In Roads to Influence 

Women in leadership positions on campus and in the community discuss their paths to leadership. Panelists are asked questions pertaining to the rewards and challenges of being a woman of influence. The moderator delves into the women’s secret to success and probes for advice and other helpful tips for persons interested in obtaining or maintaining a leadership role. The Women’s Center partnered with the Carpenter Library Special Collections Department in 2009 to begin hosting In Roads to Influence. The event features panelists who discuss the paths they have taken to leadership positions.

Previous Panelists


  • Leticia Fernandez Godwin, Florida Blue Future Operating Platform
  • Katy Harris, City of Jacksonville general counsel
  • Monica Landeros-Jimenez, Public Communications Officer, City of Jacksonville
  • Dr. Zully Rivera-Ramos, UNF Counseling Center
  • Dr. Renee Scott, UNF Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

  • Sharon Ashton, UNF vice president for Public Relations
  • Paula Coughlin-Puopolo, retired U.S. Navy lieutenant and founder/owner of Ocean Yoga Center
  • Cheryl Seals Gonzalez, director of the UNF Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
  • Vivian "Debbie" Moreland, franchise owner/operator of six McDonald's restaurants in Jacksonville


  • Dr. Lucy Croft, assistant vice president, UNF Student Affairs
  • Audrey Moran, senior vice president, Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy, Baptist Health
  • Angela Spears, special assistant to Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown
  • Valerie Stevenson, CPA, UNF Controller


  • Angela B. Corey, State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, CEO/President, Clara White Mission
  • Shari Shuman, Vice President of Administration and Finance, UNF
  • Dr. Tes Tuason, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Field Experiences, Mental Health Counseling, Brooks College of Health, UNF 


  • Rosyln Mixon-Phillips, Chief Community Officer, City of Jacksonville
  • Pamela Chally, Ph.D., RN, Dean, Brooks College of Health, UNF
  • Karen Petterson, Ph. D., Department Chair and Associate Professor, Exceptional Student Education, College of Education and Human Services, UNF
  • Karen Stone, Vice President and General Counsel, UNF


  • Afesa Adams, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Florida Institute of Education
  • Rena Coughlin, President & CEO, Nonprofit Center of NE Florida
  • Barbara Hetrick, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Science, UNF
  • Shannon Italia, Director, Career Management Center, Coggin College of Business



In Roads to Influence is held during the Fall semester and is open to the public.