Our leadership guides us to prioritize and implement our strategic plan.

The South City Foundation is led by a robust Board of Directors and Advisory Council, blending the experience and expertise of local stakeholders, business owners, executives, funders and educators.

Senator Loranne Ausley

Co-Chair, State Senator

Loranne Ausley is an elected Member of the Florida Senate who helped lead the effort to bring Purpose Built Communities to Tallahassee. She has represented Tallahassee in the legislature for over 12 years and is well known as one of…Read More

Senator Loranne Ausley

Co-Chair, State Senator

Loranne Ausley is an elected Member of the Florida Senate who helped lead the effort to bring Purpose Built Communities to Tallahassee. She has represented Tallahassee in the legislature for over 12 years and is well known as one of Florida’s leading champions for children and families.

“Place matters to how well we live and how well our children live. And when persistent poverty threatens place, we must work together to overcome it. That is why we are working hand-in-hand with the residents of South City and community partners to restore this neighborhood to a vibrant community where neighbors play, learn and succeed together.”

Rep. Ramon Alexander

Co-Chair, State Representative

Representative Ramon Alexander fights for equity in South Side neighborhoods through his role as a State Representative for Florida’s House District 8 representing South City.

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Rep. Ramon Alexander

Co-Chair, State Representative

Representative Ramon Alexander fights for equity in South Side neighborhoods through his role as a State Representative for Florida’s House District 8 representing South City.

Bridgett Birmingham

Community Resident

Bridgett Birmingham serves as the Coordinator of the Diversity Resident Librarian Program at Florida State University, where she works to expand access to academic librarian careers to persons from underrepresented demographics. Ms. Birmingham is…Read More

Bridgett Birmingham

Community Resident

Bridgett Birmingham serves as the Coordinator of the Diversity Resident Librarian Program at Florida State University, where she works to expand access to academic librarian careers to persons from underrepresented demographics. Ms. Birmingham is also a resident of South City.

Pastor Eddie Franklin

Pastor, Friendship Primitive Baptist Church

A native of Wakulla County Florida, Pastor of Friendship PB Church 700 Putnam Dr. Tall.Fl 23201.  Attended FAMU, Lively, and Smith Bible College. Military Veteran, husband and father of three. Holds various leadership positions in the Tall. Area…Read More

Pastor Eddie Franklin

Pastor, Friendship Primitive Baptist Church

A native of Wakulla County Florida, Pastor of Friendship PB Church 700 Putnam Dr. Tall.Fl 23201.  Attended FAMU, Lively, and Smith Bible College. Military Veteran, husband and father of three. Holds various leadership positions in the Tall. Area as well as the state of Florida.

“I support this foundation because I see first hand the needs of the people in South City. Being a dedicated Pastor in the Southside community and interacting on a daily basis directly with the people, I hear their concerns. This effort assures a gateway to change and much needed improvements.”

Dr. Brenda Jarmon

Ret. Professor of Social Work, FSU & FAMU

Dr. Jarmon is a retired educator and published author who has 40 plus years of experience in various academic settings from public schools to universities with specialized graduate training in school social work. She possesses a strong community…Read More

Dr. Brenda Jarmon

Ret. Professor of Social Work, FSU & FAMU

Dr. Jarmon is a retired educator and published author who has 40 plus years of experience in various academic settings from public schools to universities with specialized graduate training in school social work. She possesses a strong community service and faith-based background, and she is a scholar whose research interests include designing early intervention strategies for teen pregnancy prevention; developing cultural sensitivity models for human service arenas; and examining the effects of welfare reform, foster care, and domestic violence on children and families.

She has been recognized for several honors, including the recipient of the Ida S. Baker Distinguished Minority Educator Award; a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 25; and in 2019 she was selected as one of 25 Women You Need To Know by the Tallahassee Democrat. Blessed with the vision, commitment, passion, and dedication for providing dynamic service in the community and in education arenas, she has emerged as one of the country’s most prolific educators.

“The South City Foundation (SCF) is one of the main catalysts for revitalization of the South Side of Tallahassee. The opportunity to impact early childhood education as well as K-12 Education is near and dear to my heart particularly since my specialized area is School Social Work. Having secured the Purpose Built Community designation lends itself to more community engagement and policy being developed from the bottom up.  I’ve always believed that community residents need their voices heard; SCF provides that opportunity in a meaningful and lasting way. The concept ‘It Takes A Village’ is evidenced in Purpose Built Community initiatives and now flows through the SCF.”

Rick Kearney

Mainline Information Systems

Rick Kearney has spent years focused on entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts and was named Philanthropist of the Year in 2021 by the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Mr. Kearney is now leading the…Read More

Rick Kearney

Mainline Information Systems

Rick Kearney has spent years focused on entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts and was named Philanthropist of the Year in 2021 by the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Mr. Kearney is now leading the effort to build Tallahassee’s first sustainable and supporting tiny home community.

Shonda Knight

Whole Child Leon Leon County Sherriff’s Office

Shonda Knight is currently the Executive Director of Community and Media Relations for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). Under Knight’s leadership, in 2018, LCSO was awarded the top, statewide Community Relations Award from the Florida…Read More

Shonda Knight

Whole Child Leon Leon County Sherriff’s Office

Shonda Knight is currently the Executive Director of Community and Media Relations for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). Under Knight’s leadership, in 2018, LCSO was awarded the top, statewide Community Relations Award from the Florida Public Relations Association and a Judges award from the organization in 2019.

Prior to joining LCSO in March of 2017, Knight served as Executive Producer and Anchor for WCTV-TV in Tallahassee. Knight was the first African American to co-anchor the morning shows at WCTV. Knight is a Florida Associated Press award-winning journalist, several times over, and has served as Vice-President of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters. Among her many community affiliations, Knight is the Board Chair for Whole Child Leon and serves on the boards of The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Salvation Army, and the North Florida Fair Association. She is also a member of the Florida Public Relations Association, the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

“The South City Foundation is an organization making positive change in our community. It is empowering those with great potential but limited resources. It is giving support to our most vulnerable. It is making a difference.”

Mark O’Bryant

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

G. Mark O’Bryant is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc., the parent corporation of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida’s capital city. Mr. O’Bryant assumed the role as leader of the 772-bed…Read More

Mark O’Bryant

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

G. Mark O’Bryant is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc., the parent corporation of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida’s capital city. Mr. O’Bryant assumed the role as leader of the 772-bed regional tertiary facility in July 2003. Prior to his recruitment to Tallahassee, Mr. O’Bryant came from Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. O’Bryant is a Diplomat in the American College of Health Care Executives. His undergraduate degree is from Brigham Young University; his Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees are from Georgia State University.

“The health and well-being of our community is defined by its whole, not by its component parts. With that in mind, the South City Foundation / Purpose Built Project will be a much needed vehicle to bring resources to a part of our community that has historically been sorely underserved. A focus on education, infrastructure, social support and health care will create a platform for new opportunities for our South City residents. Not only will it prove to be a smart investment for all of Tallahassee, but more importantly it will change lives for the better.”

Daryl D. Parks

Parks Law LLC

Daryl D. Parks is an accomplished lawyer and businessman who received an undergraduate degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), and a law degree from Florida State University (FSU). His motto, “Advocate for the Least…Read More

Daryl D. Parks

Parks Law LLC

Daryl D. Parks is an accomplished lawyer and businessman who received an undergraduate degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), and a law degree from Florida State University (FSU). His motto, “Advocate for the Least of These,” is embodied in his zealous advocacy and activism in civil rights. Attorney Parks is the managing partner at Parks Law, L.L.C., a law firm with a national reputation. As part of our civil rights activism and commitment to community, Attorney Parks has represented families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Corey Jones. The reputation gained by Attorney Parks and his firm has led to his appearances as a legal expert on national television broadcasts such as MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.

“Our volunteering in South City is a wonderful opportunity to assist our neighbors. The effort will be a game changer in education, housing and socially.”

Darnell Smith

Florida Blue

Darnell Smith serves as Florida Blue’s market president for the North Florida region. Mr. Smith has ample experience with nonprofit work through leadership experience with organizations such as the United Way of Northeast Florida, First…Read More

Darnell Smith

Florida Blue

Darnell Smith serves as Florida Blue’s market president for the North Florida region. Mr. Smith has ample experience with nonprofit work through leadership experience with organizations such as the United Way of Northeast Florida, First Coast YMCA, and Feeding Northeast Florida.

Wendy Walker

Ret. President, Leadership Florida

Wendy served as president of Leadership Florida for 28 years, retiring in 2017. In addition to serving on the South City Foundation’s Board of Directors, she also currently serves on the boards of the United Way of the Big Bend, the State…Read More

Wendy Walker

Ret. President, Leadership Florida

Wendy served as president of Leadership Florida for 28 years, retiring in 2017. In addition to serving on the South City Foundation’s Board of Directors, she also currently serves on the boards of the United Way of the Big Bend, the State College Foundation, and WFSU’s Community Advisory Board. She is married to Dr. Tom Haney, and has two daughters, Beth and Julia, and a brilliant seven year old grandson, Luke.

“I’ve lived in Tallahassee for 50 years and have watched parts of our community thrive and others wither. We can become a world-class city, a destination for high-wage industries and a sought-after lifestyle, but only if we ensure that EVERY neighborhood provides a healthy and safe environment for our children to grow and prosper. I have personally witnessed the transformation possible if we use the Purpose Built Communities model. PBC has seen the collaboration our foundation has created and because of OUR work, they have committed to work side by side with us to change lives, to change the future of Tallahassee. I couldn’t be more excited about what we accomplish together.”

Kim Williams

Marpan Supply

Kim Williams has been the President of Marpan, a material recovery facility – not a landfill – recycling material from construction and demolition waste (C&D) or Class III as well as yard waste, since 1985. He has a long history…Read More

Kim Williams

Marpan Supply

Kim Williams has been the President of Marpan, a material recovery facility – not a landfill – recycling material from construction and demolition waste (C&D) or Class III as well as yard waste, since 1985. He has a long history of community involvement. A founding board member and past President of Southside Business Association, Williams is committed to encouraging economic growth so that our children and our graduates will be able to find opportunity in Tallahassee, while maintaining quality of life. Williams is a past Chair of the Tallahassee Chamber and the Economic Development Council, as well as serves on the Board for Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Capital City Bank, The Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education, and the Florida State University Research Foundation.

“After hearing the story and seeing in person the success of the Purpose Built Community in East Lake I believe Tallahassee needs to build a program using this successful model.”

Dr. Iris C. Wilson

Ret. Educator, Leon County Schools

Dr. Iris Wilson is a retired educator living in Leon County. Her long career spanning over 40 years included serving as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for Leon County Schools. Dr. Wilson also served as Deputy Chancellor for the…Read More

Dr. Iris C. Wilson

Ret. Educator, Leon County Schools

Dr. Iris Wilson is a retired educator living in Leon County. Her long career spanning over 40 years included serving as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for Leon County Schools. Dr. Wilson also served as Deputy Chancellor for the Florida Department of Education. Her passion for supporting educational equality on all levels is evident in her career and continued community service. Dr. Wilson is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.

“I support the South City Foundation because of the focus on community and education. SCF listens to the voices of the community and values the diversity, as well as the history of South City.”

Steve Evans

Chair Emeritus, Community Volunteer

An experienced businessman and mentor, Steve Evans has been making waves in Tallahassee since he moved to the city in 1986 to lead IBM’s state government operations in Florida. Since then, Mr. Evans has earned a reputation for his…Read More

Steve Evans

Chair Emeritus, Community Volunteer

An experienced businessman and mentor, Steve Evans has been making waves in Tallahassee since he moved to the city in 1986 to lead IBM’s state government operations in Florida. Since then, Mr. Evans has earned a reputation for his mentorship skills and passion for community service.

Advisory Council

Herschel Holloway
Certified Practitioner of Financial Capability (CPFinCap) 
Envision Credit Union

Laura Johnson
Account Management Specialist
Florida Blue

Shington Lamy
Director
Leon County’s Office of Human Services and Community Partnership

Abena Ojetayo
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Tallahassee

Heidi Otway, APR, CPRC
President
SalterMitchell Public Relations

Nicole Patton Terry, PhD.
Olive & Manuel Bordas Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education
Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research
Deputy Director of the Regional Education Lab—Southeast at Florida State University

Brenda Williams
Executive Director
Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA)

Rosanne Wood
School Board Member
Leon County School Board, District

South City is home to incredible people, an intersection of rich cultures, and boundless opportunities. I am so excited to be a part of an initiative that pays special attention to the extraordinary community that is South City, Tallahassee.
Shington LamyDirector, Leon County's Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships