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Board of Trustees


Meredith Chartrand Frisch - Chair

A Jacksonville native, Meredith graduated from Florida State University in 2003, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she taught art at a Montessori school. In 2007, Meredith moved back to Jacksonville to help to improve the lives of Jacksonville’s children and work with her family to establish The Chartrand Foundation. She currently serves on the board of The Chartrand Foundation, is a member of The Women’s Giving Alliance, and Chair of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Birth and Newborn Advisory Council.
 
While raising three daughters with her husband Mark, she has spearheaded initiatives in Early Childhood Development with specific interest in the creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Meredith believes that children in Jacksonville can reach their full potential when they are born healthy and their early stage development is nourished, and invests her time in ensuring these outcomes are available to the greatest number of children possible.
  Ashton Hudson - Treasurer/Finance Chair               
 
Ashton is the President and General Counsel of Rock Creek Capital and its affiliated entities. He has been a partner and member of the Rock Creek Investment Committee since 2002. Ashton is responsible for Rock Creek’s day-to-day operations as well as for overseeing the negotiation and structuring of all real estate investments.
 
Prior to joining Rock Creek, Ashton practiced law with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP, focusing primarily on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and securities law. He is also a former owner and manager of Timbervest, LLC. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Electric Authority, one of the ten largest municipal utilities in the United States.
 
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude, from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, from the Wake Forest University School of Law.
 

Kimberly Mariani Jones - Vice Chair/Development Chair 

Ms. Mariani Jones is a fundraising and communications executive with a fierce work ethic and nearly 20 years of experience in the higher education and nonprofit space. She believes strongly in the missions of the organizations in which she works, serves and consults.

She has practiced development in private and public university settings, including her current role leading the Office of University Advancement at Jacksonville University. As Chief Advancement Officer, Kimberly’s efforts have led to a tripling of the University’s ASPIRE Campaign progress since 2013, quickly approaching its $120 million goal. She was instrumental in the University’s 75th Anniversary celebration, the establishment of a President’s Parents Council, and four 7-figure naming gifts, including the naming of a College, a School, a Center and many other significant campus facilities and academic programs. Thanks in part to her leadership, the University’s philanthropic base has exploded, creating a strong culture of giving for the University’s 30,000+ alumni as well as students, parents, friends and fans.

Embracing the core values of kindness, patience and the interconnectedness of us all, Kimberly enjoys listening more than talking and engaging in actual human contact. She holds dear the belief that every individual has an innate desire to help someone or something which fuels their philanthropic passion.

She is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S.), University of North Florida (M.B.A.) and holds a certification from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University. Kimberly has completed extensive professional development in fundraising, campaign planning and volunteer management. She has received interactive media training and served as an on the record spokesperson for national news outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She is a member of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Women’s Giving Alliance, the World Affairs Council, CASE, and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Jacksonville University.


Hunter McIntosh
Hunter Hartford McIntosh is a true guardian of the environment and was passionate about conservation from an early age. Inspired by a family legacy of environmental education, philanthropy and conservation that protects our natural resources for future generations, Hunter is steadfast on preserving nature through his work as President  & CEO at The Boat Company.

A multi-disciplinary athlete, he went to Florida State University on a track scholarship. Two years later he left FSU to persue his true athletic passion, and joined the ATP Tour as a tennis professional. After moving to Connecticut, Hunter resumed his college studies at Sacred Heart University and received degrees in Communications and Political Science. While attending school, he also served as Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Fairfield University, directing the Stag’s to their first conference titles.

Hunter is proudly carrying on his family legacy of conservation and shares The Boat Company’s vision at national conferences where he has spoken on topics of Sustainable Tourism. In 2011, Hunter was identified as a Top 25 Extraordinary Mind in Sales and Marketing by the Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International, and has received numerous accolades in Sustainable Tourism from other industry peers such as the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards and National Geographic Traveller Magazine.

Hunter has focused his philanthropic efforts on issues of conservation, health, and education for future generations. He also works as the Trustee and Director of the McIntosh Foundation and is a longtime donor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, where he also worked as the Regional Director of fundraising for the Mid-Atlantic region.

 
 Jennifer Kowkabany

Jennifer Kowkabany has served as General Counsel for Neptune Fire Protection Engineering since 2007, where she primarily practices contract and construction law. She came to Jacksonville from Seattle with stops along the way in California, Japan, and South Korea, where she spent her days as a U.S. Marine working on the armament systems of aircraft; and Phoenix, Arizona where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix while working full time as a Project Manager. Afterward, she came to Jacksonville to study law at Florida Coastal School of Law. During this time, she met her husband, Steve, and has now set down roots in Neptune Beach with their three children.

Jennifer spends a majority of her free time volunteering. She serves as Chair on the Neptune Beach Police Pension Fund Board; is Vice Chair of the Montessori Tides Children’s Foundation; and is a member of the Women’s giving Alliance, where serves as Co-Lead on the Grants Decision Team and as Beaches Connector.



Michael J. Tari, Ph.D.
 
Dr. Michael Tari serves as a Director, and is the Head of Risk Factor Portfolio Management, for Deutsche Bank’s Asset and Wealth Management division.  Based in Jacksonville, Michael heads the front-office team responsible for developing and managing rules-based investment strategies.  His clients include institutions and high-net-worth individuals. 
 

Michael joined Deutsche Bank in 2007 with 9 years of industry experience. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Seed Capital Portfolio Manager for Equities and Investment Grade Fixed Income. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he served as Director of Strategy and Risk Management at Hunt Financial Ventures. Previously, he acted as lead Risk Manager on the equity trading floor at Nomura Securities International. Michael began his career as a Risk Manager on the OTC derivatives desk at Bank of America.
 
Michael holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and, upon his graduation, was the recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Outstanding Ph.D. Award. He also holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
 
Michael and his wife Analeida, currently reside in Atlantic Beach with their two children – Michael Roman and Maximus.
 
Amy Turci - Governance Chair 
 
Amy Turci is an Office Managing Partner in the Jacksonville office at FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms. Amy started with FordHarrison in 2006 and was named partner in February 2017. Amy concentrates her practice on litigating employment cases in state and federal courts, as well as representing employers before state and local agencies. She also advises employers on various employment issues, including federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. She additionally works with clients to develop employment handbooks and policies and to ensure general legal/regulatory compliance. Further, she regularly provides management training for corporate and civic organizations on developments in various employment and labor laws. Prior to joining FordHarrison, Amy was an associate at a Jacksonville labor and employment law firm.

Amy is a Board Member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida First Coast Chapter, and serves as Chair for ABC's Women's Council; Amy additionally served as a Co-Chair of the 2013 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards, serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee, and is involved with the legislative efforts of ABC of Florida. Amy has been a mentor with Take Stock in Children, and is the office contact for the area chapters of Habitat for Humanity. Amy is a committed volunteer for the March of Dimes, having been a member of the Circle of Champions since 2010, a member of the Board of Directors since 2012, and serving as Board Chair for 2015-2016; Amy has additionally served on both the March for Babies Executive Committee and Signature Chefs Auction Committee, as well as serving as the Chair of the Signature Chefs Auction for 2012 and 2017.

 
Peter Christamtsis - Facilities Chair 
  
Peter Christamtsis and Katie Hammill, along with their 2 daughters Ashely and Ruby immigrated to Atlantic Beach from Toronto, ON Canada in January 2015.  Peter’s company, Solidifi US Inc., was in a growth and expansion phase in the US and they couldn’t say “no” to the opportunity to move to their family south of the border, and more specifically…to a warmer climate.  Katie’s parents have been residents of Atlantic Beach for 15+ years, and having vacationed here frequently over the years this was Katie and Peter’s first choice for a cross-border move and new home.  Throughout the week, you’ll find them frequenting the Beach, the AB/NB Town Center, or the Atlantic Beach Country Club when they aren’t working out of their home-based offices or chauffeuring the girls to/from Discovery and their many activities.

With over fifteen years of experience in the U.S. and Canadian financial and mortgage services industries, as Vice-President of National Accounts for Solidifi, Peter is responsible for client sustainability, growth and P&L across Solidifi’s Tier 1 client portfolio.  Peter also plays a role in business development and product management for the organization and throughout his tenure has been part of the Finance, Operations and the Client Services teams. Prior to joining Solidifi, Peter was a Senior Consultant with ASSET Inc., a risk and default management company serving the Canadian, Caribbean and Australia financial services marketplace, where he his experience included the deployment of software solutions with several major Canadian banks.

In addition to the Financial Services sector, Peter also has an astute interest in the restaurant service industry.  In 2008, he successfully launched a locally-inspired Café called Red Rocket Coffee in the heart of Toronto’s beaches area.

Peter’s expertise includes managing new and existing clients, consulting on best operational practices, and the development of broad-based teams to launch new products and services.


Past Board Members

Leah Hudson

Chriss Spires

Carolyn Lane

Nancy Olsen

Scott Gay

Julie Sears

Peter Culver

Steven Hicks

Jan Healy

John Harrington

Julie Peek

Betty Grissom

Mark Resnick

Cary Hirapara

Jennifer Greene

Paul Saunders

Dana Current

Kim Perry

Jonathon Ludwig

Carrie Saunders

Russ Weidle

Jim Menker

Coree Cuff

Sheila McLenaghan

Kim Sears

Dawn Josephson

Thomas J. Mnich

Hunter McIntosh

Jennifer Ward Sleiman

Chris Farmand

Lindley Tolbert

Michael Meyers

Benham Bishop
 
Robert Logan
 
Andy Baggs
 
Robin McClure

  
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