President & Creative Director, iAugi Studios / Bagan & Company
Dan Bagan leads iAugi Studios, a well-regarded videography and photography resource in Northeast Florida. Dan also serves the board of the St. Augustine Rotary Club. With a natural curiosity about his subjects and an instinctive approach to “the process”, Dan's images result in a striking reflection of personality and spirit. Beginning with film, a darkroom and a passion for black and white images, Dan's work has evolved into compelling portraits with highly saturated color images and videos. His works are in the "Gloria Steinem Archives of Smith College" and grace the album covers of musicians and individual collectors. His subjects range from the famous to children and brides to rock-and-rollers to "Age of Beauty" clients; women between 50 and 100 years old, capturing their personal essence. Dan shares his skills as a creative force for the greater good. He is a co-creator of the highly regarded civil rights campaign “We Are Straight Allies,” where his photographs and video are used to bring attention to a civil rights issue in Jacksonville and the State of Florida. Dan has also created stunning images of individuals who are homeless and individuals suffering from Bells Palsy and ALS. He is a featured artist in the Art in the Library Collection having bequeathed his historically significant original photograph of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, viewable online via Digital Commons on the Library Home Page. Dan has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2017.
UNF Alumni '16 - College of Engineering, Civil Engineer
Jorge Rodriguez-Baz is the product of Cuban and Panamanian immigrants. He was born in Florida but raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico until the age of seven, then moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Working at an early age, he became comforted by hard work and, in doing so, observed the critical thinking skills and composure brought on by those with education. He felt passion in being a creator and dreamed of one day becoming an engineer. After high school, he ventured to Tallahassee, Florida with the intent of attending Florida State University, however in this college town he met the most influential figure in his life, Angellica. She pushed him to an unknown level and urged him to apply to many universities based on his accuracy and skill in construction. In June 2013, he was accepted to the University of North Florida.
He came to UNF seeking knowledge to support his aspirations for a better life for him and Angellica. He immersed himself in the UNF College of engineering, becoming highly involved in several student organizations. As is true of most engineering students, he frequented the university library - so much so that he found comfort in it. Later, he became a student assistant at the UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library.
Working in the library provided him with a sense of belonging - as though he was not only a student but a contributing member of the UNF community. In the spring of 2016, he became a Civil Engineer and immediately began working in the heavy civil industry. As a professional, he has worked on many large-scale heavy civil construction jobs here on the First Coast.
Jorge has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2018.
UNF Alum '02, Analyst - Deutsche Bank
Marinda Bottoms was raised in the Turks & Caicos and Southern California before settling in Northeast Florida. She is an AML Transaction Quality Monitoring Analyst for Deutsche Bank with a reputation for integrity, reliability, and accountability and always goes above and beyond expectations. Marinda’s professional passions include streamlining processes, identifying deficiencies, and implementing practical solutions. Personally, Marinda is a mother, wife, and an ardent community supporter. An Osprey herself, Marinda received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Florida in 2002 and her Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix in 2005. Marinda joined the Dean’s Leadership Council in 2018.
James Boyd III
James L. Boyd III is a dancer, choreographer and teacher born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he has performed with the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen and many others. James was also a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas. James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of our community. His passion for community most notably resonates through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight, Inc. As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising, in addition to and outside of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, on behalf of arts agencies throughout Northeast Florida. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally renowned, thought-leading city. In addition to building Art in Flight, Inc., James is an international faculty member for Troy University, on the staff of the Manhattan Dance Project, a faculty member and Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University, a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission, all the while touring to become world-renown as a professional dancer. James has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2017.
Head Media Specialist, Chet's Creek Elementary
Karen "KK" Cherney is an exceptional educator and beloved by those who know and collaborate with her. She is a founding educator for the continuously number one rated elementary school in Duval County, Chet’s Creek Elementary, and has held the position of Head Media Specialist since 1998. In 2010, KK beat out educators across the nation to win the prestigious Alferd Williams Literacy Award given by Scholastic Books to honor those who inspire a love of reading. KK has won additional awards including “The Super Hero Librarian Award” by Channel 12.
As quoted by Chet’s Creek Elementary School principal, Susan T. Phillips, “KK understands the importance of relationships and seeks to know and love every child she serves. She is routinely sought out by students for celebrations of a goal achieved, help in completing a difficult task, or for a hug and reassurance that everything will be ok during times of disappointment and sadness. One of the greatest honors I receive is when a child mistakenly calls me Mrs. KK – I wish! She engages authors, illustrators, business partners, and community members in joining our mission to create truly meaningful learning experiences for children. She doesn’t know the word “no” and sees every obstacle to success as a mere challenge. I have never known an educator more passionate about creating a love of books in children. Her passion for the written word is contagious.”
KK currently serves the national Board of Directors for Scholastic Books and is a member of Mayor Curry's Literacy Task Force for Jacksonville. She was a founding member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council from 2008 - 2011 and resumed her membership in 2017.
President/Founder, Starlight Valet
Chavet Constable is a mother, wife, volunteer, veteran of the United States Navy and business owner in Jacksonville, Florida. She is President of Starlight Valet, one of Jacksonville's premier valet and parking companies specializing in public and private events throughout Northeast Florida and South Georgia. She credits her success to her clients and says she loves her work. Starlight Valet has continuously employed currently enrolled UNF students since its founding in February 2000. Chavet is also a board member and active guardian in Guardian Ad Litem, the primary child abuse victim advocacy agency in the state of Florida. She also provides consulting work for small companies striving for success. Chavet has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2017.
Thomas J. Cook
Owner & Director of Sales, Atlantic Imaging
Thomas "Tom" J. Cook moved to Jacksonville from New York fifteen years ago. He has been owner and Director of Sales for Atlantic Imaging since 2003. Atlantic Imaging provides large format graphics, tradeshow displays, and vehicle wraps, From 1995 to 2003 Tom was Area Sales Manager for Ilford Imaging, one of the oldest and most respected companies in the photographic industry. Tom attended Indiana's Earlham College and has a degree in Sociology with a minor in Photography. Tom is the father of two young women who have attended UNF and his youngest is a current high school student. His hobbies still include photography, though he makes the most of living at the beach and is an avid deep-sea fisherman. Tom has served the UNF Carpenter Library Dean's Council since 2017.
While pursuing degrees in Communications & Marketing at UNF, over the next two years, Ellen hopes to use her experiences over the last decade to help foster community and growth within the University Library and the Jacksonville community. Ellen is the founder of Art Sales and Stories and principal of River City Contractors, Inc. Ellen is a passionate arts advocate and enjoys business development, marketing, and client relations for both of her companies. Ellen joined the Dean's Leadership Council in 2018.
UNF Alum, CEO - Analytics Partners
Lisa 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 five 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. Lisa 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. Lisa has been a member of the UNF Carpenter Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2014. Lisa served as Vice Chair from 2016-18.
Artist & Teacher, Sharon Goldman Fine Art
A native Floridian and Fine Arts graduate from the University of Florida, Sharon spent 25 years as an Art Director in Miami producing print and broadcast media advertising, and winning local, state, national, and international awards until moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1998. She then focused on raising her family, her love of painting, teaching art, and accepting commissions. With her husband Richard, President and CEO of Visit St. Johns County, she raised three wonderful daughters and considers their girls to be her best works of art. Maya, Jenna, and Annika have all gone on to earn advanced degrees in highly competitive, science and medical programs. Sharon describes her own artwork as painterly realism, using light and shadow, novel compositions and a colorful palette to capture the spirit of Florida. She has been juried into more than 50 local and regional shows and featured in Old City Life and Arbus magazines. Sharon bequeathed an 8’ x 4’ painting to the UNF Library in 2018 to honor the retirement of then dean, Elizabeth Curry. She is the lead docent for the monthly Art in the Library Tours and will help plan its 10th Anniversary gala in 2020. Sharon also serves the Butterfly Effect Project committee and has served the Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2017.
Retired, Banking & Real Estate
Immediate Past President, Jacksonville Historical Society
Jeff Graf grew up in Tampa and is a 1973 graduate of the University of Florida. A career move brought him to Jacksonville and he has resided in the Historic Avondale neighborhood of the city since 1983. Now retired, Jeff spent his career in various aspects of executive banking, commercial real estate development, brokerage, and management. Jeff spent the majority of his career with Barnett Bank, and its successor, Bank of America, where he held strategic planning, retail product management, real estate management, and branch office network planning positions.
Jeff’s community service experience includes membership on the Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) board where, in his term as Vice Chair, he was part of a team that developed RAP’s first strategic plan. In addition, he headed RAP’s Governance committee which guided board development and education as well as the development of RAP’s policies and procedures. He was also involved with the creation of the Riverside Arts Market and co-founded the Jacksonville History Consortium, the collaborative network of more than 30 community history archives and museums in the city, of which the Thomas G. Carpenter Library is a member. In May 2016 the Jacksonville Historical Society (JHS) Board of Directors elected Jeff as President. Jeff was immediate-past JHS Vice-President and recently took on the role as Co-Chair of JHS’s Strategic Planning committee. Jeff and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of two grown sons, one a current Osprey. When not busy with their volunteer commitments locally, they enjoy spending time in their summer home in the mountains of western North Carolina. Jeff joined the Dean's Leadership Council in 2018.
John Irvin, Charter Member*
Founding Member and Brand Partner, VASAYO
Immediate Past Chair, 2016-2018
John Irvin is a founding member and brand partner of VASAYO, a nutritional supplements company. He 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. John has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1998, upon moving here from St. Petersburg, where he was born and raised. He has been a member of the Library Dean’s Leadership Council since 2009. John served as council chair from 2016-18.
Evelyn McDonald, Charter Member*
Stephen Pollan is a Jacksonville native and successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ executive leadership experience. After progressing through operations management and human resources positions with international food-industry corporations, he chose to take advantage of new entrepreneurial opportunities developing in Jacksonville when creating Assessment Technologies Group (ATG). ATG provides human resource consulting to organizations through the provision of four key elements; organizational design and development, executive coaching and performance enhancement, workforce planning, sourcing and selection, and leadership training and development. Stephen is a well-respected businessman and devotes a great deal of his time improving the Jacksonville community as a philanthropist and working member of many local education, arts, and business-based boards and councils. Recently, his company was awarded the Small Business Leader of the Year Award from the JAX Chamber. On the UNF campus, Stephen supports both the Military and Veterans Resource Center, as a mentor helping Vets transition to the civilian workforce, and the UNF Library, as a member of the Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2018.
UNF Alum '98, Owner - SPS Coaching LLC
Stacie Perron-Smith holds a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Florida. From 2014 to the present she has led SPS Coaching & Consulting and from 2006-2014 Stacie was the Human Resource Director at Florida Coastal School of Law. As an a strategic HR leader and consultant she has expertise in Strategic Leadership & Planning & Change Management, Leadership Development & Strength Management, Talent Acquisition & Retention – Job Descriptions, Competencies, Recruitment Software, Onboarding, Talent Management, Employee Training & Development & Learning Transfer, Communication & Collaboration Programs & Resources, Culture & Engagement, Coaching & Mentoring and offers training and support in many more areas of the field as well. Stacie joined the Dean's Leadership Council in 2018.
Owner, LEARN INC
Organizer, Women's March Florida - Jacksonville Chapter
As the owner of LEARN INC for the past 20 years and the founder of Women Writing for (a) Change®, Jacksonville, Jennifer uses writing as a powerful tool to help actualize personal, community, and organizational change. She conducts private and public classes for individuals, community organizations, non-profits, and corporations. Jennifer believes libraries, whether in the home, in the community, and particularly at a university, are a central and critical tool for building community engagement and knowledge. She spent much of her youth with her nose in a book, either at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, at the Trinity College library in Hartford, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism library in New York. She currently facilitates writing circles at the Main Library downtown and in the Duval County jail system, among others, as part of her company outreach programs. Jennifer has provided programs for the Women’s Center at UNF and serves on the communications team for Generation W. She also serves on the Board of City Beautiful Jax and is the editor of Dorothy’s List, a non-partisan newsletter aimed at raising women’s voices, values, and leadership in Jacksonville. Jennifer taught at Tulane University while raising her two children. She has served the Library Dean's Leadership Council since 2017.
Charter members are founding members of the UNF Library Dean's Leadership Council. In 2018 they enter their second decade of continual service to the Library and will maintain both active and financial support of the Library's enrichment needs. Charter members are noted by this designation* at right.
Distinguished members served the UNF Library Dean's Leadership Council for 10+ years, maintain ex-offico council participation, and their annual pledge -- which provides critically needed support for student and Library-user enrichment.
Dr. Walter R. Graham, Jr. and Ron Stephan were awarded Distinguished Memberships on November 15, 2017. Continue reading to meet them below.
Dr. Walter R. Graham, Jr.
Dr. Walter R. Graham, Jr. is a dermatologist by practice yet his greatest love is the intellectual and spiritual journey books and art provide to their patrons. These are just two areas of the UNF Library which Dr. and Mrs. Graham have invested in order to inspire students and library visitors alike. Dr. Graham was a founding member of the Library Dean's Leadership Council in 2007 and since then has underwritten the development of UNF's first and only student art gallery with a focus in teaching business fundamentals such as marketing and curation, the large-scale botanical sculptures adorning the Library's second floor by then UNF student Mary Ratliff, the publishing of a full-color book entitled "Writing on Water, Writing on Air" by English department faculty member Clark Lunberry, provided funding for framing needed for the Library's museum-quality Art in the Library Program, donated a mass collection of valuable art books, and so much more. Dr. Graham is also the recipient of the 2018 University of North Florida Honorary Alumni Award.
Chief Executive Officer, RealtyWEB.net
Ron Stephan is the CEO of the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service, Inc. as well as its subsidiary Metro Market Trends, Inc. He 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. He is a Past Chair of the Library Dean’s Leadership Council and is a founding member of the council.