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She spent 30 years working in the field of education as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal.Â She recently retired as principal of Pahokee Middle High School Middle School Campus.
She is board chair of the Tabernacle Learning Center at the UB Kinsey Educational and Community Center in the Historic Northwest Community of West Palm Beach and is vice chairperson of the Northwest Community Health Alliance board. She has been an active Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member for 54 years and was a Glades Alumnae Chapter charter member.Â She has served for 10 years on the board of the Delta Heritage Foundation.Â She is also an active West Palm Beach Chapter of the Links, Incorporated member. She is a member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of West Palm Beach where she is involved in the Diaconate Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and Missionary Ministry.
A former law director of the City of East Cleveland, Reverend Kisner has had a distinguished career in education, law, and public administration.Â He was an Adjunct Professor at Boston University and Boston State College.Â He has also served as an elected member of the Ohio State Board of Education.Â Reverend Kisner has been associated with law firms in Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Florida and has had several opportunities to counsel several churches and pastors on various legal and administrative matters.
After completing his religious studies at Howard University School of Divinity where he was Senior Class President and a member of the Board of Visitors, Reverend Kisner relocated to Atlanta, GA.Â With his organizational and management skills, valuable legal background, and commitment to people and improving social conditions, Reverend Kisner helped organize the English Avenue Community Development Corporation, which is trying to bring new life to a ravished inner-city Atlanta community.Â He is using those same skills with TAB Development, Inc., his church community development corporation in West Palm Beach, which has built 53 single-family homes in the area surrounding the church and along with his church is building an educational & community center in the neighborhood.
Reverend Kisner served as a National City Bank Community Development Corporation board director in Cleveland, the Greater Miami (Florida) Red Cross, and the GreaterÂ Salvation Army’s Northwest Neighborhood Community Center Advisory Council and served as Chair of the Palm Healthcare Foundation.Â He also served as a member of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force, a former member of the Downtown Action Committee of West Palm Beach, and Currently Chair of the board of the Faith Center for Community Development, Inc. in New York City.
Rev. Jones also serves as Coordinator of Community Initiatives with the West Palm Beach Police Department; he has held positionsÂ with the City of West Palm Beach since 2014.
Rev. Jones is the Past Co-President of P.E.A.C.E., a congregation-based organization charged with fighting injustice in Palm Beach County communities. During his time as Co-President, P.E.A.C.E. was able to win important issues in the areas of Wage Theft, Jobs and Unemployment in the Glades, Youth Crime, and Out of School Suspensions. These victories provided much-needed opportunities for the least of these in our communities. Rev. Jones is the first clergy nominated to serve on the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission board, where he currently serves as the Chair. Rev. JonesÂ is a proud member and Past Master of Pride of Palm Beach, Lodge #447, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Delta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He enjoys coaching his sons and has volunteered with the Recreation Department in the City of Greenacres, FL for several years. Kevin is married to Michelle T. Jones and is the father of three sons: Nicholas, Brandon, and Darrin.
Judge Cunningham is a proud native of New Jersey where she received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. She received her law degree from Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C.
Judge Cunningham’s commitment to others extended far beyond the courtroom and was deeply rooted in community service, as evidenced by the amount of time she dedicated to serving others. Her service, commitment, and leadership have been noted by her numerous awards and achievements, including recognition among Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women, the Heritage Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service, the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award, and commendation for Extraordinary Commitment to Fairness in the Criminal Justice System.
A member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for more than 50 years, Mrs. Smith has been a choir member, Sunday School teacher, and active participant in several ministries, including theÂ Outreach andÂ Culinary Ministry, Missionary Ministry, P.E.A.C.E., and Women’s Ministry. She was among a history-making group of seven who became Tabernacle’s first women Deacons. She also leads the church’s Christian Education Ministry.
She was a hands-on supporter of her four daughters’ extracurricular activities as they were growing up, she served annually as their troop’s Girl Scout Cookie Mom. She chauffeured them from Sunday School to choir practice, from Girl Scouts to dance, piano, gymnastics, chorus, and band. chaperoning, fundraising, and encouraging. She does the same at football games, piano recitals, and band performances for her six grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Fort Valley State College in Georgia and a Master of Science in Teaching degree in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University. She also studied astronomy at San Diego State College in California and earth science at Cornell University in New York, and she earned certifications inÂ Guidance Counseling andÂ Administration and Supervision from Florida Atlantic University.
A lifelong educator, Mrs. Smith retired as an elementary school principal in 2000, after serving 34 years in the Palm Beach County School District in many roles, including science teacher,Â guidance counselor,Â assistant principal,Â supervisor of the middle schools’ guidance counselors,Â andÂ supervising member of the Central Area Superintendent’s Office.Â Northmore Elementary named a multipurpose building on its campus in honor of Mrs. Smith’s lasting impact on the school’s students, parents, and the community.
Mrs. Smith did not remain retired for long. Instead, she supervised student teachers as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Florida A&M University. She provided workshops and assistance to principals. She also served for two years as principal of the Montessori Academy of Northern Palm Beach, a charter school for grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
A cheerleader typically rooting for the underdog, Mrs. Smith expresses high expectations, encouraging students of all ages to reach higher and continuously do their best.
For the past 17 years, Mrs. Smith has reliably worked in various roles as a poll worker for the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, including inspector, precinct advisor, and clerk.
Employing her professional experience as an educator, her knowledge of child development and behavior, and her ability to evaluate grant proposals with a lens toward equity and opportunity, Mrs. Smith has served on the board of directors for several organizations. Through civic and philanthropic organizations, including as a board member of the Ivy Educational Foundation and the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Mrs. Smith has helped to eliminate financial barriers for countless students to pursue higher education.
Ms. Williams board profile Includes:Â Trustee, Palm Beach State College DistrictÂ Board of Trustees, 2000-present; Chair, Palm Beach State College District BoardÂ of Trustees, 2001/02, 2007/08, 2013/14, 2017-2019; Chair, Palm Beach CountyÂ Criminal Justice Commissions Juvenile Justice/Education Task Force;Â President , Suncoast Chamber of Commerce, Board/Commissions; Palm BeachÂ County Education Commission; Palm Beach State College Foundation; HLÂ Johnson School Advisory Committee; West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links,Â Incorporated; Florida Education and Employment Council for Women & Girls;Â Palm Beach County Black Business Investment Corporation (BBIC); Palm BeachÂ County Business Alliance; Florida Earth Foundation (charter member); PalmÂ Beach County Public Education & Government Access Channel 20 AdvisoryÂ Board; Florida Coordinating Council for Workforce Development; andÂ Presidential Appointment , US Treasury Department/ Community DevelopmentÂ Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) Advisory Board.
Recently, as CEO of the Homeless Coalition, Shea was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, leading fundraising efforts, actively engaging the community, and serving as the face of the organization. Throughout her career, she managed fundraising campaigns for United Way and served as the Assistant Vice President at HOPE South Florida (HSF). As an integral HSF Leadership Team member, she established a fundraising strategy, led public relations efforts, and launched marketing campaigns to raise awareness and ensure organizational growth.
Shea is an all-around leader in her community and was recently nominated by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s most influential and prominent women in Business and Industry. She serves on Nova Southeastern University’s Nonprofit Advisory Board and is an active member of The Links Incorporated, a service organization comprised of more than 16,000 African-American women across the nation devoted to strengthening local communities through education, advocacy, volunteering, and fundraising.
YWCA Is On A Mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA provides critical services for domestic abuse survivors and their children (including food and housing), and advocates for the most complex social justice issues including women’s rights, equal pay, affordable housing & childcare, healthcare reform & voting rights.