2013 Advisory Board

                                                                                                                                                                       


 

Melvin Rogers

Chairman

was born in Norwalk, Conn., December 14, 1954. Moved to Camden, South Carolina where I was reared by my grandparents..

Photographer for three decades in Jacksonville, Florida

Onyx Magazine Sales Manager

Onyx Magazine Director of Sales

LBS Foundation, Inc., Board Member

Former Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Member  

 

 

I2006/07 Chair of the BCBS Onyx Community Awards

  • 2008 Onyx Community Awards Fundraiser Chair
  • Creator of the book “DUVAL – Moments in Time”
  • Interview on Jacksonville TV station program “First Coast Living”
  • Interview on Channel 4 “Morning Show”
  • Images used in 2012 MLK Breakfast slide presentation
  • Images used by Channel 4 “Channel 4 Celebrates Black History Month 2011”
  • Images of “DUVAL – Moments in Time” were on display in JAX Winn-Dixie Corporate office in during Black History Month 2010
  • Speaker during 2010 Jacksonville African American Chamber of Commerce MLK Breakfast

Began documenting the emerging rich history of Jacksonville’s African Americans in 1981.

Photographs have been published in newspapers, magazine, brochures, press kits, website throughout the U.S.

I’ve photographed recording artists: Patti LeBelle, Steve Wonder, Maze, Run DMC, Janet Jackson, Usher, and Diana Ross, to name a few. 

 

Clients has included:

Anheuser Busch, Pepsi Cola, Brooklyn College, Mr. Transmission, Ebony, MCA Records, Jacksonville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fleshman Hillard (worldwide PR firm) and Black Enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Williams

Photo Historian

 

 

 

I was born in Norwalk, Conn., December 14, 1954. Moved to Camden, South Carolina where I was reared by my grandparents.

Photographer for three decades in Jacksonville, Florida

Onyx Magazine Sales Manager

Onyx Magazine Director of Sales

LBS Foundation, Inc., Board Member

Former Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Member 

  • 2006/07 Chair of the BCBS Onyx Community Awards
  • 2008 Onyx Community Awards Fundraiser Chair
  • Creator of the book “DUVAL – Moments in Time”
  • Interview on Jacksonville TV station program “First Coast Living”
  • Interview on Channel 4 “Morning Show”
  • Images used in 2012 MLK Breakfast slide presentation
  • Images used by Channel 4 “Channel 4 Celebrates Black History Month 2011”
  • Images of “DUVAL – Moments in Time” were on display in JAX Winn-Dixie Corporate office in during Black History Month 2010
  • Speaker during 2010 Jacksonville African American Chamber of Commerce MLK Breakfast

Began documenting the emerging rich history of Jacksonville’s African Americans in 1981.

Photographs have been published in newspapers, magazine, brochures, press kits, website throughout the U.S.

I’ve photographed recording artists: Patti LeBelle, Steve Wonder, Maze, Run DMC, Janet Jackson, Usher, and Diana Ross, to name a few.  

Clients has included:

Anheuser Busch, Pepsi Cola, Brooklyn College, Mr. Transmission, Ebony, MCA Records, Jacksonville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fleshman Hillard (worldwide PR firm) and Black Enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Traymore Morrison

(Female Impressionist/Comedian)

 

When’s the last time you saw Wendy Williams, Diana Ross, Mo’Niique, Whoopi Goldberg and First Lady Michelle Obama in one evening’s performance?  Well, all you need to do is catch the Sylvia Traymore Morrison Show the next time she’s in town. 

 

 

Sylvia Traymore Morrison, originally from Washington , DC , is the only renowned African American Female Impressionist in the country.  She is also the first African American Female hired as an associate writer for Saturday Night Live. 

 

She was the first African American Female solo artist to tour and open for Whitney Houston when Ms. Houston was one of the biggest names in the entertainment business.  The arenas they performed in sometimes housed well over 30,000 people. 

 

Sylvia has also toured with the Temptations and the Four Tops during Motown’s 25th Anniversary.  She has worked with Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, Melba Moore, Gladys Knight and a host of others. 

 

Her book, entitled "Almost There, Almost...The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison" launches on this year and chronicles her career.  One chapter showcases her as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Muhammad Ali Roast at the famed Apollo Theater where almost every major entertainer in the country was present.  Another chapter speaks about her performing for the American Troops all over the world.

 

She is fun to watch and an inspiration to many.  Be sure to catch the next show when she's in town! 

 

 

 

Anita Prather

"Aunt Pearlie Sue" 

Gullah Culture Advisor 

Aunt Pearlie Sue is the creation of Anita Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands in Beaufort, South Carolina. Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue's character has entertained audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales for over 20 years from the schoolhouse to the White House.  

In addition to being a renowned master storyteller, Prather is an educator, historian, business woman, writer, singer, actress and director/producer.  She is the founder and artistic director of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. As a storyteller and singer, Prather has performed at many festivals, the Beaufort Gullah Festival, Penn Heritage Days Festival, Woodlands Festival  and  Spoleto USA international arts festival in Charleston, SC just to name a few. Her original movie, My Man Done Wrong, has been a part of the film festival circuit to include the Jamerican Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica; Black Hollywood and San Francisco Film Festivals in California. She has appeared in the Hollywood film Forrest Gump and also on television Food Network Channel Holiday special, Christmas Across America, hosted by Rachel Ray. In addition to her participation in many SCETV educational documentaries, Prather's one-woman show, Tales from the Land of Gullah, has been broadcast on PBS nationwide and is also the title of her award-winning DVD and a traveling museum exhibit created around her animated character. This exhibit originated at the Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas in 2007 and has toured for three years throughout the United States and Canada in the top nine children’s museum. It was estimated, that at least a million young people were introduced to the Gullah culture through this interactive exhibit. She is also co-producer, writer and featured storyteller on three Gullah CD’s and six DVD’s.  She has partnered with South Carolina Educational Television to create an interactive website on their children’s Knowitall.org/gullahnetthat also features her animated character.

Prather, a mother of 3 and grandmother of 7, is also the curriculum coordinator for the Education of Gullah Culture Through the Arts in the Beaufort County School District. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Howard University and a master's + 30 degree in education from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of New Covenant Fellowship International Ministries of Beaufort where she has been ordained as a licensed minister of the Gospel. She serves as worship leader and trustee board member.

 

Through her Gullah heritage, Prather continues to be a “Keeper of the culture,” creatively entertaining and educating audiences around the world of all ages and nationalities about the rich unique African experience in America.

 


 

Cassandra Griffen

Birmingham Cultural Heritage Advisor

   

Cassandra Griffen is an activist and Director of the Cassandra Griffen McIntyre Institute.  She began her experience documenting moments through photography at the age of eleven. Griffen, second oldest in a family of eight was challenging, but great. Her parents were educators and gave each of them an opportunity to explore what they considered “creative interests.” Hers was photography. She had no formal training in photography and believes documenting family events and local school functions contributed to her development in the art form. Since then she cannot be seen without her Nikon F4.

 

Griffen achieved two Master of Science degrees and used the knowledge gained to further her pursuit to protect the rights of the underserved and underrepresented. Her vast professional experiences fortified her desires to produce that special image which would expose the many disparities between whites and blacks in America and the world. Accordingly, exposing the many untrue stereotypes accepted as true for and about a particular group of people.

 

In July 2002 an exhibit opened at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, titled, “Police Brutality in the United States.” More than 10, 000 individuals and over 900 archivists signed the guest book with comments. 

She has spent much of her energy documenting jazz musicians live, intending to produce a book of images with interviews in the future. She has also produced a series on the Civil Rights Movement featuring Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth’s human/civil rights work from 2002 through his death in 2011.  This Exhibit showed at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, and Alabama from December 11, 2010 through March 6, 2011.

 

Education

 

 

1997-1998 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY

 

 

1980-1982 College of New Rochelle New Rochelle, NY

   

 

 

1976-1979 Herbert H. Lehman College Bronx, NY

        

 

Noted Solo and Group Exhibitions

2011, The Pie Lab, Debbie Bond’s CD Release, “Showcase of My Blues Musicians” Greensboro, Al

2011, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, “A Fire You Can’t Put Out: Visions of Embers” Birmingham, Al

2011, Rio Penthouse Gallery, “Retrospective of My Works: Requiem For Those Who Have Transition” Manhattan, NY

2008, Rio Penthouse Gallery, Exhibition of my Jazz Musicians, Manhattan, NY

2007, Lyda Rose Gallery, “Click of the Lens” Homewood, Al

2007, Body and Soul Fitness Center, “Through These Eyes” Birmingham, Al

2006, Gallery 2306, “All That Jazz” Birmingham, Al

2004, Sip & Surf, “NYC Jazz Ikons” Cahaba Heights, Al

2003, Bodile Nu Arts, “Mixed Media” Birmingham, Al

2003, Gadsden Museum of Arts, “African American Art Show”

Gadsden, Al

2003, Mount Sinai Hospital, “A Salute to African American History Month” New York, New York

2003, The CEJJES Institute, “Another Face of Cassandra Griffen McIntyre” Pomona, NY

2002, Civil Rights Institute, Police Brutality in US Birmingham, Al

2002, Kon Bit Neg Le Kai, “Through My Eyes Only” Spring Valley, NY

2000, Hostos Community College, “Black History Month Celebration” Bronx, NY

2000, Bergen County Urban League, “Jazz In B/W” Englewood, NJ

2001, County of Morristown, “Jazz in Blue” Morristown, NJ

2001, MLK Multipurpose Center, “The Civil Rights Elite“

Spring Valley, NY

1999, Rutgers University, “All that Jazz and More” Newark, NJ

1999-2002, “Arts In the Atrium” Morristown, NJ

1998-2005, First World Gallery, “Jazz, Jazz and More Jazz” Pomona, NY

1998, Paterson Small Business Association, “Mixed Media” Paterson, NJ

1995, Shona Gallery, “International Art to Go” Ogshogbo, West Africa

   

 

 

 
 

 

 

  

Helen Luster  

 Mississippi Cultural Advisor

 

 

Helen Luster is a retired educator and celebrated Christian Activist who is concerned about the plight of her community and the development of businesses that can provide jobs and opportunities for the disenfranchised.  She is very active in prison ministry.  Luster is touted across the state of Mississippi for her involvement in community related projects.

 

 

Helen earned a M.S. in Adult Education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University. Her most noteworthy work in support of her community endeavors includes the marketing and promotion of Historic Black Communities and Colleges.

 

CIVIC/SOCIAL AFFILIATIONS:

Mississippi Association of vocation Education, National Employment training Association, American Vocational Association, Adult Vocational Education Association, Mississippi Valley State University Alumni Association, Kansas State University Alumni Association, Mississippi Chapter March of Dimes, Cade Chapel New Member Orientation, Renaissance Club Vice- President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Leadership Jackson, Welcome Neighbor Club, Lady Drivers Golf,  No Child Left Behind Enhancement, Volunteer Chaplain Mississippi Department of Corrections,  I.S. Sanders YMCA Board Member, WJSU Cornerstone Society Board Member.

 

AWARDS:

Mississippi Business Journal, Mississippi 50 Leading Business Woman 2000, Meritorious Award Mississippi Valley State University 1991, Lieutenant Governor’s Office Business Influencing Award 1999.

 

 

 


 

Charlene White 

 Faith-Based Advisor

 

For over sixteen years, I have built a solid reputation as a successful grant writer from my home-base, in Brunswick, Georgia.  I am committed to providing quality service to nonprofit organizations.  I have always been excited about writing grants, proposals, and/or bids for religion organizations.   I believe in faith-base programs.

 

It is my goal to write only for churches and religion base organizations, for such grants that deal with children and the welfare of the elderly.  Faith-based programs are social services in nature and enhance the development of communities.  Historically, these organizations (e.g., the Salvation Army, Catholic Social Services, Jewish Family Services, and others) have provided a significant proportion of social services to traditional and historic communities. They have been a stable provider, because of their historic links to various religious traditions with strong values regarding the responsibility to provide for those in needs due to crisis, poverty, violence, and so on.  In many communities they have operated side-by-side with government-sponsored programs addressing the same problems.

More are needed in our society than ever before. However, I have run into inadequate religion organizations wanting to bring forth the visions God given to them,  It is imperative that our religion organizations and churches step up in developing  sufficient administrations and organizational capabilities and assets to be able to apply for millions of dollars available to bring God’s vision to pass. I believe that a reputation, as a honest and reliable business is the recipe for success, including in the church. While other non-religion organizations seek to profit by cutting corners, or recommending unnecessary services to the community, I believe that a good reputation and consistent service will reap bigger profits in the long run. This is the type of training I desire to provide to the church and religion organizations.


 

Crystal Joy Albert

Jazz Artist

 

Crystal began her singing career as a toddler and continued her formal musical studies winning awards and scholarships until she eventually left Boston University to devote time to her flourishing singing career. Soon she was appearing at New York’s top clubs, gaining national acclaim. She was discovered by Steve Allen and appeared on his television show. She also recorded an album for him titled “The Fabulous Crystal Joy Sings Steve Allen.” Of Crystal, Allen said, “She has pure and simple talent and a beautiful style of her own.”

 

She has traveled all over the US, the Caribbean and Europe in various roles promoting her recordings, acting and directing. After retiring from a career in interior design she moved to Navarre, Florida to return to her first love, singing. For the last ten years Crystal has been Musical Director for the Pensacola JazzFest.

 

  

 

 

 

 
 
 Kebra
Singer/Songwriter
 
Not unlike Leontyne Price, Kebra’s vocal talent has given her a grand stage to make an even grander entrance into the Gospel world. Kebra’s unique classical, operatic style, brings a unique sound to the urban gospel genre. A songstress as well as a pianist, Kebra uses not only her creative writing skills, but also her vocal talents to bring to life the songs on her last album, “Kingdom Understanding!”
 

Her video: “Troubles” has appeared on B.E.T., Christian Music Channel and Promo Only. In addition, her debut video was selected in the first round of the B.E.T. music awards for Best Gospel Song and Video along with being featured in the Los Angeles Black Expo. Kebra has also had the honor of opening up for Grammy and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett.

 
The hit single from her CD titled: He’ll Make A Way, was featured on the Barack Obama documentary soundtrack entitled: BECOMING BARACK: Evolution of a Leader

 
A graduate of Claflin Universityin South Carolina, she received her B.A. in music education and while doing so she was a member of the Concert Choir at Claflin and lead in many performances in the U.S. and Europe. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Gamma Chi Chapter; Kebra has performed at many of the sorority’s events throughout the United States. While a graduate student at the University of New Orleans, she often performed at many of the jazz clubs in the New Orleans area.

Kebra’s working on her next album, Under The Influence, which is set to be released in summer 2011. The album title comes from her belief that as Christians you should not conform to society’s views or standards; but instead operate under the influence of God and the Holy Spirit.

 
The first single and video from the album, Beautiful, will be released in April 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jerry Mitchell 

Alabama Cultural Heritage Advisor

 

Since 2001 Jerry Mitchell has served as Executive Director/CEO of the North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC), an organization committed to fostering positive economic development in North Alabama African American communities and other under represented communities.  In this position he has consulted with more than 750 businesses/non-profits providing business development planning and technical assistance.  Additionally, he has assisted over 120 businesses in acquiring needed capital for start-up and expansion, securing amounts ranging from $25,000 to $1.5 million.

 

Mr. Mitchell writes a weekly opinion column for Speakin’ Out News, a weekly news publication, focused on community enlightenment and the challenging of cultural myths.  From 2003 through 2007, he hosted and produced “Business Matters”, a radio program focused on business and economic development in the Black community.  Since 2003 he has served as an adjunct professor for the Alabama A&M University School of Business. 

 

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Mr. Mitchell served honorably for 7 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was a project manager for multi-million dollar government acquisitions.  Following his military service he was briefly employed as a Sr. Analyst in the government defense contract industry.

 

He serves on the Board of Directors for: the National Black Chamber of Commerce (headquartered in Washington DC), the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, the AAMU Community Development Corporation, the VSU (GA) Langdale School of Business Alumni, and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He is the recipient of a number awards for community service and leadership from churches, business associations and service organizations. The following is a brief list of the recent awards:

  • Jun 2009        Alabama Black Achiever Awards – Non- Profit CEO
  • May 2009       Distinguished Service Award, City of Huntsville
  • Aug 2008        Community Service Award, Huntsville/Madison Co. NAAACP
  • Aug 2005        Outstanding Community Leadership Award,                   

Speakin’ Out News Silver Anniversary

  • Sep 2003         Outstanding Community Leadership, New Life SDA Church

 

In response to statewide requests for assistance from entrepreneurs, business owners, non-profits and communities, he formally launched the Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce (ASBCC, www.alblackcc.org) in the fall of 2008.  The ASBCC interacts with thousands of businesses across Alabama and currently has 4 affiliates: the NAAACC, the Alabama Blackbelt Region Chamber, and the Greater Birmingham Black Chamber, and the ASBCC College Chamber of Commerce at Oakwood University.  He currently serves as President/CEO.

  

Mr. Mitchell has bachelors in accounting from VSU, a masters degree in business management from Central Michigan University, and completed doctoral coursework at the University of Alabama.  In addition, he successfully completed entrepreneurial training at the Minority Enterprise Institute at KSU in 1996 and Leadership Huntsville/Madison County in 2007.  He is married and the father of 3 sons, age 22 and18 year old twins.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

James Mathis 

Technology Bridge Advisor

 

 

 

James Mathis is the founder and CEO of Computer Minded Corporation®, a multi- faceted technology company that has prided itself on providing unique service offerings, delivery, quality customer service and creative IT solutions. 

James founded the company in 1991 with a goal of providing “white box” systems and software specific to the childcare industry having developed a community Day Care Center.  He was very successful in servicing a diverse early childhood education market but soon realized that the industry was becoming saturated with other vendor’s offering the same services.  He began to expand his operations and services by becoming SBA 8(a) certified in 1996.

 

He soon realized that in order to stay “one step ahead” of the competition he would need to expand his business ventures by offering an expansive portfolio of unique services and products serving a diverse community of businesses, industries and disciplines.  He sold the childcare software division in 1997 and began focusing on magnetic media duplication services.  He was awarded a contract with the State of Georgia to provide duplication services of diskettes and CD-ROM media, this contract and relationship became the impetus for the reinvention and transformation of Computer Minded Corporation to be well positioned to respond to the changing needs of the public-private sector business community.

 

Computer Minded today has become a value added reseller for HP, IBM, Compaq, Apple, Cisco and other prominent vendors which allows Mr. Mathis the opportunity to pursue and capture large corporate entities such as MCI Telecommunications, AT&T, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GTECH Corporations, and CTECH Solutions.

 

By 1997 Computer Minded Corporation had obtained federal contracts with USDA, Department of Defense, and the Army providing equipment, media duplication, and integration services to address their core business needs aligned with their distinct missions.  During the Y2K concern, Computer Minded Corporation was the subcontractor for SAIC in providing nationwide Y2K remediation services for the Federal Aviation Administration.  Shortly thereafter, James Mathis was able to strike a deal with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) providing off-site data storage for high profile customers.

 

James Mathis is known for creating unique service offerings and programs that create awareness and simplify processes. He created a program titled IT Disposal and Redeploymentthat would allow him to obtain end of life technology equipment from large corporations and government entities in an effort to redeploy the equipment in under served communities both urban and rural. The program was later redefined and renamed Technology Bridge® with a vision and mission of “bridging the digital divide”. To date, the program has been very successful and is supported by such organizations as Department of Commerce, Georgia Tech University, AT&T, and GTECH Corporation, Salvation Army, and YMCA.

  

He has had the pleasure of personally meeting, dining and collaborating with Congressmen, Senators, Representatives, and House Speakers using these opportunities to further foster relationships that would allow him to serve on boards and advisory committees of The Fernbank Science Museum, and Generations Knowledge & Care Centers, and C-Technology Solutions. He is very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and other charitable organizations.

 

James Mathis holds an Associates Degree in Business and a number of certificates and awards in various aspects of the computing technology and IT discipline, industry and service community. He presently resides in the northern Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife of nineteen years and two children.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Hobbs

Public Relations 

 

The Hobbs Group is a full-service culturally competent communications firm. Based in Florida, we’re ready to serve you wherever you are on the map. We look forward to learning more about your organization and how we can deliver results that help you achieve your goals. 

 

What We Do:

We help our clients look good, which is fun since our clients are committed to causes and purposes that we believe in, too.

 

How We Do It:

Each client is different and each issue comes with its own set of pros and cons…allies and detractors.

 

We listen first, then we tailor our strategies to suit your needs. Whether the project calls for a straight-laced nuanced approach or an eye-popping in-your-face tactic, we’re ready to work! We work with you and for you until the job is done. 

 

Our Team:

Our cadre of career communications professionals have got you covered. We’re specialists in public, media and community relations; writing, editing, event planning, educational consultants, marketing, social media, outreach, web and graphic design, and video production.

 

Our team is led by Brooke Hobbs, the queen of many hats. She wears them well, too.

 

Brooke Hobbs brings a diverse set of skills to her clients. Brooke has experience working in both the public and private sectors, in nonprofits, educational settings, award-winning communications firms and state government. For more than a decade, her corporate communications and public affairs work has enhanced the brands and images of housing, education, health, tourism, finance and real estate. A results-driven professional, Hobbs’ goal is to get your message to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.

 

She has coordinated public relations activities ranging from media relations and research to event planning and community organizing (and everything above in between).

 

While at the Zimmerman Agency, Brooke led the public outreach team for the Tobacco Free Florida campaign, and facilitated public relations and marketing efforts ranging from promotions concepts and photo shoots to media FAMS tours and copywriting for luxury hospitality clients including Almond Resorts (Barbados, St. Lucia), The British Virgin Islands, The Muse Hotel, Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, Callaway Gardens Resort & Spa, and the Don Cesar Beach Resort (A Loews Hotel).

 

At the Florida Department of Education, Hobbs served as Communications Director for the Florida Community College System (now the Florida College  System), where she  managed internal and external communications for the Chancellor and the Division of Community Colleges. She launched the rebrand of the organization’s brand, synchronized statewide communications efforts as liaison to Public Information Officers at Florida's 28 community colleges, and led the Division’s web site redesign team. Hobbs spearheaded the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Florida’s Community College System, planned the Phi Theta Kappa and Chancellor’s Best Practice awards programs and organized the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar for rising stars in community college faculty and administration. Brooke handled media relations on issues related to Florida's Community College System, and served as liaison to policy and administrative groups.

 

A skilled speechwriter, wordsmith and editor, Hobbs has used her pen to help high-profile thought leaders shape public opinion and inspire change. Her speechwriting credits include Gov. Jeb Bush, former Florida Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg, former Florida Community Colleges Chancellor J. David Armstrong, a host of college presidents and statewide association heads. Brooke has drafted, edited and produced annual reports and conducted executed crisis communications for health advocacy groups, universities, water utility corporations and lending agencies. 

 

Brooke worked at Herrle Communications Group (now Salter-Mitchell), serving as spokesperson and media trainer for national brands including NeighborWorks® America and College Goal Sunday, and working closely with corporate partners such as Home Depot, Bob Vila, Raymond James Financial, and the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation. Under her leadership, public and media outreach for Florida’s College Goal Sunday became a national model for other states participating in the initiative. She has organized statewide awareness campaigns, strategic public education efforts, focus groups, conferences, legislative days and press events and for statewide associations and coalitions, including AARP Florida, Florida Realtors, Florida Housing Coalition, Florida Healthy Kids, Babcock Ranch and The Able Trust

 

Brooke began her career as community programs coordinator for HUD's Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) in Gainesville, Florida. She has also worked as community liaison for the University of Florida's Center for World Arts, and public relations and development director for the North Central Florida AIDS Network, Inc. Brooke has served on the writing team for Florida's HIV/AIDS Community Planning Group, working with the Department of Health to develop the state's long-range plans for assisting people living with HIV/AIDS. While a member of the Governor Jeb Bush’s Minority HIV/AIDS Task Force, she helped advise the Department of Health on the launch of "We Make the Change", its Statewide Minority Media Campaign, and served as a panelist and presenter at the Florida Black Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS.

 

Brooke is a graduate of (Summa Cum Laude), where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. She attended Santa Fe Community College and earned an Associate of Arts degree at Tallahassee Community College. 

 

 

    

 

 

Dr. Carolyn Ford

Rural Programs

 

 

Dr. Carolyn Ford - Chairperson
Florida Black Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson

 

Director of Affordable Housing

 

Education:

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Specialist Degree, Department of Education
Major: Counseling and Human Systems
Minor: Social Administration/Program Evaluation

 

Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, Florida
Master Degree, Department of Education
Major: Education
Minor:
Social Studies

Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, Florida
Bachelor Degree, Department of Education
Major: Elementary Education

DTI Graduate - Housing & Economic Development
San Francisco, CA

Professional Experience:

07/86-Present Executive Director
North Florida Educational Development Corporation
Founder and Director of a community-based development organization-overall responsible for the
Administrative and management of all Projects, Programs and operates four facilities:

Administrative Office
Lanier Oaks 22 affordable multi--family town-homes opened January 2000 in Gretna, FL.
Hamilton Place a 10-unit development of affordable homes in Quincy, FL.
South Springs is a planed community of 150 affordable homes, two multi--family complexes and a small commercial development.
The Rural Home Loan Partnership provides potential homebuyers opportunities for home ownership throughout Gadsden County.

The Farm
Provide produce from its seventh acre farm that supplies it’s highway 12 produce stand
And the Well Springs Farmers Market in Quincy, FL.
Provide a learning environment for youth through its Green Thumb (Organic Farm) Project.