Who We Are
Board Of Directors
TIMOTHY J. CONNER
Partner, Holland and Knight
Timothy J. “Tim” Conner, Partner Holland & Knight, is a trial lawyer who practices in the area of general civil litigation, with a focus on local government contracting and bid protest, admiralty and maritime law, media and communications, health care, ERISA, commercial litigation, insurance, product liability, and personal injury, including claims of toxic and occupational exposure. He has tried multiple matters in numerous types of proceedings from federal courts to state circuit and county courts, as well as a variety of administrative proceedings, and has handled matters throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Tim was a partner with Gabel & Hair. He served as a Law Clerk to The Honorable Judge John H. Moore II, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division from 1988-1990. Tim has an extensive, and impressive, list of published articles, speaking engagements and professional memberships which he is happy to talk about when asked.
Tim earned his B.A. with distinction from the University of Kentucky and his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. In addition to his professional affiliations, Tim is a member of the Downtown Jacksonville Rotary Club, a Board member of the Downtown Jacksonville YMCA, and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of which he is a former President and from 1995-1996 presided as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
LISA V. JOHNSON
Global Client Sales Executive, IBM
As an information technology sales executive, Lisa has excelled in identifying new opportunities, expanding business in existing accounts, while achieving successful business unit turnarounds within a highly competitive, fast-changing industry. Working across multiple industries, Lisa will manage a cross-brand sales and services delivery team, focused on a strategic alliance: DXC Technologies, Inc. The team will lead transformational engagements, leveraging Business Analytics, Mobility Solutions Cybersecurity, and Cloud-based services: SaaS (Software as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
Previously, she was the Global Technology Services Sales Leader for Infrastructure Services and worked with the Business Partner community around the world to drive the sale of services including Cloud and Managed Services, Security, Business Resiliency, Networking, and Mobility.
As an IBM Sales and Distribution Territory Sales Executive for the South Georgia and Florida territories, Lisa leads a team of client executives that served more than 3,000 clients and over 300 IBM Business Partners from South, Central & North Florida / South Georgia.
Lisa has been with IBM for 29 years serving in multiple leadership roles. She spent 16 years in Raleigh, NC before moving to Jacksonville, FL in 2005. Her primary mission is to help companies leverage information technology to become more productive and competitive globally.
She is a graduate of the Northeast Florida Leadership Program, Leadership Jacksonville, and served on the Mayor’s Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for JCCI (Jacksonville Community Council Inc.) and recently honored as a Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
She has won numerous awards from IBM including The Sales Excellence Award(s), Manager’s Leadership Award(s), and USA Customer Satisfaction Award(s).
Chief Financial Officer, Community First Credit Union
Sam Inman has served as Chief Financial Officer of Community First Credit Union since 1993 and has been with the company since 1990. Inman is responsible for assuring the overall financial condition and viability of the Credit Union, while developing and implementing long-term strategies, policies and operating objectives. He has been instrumental in increasing total assets from $156 million to $1.7 billion while improving key operating and efficiency ratios, including PCA Net Worth, Operating Expenses to Assets and Average Balance per Member.
As a senior member of the executive team, Inman oversees several departments including finance, accounting, investment and insurance, as well as credit card operations and fraud prevention. He also serves as chairman of the Asset Liability Management Committee, which is responsible for developing agendas and communicating with the Board of Directors the overall financial condition of the credit union, new product development, loan and deposit pricing, monitoring risk to capital, and developing marketing strategies for current or new SEGs.
Inman has more than 30 years of experience in the finance industry, including four years at Coastline Federal Credit Union in Jacksonville prior to joining Community First.
He has served on the board of the Credit Union Executive Society’s Florida chapter for five years and is a member of the Credit Union Economic Group, a national organization that provides credit unions with a strategic view on both the general economy and in the area of consumer financial services.
A Jacksonville native, Inman received his M.B.A. from Brenau University in Gainesville and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He is also a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville class of 2002. Inman actively supports the educational community in Northeast Florida and has served as a volunteer on the annual Teacher of the Year selection committee and was a member of the Steering Committee of the TEACH Symposium for Northeast Florida educators in 2012. Inman also volunteers his time with the University of North Florida serving as past chairman of Dean’s Education Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.
Vice President of Placemaking and Administration, Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Katie Ensign serves as Vice President of Placemaking and Administration for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a national private foundation located in Jacksonville, Florida, with assets of $300 million and an annual grants budget of approximately $15 million. Katie oversees the Fund’s grantmaking in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.
Prior to joining the Fund in 2010, Katie served as President and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network and Vice President of Programs for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Ms. Ensign is a graduate of Executive Leadership Florida. In 2009, she was appointed to the Advisory Council for Economic Security by then-Secretary George Sheldon of the Florida Department of Children and Families. In 2015, Katie was appointed co-chair of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s Nonprofit/Government Interface Sub-Committee.
Katie serves as co-chair of the Wilson Foundation, a private family foundation; member of the program committee of LISC Jacksonville; member of the steering committee of 1,000 in 1,000and member of the steering committee for Strategic Partnerships for the City of Jacksonville.
Ms. Ensign holds a BA in Psychology from Denison University.
Immediate Past Chair
Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Senior Director of Foundation Community Investments, Florida Blue Foundation
Director of Grants and Programs - Florida Blue Foundation
Velma Monteiro-Tribble is currently the Senior Director of Foundation Community Investments at the Florida Blue Foundation. In her executive position, she is responsible for carrying out the vision, mission, strategic direction, management, and supervision of the philanthropic giving decisions and investments across the state of Florida for the Foundation and Florida Blue. Prior to this position, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Treasurer at Alcoa Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA, and New York, NY directing all facets of the business with a $500 million dollar global budget. Ms. Monteiro-Tribble also served as an executive with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation working primarily on initiatives and partnerships in Latin America and South Africa.
Ms. Monteiro-Tribble has received numerous awards for her work, among them, the Urban Bankers Leadership Award and the National Woman of Achievement Award from the National Business and Professional Women Association. A respected author she is currently under contract to complete her book on women aspiring to take on leadership roles in the Corporate Suites.
Currently, Ms. Monteiro-Tribble serves on several nonprofit boards, including Florida State College System Foundation, Jacksonville Urban League, Jacksonville Women’s Giving Alliance, and the Jacksonville Ritz Chamber Players. She is past chair of the Advisory Board for the Morehouse College International Leadership Center and has served on the boards of Seton Hall University, Highmark Foundation, Tampa Bay Community Foundation, and WQED Public Broadcasting, and other local, national, and international boards.
Ms. Monterio-Tribble holds a B.S. degree from Stillman College and a nonprofit management certificate from Case Western Reserve.
Ajani N. Dunn, MHA, FACHE, Associate Administrator and Assistant Professor, Healthcare Systems Engineering - Mayo Clinic in Florida
Associate Administrator and Assistant Professor of Healthcare Systems Engineering - Mayo Clinic
Ajani (AJ) Dunn is an Associate Administrator at the Mayo Clinic in Florida and Assistant Professor of Healthcare Systems Engineering in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. AJ provides administrative support for the Department of Medicine, Medical Specialty departments and access operations. He also serves as the enterprise Director for the Mayo Clinic Administrative Fellowship Program.
AJ joined Mayo Clinic as an Administrative Fellow in 2002 upon completion of a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. He and his wife, Verline, enjoy traveling, UF (Gator) sports, community service and raising their two children.
Passionate about education, mentoring and leadership development, AJ is active nationally in healthcare administration and served as founding member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships through the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.
Locally, AJ's community service has included:
- Big Brother, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
- President, ACHE North Florida Chapter
- Member, Southeastern U.S. Board of Directors, American Lung Association
- Chair, Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission
- Member, Better Jacksonville Plan Financial Administration Committee
- Vice-Chair for the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.
- Campaign Chair, United Way
- Resource Allocation Committee Member, United Way of Northeast Florida
HEATHER R. FINCHER
Heather Fincher currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. She previously served as Community Affairs Officer for Wells Fargo, where she was responsible for managing the strategic and tactical delivery of the Wells Fargo Foundation donations and volunteer efforts at the North Florida level. She was also responsible for maintaining the reputation of Wells Fargo and building numerous relationships with key partners and stakeholders in the community.
Heather also served as Development Manager for the American Lung Association in Jacksonville where she was responsible for the major events and donors of the organization. During her time at the American Lung Association, event sponsorships and participation grew by upwards of 40% and donations for the signature event, Fight for Air Climb Jacksonville, hit an all-time high.
Heather formally served as Vice Chair on HandsOn Jacksonville’s Board and was also a member of their Development and Governance Committee.
Heather has been a Jacksonville native since 1992 and received her Bachelor of Science in Communication at the University of North Florida. Her passions include the arts, especially vocal performance, and education with a focus on Duval County public schools.
PARTNER, GUNSTER, YOAKLEY AND STEWART, P.A.
Michael Freed is a trial lawyer with a wealth of experience in the courtroom and arbitrations, administrative proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution. As an attorney, board certified in business litigation, Mike’s practice spans a wide range of substantive legal disciplines and specialized industries. He serves as counsel for a variety of companies, with regular involvement in personnel matters, labor relations, contract negotiations, insurance, risk analysis and strategic planning. Mike is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland bars and is admitted to the U.S Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts of Northern, Middle and Southern Florida.
Mike is a frequent speaker for continuing legal education presentations on various substantive legal topics and professional ethics. He has appeared on national and local television and radio programs including “The Today Show,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America” and National Public Radio. He has been published, both inside and outside of the legal community, regarding a variety of subjects.
Believing in supporting important causes that affect the community, among other causes Mike is active in speaking out through various forums against child exploitation and human trafficking. He serves as the Chair of the Northeast Florida Regional Council of Leadership Florida. Mike has served on the Clara White Mission Board, on the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, was president of the National Alumni Association, was a member of Leadership Florida, 2014-2015 and Leadership Jacksonville, 2008.
Mike graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., holds a B.A., English and Political Science from Jacksonville University, B.A. and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Edward Waters College.
CATHERINE ANN GRAHAM
Administrator Specialty Services, Baptist Health
Catherine Graham has over seventeen years of healthcare experience with Baptist Health, moving into a leadership position in the Physician Integration division of Baptist Physician Enterprise in 2011 after serving several years as director of Guest Services for Baptist Medical Center. Catherine serves on the system wide Clinical Integration Communication Committee, the Patient Experience Advisory Team and she established and chairs the system wide Business Development Council.
Catherine became Administrator for Physician Specialty Services in October of 2013, taking responsibility for additional physician integration support and practice management functions. She has operational responsibility for Baptist ENT Specialists, Physician Recruiting, Physician Credentialing, Business Development, Corporate Health and Y Healthy Living Centers.
Ms. Graham attended the University Florida and earned her bachelor and masters degrees graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida. She completed an Academy Fellowship, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association. Over the years she has served as co-chair of the United Way Community Resource Volunteer Financial Stability team; on the boards of Guardian of Dreams and the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, the American Heart Association Ball committee, the Duval Coalition Against Tobacco and numerous of her children’s schools’ committees. She chaired the 2005 Baptist Health United Way campaign and was honored in 2006 by Community Connections Celebration of Leadership.
A Jacksonville native, Deno Hicks has spent his professional career in the private sector working in the engineering and consulting industry, and is currently a Partner at River North Strategies.
Deno has since gained experience in successfully representing a variety of industries and complex issues including land use/development, transportation, telecommunications, education, health care, outdoor advertising, water utilities, and the environment.
Throughout his professional career, Deno has directed his attention to public policy and offered himself as a public servant. Deno served the Bush Administration as a Florida Liaison to the Department of Political Affairs of the White House. In 2004, Deno was elected as the Republican State Committeeman in Duval County, and Chairman of Congressional District 4, where he served a four year term. During his tenure, Deno served in many leadership roles from fundraising to managing “Get Out the Vote” Campaigns in support of candidates. In 2005, Deno was appointed initially by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council where he is still active. Deno has also received appointments by the Governor where he had served as a Nominee to the Electoral College, as a Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention, member of the 4th Circuit Court Judicial Nominating Commission, and one of the Governor’s 10 Appointees to the Executive Board of the Republican Party of Florida. Locally, Deno served on the Planning Commission for the City of Jacksonville, the completed Zoning Code Re-Write Committee for the City of Jacksonville, and former member of the City’s Charter Revision Commission.
Deno’s commitment to his community is represented through the many professional and civic boards and committees in which he has served, including the Board for National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, Society for Marketing Professional Services, Family Support Services of Northeast Florida, K9’s For Warriors, Dreams Come True, Hendricks Day School, and as a Trustee for Florida House, our State’s Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Deno received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, and where he has served as Chairman of his College’s Advisory Council.
Ann-Marie A. Knight, Vice President, Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer - UF Health Jacksonville
ANN-MARIE A. KNIGHT
Vice President, Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer - UF Health Jacksonville
Ann-Marie serves as Vice President, Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer, UF Health Jacksonville where she partners with physician and administrative leaders to develop activities where UF Health Jacksonville can contribute to the community’s wellness through collaboration and outreach.
Prior to this role, Ms. Knight served as Director, for Community Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic Florida. Her seven-year tenure at Mayo Clinic also included serving as Operations Administrator for the Department of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine Unit, Hospital Internal Medicine Unit, and Pharmacy Operations to name a few. With over 19 years of progressive experience in the areas of strategic planning, financial and operations management both in the inpatient and outpatient practice settings, she attributes her professional acumen to her 24 years of Naval Service in which she retired as a seasoned Lieutenant Medical Service Corps Officer.
Ms. Knight earned her Bachelors of Business (Finance) from University of North Florida and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University. Since 2006 she has served as a Preceptor for UF and UNF BHA and MHA students. Her list of professional certifications include, but are not limited to; Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives and Certified, Lean Six Sigma, Black Belt for the Department of the Navy.
Executive Director, Center for Independent Living
Morris completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of North Florida. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Special Education - Deaf Studies and a Master's degree in Business Administration. He began working with people with disabilities in 1996, at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf. Morris' passion is rooted in studying, understanding and building nonprofits to better serve the community.
In 2018, Morris was appointed by Governor Scott to the Florida Independent Living Council, where he serves as the State's Network of Centers Representative. Morris is a current board member of the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living and member of the University of North Florida's Exceptional Student Education Committee. Morris served the City of Jacksonville as Chairperson of the Mayor's Disability Council, under both Peyton and Brown administrations. He has been recognized as Jacksonville's 30 under 30, received the Jacksonville Jaguars' EverBank Builds Community Champion Award and the University of North Florida's Young Alumni Champion Award. Morris lives in the historic Riverside.