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Research Team

Dr. Jeffry Will, Director

Jeff Will headshot       Founded CCI in 1994

(904) 620-4408

Dr. Jeffry A. Will is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives. Jeffry joined the UNF faculty in 1993. He earned his undergraduate degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1994 Dr. Will, along with Drs. Charles E. Owens and Henry Camp, established the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives to provide research and evaluation support for agencies and communities throughout the region and the nation. Since that time, research faculty working within CCI have been responsible for over $3 million in research contracts and grants.

Dr. Will's primary areas of research concern poverty, inequality and public policy. He has authored or co-authored two books, four book chapters, 11 refereed articles and book chapters, more than 40 research reports, and presented over 70 research papers at Regional, National, and International conferences since 1990. Dr. Will also served as President of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology from 2007-2008. He is currently serving as Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, and is the Chair of the Southern Sociological Society's Committee on the Status of Students.

In addition to his work at UNF, Dr. Will is currently on the Advisory Board for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency - Center for Girls and Young Women. He was on the Board of Directors for the Clara White Mission. He also has previously served on the Advisory Board for the Health Care for the Homeless Clinics in Jacksonville, and worked as a consultant and coordinator for the annual Homeless Census and Survey in Jacksonville from 1994 - 2000, 2006. Dr. Will was also a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Y2K Class.

Timothy Cheney, Assistant Director

Timothy Cheney headshot       With CCI since 1994

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Timothy Cheney, MS, serves as the Assistant Director of Research Programs at the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives. Tim joined the center in the Fall of 1994 while working towards a Masters degree in Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida, which he received in the Fall of 1996. Since then, he has also received a BS in Information Systems. Tim has been instrumental in the development of CCI, starting first as a Research Assistant and progressing to his current position. At CCI, Tim is responsible for database maintenance, survey creation and implementation, report writing, and he serves as office manager. Tim's primary areas of research concern computer crime, white-collar crime, and juvenile delinquency.

Irma Hall, Assistant Director

Irma Hall headshot       With CCI since 1999

(904) 620-4425

Irma has been with CCI since 1999 when she came on board as a graduate student at UNF. Her main areas of research at CCI deal with health disparities in minority populations. Her personal interests include: research on relationships and the family, American and World history.

Tracy Milligan, Assistant Director

Tracy Milligan headshot       With CCI since 1999

(904) 620-4421

Tracy Milligan has been working at CCI since the Fall of 1999. She received her Sociology Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 and her Master of Science in Applied Sociology in 2005 from the University of North Florida. Tracy's primary research interests include quantitative research methods, social stratification, community health, race relations, and sociology of the family.

Nicole Murad, Research Assistant

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      With CCI since 2012

(904) 620-2463