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Nat Glover among six picks for Jax ‘Kids Hope’ board

A familiar face in Jacksonville City Hall will helm the new Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) board.

City of Jacksonville CFO Mike Weinstein was tapped to be interim executive director of the seven-person panel last week.

This week, the board is mostly rounded out with six community stakeholders — the biggest name of which is former Sheriff Nat Glover.

Other nominees to the board, all of whom will be subject to City Council approval, include the following:

Dr. Marvin Wells, the first African-American graduate of the U.F. College of Dentistry. He owns a local oral surgery practice.

Tyra Tutor, senior vice president for Corporate Development & Social Responsibility at The Adecco Group North America. Tutor serves on the Jax Chamber Board.

Iraq War Bronze Star recipient Joe Peppers, who is currently employed with Amazon, helping to launch a local fulfillment center.

Kevin Gay, founder and CEO of Operation New Hope-Ready4Work. Gay previously served on the Jacksonville Journey board.

Rebekah Davis, a registered nurse and medical director, who has worked at local hospitals. Davis has been a member of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission board of directors, and is the wife of Jax Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis.

The seventh appointee has not been announced.

Curry pledged to be quick with appointing people to this board, as the Kids Hope Alliance is poised to replace the Jacksonville Journey and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission later this year.

KHA will have oversight over an approximately $35 million budget for youth services, including all children who qualify under 18, as well as slightly older young adults who are still in school.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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