Achieve Escambia's Leadership Council
Debbie Calder is the Executive Vice President of Greater Pensacola Operations for Navy Federal Credit Union, overseeing the day to day operations of over 5,200 team members. Debbie has been with Navy Federal for 25 years and has led multiple business operations during her Navy Federal career. Debbie is a member of Achieve Escambia’s Leadership Council and serves as a board member for Gulf Power Company, Sacred Heart Health System and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Debbie shares Navy Federal’s commitment to service and is proud to support Achieve Escambia’s goal to help improve educational outcomes so the community succeeds as a whole.
Stan Connally joined Gulf Power as President and CEO in July 2012. Headquartered in Pensacola, Gulf Power provides electricity and energy services to communities in Northwest Florida. Mr. Connally began his career at Southern Company, Gulf Power’s parent company, as a co-op student at Georgia Power in 1989. He has served as senior vice president and senior production officer for Georgia Power and in various leadership roles in generation, customer service, and marketing. Mr. Connally graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Florida, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Council of 100 and Capital City Bank Group. He also serves as vice-chair of Enterprise Florida and vice-chair of Achieve Escambia. He has been appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc.
David Alexander III
Retired Police Chief David Alexander III is a native of Pensacola, Florida. David attended public schools and college in Escambia County, Florida. He served the community for 32 years with law enforcement services. David continues to serve the community as a local pastor and community leader. Through community service, David mentors youth and works with citizens and community leaders to build trusting relationships.
Lonnie D. Wesley, III
Lonnie Davis Wesley, III, was born and reared in Pensacola, Florida, matriculating through the local school system and graduating from Escambia High School in 1987. Wesley attended Alabama State University (ASU) in Montgomery, Alabama, and was graduated in 1992. Wesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications (Public Relations) from ASU. After starting on a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Wesley finished at Selma University, graduating in the spring of 2006. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Since 2004, he has served as Pastor of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church. Wesley is married to the former LaTonya Neal of Pensacola, and the couple has three children: Kalen, Jeffrey, and James. "I support Achieve Escambia because this is an effort to unify services with the goal of improving everyone's opportunity to be the holder of a life that they can gladly pass down to their children, and their children's children. With benefits."
Laura Gilliam, President/CEO of United Way of Escambia, has spent the last 21 years working in the non-profit sector, 12 of those years within the United Way system. During her work at United Way of the River Cities in Huntington, West Virginia, she helped grow the VITA program, establish a substance abuse prevention partnership that engages 200 middle and high school youth, and expand an education coalition that focuses on early care and education and dropout prevention. United Way of the River Cities (UWRC) transitioned from a traditional model United Way to one that is actively engaged in community impact work and is seen in the community as a major convener around difficult issues. Since 2008, UWRC has hosted community conversations on crime and community safety, education, economic development, substance abuse, and most recently, on race. Laura has served on various local and state boards and has presented at conferences and workshops on topics including fundraising and community impact. She was the president of the board of WV 2-1-1 and a former president of the Huntington Rotary Club. Laura graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She is married to Frank Gilliam and has two children, Rachel and Ian. Laura enjoys watching college basketball, exercising, and trying out new restaurants. She is excited to call Pensacola home.
Doug Baldwin, Sr. is an experienced business professional and Pensacola native. He is the CEO of Baldwin Management Group, Inc- the parent company of the Pensacola Improv Event Center. His impressive law enforcement career includes 35 years with the Pensacola Police Department and work with Florida's Domestic Security Task Force. Doug holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Doug has mentored many youth during his career, and believes deeply in promoting positive environments for our community’s children to thrive in.
Doug Brown is an energetic, solution-driven professional who excels at leveraging strategic alliances with a goal of increasing the quality of life for low-income citizens. His proven experience in community development, banking, and housing, coupled with his talents in nonprofit management, have earned him the leadership role of Executive Director at the Escambia County-based Community Action Program Committee, Inc (CAPC). Doug has earned the respect of his community by thoughtfully transforming the agency to understand the economic impact of assisting low-income families move toward self-sufficiency. His career has included private-sector roles in Community Development Lending with Bank of America and Neighborhood Lending Partners. Doug's public-sector roles have included working for the City of Jacksonville, heading up the Community Development Division and with the Jacksonville Housing Commission. Doug has also previously served as a board member on the following organizations: National Community Action Partnership, ReEntry Alliance Pensacola, Florida Association of Community Action, Neighborhood Lending Partners, and the Florida Prosperity Partnership.
As the Escambia County Administrator, Jack R. Brown, continues his distinguish career dedicated to public service. After retiring in 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, Jack returned to his home town of Perry, Florida to become the Director of Human Resources for Taylor County and was promoted to the position of County Manager. In January 2001, Jack was hired as the General Manager of RDS Manufacturing Company, a position he held for 18 months prior to being recruited as the Director of Administration and Development at the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. While at FSU, Jack was elected as a County Commissioner in Taylor County. After announcing that he would not seek a second term as a County Commissioner, Jack resigned from FSU and returned to Taylor County as the County Manager until June 2014. Jack graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Education and went on to earn three Masters Degrees including a Master’s of Science in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology; a Masters in National Security and Strategy from the United States Naval Staff College; and a Masters of Military Arts in Theater Operations from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). Jack has served in a variety of leadership positions including Aucilla Regional Landfill Board of Directors, Taylor County Economic Development Council, Taylor County Tourist Development Council, Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Charter President of Taylor County Toastmasters, and Chairman of the Taylor County Board of County Commissioners, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Learning Systems Institute at FSU, and as a member of the Governors Transportation Task Force for Governance. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties Foundation and as the Past President of the Florida Association of County Managers.
Susan Davis currently serves as the President and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System and the Ascension Ministry Executive of the Gulf Coast. She is also a nurse and has worked in a Cardiothoracic ICU. She considers herself a life-long learner and started her nursing career at Orange County Community College in Middletown NY. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in nursing from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY and her Masters and Doctorate are from Columbia University in New York City in nursing and organizational development respectively.
David Deliman serves as Market Vice President for the Gulf Coast area of Cox’s Southeast Region. This includes the communities of Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview and Niceville. In this role, David oversees the day-to-day operations for Cox and serves as an advocate for customers, employees and Cox in the community. David joined Cox in 2004 and has served in a number of positions at both the field and corporate levels. Prior to assuming his current role in February 2016, David oversaw external communications for the Southeast Region. Prior to Cox, David worked in broadcast journalism for nearly a decade. He served as a reporter in Panama City and Pensacola, and led the day-to-day operations of the newsroom at WEAR-TV (ABC-Pensacola) as the station’s managing editor. David is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. David and Cox are proud to be involved in Achieve Escambia, as Cox believes strongly in investing in programs to advance educational systems in the markets that we serve.
Mark T. Faulkner
Mark Faulkner is president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health Care, a three-hospital integrated health care system situated in Northwest Florida and South Alabama and employing more than 6,400 people. Mark has more than 24 years of health care leadership experience and has been with the system since 1993. Mark served as chairman of the Florida Hospital Association 2015-2016 Board of Trustees. He was honored by The Greater Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce as a 2013 Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence (PACE) Award recipient for Business Leader of the Year. Mark earned his master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. Mark supports a collective impact approach to improving educational outcomes through the efforts and proven methods adopted by Achieve Escambia.
Henry Hawkins is the Mayor of the Town of Century, taking office in January 2017. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Education and Training from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) in Montgomery, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. Mr. Hawkins is a former adjunct instructor at the Pensacola State College, Century campus- where he has prepared students to sit for the GED exam since 2008. He also served in the United States Air Force, where he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for nearly 20 years. During his time in the United States Air Force, Mr. Hawkins focused on leading team exercises, group discussions, and assigning instructors to conduct training seminars. Mayor Hawkins is passionate about education and training others to achieve success in their chosen careers.
Ashton J. Hayward
Ashton Hayward was elected mayor of Pensacola in 2010 after the city passed a new "strong mayor" chartered government in 2009. As mayor, Hayward manages a city staff of almost 800, a budget of over $200 million, and works with members of the City Council to set policy and the city budget. Mayor Hayward serves on the board for Achieve Escambia and the Florida League of Mayors, and was appointed by Governor Scott as a commissioner for Volunteer Florida. Mayor Hayward has made major contributions to help unite our community and fostered an environment that has helped so many businesses and individuals succeed.
The Honorable Clay Ingram is a passionate community leader with a history of service to the people of Northwest Florida. He was selected to lead the Greater Pensacola Chamber in December of 2014. Clay was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and has been re-elected subsequently. He currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission. Prior to being elected to the legislature, Clay worked in sales, real estate and as a teacher in the Escambia County School District, where he taught courses in the Exceptional Student Education Department at J.M. Tate High School. A Pensacola native, Clay is a graduate of J.M. Tate High School and of Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in General Communication and a minor in Political Science. While at FSU, Clay was a member of the football team, where he started 49 straight games for Coach Bobby Bowden and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team. He was also named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll. An active member of the community, Clay is a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, the Cantonment Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), the Century Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the Board of Directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Clay and his wife Leslie have two daughters, Madilyn and Lydia.
Kimberly Krupa joined the Achieve Escambia team in July 2017. Kimberly brings more than 15 years’ experience in community and coalition building, fundraising, communications, nonprofit management, executive leadership and strategic planning. Her expertise centers on creating, coaching and leading proactive, high-performing teams using collective impact strategies: building movements, collectives and collaborations that actively create the conditions for change. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kimberly moved to Louisiana in 2002 and was actively involved in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Kimberly now lives in Pensacola with her husband, Dr. Jamin Wells, and their three children.
Captain Christopher Martin
Born and raised in Tennessee, Capt. Christopher T. Martin enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1984. His first duty station was with the "Tigertails" of VAW-125 in Norfolk, Va. where he served as an aviation electronics technician, air warfare qualified. He was selected for a fleet NROTC scholarship and subsequently attended Auburn University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management and received his commission as an ensign in December 1992. Upon graduation, he commenced his flight training with assignments to VT-4 at NAS Pensacola and VT-27 and VT-31, both in Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his "Wings of Gold" in July 1995. Captain Martin has accumulated more than 3,000 hours and 400 carrier arrested landings. He has served on some of the US Navy’s most prestigious vessels including the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for her maiden voyage around the world, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) participating in combat operations in support of Operation Southern Watch, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Arabian Gulf. After a successful tour with VAW-124, he reported to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., in January 2007, completing Joint Professional Military Education Phase Two and earning a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies in March 2008. His many honors and variety of commands led to his March 2014 appointment to the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., to serve as a military faculty member in the leadership and warfighting department. His career decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit, campaign and service awards.
Dr. Ed Meadows
Dr. Meadows became Pensacola State College's president on June 1, 2008. He served seventeen years in the Alabama Community College System, twelve of those years as a president. He also worked ten years in the Mississippi Community College System, as a faculty member, department chair, and campus dean. Dr. Meadows is the chair of the Florida College System Council of Presidents, comprised of the presidents of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Locally he serves on the Leadership Council for Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida, The West Florida Hospital Board of Trustees, and the Greater Pensacola Chamber Board of Directors, and the Leadership Council of Achieve Escambia. Dr. Meadows is the recipient of the 2017 Greater Pensacola Chamber, Leader in Education, PACE Award and the 2016 Meritorious Service Award, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Dr. Meadows believes that optimizing current and future student enrollment and success in Pensacola State College programs leading to a career is dependent upon not only the individual efforts of the student but also upon the efforts and success of Achieve Escambia in helping create a synergetic environment among all community agencies, organizations, and institutions in support of that preparation.
Randy M. Ramos
Randy Ramos is CEO, president and founder of Global Business Solutions, Inc. (GBSI), a Pensacola-based company that provides Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Enterprise Training to DOD, Government and Commercial companies. In 2010, Randy founded the Global Business Solutions Institute. The Institute provides humanitarian and Christian ministry services world-wide, enhancing the lives of those in need through cooperative education, training and support. Randy is president of the board of directors for the Pensacola Chapter of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). AFCEA is a non-profit association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships. Randy is a board member for the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering, encouraging and enriching academic programs for students in Escambia County. Randy is an avid speaker on learning technologies and accelerating competencies in the competitive global economy.
Ms. Rehberg spent the last 18 years of her career in community collaborative work and management of programs and services to families. The last ten years were spent as Executive Director of CareerSource North Florida, a six-county area east of Tallahassee. She is knowledgeable of resources and strategies to develop strategic plans, both on the community level for economic development and child/family success, and on the business level as companies staff their jobs. Her expertise in the workforce system brings value to business discussions at any phase of development, and her leadership experience is valuable to local and regional processes. Ms. Rehberg is a product of public schools, a native of South Georgia, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA. Ms. Rehberg retired from full-time work in December of 2016, and rejoined Florida’s workforce system in December 2017. She is also a proud mom of two sons and “Gran Gran” to four grandchildren.
Michelle Salzman is a manager, recognized award-winning community volunteer, and proven leader with extensive logistical and marketing experience, who performs well in a variety of roles from sales to project management and customer advocacy. In addition to corporate, educational, and community roles, Michelle is also a decorated former service member in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Martha D. Saunders
President Saunders began her academic career at UWF in 1984 as an assistant professor in the communication arts department. She rose through the ranks taking on several roles at UWF including coordinator of the public relations program for the communication arts department (1986-1996) and director of University Honors Program and Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences (1999-2002). Dr. Saunders’ served as chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2005 to 2007, and as president of the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007 to 2012. In 2013, she returned to UWF as provost and executive vice president. On Jan. 1, 2017, Dr. Martha D. Saunders began as the sixth president of the University of West Florida. “Achieve Escambia offers us a unique and compelling opportunity to use the individual strengths of our community to lift us all.”
Chip W. Simmons
Chip W. Simmons is the Chief Deputy with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He previously served as Assistant County Administrator for Escambia County, and as Police Chief for the Pensacola Police Department before retiring from the Police Department in August 2015. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a corrections officer for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and was hired by the Pensacola Police Department as an officer in 1986. His assignments have included uniform patrol, investigations, narcotics and SWAT. Chip was born at Naval Air Station, Keflavik, Iceland, and moved to Pensacola in 1973 from Key West. The Pine Forest High School graduate has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Pensacola Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Troy State University, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He has had memberships on the Statewide Terrorist Network Group, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, U.S. Customs Blue Lightning Strike Force, Favor House board of directors, Ronald McDonald House board of directors, and is currently on the board of Trustees for Pensacola State College. He was a member of Leadership Pensacola class of 2004. Chip has received numerous department awards in recognition of his service to the community, including a Bronze Cross and the Gold Medal of Valor, which is the department’s highest award for heroism. He also has been named to the Police and Firefighters Heroes Hall of Fame, the Pine Forest High School Alumni Hall of Fame, and received the Volunteer of the Year and Sports Lifetime Achievement awards from the Emerald Coast Youth Sports Association. In 2013 he received the Mayor’s Leadership Award for the city of Pensacola
Malcolm Thomas, with over thirty-five years of educational experience in Escambia County, has been a student in our district, a teacher in our classrooms, and an administrator in our district offices. Superintendent Thomas has led the Escambia County Schools to new levels of accountability and transparency since his election in November of 2008. In 2011, Superintendent Thomas was selected Star Superintendent for school districts with less than 50,000 students and in 2013, he was bestowed the God in Government award in 2013. Superintendent Thomas supports the mission of Achieve Escambia because he understands that education is a critical element for all successful communities and that greater progress is achieved through the support and involvement of a diverse cadre of stakeholders.
Carlton Ulmer is President and Chief Executive Officer for West Florida Healthcare. Carlton began his career with HCA in 2001 at Tulane University Hospital & Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. He later served as the Chief Operating Officer at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Prior to coming to West Florida Healthcare Carlton served as President and CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City. Carlton has served on many agency boards in the communities in which he has resided, as well as, supporting multiple charities. Since arriving at West Florida Healthcare Carlton has become a member of the Downtown Rotary, joined First Place Partners Economic Development Board, United Way of Escambia County Board of Directors and was the top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. In addition, Carlton has also served as an Executive Board Member for Bay Economic Development Alliance, a Board Member on the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Carlton received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Jacksonville State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Troy State University. Carlton and his wife Lisa have three children.
Walter Bruce Watson, Jr.
Bruce Watson assumed the position of Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County in 2012. He is the former Executive Director of Independence for the Blind of Northwest Florida. Bruce is also a career Naval Officer and Naval Aviator.
Robin M. Wright
Ms. Wright has served as Director of Court Services for the 1st Circuit has been involved in the development and implementation of two adult drug courts, two parent drug courts, and model dependency court programs. She has served as a consultant for National Drug Court Institute, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Justice Management Institute, American University and the Department of Justice. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She currently serves on the Supreme Court Certification Board for Court Interpreters, the Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court, the Trial Court Budget Commission, the Dependency Court Improvement Panel, the Community Alliance, and various other state and local boards and committees.
Brian is a Pensacola native, graduated from the University of West Florida and then immediately relocated to Tampa to pursue his professional IT career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). While at PwC, Brian managed several operations and quality control teams. He also created numerous Great Place to Work committees focusing on inclusion and diversity and performed productivity trainings. He also chaired Bring Your Children to Work and AllProDads teams to support educational efforts. Brian previously served on the UWF National Alumni Association and UWF Foundation boards for over 20 years. Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Director of Escambia County Public Schools Foundation and the UWF Student Ambassador & Development Coordinator. Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida.
Operational Support Team
Jennifer McFarren, Chair, Gulf Power Company
Jenn Petion, Co-Chair, FamiliesFirst Network
MaryAnn Bickerstaff, ARC Gateway
Deborah Nagle, Community Action Program Committee
Deborah Goldberg, Consultant
Vicki Pugh, Early Learning Coalition
Shawn Salamida, FamiliesFirst Network
Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power Company
Bill Dagnall, Navy Federal Credit Union
Bill Pearson, Navy Federal Credit Union
Karen McCart, Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Andrea Krieger, Pensacola State College Foundation
John Hosman, FS Advisors
Sandra Cesaretti Ray, Pensacola State College
Communications and Community Engagement Team
Bill Pearson, Chair, Navy Federal Credit Union
Jeff Rogers, Co-Chair, Gulf Power Company
Kristin Longley, Cox Communications
Blair Castro, Uproar LLC
Jennifer Grove, Chair, Gulf Power Company
Shannon Nickinson, Co-Chair, Studer Community Institute
Belinda Todd, CareerSource Escarosa
Dave Welborn, CDC Healthy Start
Doug Brown, Community Action Program Committee
Tammy Kelly, Community Action Program Committee
Mike Juhas, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Bruce Watson, Early Learning Coalition
Theresa Chmiel, Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition
Dr. Laura Colo, Escambia County School District
Michelle Taylor, Escambia County School District
Phyllis Gonazalez, Florida Department of Children and Families
Versilla Turner, Florida Department of Health
Jennifer McFarren, Gulf Power Company
Allison Romer, Haas Center
Debbie Douma, Pensacola State College
Michael Johnston, Pensacola State College
Erin Spicer, Pensacola State College
Kimberly Krupa, Director
Hanan I. Yousuf, Data Coordinator & Analyst VISTA
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