Our People

Our Leadership

Steve Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

Leon Baxton
Chief Operating Officer


Jerome Baltazar
Chief Financial Officer

Dane Gilbert
Director, Case Management

Carolyn Lynn
Director, Literacy Division

Eric D. Johnson
Director, After-School Division

Erin Mangan
Director, Resource Development


Our Board of Directors 

Michael Stewart
Chair Director of External Affairs, Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Chris Greene
Vice-Chair; Attorney, Purcell, Flanagan, Hay & Greene, P.A.

Josh Woolsey
Secretary; Attorney, Rogers Towers

William “Rusty” Russell
Treasurer; Vice President Internal Audits & Compliance, CSX

Athena Mann
Immediate Past Chair; Retired, JEA

Steve Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Tracy Arthur
Associate General Counsel, Rayonier

Michael Barker
Senior Manager-Global Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement, Medtronic, Inc.

Martha Barrett
Vice President Market Development, Bank of America

Greg Beliles
Correspondent & Rural Housing Executive, JP Morgan Chase

Honorable Lenny Curry
Mayor, City of Jacksonville

Honorable Corrine Brown
Congresswoman, United States House of Representatives

Honorable Betty Burney
Founder/Executive Director, “I’M A STAR” Foundation

Honorable Eleni Derke
Duval County Court Judge

Nancy Dreicer
President/CEO, Chappell Schools

Linda Edwards
Retired, Duval County Public Schools


Jesse Forst
Vice President – Transportation-Infrastructure, RS&H

Diana Haramboure
SVP and Chief Administrative Officer, First Coast Service Options

Virginia Hoce
Director of Financial Reporting, Interline Brands, Inc.

Todd Johnson
Chief Legal Officer, Acosta

Robert Martin
Retired General Manager, Florida Times-Union

Sonny Martin
Certified Public Accountant, GunnChamberlain, P.L.

Gloriden Norris
Retired, Duval County Public Schools

Jay Plotkin
Attorney, The Wilner Firm, P.A.

Judy Poppell
Retired, Duval County Public Schools

Ed Pratt-Dannals
Senior Advisor, District Management Council

Honorable Mike Williams
Sheriff, City of Jacksonville

Ken Sanders
Divisional VP, Distribution & Wholesale Customer Service for N. A./Europe, Coach

Rick Schart
Senior VP- Chain Supply & eCommerce, Stein Mart

David Thomas, Jr.
Director/General Manager, BAE Systems Ship Repair Mayport

Nikolai Vitti
Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools