture, the HabiJax ReStore. He then joined Children’s Home Society of Florida to coordinate its M.O.D.E.L. Mentoring program for children who have an incarcerated parent.

Chris Folds

Chris is a proud Jacksonville native and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville’s Collegiate Leadership Experience. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Florida. 904.390.3203

John Duvall focuses his law practice on all forms of labor and employment litigation. He also advises nonprofit organizations on governance, organization and tax status issues. John is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and is a member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. He is a member and former treasurer of SHRM Jacksonville, Inc., and has previously served on the boards of the Northeast Florida AIDS Network, Inc., HandsOn Jacksonville and Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Florida, Inc.

John E. Duvall, Esq..


John E. Duvall, Esq. Partner, Jacksonville Office Ford & Harrison LLP 225 Water Street, Suite 710 Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Edward R. Hayes is the recipient of HandsOn Jacksonville’s inaugural Edward R. Hayes Unity in Action Award. As the Principal of Edward R. Hayes and Associates, Ed develops and facilitates highly interactive seminars that provoke a deep level of awareness, understanding and sensitivity among diverse groups of people. His Communicating Across the Cultures seminar has been very effective for many years in unifying diverse groups of Blueprint for Leadership participants as they embark upon their Blueprint Journey. Edward R. Hayes & Associates Edward R. Hayes, principal

Office 904-826-0570 Mobile 904-233-2537

Edward R. Hayes

Since 1990, Jane Jordan & Associates has been providing comprehensive fundraising, strategic planning and organizational capacity-building services to nonprofits. Their clients range from the largest to the smallest nonprofits across the Southeast. Their hallmark is to teach, train, motivate and enable their nonprofit clients - developing their ability to continue raising money after they are gone. Jane Jordan & Associates 5829 Heckscher Drive Jacksonville, FL 32226 904-434-1431 Fax 866.291.9676

Jane Jordan

Dr. Smith has been the president and CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville since 1995 when she retired from active military service in the Navy with the rank of commander. She received her bachelors degree in education from the University of Wisconsin, her masters in education leadership from the University of West Florida, and her doctorate from the University of Phoenix in organizational leadership. She has taught nonprofit board leadership development, strategic planning, and nonprofit management courses for the past 15 years and is available to provide consulting on a limited basis in these areas through HandsOn Jacksonville. HandsOn Jacksonville 904-332-6767, ext. 107

Dr. Judith A.M. Smith

Wyman Winbush is a Success Coach and Personal Speaker who facilitates dynamic workshops geared to helping individuals set personal and professional goals. Speaking topics encompass areas such as goal setting, motivational enhancements, self-improvement, career planning and leadership training. Wyman is an active member of the Jacksonville community, giving of his time, talent and treasure not only to HandsOn Jacksonville’s Blueprint for Leadership program, but also to United Way and Duval County Schools. Wyman is also a Blueprint for Leadership alum. P.O. Box 350728 Jacksonville, FL 32235

Wyman Winbush


Doug Milne, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Milne and Buckingham. A Jacksonville native, Milne has been deeply involved in many civic organizations such and received many civic awards including HandsOn Jacksonville’s Bernard V. Gregory Lifetime Servant Leader Award. His passion and knowledge of the rich history of our community makes it come alive for our participants. Our classes are always inspired to learn where we’ve come from as a city in looking to the future we want to create! 904-387-5400

Doug Milne, Esq.

Thank you to our kickoff panelists. Your knowledge of critical community issues sets the stage for our participants to understand how they can best promote change in our community! Michelle Barth, Deputy Chief of Staff, COJ, Office of the Mayor Fel Lee, Chairman, Duval County School Board Sheriff John Rutherford Matt Schellenberg, City Council Representative, District 6 Ben Warner, President & CEO, JCCI

Blueprint for Leadership Director Carole Ann Steiger is honored to direct the Blueprint for Leadership program while acting as HandsOn Jacksonville’s Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. She brings over 25 years of hard-won nonprofit leadership wisdom as a volunteer veteran, volunteer coordinator, multiple nonprofit board of directors appointments, and six years as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida. Carole Ann deeply understands the community need and importance of having fully equipped board of director candidates prepared to assume leadership roles on northeast Florida’s 1,000 nonprofit organizations.

Carole Ann Steiger

Carole Ann is a true native of Jacksonville and believes she lives in coastal paradise with her best playmate in Atlantic Beach. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS degree in Health Education and has spent 15 years as a successful pharmaceutical sales consultant, delivering customer service excellence. Carole Ann joyously leads with her heart as a servant leader. Her highest intention is to help people discover what their unique strengths or “gifts” are and then hopes to inspire them to go use them to change the world and our community for the better!

Blueprint for Leadership Curriculum • • • •

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Your Leadership Journey, Dr. Judith A.M. Smith The History of Jacksonville, Doug Milne, Esq. Critical Issues in Jacksonville, a panel discussion from high-level community leaders Volunteering, Philanthropy & the Nonprofit Sector of Civil Society, Dr. Judith A.M. Smith & Carole Ann Steiger Public Trust, John Duvall, Esq. Communicating Across Cultures - Diversity Training, Ed Hayes

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Roles & Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Dr. Judith A.M. Smith Advocacy and Educating Public Officials, Rena Coughlin, Nonprofit Center of NEFL Fundraising for the Nonprofit Board, Jane Jordan, CFRE Money Matters, Nicole Bowden, CPA Emotional Intelligence Connection, Dr. Jarik Conrad Strategies for Success, Wyman Winbush

Thank you to our Blueprint for Leadership Program Sponsors. Your contribution is helping place equipped board members on local nonprofit boards for the betterment of the First Coast communities!

Kirk Chamberlain Photography E. Andrus Healy CAS Charitable Works

Thank you to the donors who supported our cohort project at PACE Center for Girls Katherine Anthony Susan & Ralph Anthony Bryan E. Barber Matt Berquist Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc. Nicole Bowden Karen Brashear Monique Brown Dr. & Mrs. William Brown Joanne Bryant Marie Carter-Calvin Brandy Carvalho Carol Crocker Callie Crump Lezita Davis John Duisberg Carol Eddy Marrinique Fergerson Michael Gannon

Lisa Giordana Sharon Gonzalez Deborah Gordon Earlette Burnell-Hannibal William Hart Susan Hart Jonathan Hay Wesley Hodges Paula Horvath-Neimeyer Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Adelva B. Johnson Barry Johnson Barbara Justice Anne Justice Kathleen Kaye Amy Keller Linda Leneave John Lockwood Linda Mack

Jennifer & Eric Madara Kimberly Marshall Faith A. Martin Paul McClurg Yekaterina Mesic Franklin & Harriette Lynn Moore Renee Moore Morrison Family Fund Scott Mullaney Dale & Lori Ophardt Cara O’Reilly Rebecca Patel Myrlon F. Pressly Dreama & William Pressly III W.H. and Marjorie F. Pressly Jr. Retirement Strategies, Inc. John Reynolds Willetta Richie Walker Saik Sheryl Sanderford

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2013 Blueprint for Leadership Yearbook  
2013 Blueprint for Leadership Yearbook