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Deja Vu: Jon Heymann resigns from Jacksonville Children’s Commission

Jon Heymann, CEO of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, this week announced his plans to step down effective Jan. 2.

This was his second and final resignation.

Heyman resigned as CEO of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission previously on May 5th, 2017, “but accepted your agreeable offer to serve for a little longer while the Kids Hope Alliance was announced (August 2, 2017) and created,” Heymann wrote in an email this week to Mayor Lenny Curry and senior staff.

“While it has been an honor for me to  ‘hold down the fort’ for over seven months since my resignation, I am ready to jump forward into a couple of exciting ventures,” Heymann wrote.

Those familiar with the thinking of the Mayor had noted that Heymann was being strongly considered for the CEO role in the Kids Hope Alliance — the nascent board that will replace the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Jacksonville Journey.

Ultimately, however, Heymann was ready for something new. And Jacksonville CFO Mike Weinstein became the first leader of the organization.

The Kids Hope Alliance has six of its seven board appointments finalized already.

Rebekah Davis, a former member of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission board of directors; Kevin Gay, a previous Jacksonville Journey board member; former Jacksonville Sheriff and current Edward Waters College President Nat Glover; Iraq War Bronze Star recipient Joe Peppers;  Tyra Tutor, an senior vice president at The Adecco Group North America; and Marvin Wells, a dentist from Ponte Vedra.

Tessa Duvall, a reporter for the Florida Times-Union, tweeted this week that Jacksonville City Council President Anna Brosche will be Council liaison to the KHA.

Brosche, along with Finance Chair Garrett Dennis, had the most questions about and qualms with the Council process that brought the Kids Hope Alliance into being.

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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 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

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