Board of Directors

LaVoise Taylor Smith
LaVoise Taylor Smith Chairman
LaVoise Taylor Smith was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and was reared in Belle Glade, Florida. She attended the public schools in Belle Glade, eventually graduating from Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree from…
… Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She earned a Masters and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  Further study was completed at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She spent 30 years working in the field of education as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal.  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.  She has served for 10 years on the board of the Delta Heritage Foundation.  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.

Rev. Gerald D. Kisner
Rev. Gerald D. KisnerVice Chairman
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Reverend Kisner earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Cleveland State University before moving on to obtain a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Case Western Reserve University, a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School…
…and the Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University. He was ordained at the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he taught Sunday School, and was a Deacon and Associate Pastor.
A former law director of the City of East Cleveland, Reverend Kisner has had a distinguished career in education, law, and public administration.  He was an Adjunct Professor at Boston University and Boston State College.  He has also served as an elected member of the Ohio State Board of Education.  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.  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.  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 Greater Salvation Army’s Northwest Neighborhood Community Center Advisory Council and served as Chair of the Palm Healthcare Foundation.  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. Kevin L. Jones
Rev. Kevin L. Jones Director
Rev. Kevin L. Jones is a native of Rustburg, VA, and is the youngest son of Dwight and Gladys Jones. He completed his education in the Campbell County School System and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 1996.
In 2007, Rev. Jones graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ministry, and in August 2012, graduated with a Masters of Divinity Degree from The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Jones was licensed to preach the Gospel in July 2004, and ordained in September 2007, at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Gerald D. Kisner. In October of 2006, Rev. Jones joined the staff as the Minister for Youth and Young Adults. In July 2014, Rev. Jones was elevated to the role of Assistant Pastor. In addition to the Youth and Young Adults Ministry, Rev. Jones primarily works with the Adopt-A-School Ministry, Christian Education Ministry, Men’s Ministry, and the Social Justice Ministry.

Rev. Jones also serves as Coordinator of Community Initiatives with the West Palm Beach Police Department; he has held positions 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. Jones 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.

Sheree Davis Cunningham
Sheree Davis CunninghamSecretary
Recently retired after 26 years of service, Honorable Sheree Davis Cunningham was appointed to the Palm Beach County bench in 1993. This historic appointment made Judge Cunningham the first African-American woman to be seated as a judge in Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit.
Judge Cunningham faithfully served the citizens of Palm Beach County and devoted her career to ensuring that fairness, professionalism, and the rule of law were strongly upheld.

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.

Paul Dumars, Sr.
Paul Dumars, Sr.Treasurer
Paul Dumars is a 42 year Finance professional with an established track record as a strong organizational leader. He has vast experience as a strategic planner and has held key roles as an executive-level decision-maker in various government organizations.
Currently, Paul serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. Paul has served as CFO at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and Director of Finance and Administration for SFWMD. His career in Louisiana started in Accounting with the City of Shreveport and eventually served as a Senior Internal Auditor, Assistant Director for the Finance Department, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Director of Community Development, and Assistant Director for Finance and Administration within the Department of Operational Services.
Virginia H. Smith
Virginia H. SmithDirector
Virginia H. Smith is an active and generous leader who serves her family and community with compassion and commitment.
Born and reared in Woodland, Ga., Virginia moved with her husband, Ulysses Smith, to West Palm Beach in 1966. She immersed herself in the community…
…transferring her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., membership to the local chapter and, later, joining The Links, Inc. She has served in leadership roles in each organization, including as basileus of the sorority’s Zeta Tau Omega chapter and chairperson for several years of the chapter’s largest scholarship fundraiser.  As a West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links, Inc. member, Mrs. Smith chaired the Scholarship Committee and served as the Chaplain, Financial Secretary, and Property Manager for many years.

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 the Outreach and 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 in Guidance Counseling and 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, guidance counselor, assistant principal, supervisor of the middle schools’ guidance counselors, and supervising member of the Central Area Superintendent’s Office. 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.

Carolyn Williams
Carolyn WilliamsDirector
Carolyn Williams has over 30 years of progressively responsible leadership in  government and private-sector public affairs, marketing management and  execution. Ms. Williams’s professional profile includes Director, Corporate  Affairs, Advertising and Marketing at Westinghouse…
…Broadcasting & Cable/Group, W. Sunrise District, West Palm Beach; Director, Videotex Marketing  Services, North Palm Beach, FL.; Legislative Aide and Public Information Officer,  District 5 County Commissioners Ken Adams and Jim Watt; Director, Office of  Ombudsman and Open Government, District Ombudsman, Appointed first female  Ombudsman of a Florida Water Management District; Manager, Office of Public  Information/ Everglades Restoration Education/NEPA Compliance; Senior Staff  Advisor, Everglades Restoration; Director, Office of Supplier Diversity (Small  Business D&I Officer); Speaker, panelist, trainer at national, state, regional, county conferences, South Florida Water Management District; President and Board  Chair, Gerald A. Williams, Esq. Legacy Foundation, West Palm Beach.

Ms. Williams board profile Includes:  Trustee, Palm Beach State College District  Board of Trustees, 2000-present; Chair, Palm Beach State College District Board  of Trustees, 2001/02, 2007/08, 2013/14, 2017-2019; Chair, Palm Beach County  Criminal Justice Commissions Juvenile Justice/Education Task Force;  President , Suncoast Chamber of Commerce, Board/Commissions; Palm Beach  County Education Commission; Palm Beach State College Foundation; HL  Johnson School Advisory Committee; West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links,  Incorporated; Florida Education and Employment Council for Women & Girls;  Palm Beach County Black Business Investment Corporation (BBIC); Palm Beach  County Business Alliance; Florida Earth Foundation (charter member); Palm  Beach County Public Education & Government Access Channel 20 Advisory  Board; Florida Coordinating Council for Workforce Development; and  Presidential Appointment , US Treasury Department/ Community Development  Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) Advisory Board.

Julie Brawn
Julie BrawnDirector
Julie Brawn has served in the backdrop of several community-based nonprofits. Julie attended Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business graduating with a BSBA, major in finance, and a minor in English. Ms.Brawn also studied International Finance and Strategic Management at Oxford University, Trinity College.
Shea S. Spencer
Shea S. SpencerDirector
Shea S. Spencer currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA of Palm Beach County. Ms. Spencer has over 15 years of nonprofit experience including fundraising and community engagement. For many years, Shea has served her local community
and worked to drive support for programs and services surrounding homelessness, food insecurity, education, health, job readiness, entrepreneurship, disadvantaged youth, and low-income initiatives.

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.

Jeffery Jackson
Jeffery JacksonDirector
Jeffery Jackson is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served his country at the highest level with honor and pride. He attended several institutions of higher learning and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Over the course of his career, Captain Jackson received multiple accommodations.
However, before he retired from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, after completing 35 years of distinguished service, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the PBSO executive staff presented Captain Jackson with the Legion of Merit Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon distinguished law enforcement personnel.  In recent years, he received recognition from the Riviera Beach Youth Recreation Association, Inner City Youth Golfers, Inc., and SHE Holdings Project 12 honoree for leadership and community service to name a few. Currently, he serves as one of Palm Beach County, elected officials by serving as Chair of the Thousand Oaks Community Development District, Chair of the Thousand Oaks Home Owners Association, Chair of the Riviera Beach Penny Surcharge Committee, and Executive Board member on the City of Riviera Beach Community Development Council. However, while serving as Chair of the Riviera Beach Housing Authority, Mr. Jackson and his team of commissioners reimagined a 14-acre parcel of land in Riviera Beach and developed Heron Estates, a forty-four million dollar project created to provide affordable housing for seniors, veterans, and low to mid-income families. The project and services provided earned the team the 2021, Best Housing Authority Award small agency. In his spare time he enjoys coaching youth sports, performing community services, particularly those initiatives that target youth and seniors, mentoring, and attending sporting events. Captain Jackson supports veterans, law enforcement and first responders, teachers, seniors, and youth empowerment through higher education and youth services. Speaking of youth services, Mr. Jackson has a proven record of supporting youth and families. Two of the Non-Profit Organization Boards he served on have provided scholarship funds to teens throughout the county, exceeding four million dollars over the past 20 years. In 2000, he joined the Federation of Families Florida Inc., an organization that supports at-risk youth and families with mental illness. In this role, Mr. Jackson has served as chair, and currently vice-chair as the board of directors are credited with lobbying at the local, state, and national level while operating service facilities throughout Palm Beach County.  Jeffery Jackson has been married to his wife Charlayne, for 31 years. He is a father to five adult children and grandfather to six little ones. He is a man of faith who believes in servant leadership, personal accountability, education, and the spirit of paying it forward. Teamwork makes the dream work.