Meet the Commissioners

Darby Kerrigan Scott, 2019-2020 Chair: Darby is a Visiting Clinical Professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she directs the Immigration and Farmworker Project within the Public Interest Law Center. She previously served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, managing all programs, staff and development; as Program Director of the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, concentrating on immigration and human trafficking matters; as an associate with Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., focusing in the areas of appeals and special taxing districts; and as a Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert T. Benton, II, of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

Darby Kerrigan Scott graduated from FSU College of Law in 2007 with High Honors, earning a Certificate in International Law with High Honors and admission into Order of the Coif. She previously served on the Board of Directors of PACE Center for Girls (Leon County) as Secretary, on the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association as President, and on the Board of Directors of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC). She is the recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award and the 2016 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Chapter 2 Judicial Distinguished Service Award, and was recognized on the Florida Trend Legal Elite list in the area of Government/Non-Profit attorneys in 2016 and 2017. She is a proud member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 33 – the most social class ever!

Dr. Elizabeth Jakubowski, 2019-20 Vice Chair:  Elizabeth is a faculty member in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University.  Her focus is on mathematics education and teacher education.  Her current work is focusing on issues of access to and equity in mathematics for females and students with disabilities.  She has assisted Florida colleges and universities in their development of quality teacher preparation programs and currently serves in leadership roles the Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and Florida Association of Teacher Education.   She has worked with girls at the middle and high school levels in building self-efficacy for success in mathematics and science.

Andrea M. Jones is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and is retired from the Tallahassee Fire Department as the Division Chief of Operations. She works as a consultant in the areas of management and structural disaster preparedness. She is also a freelance videographer and photographer. Her community involvement includes serving on the board for the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, of which she is a Founding Member, the Tallahassee Rowing Club and serving as an executive member of the board for the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

Antoneia Roe received her B.S. in Political Science from Florida A&M University and obtained her J.D. from the University of Miami. She returned to Tallahassee and began her legal career in the Office of the General Counsel at Florida A&M University. Antoneia later advocated on behalf of abused, abandoned and neglected children at the Department of Children and Families and subsequently became Supervising Attorney for the Second Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program. When an opportunity presented itself, she excitedly returned to Florida A&M University, where she currently serves as Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Antoneia continues to advocate on behalf of abused, abandoned and neglected children as a guardian ad litem volunteer, primarily working with teens. She also serves as a Youth advisor in her church and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

April Dietz has 10 years of experience in strategic communications and branding with expertise in the healthcare and information technology industries. She has managed all aspects of strategy, change management, public relations, community outreach, branding, budget and policy, from development to implementation. Currently, April serves the community in her role as Director of Accounts for Paul Consulting Group (PCG). Prior to joining PCG, she led projects at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and managed all aspects of communications strategy and branding for the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. April holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Advertising from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is an advocate for children with unique abilities, with a passion for women’s issues and children. April is a member of The Economic Club of Florida, the Challenger Learning Center Board, Leadership Tallahassee, Independence Landing, KEYS (Keys to Exceptional Youth Services), the Hang Tough Foundation, and the Gilchrist Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. April has two daughters (Emma and Isabelle) who inspire her every day.

Bernice McMillan, MBA is the co-founder of Divine Revelations Ministries, Inc., a 501c3 organization that trains inmates/returning citizens through its copyrighted programs, and provides direct services to the community. Bernice also directs DRMI’s Geeks & Gramps Program with youth teaching technology to seniors. She serves on the Board of Nami and is the Training & Research Manager for DBPR.   

Carrie Boyd is the Chair of the Violence & Safety Committee and brings almost two decades of policy, law, nonprofit, and criminal justice experience to the CSWG as a lawyer, policy maker, former elected official, and lobbyist. Carrie is a honors graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Juris Doctor for the University of Illinois College of Law. A lifelong learner and lover of reading, Carrie continues to study leadership and management at Harvard University, and she considers her 4:30 a.m. reading/work out time as necessary as the air she breathes. However, Carrie has learned the most about life and love from her children (Andrew, age 9 and an active political organizer in his own right; and Anabel, age 6, who aspires to be the first “police officer ballerina president.”) Carrie is fortunate to be supported by and to support her husband and college sweetheart, Ryan, who is the best dad, husband, and civil engineer she knows. Above all else, Carrie wishes to assist other women and children in reaching their fullest potential by smashing economic and workforce barriers, promoting parity in educational and leadership opportunities, eliminating racial and legal injustices, and helping advance a true policy shift in Leon County wherein businesses and nonprofits intentionally collaborate to make the community a place where all citizens can thrive. Carrie’s latest project is to use her negotiation and management skills to best serve her real estate clients while also donating at least 20% of all her commissions to local nonprofits in furtherance of her Giveback Guarantee, a nonprofit/business partnership model.

Dr. Cicely Brantley is an Associate Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Tallahassee Community College. She is also a Therapist and Family Educator currently serving the Oasis Center for Women and Girls – where she started as a volunteer and transitioned to contractor – as Counselor and Single Moms Group Facilitator. Cicely is a graduate of both Florida A & M University and Florida State University, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from FAMU, and her Masters’ (in both Music Therapy and Counseling), Educational Specialist’s (in School Counseling) and Doctorate (in Marriage and Family Therapy) degrees from FSU. Prior to joining the TCC faculty, Cicely worked in the public school system for almost ten years as an elementary Music Teacher and a Guidance Counselor, and she has contracted with local mental health care agencies for several years. Cicely serves on several committees/councils at TCC, and is a Charter Member of the Greater Tallahassee Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Additionally, Cicely has served with several other local agencies and community service organizations and has had the pleasure of speaking at many professional and community-based conferences and events.

While her passion for serving and empowering others – especially those in historically oppressed and underrepresented groups – is undeniable, Cicely’s most important roles are as wife to her husband Robert, and mother to their five awesome children. Together, they love music, Marvel movies, good books, good fun and good food. Cicely’s dedication to the work of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is fueled, in part, by a quote from one of her (s)heroes, educator Mary McLeod Bethune: “The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.”

Gina Giacomo has been in the field of criminal justice for twenty-nine years and has vast leadership experience gained through holding a variety of key positions. She is currently serving as the Director of Administration for the Commission on Offender Review. Gina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from SIU and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from FAMU. She has received recognitions including the Superior Accomplishment Awards from both FCOR and DCF, the Criminal Justice Distinguish Service Award and the Louie L. Wainwright Distinguish Service Award from the Florida Counsel on Crime and Delinquency, Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, Tallahassee Community College Women’s Trailblazer Award and has received ten Davis Productivity Awards for increasing productivity and improving services while reducing cost. She is dedicated to serving her community and improving the lives of women and girls. Gina is a PACE Leon Center for Girls Board of Directors Treasurer, Zona Club of Tallahassee Past President and current Board member, Florida Counsel on Crime and Delinquency Statewide Past President and currently the Executive Director, Capital American Italian Organization Past President, member of Keiser University Advisory board, Capital Tiger Bay Club , Women Who Mean Business, Association Fundraising Professional, Village Square and a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 33. A perpetual optimist, whose license plate reads “Carpe Diem” Gina sees herself as a servant-leader getting out of bed each day looking forward to serving others.

Gwendolyn Singleton is Chairperson and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Dr. Singleton received her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from Howard University. In August 2011, she was elected as the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at FAMU, becoming the first FAMU alumnus elected to this position. She is a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor; She serves as the institutional representative for the ACE Women’s Network of Florida at FAMU. Dr. Singleton serves on a host of other university committees, as the faculty advisor and mentor for several student organizations, and in community services initiatives. She is also a group facilitator and workshop presenter for the Institute for Academic Leadership, hosted by Florida State University, for department chairpersons, deans, and academic administrators of the State University System of Florida.

Dr. Jeanne O’Kon is a psychologist and college professor at Flagler College-Tallahassee. She served previously as the Program Chair of the Tallahassee Community College Behavioral Sciences department. Dr. O’Kon is a graduate of Florida State University, receiving her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
Dr. O’Kon has instructed classes in Psychology of Women, General Psychology, and Teacher Education at TCC, Flagler College, and Florida State University. She chaired the TCC Women’s History Month Committee for many years and still serves as an active committee member. She directed the Taiwan Sister School Program and traveled to Kaohsiung many times to teach English with TCC and Flagler College students in the summer. She gives annual presentations at the University of Florida Women’s Leadership Conference and at other professional meetings.
Dr. O’Kon has served as the race director for the Girl Scout Council fundraiser, the “Run for the Cookies,” for the past 25 years. Because of her volunteer work with the Girl Scout Council, she was selected as a “Woman of Distinction” in 2003 and was elected to the Girl Scout “Hall of Fame” in 2008. She is an active member of Gulf Winds Track Club, volunteering countless hours with local road races which raise funds for charitable organizations such as Refuge House, the Girl Scouts, and the Kearney Center. In 2009, she was selected by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of “25 Women You Need to Know.” In 2018, she was selected for the Tallahassee Community College “TCC Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame.”
She was appointed by Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge to serve on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in 2011, and served on that CSWG for six years. She was previously appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and currently serves on the FCSW Foundation Board.

Jessica McGrew earned her B.A. in English Literature and International Affairs from Florida State University in 1998, and her M.A. in English from Boston College.  She taught literature and writing at Boston College, in the New York City public schools, and in the Dallas County Community College District before resolving to pursue a career in law.  She graduated Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in 2007, where she was a member of a law journal, vice-president of the National Lawyers’ Guild, on the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team, and a clerk for Dallas County Probate Judge Nikki DeShazo. She completed her 3L year at Northwestern University Law School, and clerked for the City of Chicago Law Department’s Appeals Division.  Admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2007, she practiced with a legal aid organization in Chicago before becoming a member of the Florida Bar in 2009 and subsequently joining a Tallahassee firm.  In 2014, she opened her own law firm, and since then has practiced in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning, construction, and business law.  She serves on the Finance Committee (past chair) and the Executive Committee of the School Advisory Council for Trinity Catholic School; volunteers with FLREA and LSNF; is a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 35; and has been the Pronouncer for the Regional Scripps-Qualifying Spelling Bee for the last five years.  Past community involvement includes Bradfordville Kiwanis Club, Justice Teaching, and Girl Scouts of America.  

 

Katie Britt Williams is a 7th generation Floridian from Winter Haven, Florida, where she grew up fishing and paddling on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and Peace River. She received an undergraduate degree from The Florida State University in Environmental Science in 2014 and a Master’s of Science in Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. She has experience working for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Transportation, and now she is a Project Manager for Hydro Solutions Consulting. She spends much of her free time with the Junior League of Tallahassee, recently nominated to be President-Elect; and serves on the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls of Tallahassee and Leon County!

Lashawn Gordon is the Director of Membership and Engagement at United Partners of Human Services. She brings extensive experience in nonprofit management, community engagement, leadership and program development. She has worked in the human services sector for the last 17 years. Prior to working at UPHS, she worked at PACE Center for Girls for 15 years. Lashawn combines excellence and integrity with innovation to meet the needs of our community. She is a member of Leadership Tallahassee (Class 34) and currently on the Board Directors for The Alzheimer’s Project, Inc., and PACE Center for Girls Leon. She is married and has one son. In her free time she enjoys thrift store shopping and reading.

Linda Bond Edwards, a partner in the Tallahassee office of Rumberger Kirk, has represented public and private employers in labor and employment matters in State and Federal Court for more than 20 years; has more than 10 years of corporate human resources experience; is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and circuit mediator, and an arbitrator who received her law degree from Florida State University and B.S. Degree in Business from the University of Tennessee.  

Dr. Rebekah L. Dorn  is from Tallahassee, FL, where she graduated from North Florida Christian School. She went on to Florida State University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration, and her Doctorate in Philosophy in Education. After a short stint at WCTV as a producer and special topics reporter, she began working full time in Student Affairs at Florida State University. In 2011, she became a Business Analyst for Information Technology Services (ITS) at FSU. Rebekah now serves as the Assistant Director for ITS, for User Experience of the enterprise systems and mobile services.

Rebekah has been involved with the Junior League of Tallahassee for more than 10 years, with multiple positions on the Board of Directors, including Membership VP and President. She served as part of the See Tallahassee team as a 2015 Community Catalyst with the Knight Creative Communities Institute. Rebekah is married to Joseph, has three young children (Ella, Finleigh, and Abraham), and is an active, founding member of Redemption Hill Church.

Samantha Vance is the Executive Director of Ladies Learning to Lead (L3), a leadership development organization that prepares teen girls for college, careers, and life. Samantha has a passion for youth, developing young ladies into leaders, and helping them achieve their goals. She is also the owner of a leadership consulting firm serving as a leadership mentor to women and girls, and providing small business and nonprofit development services. Samantha is a first-generation college graduate, who worked her way through school at Florida State University, graduating with a BS degree in Political Science, and minor in Public Administration. She serves as the President for the Leon County Alliance for Girls, and board member for Adullam Entrepreneurship School, AMI Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Tallahassee Healing Prayer Ministries, and Whole Child Leon. Samantha is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance trainer with the National Abstinence Education Association. She serves in her local church, and is known as a strong believer. Samantha resides in Tallahassee, originally from Las Vegas.