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Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Chair | Erin Vance Skinner, Vice Chair | Guy Anderson
Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D., Independent Educational Consultant, is a retired educator with more than 35 years of experience in higher education. During her tenure at Florida State College at Jacksonville, she served as a professor of composition and literature as well as in several progressively responsible administrative positions, finishing her career as executive dean for instruction and student services. She currently holds board of director positions as president of the Jacksonville Women's Network, board treasurer of the Community First Credit Union of Florida, a second-term member of the Florida Humanities Council and dean of the Peck Leadership Institute of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Women's Missionary Society. She holds leadership positions in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.; her service organization, The Links, Inc.; and her local church, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal. Dr. Simmons-Hutchins has served on the Board of Library Trustees since 2009.
Erin Vance Skinner is the former vice president of sales and marketing for Paramount Performance Marketing, a privately held company that specializes in commercial and trade graphics and printing. Previously, Skinner served as general manager for Principle Woods, Inc. and vice president, branch manager of Computer Management Sciences. She has a master's in business administration from the University of North Florida and a bachelor's in management from Florida State University.
Skinner also serves on the board of directors of Community Connections of Jacksonville and is a member of the Jacksonville Women's Network.
She has served on the Board of Library Trustees since 2009.
Guy K. Anderson is a senior consultant at Kirkpatrick & Associates, Inc., specializing in information technology and services, and utility industry analytics. His clients include groups and organizations supporting the North American utility and power industry. During his 39 years in business, Anderson has sold IT services to Fortune 500 companies, major utilities and major financial institutions, and has managed client relations for large-scale projects involving software development and implementations.
Anderson has been active in the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., participating in the library funding and city finance studies, as well as Putting the River Back in River City, and Recession, Recovery, and Beyond. His interest in sailing is reflected in his membership in the North Florida Cruising Club, First Coast Offshore Challenge, First Coast Sailing Association, and St Johns Riverkeeper.
Anderson earned bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and biology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity.
Sybil Ansbacher is a retired licensed mental health counselor with Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. She worked for 12 years for the Youth Crisis Center at the Beaches Resource Center in various positions, including director of the Beaches Truancy Center.
An active member of the community, Ansbacher is currently a board member of the Friends of the Beaches Library Board and Beaches Watch, Inc. She has served as chair of the City of Neptune Beach Board of Appeals; chair for several studies of Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.; City of Jacksonville HUD Advisory Board; Community Development Block Grant Committee chair; State Board of Pharmacy member; Womenís Giving Alliance. She has been a resident of Neptune Beach for more than 30 years.
Marc Hardesty is a founding partner of the Jacksonville law firm, Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. since 1994. Prior to that, he served as assistant state attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit from 1990-1994.
Mr. Hardesty earned his Juris Doctorate from the Mercer University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Furman University, where he was a four-year varsity member of the wrestling team.
Mr. Hardesty is a past chairman of the Jacksonville Florida Planning Commission, as well as a member of several local, state and federal bar associations. His past or present memberships with other organizations include the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; the National Rifle Association; the legal board of the St. Johns Riverkeeper; Save Our River environment, Inc. (past president); and Boys Home Association.
Mr. Hardesty was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving as a Company Commander with the Army during the Gulf War (1990-91); the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other military awards. Lt. Colonel Hardesty retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after nearly 22 years of service.
He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, FL. He is a proud father of Meredith, 15, and Marcus, 13.
Ronnie King is the president and founder of Scratchwerk Consulting, which provides a wide variety of software consulting services for insurance agencies specializing in Java and Guidewire development. He serves on the board for Mentoring Families and Kids, "Day in the Real World," and The MyVillage Project. King holds leadership positions in several community organizations including president of the Jacksonville Urban League Young Professionals and president of the First Coast National Panhellenic Council. King is a part of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2011, and currently serves as the Northeast Region Connect Chair for Leadership Florida. He is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and serves as mentoring chair for the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. King studied mathematics at the University of Florida while playing basketball for the Gators. He holds a bachelor's in computer science from the University of North Florida.
Jackie Perry is the executive director for Beaver Street Enterprise Center, which was named the 2010 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association. Perry oversees operations and management for the 25,000 square foot facility that provides business assistance and support services, as well as office space and infrastructure, for new and emerging businesses. Perry serves on the board of Florida State College at Jacksonville Business Advisory Group for Kent Campus and is a member of the board of directors for First Coast Business Alliance, Grow Jax Advisory Board and the Florida 8A Business Alliance. Perry completed accelerated certificate programs in human resources management and operations management at the University of Georgia and recently obtained her Incubation Management Certification from the National Business Incubation Association.
Gerald Reid is an enterprise account executive at MoreDirect, where he provides professional services, and software and enterprise business solutions. He has a master's degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Emory University. Reid is a member of the National Black MBA Association and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
City Council member Richard Clark was raised in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of Nease High School and the University of Florida. Currently, Clark is the President of Supreme Janitorial, a family owned janitorial service founded in 1973. Clark has served in several professional leadership roles during his tenure with Supreme Janitorial, including board president of the International Facility Management Association; leadership council of the National Federation of Independent Businesses; Gator Bowl Committee; and board member of the River Garden.
In 2005, Clark was elected to the City Council representing District 3. He was re-elected in 2007, and was voted Council Vice President for the 2008/2009 term. In June 2009 Clark's council responsibilities increased as he proudly served the City of Jacksonville as Council President for the 2009/2010 term. Clark currently chairs the Councilís Finance Committee and serves on several other committees: Tourist Development, Executive, Personnel, and Police and Fire Pension Board of Trustees as Council liaison. Clark and his wife De'Atra have two children, McKenzie and Keegan, and a Jack Russell Terrier, Emmy, that they rescued and adopted.
Larry Roziers serves as Executive Director of Community and Family Engagement at Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and is representing DCPS on the board as an ex officio member. In addition to his current position, Roziers offers the board a wealth of DCPS experience as a high school teacher, an elementary school and high school principal, and as executive director of high schools. He also offers a desire and enthusiasm to strengthen our partnership with local public schools. Roziers holds a masterís degree in education from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, and bachelor of science degrees in elementary education and specific learning disabilities from Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida. He holds many professional memberships within the educational community and in 2005 was awarded The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership.
City Council President Clay Yarborough grew up in Jacksonville and attended the University of North Florida where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management. While in high school, and operating television cameras at City Council meetings, Yarborough became interested in public service. In November 2000, at age 19, he was elected to a seat on the Duval Soil and Water Conservation Board and served until the time he was elected to the City Council in March 2007. Also prior to joining the Council, Yarborough served for several years as a member of the Greater Arlington/Beaches Citizens Planning Advisory Committee. In 2012, he was asked to join the Board of Directors for City Rescue Mission and in July 2014, began serving as City Council President after being chosen unanimously by his colleagues.
Yarborough realizes Jacksonville's most important issues are public safety and crime reduction, ensuring government is operating as fiscally sound as possible, capitalizing on economic development opportunities, and working hard to improve the overall quality of life for current and future residents of our city. Yarborough is proud to represent District 1, the Arlington area, which includes Regency Square and neighborhoods off of Fort Caroline, Merrill, Lone Star, and Mt. Pleasant Roads. He and his wife, Jordan, have twin sons and the family attends First Baptist Church.