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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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

Heather Solanka

Chair

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 at attorney at Camerlengo & Anderson, P.L. where she represents people who have been injured in tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle accidents. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and served on active duty 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 a member of the Rotary Club of San Marco and a volunteer Magistrate for Duval County Teen Court. In addition to Guardian ad Litem Foundation Board, Heather is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of  the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, a member of the Board of Directors of The Towers of Jacksonville, Inc., and Secretary of the Board of Directors of 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 spending time with her three fur-babies (all of whom collectively weigh less than 18 pounds).

Kellie Prusiecki

Vice 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 Vice Chair and the Development/Recruitment Chair. She has also served on the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation Board and is currently a member of the Florida Theatre Board of Directors. As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, she previously served as the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter president and has served on the Kappa Alpha Theta national steering committee for Give to Lead, Give to Learn. Kellie and her husband, Drew, have two children: Katie, a University of Georgia graduate, and Adam, a sophomore at UGA.

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.

Lisa Moore

Secretary

A transplant from the state of Georgia, Lisa currently serves as Executive Director, Employee Relations and Equity Officer for Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ). She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University School of Law. Prior to that, Lisa served as Director of Policy and Compliance in the General Counsel’s Office for the college. She has also served as Director of Policy and Compliance/Professional Standards for Duval County Public Schools and Circuit Director for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. She currently serves as secretary for the GAL Board. In her spare time, she and her husband, Anthony, enjoy watching their daughter, Alexa, play collegiate softball. Lisa also enjoys time with her dog, Javie, reading, travel and trying new foods.

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 Constable Mason is a mother, wife, volunteer, veteran of the United States Navy and business owner in Jacksonville, Fla. She is founder and president of Starlight Valet, the only woman-owned valet service in the nation, and one of Jacksonville’s premier valet and parking companies specializing in public and private events throughout Northeast Florida and South Georgia. Chavet credits her success to her clients and says she loves her work. Volunteerism also takes center stage in Chavet’s life. Inspired by her own challenging upbringing, Chavet has been an active guardian serving children in our program for the past six years and has served as a Guardian ad Litem board member for four years. Chavet is also a board member of the University of North Florida Library Dean’s Leadership Council and has continuously employed currently-enrolled UNF students since Starlight Valet’s founding in February 2000.

James Croft

Board Member

James Croft has served in the City of Jacksonville’s Public Affairs Office since 2011, providing expertise in both new media and more traditional methods of public communication for two mayoral administrations. James has a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Jacksonville University and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Florida. He and his wife, Rebecka, have two children and live on the city’s West side.

Kelly DeGance

Board Member

Rosa Maria King

Board Member

Jennifer Jones Murray

Board Member

Jen Jones Murray is an advocate for children, education, culture and the arts in Jacksonville, Fla. She serves as manager of the Jacksonville International Airport Art Program, managing JIA’s rotating art exhibitions and the commission of large-scale, onsite, permanent, public artworks for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. She also serves the University of North Florida as Marketing and Community Services Coordinator for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. There she heads community outreach for the UNF Library, a free educational resource for everyone in the community, which also includes the city’s department of Special Collections – an important physical and online repository of archives from our community’s history spanning over 500 years.

With more than twenty years of experience leading arts businesses and assisting with programming for the community in our city, Jen has a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Art History minor from University of North Florida, and is the recipient of awards such as the UNF Outstanding Alumna Award, JBJ Top 40 Under 40 Award, and Outstanding Neighborhood Business Leader by R.A.P. for her years serving as President of the Avondale Merchant Association, where she co-led the neighborhood through their Town Center Initiative, Visioning and Funding Campaign to restore the Shoppes of Avondale from 2002-2008.

Jen is a mother of four school-aged children in Duval County.

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.

Bobby Rivers

Board Member

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”.

Augustin Vautier

Board Member

Jacqueline Viljoen

Board Member

Craig Waldrup

Board Member
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