CCMCC Board of Directors
Ms. Ivy M. Bell
Ms. Bell is a native Mississippian who has lived in Gainesville, FL since June 1995. She received a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Loyola University (New Orleans, LA) and a Master of Public Administration degree from Bernard Baruch College/CUNY (New York, NY). She is currently a Senior Planner in the Alachua County Department of Growth Management – Office of Planning and Development. Ivy has served on the Matheson Museum Board of Directors, and is a member of the Visionaires, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Her interests are reading, traveling, attending cultural events, baking, and decorating.
Dr. Karen Cole-Smith
Dr. Cole-Smith is currently Executive Director of Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction at Santa Fe College where she has been employed for more than 30 years. She currently serves with Habitat for Humanity, the Saturday Academy at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, the Duval Neighborhood Initiative, and deveral other boards and organizations that help to empower people and the community. She is passionate about her ongoing involvement in the community and remains committed to many outreach efforts including her partnership with faith based organizations in East Gainesville and professional women’s organizations. Her current focus is on narrowing the achievement gap for minority students in the areas of technology, literacy and STEM through mentoring, tutoring, and partnerships with educational institutions.
Mrs. Polly French Doughty
Ms. Doughty has been active in nonprofit organizations since she moved to Gainesville in 1972. She was Florida President of Common Cause after being the local chair for many years. Polly was President of the Alachua County League of Women Voters from 1979 to 1983 and is still a member. She was president of the United Nations Association (UNA) locally and then state president from 1990 – 1994. She also served on the national board of the UNA. She is currently a member and supporter of many organizations, including the boards of directors of the Girls Place, UNA, the Advisory Board of Easter Seals at Altrusa House, and the Alachua Library District Foundation (ASLDF) where she is co-chair of the membership committee.
Rev. Jacqueline Dupree
Ms. Phillis Filer
Ms. Filer is a native Floridian who has lived in Gainesville since August 1974. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida and Masters in Library Science from Florida State University. She is currently Public Services Administrator in charge of the Branch Libraries for the Alachua County Library District. She has been employed with the Alachua County Library District for 34 years. Phillis is a member of numerous civic and community organizations, including the African American Accountability Alliance, Alachua County Literacy Network, East Gainesville Sprout Task Force, Alachua-Central District Lay Organization, East Conference Lay Organization, Florida Library Association, and Springhill Neighborhood Association. She is the recipient of the Anvil Award and the Hall of Fame Award from the 11th Episcopal District Lay Organization. She is a member of Mount Olive A. M. E. Church where she serves in varying capacities. Her interests and hobbies include collecting African American figurines, reading, traveling, and mentoring young people.
Mrs. Vivian Filer
Mrs. Filer is a retired Professor of Nursing from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She served in that capacity for 26 years, following eleven years as a Pediatric nurse at Shands Teaching Hospital. Organizations that she currently serves with include the Community Redevelopment East Side Advisory Board, Trustee of the Alachua County Regional Library, Board of Directors of the African American Accountability Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Greater Gainesville Black Nurses, Inc. (co-founder and first president), Santa Fe College Blount Center Board of Directors, Santa Fe College Nursing Advisory Board, Susan B. Anthony Board, and UNA/USA of Alachua County. As a member of Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church she serves as a member of the Trustee Board, Usher Board, Songfest and Gospel Choirs, Chair of the Health Smart Program, and president of the Women of Allen. Her hobbies include performing as a storyteller and singing with her sisters in the A’ Capella group, the Washington Sisters. She was married to the late Delano Filer, Sr. and they are the parents of two sons and grandparents of four grandchildren.
Mrs. Evelyn Foxx
Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn
Dr. Hilliard-Nunn is an artist, film-maker, African dance instructor, writer, publisher, and community volunteer. Her community service, artistic production, and academic practice are informed by her research in African and African Diaspora history and culture. She owns Makare Publishing and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Florida. She is an active member of several boards and civic organizations. She has many interests including promoting social and environmental justice.
Dr. Charles J. Kibert
Dr. Kibert is Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment and a Professor in the M. E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He is CEO of the Cross Creek Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes responsible high performance green building to the construction industry. He received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and has been a mechanical and electrical contractor in Florida. He is responsible for the construction and restoration of the Cotton Club building and the auxiliary buildings on the site of the Cotton Club.
Mr. Julium Kinsey
Mrs. Veita Jackson-Carter
Mrs. Jackson-Carter has been an educator for 28 years. She is the principal at Hawthorne Middle High School. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Santa Fe College and serves as the Church Clerk at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church.
Dr. Gwenuel W. Mingo
Dr. Mingo is a retired educator with 30 plus years of experience teaching, counseling, advising, and preparing young adults for success in secondary and postsecondary educational institutions. In his retirement years, he is still helping students and parents to learn strategies and success behaviors that aid in their educational pursuits. His interests include traveling domestically and internationally, attending and supporting the A.M.E. Church, advocating for Florida A& M University(FAMU), gardening, officiating track and field events, learning foreign languages and exercising, eating well, and living well.
Mr. Kevin Monroe
Mr. Kevin Monroe is the Central Florida market vice president of operations for Cox Communications. He moved to Gainesville and began his role with Cox in April of 2013. Prior to joining Cox, he served as the vice president of service delivery for Windstream Corporation in
Maitland, Fla. In this position, he led a group of over 200 employees in areas of service delivery, installation, order processing, and technical support for business customers across five regional service hubs. Kevin is an insightful business executive with a commitment to service excellence complemented by extensive experience in telecommunications, operations and call center management. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the executive committee where he serves as chamber treasurer. Kevin is also a board member on the Chamber’s Council for Economic Outreach, Florida Museum of Natural History, Children’s Home Society of North Central Florida, Dance Alive National Ballet, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association and United Way of North Central Florida. Kevin is a member of the Gainesville Florida Sunrise Rotary and a graduate of Leadership Gainesville. He is a 2015 Impact Award honoree. He obtained an Executive Master’s Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and attended DeVry Institute of Technology. Kevin and his wife, Kristen, currently reside in Gainesville, Florida with their daughter, Kennedy.
Dr. Jon Reiskind
Dr. Reiskind was born and grew up on Staten Island, New York. He received his A.B. from Amherst College and PhD from Harvard University in Biology, studying spider evolution, behavior, and ecology. He is a former president of the American Archeological Society. He has lived in Gainesville for almost 50 years and is a retired UF faculty member. He was former president of the local faculty union and chair of the Alachua County Democratic Party (2004 to 2012). He currently co-chairs the Community Coalition for Older Adults and is on the boards of the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Alachua County Library Foundation and the Retired Faculty of the University of Florida. He and his wife, Julia, have two children and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Deloris Rentz
Mrs. Rentz is a retired educator who taught in the public schools of Pinellas and Alachua Counties for more than thirty years. She currently serves as a community research coordinator with Dr. Carolyn Tucker’s Health-Smart Program through the Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program at the University of Florida. She is a member of the Gainesville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, where she has served as parliamentarian, financial secretary, VP for programs, and VP for membership. She is a member of the board for Caring and Sharing Learning School, a charter school in Gainesville and is a deaconess at Open Door Ministries in Gainesville where she serves as director of several ministries. She is the recipient of several community awards. Her interests and hobbies include the theater, collecting African American art and artifacts, and mentoring children and young adults.
Mr. Otis Stover
Mr. Stover is a lifelong resident of Gainesville who grew up next door to the Cotton Club in Gainesville’s Springhill neighborhood. He is a graduate of Santa Fe College, a retired corrections professional, and a criminal justice educator. He is an avid history buff, especially African American history. Currently, he is vice president of the Lincoln High School Alumni Association and a member of the board of trustees for Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church.