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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida’s First Coast, Inc.

Heather Solanka

Vice President

Heather Solanka | Guardian ad Litem | BOD | Vice-President | AkermanA native of the Garden State (but don’t hold that against her as she has spent more time living south of I-10 than she did in NJ), Heather is a partner at Akerman LLP where she practices in the area of commercial litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the United States Coast Guard for 6 years, during which time she was lucky enough to survive a crash in a Coast Guard helicopter. She is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2011 and currently serves on the Youth Leadership Jacksonville Development and Selection Committees. She is the Vice President of the Rotary Club of San Marco and a volunteer Magistrate for Duval County Teen Court. In addition to Guardian ad Litem, Heather is also a board member for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, The Towers of Jacksonville, Inc. and Baptist Towers Foundation. She is also an active member of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church where she serves as the Chair of the Properties Committee. In her “spare” time she enjoys cheering on her beloved Gators and putting a (recently, very) few miles on her Harley-Davidson Road King.

Lisa Moore


Lisa Moore has been an avid supporter of Guardian ad Litem and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors. When she is not diligently advocating for the Guardian ad Litem program, Lisa works at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ).

Annmarie Nemeth

CPA, Treasurer

Annmarie Nemeth | Guardian ad Litem | Board of Directors | TreasurerAnnmarie joined MJW in 2002 after working on the audit team for the company’s outside auditor for five years. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Construction Financial Management Association. Annmarie served as trustee for the Florida United Brotherhood of Carpenters Pension and Health and Welfare Fund, and from 2007-2010 was the Finance Committee chair for the First Coast Manufacturers Association. She is currently the Finance Committee chair for the GAL Foundation. Annmarie is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration-finance, and of Florida Atlantic University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Annmarie is a Florida-licensed CPA.

Kellie Prusiecki

Development Chair

Kellie is a graduate of Purdue University and Indiana University Law School. She is a former GAL/Voice for Children Board Chair, now serving as the Development and Recruitment Chair. She has also served on the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation Board. Currently, Kellie is on the board for the Florida Theatre and member of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, where she was a previous Jacksonville Alumni chapter president and has served on the Kappa Alpha Theta Give to Lead, Give to Learn national steering committee. Kellie and her husband, Drew, have two children, Katie and Adam, both in college at the University of Georgia.

John Arrowsmith

Board Member

John Arrowsmith | Guardian ad Litem | Board MemberJohn Arrowsmith is retired after spending 35 years in corporate America. He has been on the Guardian ad Litem Foundation Board of Directors for six years after first getting involved as a GAL volunteer.  In addition to his Guardian ad Litem Foundation involvement, he has served on various nonprofit boards and volunteer opportunities.



Chavet Constable

Board Member

Chavet Constable | Guardian ad Litem | Board MemberChavet has been on the Board of Directors for Guardian ad Litem for almost two years, and has volunteered as a guardian advocate for the past six. She is a Navy veteran, serving for seven years before owning and operating a local valet business for the past 16 years. Advocating and volunteering for Guardian ad Litem has always been a personal passion of Chavet’s after growing up in an abusive home and wishing she’d had a GAL when she was a young child.



Debra Pataky

Board Member

Debra, a Jacksonville area resident since 1994, worked for more than 20 years in the banking industry, mostly with Barnett Bank (now Bank of America) in Miami, Key West and Jacksonville. During that time, she served in key leadership roles in retail, commercial and mortgage banking. She has been active in community volunteerism for over 30 years, currently serving on the Guardian ad Litem Foundation board as well as Secretary of the San Marco Preservation Board. Debra is also involved with JFCS, River Gardens Gala, Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and is a past volunteer for American Cancer Society, PedsCare, and the Cathedral Arts Project. She has also been active with the Bolles School’s Parents’ Association, chairing numerous committees over the past 12 years.

Lynn Sherman

Board Member

Lynn Sherman | Guardian ad Litem | Board MemberLynn Sherman serves as Director of Community Engagement at Baptist Health where she leads community benefit initiatives that are designed to identify and address the unmet health needs in the community, set priorities and develop strategies to improve the health and quality of life families where we live work and play. It includes providing community outreach programs with faith-based partners, youth development organizations, elder advocacy organizations, community health screenings, health education and training the trainer for health disparities. She has worked in health care at Baptist for more than 30 years and has spent many of those years as a health educator.


Sherman is a strong community advocate. Under her leadership, the Tipping the Scale Mentoring Adolescent Advocacy and Intervention Mentoring Program has touched the lives of more than 1,500 teens and received national recognition. She coordinates the annual Sister to Sister Girls Empowerment Summit and served on health disparity coalitions for the Department of Health. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Urban League, Changing Homelessness of Northeast Florida, and Family Support Services of Northeast Florida. Sherman was a recipient of the Community Connections Celebration of Leadership award; the Shirley Anderson’s Excellence In Mentoring Award and named one of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes. She is Leadership Jacksonville Alumni and one of six honored with the Jacksonville Business Journal’s “African-American Leaders”.

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