Karen Camps Alford 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, 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 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.