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.

Jim Croteau

Envision Credit Union

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.”

Cecka Rose Green

Children's Home Society

Cecka Rose Green, CPM, is Regional Executive Director for Children’s Home Society of Florida – Big Bend Region, Tallahassee Area. Prior to accepting this position, she had a storied communications career locally, statewide and nationally.…Read More

Cecka Rose Green

Children's Home Society

Cecka Rose Green, CPM, is Regional Executive Director for Children’s Home Society of Florida – Big Bend Region, Tallahassee Area. Prior to accepting this position, she had a storied communications career locally, statewide and nationally. Past positions include serving as Director of Communications at LeadingAge Florida, Florida Housing Finance Corporation and Voices for Florida’s Children; Vice-President/Director of Communications for P&P Communications, Inc.; and Deputy Communications Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families. She has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Miami Herald, in addition to appearances on multiple broadcast, internet and print platforms.

A native of Tallahassee, Cecka graduated from Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS, formerly FAMU High), then matriculated to FAMU, majoring in English. She is a Life Member of the FAMU NAA; member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.; and the Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; former chair, City of Tallahassee Community Improvement Advisory Council; and was a member of the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Currently, she serves on the Boards of Directors for the South City Foundation, and United Partners for Human Services, co-chairing the DEI Task Force. Cecka has received numerous accolades, including being selected as one of “25 Women You Need to Know in 2020, a “Women of Distinction” award from The Girl Scout Council of the Gateway in 2019, and “Woman of the Year” and the “Editor’s Choice” awards from ACHI Magazine, Atlanta, GA, 2019.

A 2015 FAMU NAA Distinguished Alumni, she was selected HBCU Digest’s 2015 Alumna of the Year and was awarded the Carrie P. Meek Servant-Leader award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Florida and the Bahamas. Cecka is a 2020 enshrinee for the FAMU College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (CSSAH) Gallery of Distinction. Additionally, she performs executive management and public relations consulting as CEO & chief strategist for TrubyRose Strategy Group, founded in 2019. Married to FAMU Alum Marvin Green, Jr., they have three children: daughters Marhee and Chaela, both students at FAMU; and Marvin III, 15, a student at FAMU DRS.

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.”

Dot Inman-Johnson

Progressive Leadership Council of North Florida

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.

Jennifer Kilinski

Hopping Green & Sams

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.”

Sharon Robinson

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Sharon Robinson is a Physical Therapist and Clincal Coordinator of Acute Care Rehabilitation at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

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Sharon Robinson

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Sharon Robinson is a Physical Therapist and Clincal Coordinator of Acute Care Rehabilitation at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

Samantha Sexton Greer

University of Florida Director of Government Relations

Samantha Sexton Greer is the Director of Government Relations, advancing UF’s interests at the state level.

Before joining UF, Samantha served as the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Personal Insurance…Read More

Samantha Sexton Greer

University of Florida Director of Government Relations

Samantha Sexton Greer is the Director of Government Relations, advancing UF’s interests at the state level.

Before joining UF, Samantha served as the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida, a P&C insurance trade association based in Tallahassee. Her main responsibilities included advocating the association’s interests before the Florida Legislature, Florida Cabinet and executive branch agencies, and developing legislative and regulatory strategies to advance the collective priorities.

Samantha also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the PACE Center for Girls, Inc. During her tenure with PACE, she expanded PACE’s public sector resources at the local and state level, positioned PACE as the lead advocate for at-risk girls and supported the program’s expansion into Georgia.

Samantha has been recognized as a 2020 Local Patriot by The Village Square, Bob Graham Civic Scholar, ‘30 under 30 Rising Star’ of Florida politics, 2016 Golden A.C.E. by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals, and Rising Star in the lobbying industry by INFLUENCE Magazine. She was recognized in 2020 by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of the 25 Women You Need To Know. Samantha volunteers with the Junior League of Tallahassee and serves as the organization’s President.

Samantha graduated from the University of Florida with her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and Certificates in International Relations and Political Campaigning. She remains an active member of Florida Blue Key.

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.

Susan Thomas

Tallahassee Preservation Board Former Chairman

Before moving to Tallahassee, Susan Thomas was active in community affairs in her hometown Atlanta. While teaching at Pace Academy, she volunteered extensively in numerous community projects. She was co-author of Troubled Children in Georgia…Read More

Susan Thomas

Tallahassee Preservation Board Former Chairman

Before moving to Tallahassee, Susan Thomas was active in community affairs in her hometown Atlanta. While teaching at Pace Academy, she volunteered extensively in numerous community projects. She was co-author of Troubled Children in Georgia which was given to members of the Georgia legislature. She served as Community Vice President of the Junior League of Atlanta supervising over $200,000 of League community grants to nonprofits. She was a founder of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter which is going strong after over 30 years serving homeless children and their families.

When Susan moved to Tallahassee, she first became involved with the effort to build the main branch of the Leon County Library and chaired the grand opening celebration of the library. She served as Chairman of the Tallahassee Preservation Board and on the Board of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation. In 2000 she joined the Lawton Chiles Foundation to follow children’s issues in the Florida legislature. She also served as contract manager for the four pilot county projects of the Foundation’s signature project—the Whole Child Project. She remains committed to improving the lives of children in our community and beyond.

She taught history, government and writing at Maclay School and Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee.

Raphael Vazquez

McDonald's

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.”

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)

Chicarla Williams-Pye
Legislative Aide
Representative Ramon Alexander

Leisa Wiseman
Legislative Aide
Senator Loranne Ausley

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