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Purpose & Mission

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library has established the Dean’s Leadership Council to foster a vital relationship between the Library at the University of North Florida and the community it serves.

Members have the opportunity to:

  • Help define the direction of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.
  • To support the Library in the development of external financial resources.
  • Join other community leaders invested in educational excellence to help make a difference in Jacksonville and the region.
  • Receive special invitations to upcoming UNF programs and receptions

Members will be expected to:

  • Attend four council meetings per year.
  • Offer advice and counsel on Library priorities.
  • Help Identify community members who would be interested in supporting the library, it's programs, and assist in fundraising.
  • Personally support the library with an annual gift to the Dean's Excellence Fund.

 

 

Dean's Leadership Council

 John Irvin (Chair)

Project Development Manager, Ajax Building Corporation

John Irvin is Project Development Manager with Ajax Building Corporation, for a region which includes North and Central Florida, as well as South East Georgia. In the 10 years that Mr. Irvin has held this position with Ajax, the company has been selected to build high profile construction projects which include, but are not limited to: Duval County Public Schools, University of North Florida, University of Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Baker County Sheriff’s Office, City of Daytona Beach, Volusia County Council, College of Coastal Georgia, and Brevard Community College. Mr. Irvin graduated from Florida A&M University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering and he is a Certified Building Contractor in the State of Florida. He is also a graduate of the Northeast Florida Regional Council-Regional Leadership Academy and Leadership St. Petersburg. Mr. Irvin has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2009. He has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1998, upon moving here from St. Petersburg, where he was born and raised.

 Lisa Davis (Vice Chair)

CEO, Analytics Partners

Ms. Davis has over 10 years of IT, and Business analytics experience specializing in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Analytic Capabilities. She has in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in implementing, integrating and deploying business intelligence software in a variety of environments. In the last 5 years, she has served as a member of numerous internal consulting groups with Fortune 100 companies in the healthcare and financial industries. She works closely with new and existing clients to determine their individual business intelligence needs and maps those needs to a technological solution. Ms. Davis then guides her clients through a business intelligence project life cycle making sure all the required components to a successful deployment are in place. She uses her experience in the subject areas of needs assessment and recommendation, systems analysis & design, implementation, project management, testing, deployment, documentation, curriculum development and training to facilitate these activities.

 Stanley H. Bishop 

Broker/Owner, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Stanley H. Bishop is the broker/owner of EXIT Real Estate Gallery in Jacksonville, Orange Park and Jacksonville Beach.  As a native of Jacksonville he attended the University of North Florida for his bachelor’s degree in Management with a minor in Marketing.  Later he obtained his MBA from Jacksonville University.
 

André Boutté

Vice President, Director of Operations & Training at Watson Realty Corp., REALTORS

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, I have been a resident of Jacksonville since May of 1989, having been transferred here for duty at the Naval Air Station in Mayport. I proudly served my country for 21 honorable years as a Naval Officer and Naval Aviator. I retired from the United States Navy in May of 1992 and began a successful career in real estate May 1993 with Prudential Network Realty.

In May 1996, I began my management career with Watson Realty Corp., starting as an assistant manager with the Watson Jacksonville Beach office. I became manager of the Watson Westside office in February 1997, and then assumed management responsibility for the Watson Southside office in December 1998. In May 2000, I transferred to the Watson Realty Corporate Headquarters and was appointed Director of Technical Training. In January 2003, I assumed the duties of Director of Training, and in October 2005, assumed my present duties as Director of Operations.  I have been a member of the Dean's Leadership Council since 2008.

 Daniel Locke

 Locke Roofing 

As owner of Locke Roofing, I aim to deliver the best roofing service to clients in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas. I am the 2013 recipient of the Fred King Award, a war veteran and the NE Florida Builder’s Association most philanthropic member. I am a graduate of UNF and have served on the Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2013.

Evelyn McDonald (Past Chair)

Vice President, HW & W Inc.

Evelyn McDonald is is Vice President of HW & W, Inc., a woman-owned small business based in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Over her professional career, she has specialized in the analysis and development of process management systems and the use of information systems to support organizational strategy and objectives. Her present work includes integration of records management systems with information technology management systems such as capital planning and investment. Ms. McDonald conducted several focus group sessions for the Carpenter Library and other local organizations

She is the Chair of Arts & Culture Nassau, the county's arts council. She serves on the board of the Amelia Island Book Festival and on the Curriculum Committee for the Center for Lifelong Learning. Her hobbies are reading and photography. She is a member of the Amelia Island Art Association.

Ms. McDonald has a MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College and a BA in Spanish from the University of Michigan.

 Mike Miller

Business Manager, Jacksonville Transit Authority

Mike Miller joined the City of Jacksonville following a 30-year career in radio and television broadcasting. Mike is currently the Business Manager for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. One aspect of his duties is working with businesses and colleges in developing transit programs for employees and students. Mike’s previous position at JTA was Director of External Affairs. During his career in Jacksonville Mike worked with the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission to develop a new Neighborhood Resources and Community Development Division and assist in creating speakers bureau for Super Bowl XXXIX. Mike also served as a member of Mayor John Delaney’s senior staff as City Council Liaison. Other civic activities include serving on the Florida Theater Board of Directors, the WJCT Community Advisory Board, membership on the Foundation Board of Daniel, Inc., and an alumnus of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2004.

 Jennifer Murray

Director, Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission

Jen Jones Murray is an advocate for culture, education and the arts in Jacksonville, Florida and Director of the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission. The commission governs the JAX Airport Art & Culture Program, manages its rotating art exhibitions, as well as the commission of large-scale, onsite, permanent, public artworks for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. The intention of the JAX Airport Art & Culture Program is threefold; to educate visitors regarding the abundant artistic and cultural resources available within their seven-county service region, provide a positive environment for travelers to and from Greater Jacksonville and support and encourage creativity among North Floridians. With more than twenty year’s experience leading arts businesses, placemaking organizations and community programming in our community, she has a BA from University of North Florida in English and an Art History minor, and is the recipient of awards such as the University of North Florida Outstanding Alumni Award, Jacksonville Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Award, Best Gallery Director in the U.S. at Art Expo NY and awarded Outstanding Neighborhood Business Leader by RAP for her years serving as President of the Avondale Merchant Association and leading the neighborhood through their Town Center Initiative, Visioning and Funding Campaign to restore the Shoppes of Avondale from 2002-2008. Jen Jones Murray is a mother of four and an ardent community volunteer. Currently she serves as board member to Any Given Child JAX, the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library at UNF, the Wolfson Children’s Hospital based Patrons of the HeARTS program and led the JAX 2025 Task Force to Create an Identifiable Art and Entertainment District within their pillar of “Downtown as a Neighborhood”.

 Ron Stephan 

Chief Executive Office, RealtyWEB.net

Ron Stephan is a past Chair of the Thomas G. Carpenter’s Dean’s Leadership Council and has served on the Council since 2007. He is currently the CEO of the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service, Inc. as well as its subsidiary Metro Market Trends, Inc. Ron is a graduate of Robert Morris University and has earned a Certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Chicago. Ron serves on the boards of Northeast Florida MLS the Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS and many committees of the Florida Association of REALTORS ® most recently as a director on the Real Estate Industry Solutions Board of Managers. Ron’s career spans many years with information technology companies such as Mellon Bank, NCR Corporation, Tandy Business Systems and currently www.RealtyWEB.Net which provides services for Northeast Florida MLS, Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS ® and Metro Market Trends. During his time in Jacksonville, Ron is most proud of securing funding over the years in order to build two homes for HabiJax, establishing the Art in The Library Fund as well as the Technology Fund for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.

 Franklyn Vastola

Education Sales Leader for K-20, Steelcase

Frank Vastola worked with Perdue Interiors on the Thomas G. Carpenter Library for our Library Commons project.  Steelcase Education is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring active learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.  Frank has a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For over ten years he worked as Director of Admissions in several institutions including Jacksonville University. Frank then moved for the past ten years to marketing and sales for educational companies. As one of his colleagues said, “Frank has the rare combination of experience in both the sales world and Higher Education sector. Having worked on a college campus for a number of years, he acutely understands the technology needs of academia.”