John S. Rollins, President and CEO, has worked as a professional trainer for nearly three decades. His last position before retirement, was the Learning & Development Manager with the City of Gainesville, Gainesville, FL. John conducts training programs for state, county and local governments, as well as public and private organizations.
John's passion is imparting some major lessons from life to future generations. While conducting training programs for employees at all levels, John observed that there were some specific skills required for success, regardless of the level of responsibility. John believes that by teaching these skills to our young people at an early age, they are better positioned for long-term success as productive members of society.
John lives in Florida with his wife and family and spends his free time either fishing or learning.
Chantelle Smith, Executive Director, has made North Central Florida home for her for over the past 13 years. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science with a minor in Leadership (2009) and most formerly obtained her MBA with Saint Leo University (2016). Her passion for real estate developed from a personal aspiration to create a wealth stream as a legacy for her family and generations to come. This initial motivation led her to obtain her realtor's license in 2016.
She have served on the Young Professionals Network committee and on the committee of Global International Real Estate Council within her local realtor's association. Additionally, she is the owner and founder of The Expectancy Institute, LLC which is a consulting agency whose mission is to be the leading leadership training provider or businesses and provide personal development services for individuals. These and past experiences have allowed her to gain insight about the importance of employing great customer service. She loves meeting people, learning new things, exploring different places, and place a great emphasis on the importance of servitude. Her faith in God affords her the opportunity to focus on what matters the most--being an example of the joy people can experience in both their professional and personal lives when Jesus Christ is the center of it all.
Karen Camps Alford, Treasurer, retired from Gainesville Regional Utilities in July 2014 as Director of Administration, Fuels and Power Systems after 35 years of service. She is a graduate of Saint Leo University, majoring in Business Administration-Management. Karen’s formal training includes Fuels Management, Leadership and Marketing. After many years of success in the corporate sector, Karen now volunteers for several non-profit organizations and with Alachua County schools. She has served the youth at her local ministry as a Youth Director. Additionally, she serves as MOTIV8U of North Central FL’s Treasurer. She is also a Partner of Passage Ministries and currently serves in the Music, Worship and Arts Ministry. Karen enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. Karen strong believes in her life-long motto, the biblically based Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Jimmie Williams, Director, a former US Army veteran, is known for his remarkable leadership and policy guidance as Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Gainesville. His experience as a Legal Specialist, Combat Medic, and Recruiting Professional has afforded him the recognition of being a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, and numerous other awards while serving this country. He has obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a double Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Human Resources Development from Webster University. He has served as a mentor for Project Independence, Take Stock in Children, and served on the Board of Directors with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. While Mr. Williams has considered it an honor to donate time to community-based non-profit organizations, he enjoys basking in his retirement affording him more time these days to enjoy family, reading, and rooting for the Florida Gators.
Joanne Jean, Secretary, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern and is on track to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Florida. Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida in 2014 and then went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University in 2017. Joanne has passion for youth, especially those who ascribe to, or have been regarded as “at-risk” because she too, was labeled that way. With God’s direction, and her resiliency, she has been able to defy the odds, and she works with the board of MOTIV8U of North Central Florida, Inc. (MNCF) to do the same for youth who share similar experiences. Joanne serves as the Secretary MNCF. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, both domestically and abroad, playing the violin, and exercising.
Aaron "Buck" Rollins, Director, is the Pastor of Bethel Christian Church and a licensed Financial Advisor in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Maryland. He served as a Deacon and armorbearer for many years in the Church of God by Faith organization abroad and locally at New Beginnings COGBF. He was then led of the Spirit to help founding pastor Walter Patrick at Bethel Christian Church, where he was years later appointed as the head pastor. When he is not serving the community and parsonage as Pastor, he is helping to protect families and their wealth by providing financial, estate, and tax planning in the North Central Florida area. Buck currently resides in Jonesville, Florida with his wife, Renee. He is the father of four children; Erin, Ron, Travis, and Antwan. He is also enjoying his first, of many grandkids, Makail.
Guerian Fort, Attitude Guide, is a recent retiree from United Parcel Service (UPS). He is an ordained minister partnering with PASSAGE Family Church, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He uses his God given gifts to express God's redemptive love for all mankind through Christian teaching and dramatizations. Guerian is a licensed Federal Aviation Administration pilot who uses his skills to teach youth groups various self-motivating skills throughout the Alachua County area.
Dwan Courtney, Attitude Guide, born and raised in Miami, Florida, made her way to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Economics. While here, her desire to serve quickly grew as she became involved in her local community and church. As a former athlete, her interest in health and fitness continued to evolve, which led her back to Miami in 2012 to pursue personal training. While there, she worked full time as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant, helping others to attain their fitness goals, but it wasn’t long before she was compelled to return to Gainesville at the end of 2014. Since returning, she continues to personally train, enjoys empowering all audiences & has acquired her Master’s in Business Administration. Presently, she’s working on her Master’s in Political Science from the University of Florida and is happily married to BJ Courtney.
Barbara Walker, Attitude Guide, has 20 years of experience in Human Resources Leadership. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Mass Media Communications and Sociology from Florida State University. She furthered her studies at the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree of Business Administration in International Management. Barbara loves helping people reach their fullest potential in the workplace. Barbara is respected as a Coach, Strategist and Continuous Improvement Professional. While holding the Senior Certification in Human Resources Management with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Barbara is passionate about developing people, leadership and teamwork.
Willie Washington, Attitude Guide, is a former X-ray Technician in the Diagnostic Radiology Department at Shands Hospital. In 1979, Mr. Washington joined the Gainesville Police Department where he served in many leadership roles. He served as Bureau Commander in the areas of Personnel, Operations and Investigations. He received numerous awards and extensive training in areas of conflict resolution, human relations, policy development, employee training and investigative techniques He also received recognition as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in many areas of law enforcement. After serving for 30 years, he retired in the rank of captain. For approximately two years, Mr. Washington served as the vice-president of the local chapter of NOBLE (the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives). He also joined the Alachua County School Board as a substitute teacher. His other service to the community includes volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, The Alachua County United Way Allocation Committee, The Juvenile Detention Advisory Board and The City of Gainesville Recreation Department. He’s a former member of the City’s Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include spending time with family, motorcycle riding, golfing, reading and photography.
Janine Watts, Attitude Guide, is a Licensed Practical Nurse working in the Department of Occupational Health for the City of Gainesville. Prior to working with the City of Gainesville for a year, she served four years as a Certified Nurse Assistant with a local Gastrointestinal private practice. She is currently a Registered Nurse student with St. Johns River State College and is looking forward to completing the program Fall of 2020. Her ultimate goal is to become a nurse practitioner specializing in midwifery. Having been a teen mom at the age of 16, she has a passion to speaking and encouraging our youth, especially young ladies and moms. As a recent newlywed, you can find Mrs. Watts enjoying life with her husband and their two children.