CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Since taking the helm as Chief Executive Officer eight years ago, Rena Coughlin has focused on strengthening the nonprofit sector. She has made significant progress as the leading nonprofit sector advocate helping governments, philanthropic organizations, and citizens understand the importance and positive impact of local nonprofits-both in quality of life and financially within the region.
A proponent of innovation, Rena has championed the Nonprofit Center online fundraising WeGive.org and its community platform, TheNonprofitLink.org. With the Board of Directors, she leads strategy, resources allocation, and staff development to sustain and carry out the mission of the Nonprofit Center.
Previously Rena led Girls, Inc. of Jacksonville as CEO, providing programs for over 1,800 youth across multiple outreach sites. As Special Projects Manager for Leadership Florida, she managed programs and special projects such as gubernatorial debates for the statewide community building organization. Earlier in her career she spent eight years in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide to Senator Bob Graham working on legislation across a broad spectrum of issues important to Florida constituents. Joining the Peace Corps immediately after graduating from the University of Florida, Rena headed to Liberia, West Africa. Working as a volunteer she helped introduce fish farming as a source of protein and family revenue, raised funds to construct a rural medical clinic, and developed a long-term strategy on behalf of the World Bank for Liberian fresh water aquaculture.
Contact Rena if you need: information and resources for advocacy or lobbying local, statewide and national officials on issues concerning the nonprofit sector; recommendations for building alliances with people and organizations to advance your organization; and information on state of the nonprofit sector. Rena facilitates the CEO Confidential member convening group.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Leah Donelan is the Vice President of Programs for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Leah's nonprofit work began while attending the University of Florida where she chaired the UF Dance Marathon, an event that included 700 volunteers who raised over $175,000 for Children's Miracle Network. After graduating, she worked for the American Cancer Society, providing cancer education to the community and coordinating ACS' largest local fundraiser, the Cowford Ball. As an independent consultant, she worked with a variety of nonprofits including the Alliance for World Class Education, a group of business leaders whose focus is improving public education; Better Baymeadows, a transportation management organization; and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.
For the past 16 years, Leah has spent many hours volunteering with Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), an international peace education organization, in various capacities, including President of the Board of Directors. Leah is a Jacksonville native and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelorís degree in political science.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAMS
Kimberly is the Director of Membership and Programs for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. After relocating to Jacksonville in 2004, she went to work for Episcopal Children's Services, a nonprofit agency, where she provided preschool children with an environment conducive to learning. Soon after, she decided to take her career a step further and became an administrator at Tutor Time Learning Center, overseeing a staff of 40 teachers and 200 students.
Kimberly is originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Consumer Sciences Business/Child Development from South Carolina State University. While there, Kimberly volunteered at several organizations including health ministries, summer reading programs, voter registration, and community theaters.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
Andrea Spencer is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Andrea has more than 20-plus years' experience in the area of public relations and marketing, working in a myriad of sectors including government, corporate, non-profit and public relations agencies. Prior to coming to the Nonprofit Center, Andrea was Director of Communications for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, responsible for the organizationís internal communications, community outreach activities, branding awareness programs, crisis communications and media relations efforts.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Andrea is involved in a variety of volunteer projects including serving on the board of the Divine Mercy House, a home for unwed pregnant women and a volunteer for CISV Jacksonville.
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