Phillis Filer, Secretary
Phillis 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 43 plus years. Phillis is a member of numerous civic and community
organizations, including the Alachua-Central District Lay Organization and the East Conference Lay Organization of the AME Church, 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 AME. Church where she serves in varying capacities. Her interests and hobbies include collecting African American figurines, reading, traveling, and mentoring young people.
Vivian Filer, Chairman
Vivian Filer is a long-time resident of Gainesville, Florida. Her professional career includes
employment at Shands Teaching Hospital as both a Nursing Assistant and a Registered Nurse
and at Santa Fe College as a professor of nursing. Vivian has served on a remarkably diverse
number of committees, boards, and auxiliaries often as chair or president. She is also co-
founder of the Springhill Neighborhood Association, and the Greater Gainesville Black Nurses
Association. In her present role, she is founder and Chair of the Board of the Cotton Club
Museum and Cultural Center. Vivian’s leadership role started and flourished at Mt. Olive
AME Church where she has served all her adult life. Vivian enjoys singing with her sisters in the a’ capella trio known as the Washington Sisters and entertaining audiences of all age with her story telling skill. She is the widow of Delano Filer Sr. and the mother of two sons, four
grandsons and two granddaughters.
Malcolm Kiner, Treasurer
Malcolm Kiner currently serves as the Vice President of Real Estate Development for the
Gainesville Housing Authority. He comes back to Gainesville after serving as an Urban
Development Manager with the City of Tampa where he acted in the capacity of the West
Tampa – Drew Park Community Redevelopment Manager for 3 years. Kiner is a 2008 alum of
the National Urban Fellows Program that develops professionals to be leaders and change
agents in the public and nonprofit sectors. He received his Master’s in Public Administration in August 2008 from Bernard M. Baruch College School of Public Affairs and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Kiner is active in his church and community, volunteering as a mentor, and working as a
volunteer with nonprofit organizations.
Deloris Rentz, Financial Secretary
Deloris 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 (FL)
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 attends 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.
Sherry DuPree is a retired professor, author, archivist and curator who was born and
raised in North Carolina. She has served as a reference librarian and professor at Bethune
Cookman University, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. DuPree has used her skills to interview, gather and preserve African American Holiness-Pentecostal history with the largest collection at the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. She enjoyed two terms on the Matheson Historical Museum Board of Directors and has lived in Gainesville since 1977 with her husband, Herb -- raising three sons.
Evelyn Foxx is passionate about addressing racial discrimination and political, social,
and economic inequity and injustice to ensure the rights of all people. Evelyn joined the
Alachua County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) 22 years ago when she moved to Gainesville. Today, she serves as
president of that organization, a position she has held since 2010.
Evelyn has used the power and prestige of the NAACP to support many causes and
address many issues, including the school to prison pipeline and racial discrimination
and mistreatment by local businesses and government officials.
Evelyn has served as a member of the City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation Board
and was a founding member and chair of the Digital Divide Committee where she led
the push to open computer labs in east Gainesville. She served as Chairwoman of the
Gainesville Housing Authority and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girls
Evelyn has been named the Alachua County Democrat of the Year and has received
the Santa Fe College Women of Distinction Award and the Florida State Conference
Barbara McDade Gordon, Ph.D.
Barbara McDade Gordon is Professor Emeritus, Geography and African Studies,
University of Florida. She is affiliate faculty in Center for the Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) in
College of Arts and serves on the UF African American Studies Advisory Board. She is
a founding director of the Alachua County African and African American Studies
Historical Society, member of the Alachua County African American History Task Force,
President of Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County, and Secretary of the United
Nations Association - Gainesville.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Southern University; MCRP and Ph.D.
from University of Texas - Austin. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Ghana
2012-2014. Her current research focus is on the Global African Diaspora. She is a
Fulbright Scholar and founding member of African Studies Association of Africa
Dr. McDade Gordon has traveled throughout Africa pursuing her research and teaching
interests; and has also visited the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Gwenuel.W. Mingo, PhD
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 AME Church, advocating for Florida A&M University(FAMU), gardening,
officiating track and field events, learning foreign languages, and exercising, eating well,
and living well.
Katherine Peck received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management. For most of her career, Katherine worked in healthcare administration. She was the Associate Dean of Financial Services for the University of Florida College of Medicine, the Executive Associate Dean of Administration and Financial Services for the Indiana University School of Medicine and the COO of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. From 2010 to 2011, Katherine was the National Chair of the Group on Business Affairs of the American Association of Medical Colleges. Upon retirement from the University of Virginia, Katherine, with her husband, returned to Gainesville to be near her daughter and son-in-law. Katherine is currently on the finance committee of the Charlottesville Free Clinic and is a Board member of the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center. Katherine joined the Board of Alachua Habitat for Humanity due to her strong belief that affordable housing is a right for everyone.
Jon Reiskind, PhD
Dr. Jon 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 is the father of two children and grandfather of five.
Regina "Casey" Smith
Casey Smith, currently a Community Relations Coordinator at Gainesville Regional Utilities
(GRU), has an extensive background in resource development in the non-profit community. She is the past Resource Development Director at Alachua Habitat for Humanity where she also specialized in neighborhood revitalization. She was the Resource Development Director at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare for a number of years. She founded and was the Executive
Director of the Cris Collinsworth Foundation for eight years while owning and running Special
Events Unlimited, Inc., a special event fundraising company. She frequently volunteers with
area non-profits and is most interested in low-income and affordable housing. Casey is a
University of Florida graduate in Journalism – Public Relations.
Otis Stover, Co-Chair
Otis 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 AME Church.
Support Council Members
Sam B. Wesley