Leading Our Future

At The Education Foundation of Alachua County, we have an active, engaged, working Board of Directors. Our board members are passionate about investing in education to ensure equal opportunity and success for the students within our Alachua County Public School District. Our board works alongside The Education Foundation’s staff to make the biggest impact possible by volunteering as mentors with the Take Stock in Children program, by helping with event planning, and by offering oversight within the various committees.

Board members serve three-year terms with the ability to serve two consecutive terms. The board meets monthly as a group to discuss the work within the committees and the organization as a whole.


Education Foundation Board Members

Dr. Bea Awoniyi
Santa Fe College

Dr. Kay Abbitt Ex-officio school board member

Steve Cecil
Community Volunteer

Jennifer Denault

Mary Benedict
Community Volunteer

Bill Goodman
Community Volunteer

Adria Deren
Carr, Riggs & Ingraham

Romona Jackson
FinanSense, LLC

Kathleen Joseph
Kathleen Joseph & Associates, LLCĀ 

Trey Presnell – Board Treasurer
Purvis Gray & Company

Tim Roark – Board President
Koss Olinger

Gwendolyn Saffo – Board Vice President
ITM Group

Anne Polo
Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Scott Thomas PathPoint Energy

Not pictured

Mary Benedict, Community Volunteer

Beatrice Cherry, Florida Credit Union

Frank Graddy – Community Volunteer

Marie Herring, DaySpring M.B. Church

  • Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools
  • Phil Morrison, Community Volunteer
  • Anne Polo, Greater Gainesville Chamber
  • Neil Thompson, CPPI

Build a Lasting Difference

Please contact our office if you are iterested in serving on The Education Foundation of Alachua County Board of Directors.

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