Fall 2017 Print

Member News: Kudos



Member Donna Orender Named Ali Center “Daughter of Greatness”

The Muhammad Ali Center recently named Generation W’s Donna Orender a “Daughter of Greatness”.  Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness series features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and the pursuit of justice to share their stories with the Louisville, Kentuky community. Donna was invited to speak at their September breakfast held on September 22, 2017.  Click here for more information about the series:


Chappell Schools was voted Jacksonville’s Best Childcare by Times Union Bold City Best poll. Congratulations to member Nancy Dreicer, CEO of the organization. Read more


Member Kimberly Hyatt, President and CEO of Cathedral Arts Project was named one of the Jacksonville Business Journal's 2017 Ultimate CEOs. Read more.

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Of Special Note



Member Pixie Larizza (and husband Rob) would like to invite you to join us for our Annual Open House Thanksgiving Day Feast at their home in Neptune Beach! Bring a side dish to share and they'll provide the rest: grilled turkey, smoked salmon, ham and dressing (oyster & regular). Dinner served at 2 p.m. with drinks and appetizers beginning at noon. Relaxed and casual, feel free to bring a friend who may not have somewhere to go. Beer, wine and full bar also provided.Open to all.

RSVP to or (904) 710-8682

Member Jan Spence delivered her first TED Talk at TEDxBrowardCollege on October 26. Additional details can be found at:
Jan Horton Spence is an international professional speaker, consultant, trainer and business coach.  With contagious charisma and a zest for life which make her an excellent motivator and leader, the Georgia native has used her vast knowledge in sales, marketing, and business operations to help numerous clients including Pillsbury, Walmart, and Frito-Lay. Find out more about Jan at or contact Jan directly at and 904-821-9309.


Member Pixie Larizza is excited to announce that Generation WORKS 2018 will take place on Saturday, February 3. We wanted to reach out to you to become an invested partner with us as we are in need of Site Managers for the many community service projects that will take place during Generation WORKS 2018.  

As Site Manager, you will play an integral role in “adopting” a WORKS project site, from initial project planning, logistics and supply preparation, all the way through to the execution of the project and participating as a point person on event day. Site Managers will work closely with the Generation W Team and the non-profit organization/school site you are matched with. This is a team effort with you at the helm!

The WORKS projects are designed to take place in a 4-hour window and typically average 15-30 volunteers per site. A few examples of projects from previous WORKS events include:

  • Building raised gardening beds for Angelwood
  • Painting classrooms, courtyard exteriors, and picnic tables, organizing and refreshing science labs and media centers for Duval County Public Schools
  • Assisting in clerical tasks and creating informational packets at The Hubbard House
  • Sorting and taking inventory of donated items at various sites including Dignity U Wear, Feeding Northeast Florida, and JASMYN


Site Managers can expect to participate in the following ways:

  • Complete site visits with WORKS staff to familiarize themselves with project site and understand project specifics/scope.
  • Coordinate with WORKS team to order/secure supplies in a timely fashion. May include working with corporate site partners in coordinating supply donations (if applicable).
  • Coordinate/execute logistics and delivery of supplies to the site
  • Act as point of contact at the site day-of and track volunteer registration/attendance and ensure projects are completed


Please let us know if you are interested in the Site Manager volunteer position so that we may begin the scheduling process for the site visits.  For further information or to sign up, email . We look forward to working together & “Wielding Weapons of Mass Construction”.


JWN Member Supports Anti-Corruption Efforts of OECD

Member Carla Miller, Jacksonville Ethics Director, worked on a project this summer with the OECD* and the European Union to create an anti-corruption strategy for local governments in Greece and to train Greek Mayors.  The seminars were conducted in Athens, Greece, in June.

*OECD   The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) The OECD's origins date back to 1960, when 18 European countries plus the United States and Canada joined forces to create an organisation dedicated to economic development. Today, our 35 Member countries span the globe, from North and South America to Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Mission: The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

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In the News


Member Mary Marx, President & CEO, PACE Center for Girls was selected by Results for America (RFA), a national nonprofit working with decision-makers at all levels of government to harness the power of evidence and data to make progress on the world’s greatest challenges, for a two-year fellowship.  

The Fellowship will capture the collective experiences, insights and recommendations of well-respected nonprofit chief executives committed to advancing evidence-based solutions to better inform public policy and improve the impact of public investments. As part of RFA’s inaugural class of Nonprofit Fellows, Mary Marx will join 14 other dynamic nonprofit chief executives to create a community of nonprofit peers committed to driving large-scale systemic reform.

“PACE Center for Girls is recognized as one of the nation’s most effective programs for keeping girls in school and out of the juvenile justice system.” said Mary Marx, President and CEO of PACE.   ” PACE operates 19 non-residential centers and six outreach program across Florida, working with more than 2,800 girls and young women, ages 11–17, at risk of dropping out of school and/or becoming involved in the juvenile justice system,” said Marx.“With a strong focus on using data to drive systems and policy change, PACE offers a powerful example of how effective public policy can change systems that serve as barriers to girls’ success.”

“Every day, these dynamic chief executives, and the organizations they lead, are harnessing evidence to improve lives, open opportunity and tackle our most pressing challenges,” said Michele Jolin, Co-founder and CEO of Results for America. “Through this Fellowship, we will help bridge the gap between the important evidence-based work being done by these nonprofits in communities across the country and the policymakers who represent those communities. We are honored to have these leaders join our Nonprofit Fellowship, and I thank them for helping us make investing in what works the new normal.”

As part of the Fellowship, Mary Marx is focused on using evidence and data to address the following policy area:

Criminal Justice

Girls do not always have an equal opportunity to succeed, particularly once they are involved in the juvenile justice system. Whether through counseling, mentoring, or training, criminal justice nonprofits play an important role in transforming systems and helping individuals lead a productive life within their communities. PACE Center for Girls prioritizes data-driven solutions to create opportunity and better serve this population. As a participant in the RFA’s Nonprofit Fellowship, Mary Marx will have an opportunity to collaborate with other nonprofits on best practices for building and using evidence in order to improve criminal justice programs and policies as well as provide an example to policymakers at all levels.

Results for America will work with the Nonprofit Fellows to develop and strengthen their organizations’ capacity to shape public policy at all levels of government. Together, RFA and the Fellows will develop and promote policy recommendations at all levels of government that can shift taxpayer dollars toward evidence-based, results-driven solutions. Results for America will provide opportunities to highlight examples of effective evidence-based solutions, and through six two-day convenings, RFA will also facilitate the sharing of best practices for building evidence and scaling evidence-based interventions.

The other 14 Nonprofit Fellows include:

  • Plinio Ayala, President and Chief Executive Officer, Per Scholas
  • Molly Baldwin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ROCA
  • Robert Balfanz, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Diplomas Now
  • Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Turnaround for Children
  • Sam Cobbs, Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth
  • Dale Erquiaga, Chief Executive Officer, Communities in Schools
  • Ed Foster-Simeon, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Lauren Gilbert, President and Chief Strategy Officer, BELL
  • Virgil Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Bottom Line
  • Pat Lawler, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Villages
  • Richard Noriega, President and Chief Executive Officer, AVANCE
  • Sam Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities 
  • Eshauna Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Alliance
  • Elisabeth Stock, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PowerMyLearning


Learn more about the Nonprofit Fellowship here.

OnPay Solutions Introduces New Company Video 

Member Julie Negrete-Anderson, OnPay Solutions, is out to CHANGE the way Companies Process Electronic Payments and Apply Cash!  Any business receiving ACH, direct deposit payments can benefit from using this new system! Check out this 61 second overview video explaining how it works.

OnPay Connect | A/R Lockbox from ONPAY SOLUTIONS on Vimeo.



Member Teresa Hale, Florida housing industry veteran, strengthens HomeBridge Financial Services presence in Florida.

HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc., one of the largest privately held, non-bank lenders in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Teresa Hale has joined the company in the role of Area Manager, with a focus on Northern Florida. Hale is a mortgage industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, and brings to Homebridge a unique background that includes a proven track record of success in sales, loan production and team leadership. Hale’s efforts on behalf of HomeBridge will include curating a select group of Northern Florida’s best loan originators to join the company, as well as mentoring current associates as they continue to solidify HomeBridge’s customer-first reputation throughout the state. Read more

Also, HomeBridge is now offering FHA 203(h) loans, which could be of particular interest to anyone who owns a home damaged or destroyed because of the recent storms in Florida or Texas.


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Class of 2018

JWN Welcomes 37 New Members in the Class of 2018




Shelly Alterman

Owner/Executive Director, Just 4 Camp, Rental Guys Property Management


Julie Anderson

Senior VP, Corporate Accounting Director, EverBank


Rosa Beckett

Chief Administrative Officer, JAA


Laura Boeckman

N. Fla. Bureau Chief, Consumer Protections Division, Fla. Office of the Attorney General


Vicki Bowers

Bowers Morgan & Associates, PA


Imani Boykin

Law Office of Imani Boykin, PA


Mary Pat Corrigan

CEO, Volunteers in Medicine


Lori Day

SVP, Chief Administrative Officer, EverBank

Business Executive

Kelly Dollarhide

Cecil Airport Manager, JAA


Lisa Marks Flottman

VP Clinical Operations, Stein & Associates


Mindy Gillis

Advisor, Leadership & Org. Development

Business Executive

Jacquelyn Green

Circuit Community Development Administrator, Fla. Dept. of Children & Familes


Whitney Harper

Attorney, Advos Legal PPLC


Janet Herrick

President/CEO, Onsite Environmental Consulting


Michelle Hughes

Pastor, Temple of Praise Church of God in Christ


Kristin Keen

President, Rethreaded


Paige Kelton

Special Project Manager, Jax Action New – Cox Media Group

Marketing & Communications

Chanteya Lawrence

Senior Director, National Accounts, Ally Bank

Business Executive

Doris Sias Leach

Coordinator, Government & External Affairs, JAXPORT


Kaitlin Legg

Director, UNF LGBT Resource Center


Kristin Leonard

Board President, Therapy Animal Coalition


Pepper Lindsey

Owner, CEO & Executive Producer, Lindsey Films


Agnes Lopez

Owner & Photographer, Pose Well Studios


Dr. Tongila Manly

Owner, TMG Solutions USA


Mary Merrill

Principal, Heritage Capital Group


Judy Zoller

Hubbard House, Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Therapy Animal Coalition


Penny Zuber

Executive VP, CFO, COO, First Coast YMCA



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Member Katherine Way, Katherine Way Collections, will host a warehouse sale for two day only! They're overstocked and need to move inventory. Dresses, tops and bottoms priced as low as $35! Come early for the best selection. VIP Sale, November 16, 5-8 p.m., November 17, 10-6, November 18, 9-2.

Corporate office and showroom: 11653 Central Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32224

(904) 595- 5953 |

Beach Boutique will be closed November 13-18 for our Warehouse Sale.

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Speaker's Forum


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