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2012-2013 Board of Directors

Bob Inzer - President
David Rancourt – Vice President
Pamela Shields– Treasurer
Timothy D. Edmond - Secretary
Jon C. Moyle, Jr. - Immediate Past President
Kathryn Ballard
Donna Callaway
Kathryn Karrh Cashin
Lois Griffin
Lee Hinkle
Jim Hunt
Valencia E. Matthews
P. John "Johnny" McEachern
William J. Montford, III
Lori Danello Roberts
Andre J. Thomas


Officers

Bob Inzer - President
Leon County Clerk of Courts since 2001, Inzer also served for nineteen years as City Treasurer-Clerk for the City of Tallahassee. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts from FSU School of Business. Inzer has been an active participant in the Leon County community for more than thirty years, serving on numerous civic boards and committees including: Florida Economics Club Board of Directors; United Way of Big Bend Board of Directors; Cultural Resource Performing Arts Center Committee; Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors; and Big Bend Hospice Board of Directors. He was awarded "Public Official of the Year" for 1996 by Governing Magazine, and received the Florida Government Finance Officers Association's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award and was presented with the Florida Association of Court Clerks/Comptroller's 2008 President's Clerk of the Year Award. Inzer is a frequent presenter at professional associations on issues related to local government financial management.

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David Rancourt - Vice President
A founding partner of Southern Strategy Group, Rancourt has spent his professional career in politics and government. He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from FSU and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida with a certificate in Political Campaigning. He served as a campaign manager to numerous successful candidates, especially for statewide offices, and also worked for Direct Mail Systems in commercial marketing and political fundraising. Rancourt's government experience includes service as Director of the Florida Division of Elections, Deputy Secretary of State, and as Appointments Director for Governor-Elect Jeb Bush's transition effort. He then continued to serve Governor Bush as his first Deputy Chief of Staff, before founding Southern Strategy Group in 1999. He has helped the company grow to one of America's most prominent and powerful advocacy firms that serves a strong client base with varied interests in both the executive and legislative branches of government.

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Pamela Shields - Treasurer
An owner of Shields Marina, Shields moved to Tallahassee in the early 1960’s. After a brief tenure with the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and work in state government, she had a thirty-one year career with Xerox Corporation, where her responsibilities included public relations, customer education, training and community involvement projects. Shields has been active in both Leon and Wakulla County organizations, and has served on several boards, including LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee Junior Women’s Club, Tallahassee Informed Parents, Springtime Tallahassee, the United Way of the Big Bend, Ronald McDonald Charities, Friends of the Library, St. Marks Yacht Club, Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce, and as a Commissioner for the Wakulla County Planning & Zoning Board.

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Timothy D. Edmond - Secretary
CEO of The Edmond Group, LLC, a diversified real estate development, consulting and brokerage firm. He is a 38-year veteran of the real estate industry with a national reputation in master planned community development. He is formerly the President of CNL Real Estate Development Corp., Regional President of the St. Joe Company and President of Town & Country Homes, where he began a home building company at Celebration, Disney’s hallmark community in Orlando, FL. He holds an MBA from Nova/Southeastern University and BS from Louisiana State University. Edmond serves as a Board member on the Community Foundation of North Florida and the Florida State University’s College of Business. He currently serves as a Commissioner of the Tallahassee/Leon County Planning Commission and is an alumnus of Leadership Broward (Class 1) and Leadership Florida (Class 2).

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Jon C. Moyle, Jr. - Immediate Past President
A partner in the law firm of Keefe Anchors Gordon, Moyle is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Law where he was a member of Florida Blue Key and a four-year letterman on the football team. Prior to returning to the private sector, Moyle served as Legislative Affairs Director, Executive Office of the Governor. He was a member of Leadership Florida Class XXIV, past President of the Lafayette Park Neighborhood Association and currently serves on the Florida Tax Watch Board.

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Directors

Kathryn Ballard
A 1987 Graduate of Florida State University College of Human Sciences, Ballard has a long history of charitable and community service. She has served on several boards and commissions including the Board of Directors of the Florida Special Olympics, the Florida State University College of Human Sciences Board and the Board of Trustees of the Maclay School. Most recently she served as Chairman of Maclay School Capital Campaign. Ballard has been honored for Outstanding Achievement by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Commission for her efforts to restore Tallahassee’s historic Lively House.

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Donna Callaway
Principal of Raa Middle School, a position she has held since 2008, and previously held from 1994-2004, Callaway served a four-year term on the State Board of Education, to which she was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Prior to joining the State Board, Callaway served on the Board of Trustees of Tallahassee Community College for four years. She is a Commissioner of the Blueprint Commission for Juvenile Justice, a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Board and a Past President and Member of the Tallahassee Symphony Society. Callaway holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Florida State University.

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Kathryn Karrh Cashin
An FSU Assistant in the Humanities, Cashin supervises the Multi-Cultural Film Course (HUM 3321) and has taught extensively in FSU's Program of Interdisciplinary Humanities beginning in 1998. She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities, MA in Slavic and East European Affairs, and a BA with co-majors in Russian Language and Business Administration.
In addition to an academic career, she has served as resident choreographer for The Tallahassee Ballet for over 25 years and has choreographed 18 of Florida State Opera's works.

An avid believer in the power of volunteer work, she has served as president of the Junior League of Tallahassee, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and FSU's Friends of Dance. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and has served as both steering and curriculum chairs of Youth Leadership Tallahassee. She is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council and was recently named as a trustee for The Florida House on Capitol Hill.

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Lois DeMersseman Griffin
Lois DeMersseman Griffin, graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Psychology, Music Minor and from Western Michigan University with a M.S. in Experimental Psychology. After a successful career as a professional photographer serving Tallahassee and the region with portrait and wedding photography and earning numerous State and National awards, she returned to FSU to attain a M.A. in Arts Administration in 2003. In 2000 she was hired as Executive Director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, from which she retired in 2010. Ms. Griffin has been a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Society, Jr. League of Tallahassee, the Board of the Artist Series, Big Bend Community Orchestra, Tallahassee Winds, and Quintessence, a local woodwind quintet. Currently she is a member of the Board of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and is serving on the Search Committee for a new Music Director. Ms. Griffin enjoys playing the piano, working with ceramics at the Oglesby Art Center, attending Osher Lifelong Learning classes, organic gardening, cooking, traveling and visiting her two children living in San Francisco. Ms. Griffin joined the Board of Directors for The Florida Center for the Performing Arts and Education in February 2013.

Lee Hinkle
As Florida State University's vice president for university relations from 2003 to 2010, Hinkle was responsible for the university's outreach to alumni, friends, fans and the community. Her duties included supervision of the FSU Foundation, Seminole Boosters, Alumni Association, Government Relations and University Communications. In addition, she was responsible for the university's special events and community relations.

With more than three decades of experience advocating for positive change on public policy issues affecting Florida's citizens, her expertise includes government affairs, political strategy, public policy development, public relations and marketing.

Prior to her service at The Florida State University, Hinkle was a governmental and public affairs consultant. Her career has included serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for Florida FREE, a political research organization. She was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for designing and implementing long-term strategic advocacy and grassroots programs. She also worked as Director of Government Relations for the Hospital Corporation of America.

Hinkle has served on numerous boards and been actively involved in community service throughout her career. In 2001, she received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as Vice Chair of the inaugural Florida State University Board of Trustees. Ms. Hinkle also served as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics; is past president, chairman and current board member of Capital Tiger Bay Club; and a board member of the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Florida Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land.

Hinkle is also the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Circle of Gold from the Florida State University Alumni Association, the Alumni Recognition Award from FSU's College of Human Science, membership in Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Golden Key. She was the recipient of Athena Award from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and the Spotlight Award presented by the Tallahassee Chapter of Women in Communication.

Born in Maine, Hinkle was raised in Hillsborough County, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. She is retired and resides in Tallahassee with her husband Cliff Hinkle. They have a grown son, Ross.

Jim Hunt
Jim’s experience and background in business development is founded upon the proven fundamentals of strong interpersonal communication – networking, relationship building and being a connector to and for target audiences. These personal attributes are what make Jim passionate about social media and social business.

Strong skills in identifying key messages and the capability to appropriately mix compassion and humor to his audiences make Jim’s speaking and training skills positively unique. Jim is recognized throughout Florida as a Social Business entrepreneur and thought leader. He recently received the “SMART” Award for Social Media innovation from the Tallahassee Technology Alliance.

Prior to joining Moore Consulting Group, Jim worked with the Capital City Bank Group, ElectroNet Intermedia Consulting, and conducted private business consulting. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and did graduate study at the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida.

Jim currently sits on the board of Leadership Tallahassee, the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education and Kind Hospitality Intelligence. He has served as chairman for the United Way of the Big Bend, Leadership Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Technology Alliance. Jim also served as Co-Chair for Bio Florida’s Northwest Florida Chapter and has served on the board of directors for the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tallahassee/Leon County Economic Development Council, Premier Bank, MCC Innovations, Whole Child Leon, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Young Actors Theatre. He is a past recipient of a National Community Leadership Award and the Capital City Bank Community Service Award.

Jim and his wife, Deborah have two grown children and three handsome grandsons all under the age of five and two dogs, Maddie and Bailey. Jim and Deborah are active members at Killearn United Methodist Church.

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Valencia E. Matthews
Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Matthews supervises the arts, languages and humanities programs. Recently promoted to Professor, she has more than fifteen years of service at the university where she is also Director of Essential Theatre, which brings relevant productions to the community, produces talented, award-winning actors, and grooms students to make contributions in the local and world community. She strives to help others understand the important role of the arts in society and is committed to using the arts as a vehicle of social change. A supporter of many community service efforts, she is founder and director of the Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theatre, a program for youth between the ages of 6-16, on the Board of the Council of Culture and Arts and executive director of Africa, Inc. a non-profit dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between and within Africa and the Americas. Interested in health and fitness, she is an avid walker, strong supporter of the Sickle Cell Foundation, and a participant in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

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P. John "Johnny" McEachern
After playing four sports for Leon High School, McEachern earned All SEC recognition playing football on scholarship for the University of Georgia, where he received his degree in Economics and Finance. He also attended General Electric Management School and the Institute for Financial Education, where he also taught. He went on to co-found the Athens/UGa chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Chattahoochee River Club, Uptown Public Elementary School, and authored “It’s Always First Down.” McEachern played a significant role in the development of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts located in Columbus, GA. He is a recipient of the United States Congressional Award for “Contribution to Arts” and has served on many Boards of Directors, including United Way, American Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Columbus. He has also served as an adjunct teacher for Troy State University, offering instruction on corporate finance, management and banking.

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William J. (Bill) Montford, III
Chief Executive Officer for the Florida Association of District School Superintendents since July 2006, Montford served as the elected Superintendent of Schools for Leon County from 1996-2006. He was a school administrator for twenty-six years, including eighteen as a high school principal. He is also a former member of the Board of County Commissioners of Leon County. Montford attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education and a Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision. Active in many professional and civic organizations, Montford is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Flagler College and has received numerous other awards for his dedication to education and the community.

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Lori Danello Roberts
Lori Danello Roberts grew up in Tallahassee, more specifically at Leon High School and Young Actors Theatre. Today she is a work-from-home mom of three girls, a yoga/fitness instructor and a local graphic designer who published Family Forum magazine for 15 years. Lori has enjoyed being on all sides of the arts: as a singer/dancer/actor on the musical theatre stage in her school days to her professional vocalist experiences into her 30s. She graduated from Florida State University with a major in studio art and a minor in art history. She has worked back stage in many a musicals and ballets and thrives on the creative sides of both of her careers. Lori is an active community volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors for Young Actors Theatre and The Tallahassee Ballet and is on the Steering Committee for Whole Child Leon. Lori donates considerable time and graphic design services. She was selected as one of the Tallahassee Democrat's "25 Women you Need to Know" in 2008.


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Andre J. Thomas
Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, Thomas is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at FSU. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, he received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive and include his services as conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians, summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the Republic of China and the Philippines, and a premier performance by an American choir (FSU Singers) in Vietnam. He has been the guest conductor of distinguished orchestras and choirs in Birmingham, England; Berlin, Germany; the Netherlands; Charlotte, NC; Tallahassee, FL; and China. Since 1988 he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger and author.

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