JACKSONVILLE, FL (February 3, 2021) – Goodwill Industries of North Florida recently announced that Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. has been named Chair of its Board of Directors. Additionally, the organization’s active and engaged board has tapped six new community leaders to join them.
Ford transitions into the role as Chair following Jeanne Miller’s two-year tenure. Under her board leadership, Goodwill of North Florida opened three new retail locations and conducted an extensive, nationwide search for a new CEO. “We are fortunate to have a board of directors that is so actively involved in supporting us and our mission,” said Goodwill President and CEO, David Rey. “We recognize and are so grateful to Jeanne for steering the board the last two years that were so pivotal to the organization. We know Mr. Ford is going to continue that legacy when he takes the baton. We’re excited for the leadership he brings and the energy and experience our new board members will bring as well.”
Outgoing Chair Miller has established a reputation for bringing diverse stakeholders together to create positive change. She is President & CEO of the Jacksonville Civic Council, where she works with leaders of Northeast Florida’s largest companies to identify and promote solutions to the region’s greatest challenges.
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is CEO of the JTA and past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He currently serves as Vice Chair for the Transportation Research Board (TRB). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Ford is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships, sustainability and transit-oriented development; and known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world.
Goodwill of North Florida’s six new board members are:
Edward Brownlee is the President of Brownlee Global LLC, which creates operational freedom and flexibility for small businesses. He provides facilities consulting services to clients in areas of facilities operations, facilities management, building services, security, project management and development of request for proposals and contract agreements. Edward served in the US Navy as a US Naval Officer for 20 years. Edward is the Board Director, Chair of Military Affairs and Vice Chair of Inter-Club Committees for the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club of America.
Shantel Davis, Vice President and Group Manager of Southeast Sales with The Greenbrier Companies (GBX). Davis is a Jacksonville native who moved back to North Florida after living in Vancouver, WA, and Tampa. Shantel gives back to hear community by providing her guidance to several boards the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, University of North Florida Foundation, Jacksonville University Public Policy, and the Jacksonville Classical Academy. In July 2019, Shantel was named to the Board of Trustees at Florida State College of Jacksonville by Governor Ron DeSantis. She is a lifetime member of Leadership Florida, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., and Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Orville “Orv” Dothage is a Senior Manager with Northrop Grumman Aerospace, one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. Orv was a driving force in creating a partnership between Goodwill, First Coast Technical College (FCTC) and Northrop Grumman. This partnership program allows Goodwill to recruit and support members of the St. Johns community to earn a certification in introductory aircraft manufacturing at FCTC, thus creating a talent pipeline for careers at Northrop Grumman.
Scott Mattson is a Partner with Assurance Dimensions which offers assurance, tax, and advisory services to private, public, and nonprofit clients nationwide and internationally. Prior to joining Assurance Dimensions, Scott worked with The LBA Group as an Assurance Principal overseeing employee benefit plan practices and assurance work for non-public companies in a variety of industries including Goodwill Industries of North Florida. Scott is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and previously was a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville.
Isabelle Renault is President/CEO of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, the second largest networking organization in Northeast Florida. Isabelle and team are advocates and a voice for the business community. Prior to her appointment as President/CEO, Renault served as Vice President of Operations for St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and held several economic development positions within the organization. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
Kerri Stewart is VP of Business Analytics and Strategic Initiatives with Miller Electric Company, a Florida-based electrical contractor providing services including construction, installation, renovation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Prior to joining Miller Electric Company, Stewart was the Chief Customer Officer for JEA. In her current role, Stewart draws upon over 17 years of experience as a public servant and inspirational change-leader.
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