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Gateway Foundation Board
Michael BernosFoundation Board, Chair
Mr. Bernos is a corporate communications consultant specializing in strategic communications and message development. He has worked in an array of industries and in the political arena, authoring speeches and industry commentary, and scripting and producing corporate video. Mike is an award-winning writer who has contributed to Gannett News Service, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and ABC News. Currently, he serves Reynolds, Smith & Hill (RS&H) as Director of Public Relations. Prior to working with RS&H, he served as a senior communications official with TNT North America and on the advisory committee for TNT’s corporate partnership with the United Nations World Food Program. Mike is Board Chair of the Gateway Foundation Board and Vice President of the non-profit organization JumpingFish. Mike holds a BS in Psychology from Springhill College and worked in a Master’s program in Psychology at Tulane University.
Zoe Ann Boyle
Ms. Boyle is an active Board Member for Gateway Community Services Board of Directors and Gateway Foundation Board. She also serves on the Board of Grace Ministry of Helping Hands, a 501(c)(3) charity that operates a ministry for women suffering the effects of human trafficking on the streets and in the jails. In 2013, Zoe Ann retired from her position as Development Director for The Bridge of Northeast Florida which provides services to children living in poverty in Jacksonville. Zoe Ann is a graduate of the University of Nevada, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism. Her career encompassed 25 years with The William Cook Agency advancing from an entry-level copywriter to Creative Director responsible for brand images/ awareness, graphic design, and print and broadcast advertising.
Mr. Yates is a native of Jacksonville’s LaVilla Park Neighborhood. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Florida International University and his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College. He is a Yale University/Ford Foundation Graduate National Urban Fellow. He received national and international acclaim while serving in the U.S. Air Force at the Aeromedical Field Laboratory. Alton’s civilian career path includes the U.S. Postal Service, Executive Director of GJEO Inc., Jacksonville’s Anti-Poverty Agency, and Administrative Aide to Mayor’s Tanzler, Godbold, and Hazouri. He served as Executive Director of the Jacksonville Community Relations Commission, Manager of Administration for the Community Economic Development Center at FCCJ, and Director of the City’s Regulatory and Environmental Services Department. Mr. Yates was appointed to the Florida Education Council by Governor Reubin Askew and as a Trustee of Florida Community College of Jacksonville. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of FCCJ from 1988 through 1990. He is a past President of Leadership Jacksonville, and the Northeast Florida Safety Council. A former member of St. Vincent’s Health System Advisory Board and lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the NAACP.
Mr.Triglia is a self-employed business man working within the food and beverage industry. He has a number of specialized skills that include new business development, marketing strategy, business planning, team planning, strategic planning initiatives and working with startup companies. Bob was born in Schenectady, NY in 1960 and moved to Jacksonville in 1970 with his family. For 4 years he has been in partnership with Lifevantage, Trican. Mr. Triglia obtained a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemistry and with a minor in Math from the University of Florida. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and Deerwood Rotary.
Charles W. Skinner
Mr. Skinner is an experienced business executive whose career has included work as a newspaper reporter, attorney and real estate developer/broker. He is a third generation native of Jacksonville and obtained his BS degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a law degree from Stetson University. He practiced law for five years at Rogers Towers law firm in Jacksonville, before joining his two brothers in a family real estate and tree nursery business. In 1993 he took over his father’s real estate business. Skinner developed various office buildings in Southpoint and was a partner in the development of Avenues Professional Park. As the owners’ agent for his family holdings, he managed the development of the SR9-A/Baymeadows Road interchange into a successful commercial node. He spends a great deal of time working with individuals to achieve sobriety through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and stays involved with various volunteer organizations that work in the field of addiction recovery.
Mr. Smith is Florida Blue’s market president for the North Florida Region. He is responsible for business market growth, customer and community engagement across 36 North Florida counties. Previously he was group vice president, Service Organization and Business Process Management Organization (BPMO). He was responsible for leading a team of approximately 2,000 people who provide service to more than 3 million customers and helped Florida Blue achieve market leading customer satisfaction. Throughout his career, Smith has been active in the community serving on Boards for the PACE Center for Girls, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, First Coast YMCA, Communities in Schools-Florida, Cathedral Arts Project, Jacksonville Chamber Board of Governors, United Way, 2014 and Campaign Cabinet, Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc., Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce/Tallahassee, Incepture, OptaComp and the Florida Blue Foundation, Florida Blue’s philanthropic affiliate. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, the Advanced HR Executive Program at University of Michigan and Leadership Jacksonville.
Dr. Davalu Parrish
Dr. Parrish was one of the founders of The Bridge of NE Florida, a comprehensive multi service program with seven satellite locations in some of Jacksonville’s most impoverished neighborhoods. The programs and services grew during her leadership to over 3,500 children served. She established the Bridge to Success School for over-age youth to graduate high school in partnership with the Duval County Public Schools currently operating at The Bridge Dr. Parrish retired from her position at The Bridge in 2013. She is a mentor and volunteer at The Bridge. Dr. Parrish received her BA Degree from Oklahoma City University, with graduate courses at American University and University of Florida. She received a Masters and Doctorate Degree from Nova University. Dr. Parrish’s work in the community has been recognized by the Governor’s Heartland Award – 1997, the One Jax Humanitarian Award -1999, Florida Times Union Eve Award – 2009, Gateway Girl Scouts Women of Distinction – 2011, Women of Color Education Service Award.
Ms. Bryan, a Jacksonville native, is involved in many philanthropic causes in Jacksonville. Peggy, the daughter of “Cotton” Paul one of Gateway’s Founders, raised over $150,000 for Serenity Park, a calm and hopeful landscape for Gateway clients and staff, dedicated to her father. Ms. Bryan was also instrumental in the building and design of Gateway’s Kids’ Success Center and Detox facility. She is a past president of Learn to Read, Leadership Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls, Youth Leadership Jacksonville and Greenscape. Ms. Bryan is currently on the board of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Greenscape, PACE, the Metro YMCA, Waste Not, Want Not and Tiger Academy, the YMCA’s charter school. Ms. Bryan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in European history and economics. Peggy recently received the Times-Union’s 2014 EVE Lifetime Achievement Award.
Richard A. Mullaney, Esq.GCS Board, Chair
Mr. Mullaney is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. Mr. Mullaney grew up in Jacksonville, FL and received a BA in Political Science, and a law degree, from the University of Florida. He began his career as business attorney for Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith, and Cutler followed by being a prosecutor in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit. He worked for nearly 20 years on diverse legal and public policy issues, – including healthcare, education, transportation, economic development, and public safety — as legal counsel and policy advisor to the City of Jacksonville. Mr. Mullaney serves as Chairman, Gateway Board of Directors, as a member of the Gateway Foundation and of the Board of Governors for the Chamber of Commerce. He is past Chairman of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation, and served on the St. Vincent’s Board of Directors. He ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.
Ms. Wiles is the Managing Partner, Jacksonville Office, of Ballard Partners and an Adjunct Lecturer in Policy and Politics at Jacksonville University. With a professional history based in government relations, communications and public affairs, she has more than two decades of political experience and insight. She was the campaign manager for Jon Huntsman (Presidential) and Rick Scott (Governor of Florida) and co-chairman of the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign in Duval County. She was a Transition Team member for former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Ms. Wiles’ national political experience includes service for President Ronald Reagan, Congressman Jack F. Kemp and a senior role at the Department of Labor. She served in senior level positions in the administrations of mayors John Delaney (Chief of Staff) and John Peyton (Communications Chief). Wiles serves on a number of local and statewide organizations, including the Jacksonville Women’s Network, the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Commission, Republicans for Environmental Protection, Preservation North Florida, Fresh Ministries, and the Mission House (past board member).