Who We Are
OneJax is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote diversity as the foundation for a strong community. We work to increase respect and improve relationships among people who represent the rich menagerie of religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups that compose our community.
OneJax is an interfaith organization dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all through education, dialogue and community-building.
Our vision is an inclusive community where difference is welcomed and celebrated.
Originally formed as a local chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1970 and later known as the National Conference for Community and Justice, the organization has addressed the ever-changing needs and challenges that come with promoting interfaith respect, acceptance and inclusion. In 2005, the Jacksonville chapter disaffiliated from its national group and formed OneJax.
The reputation of OneJax and its work continued to grow over the next several years. The range of topics addressed in its many forums of discussion expanded to include ethnicity, race, culture, ability/disability and sexual orientation. In February 2012, OneJax formally affiliated with the University of North Florida to become an Institute of the University. This partnership has brought numerous benefits to both OneJax and UNF; by bringing OneJax onto its campus, the University has positioned itself to strengthen its community partnerships to play an even more significant role in Northeast Florida's conversations about diversity and inclusion.
While OneJax works closely within the UNF community to support its initiatives, it also continues its work in the broader Northeast Florida region in areas such as education, advocacy and community engagement. OneJax is a member of the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC), an alliance of organizations across the nation dedicated to addressing issues of diversity and inclusion.
Meet Our Staff
Nancy is a former member and past chairman of the Duval County School Board, serving on the board from 2002 to 2010. Active in the Jacksonville community for many years, she also served as an independent consultant providing policy and governance training and group facilitation to clients such as the United Way of Northeast Florida, Duval County Public Schools, School District of Philadelphia and others. Nancy has also held many leadership roles within the community, including current chair of Baptist Health System's social responsibility and community health committee, current member of Baptist Beaches Medical Center board of directors, board member of the Atlantic Institute, current member of WJCT's Community Advisory Board, past member of the Florida Times-Union's City of Hope task force, the Jacksonville Journey task force and the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, among others.
A member of the OneJax board of directors since 2011, Kyle joined the OneJax staff as Deputy Director in May, 2019. Prior to joining OneJax, Kyle was senior pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church from 2006 until 2019. Kyle currently serves as moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, on the board of Baptist Health, and on the board of the Rotary Club of San Marco. Kyle also serves as co-host (with Nancy Broner) of “Faith Matters” on WJCT. Kyle holds degrees from Wayland Baptist University, Baylor University, and Northern Seminary.
Assistant Director of Operations
Jacey joined the OneJax team in early 2017. In her role, Jacey focuses on event planning, communications, and office maintenance. Jacey graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor focus on Psychology and she earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from UNF. Jacey loves being a part of the OneJax team, working toward inclusion in the Jacksonville community, and celebrating being different together.
Assistant Director of Youth Programs
Deidre is a diversity and inclusion practitioner who oversees OneJax's youth programs linked under the umbrella of OneYouth - Different Together. The three components are: Diversity Education, Metrotown Institute, and Leaders of United Diversity (LOUD). Deidre has extensive experience in leadership coaching, facilitation and group processing, team building and conflict resolution. Deidre previously served as Hotline Coordinator with the City of Jacksonville's Sexual Assault Response Center, a position she held from 2003 to 2013. She also served on the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, as the First Chair, appointed by former Mayor John Peyton.
Administrative Services Coordinator
Kathi has been with OneJax for over 28 years and has been the constant through changes in affiliations, directors, board members and office locations. Throughout it all, she has been the person answering the phones, coordinating registration at events, maintaining the books and managing the office.
Michael is an educator with over 18 years of experience in practical, adaptive and holistic learning. He has served as a volunteer with OneJax since he experienced Metrotown as a ninth grader in 1990. As a teacher, Michael demonstrated an innate ability to foster relationships with his students and their families. As a pastor, his commitment to service is an inspiration to many. A founding member of Leaders of United Diversity (LOUD), Michael understands the responsibility and privilege it is to engage youth in relevant and realistic discourse that is essential to inspire change.
Mary Kelley Moran
Mary Kelley joined the OneJax team in June of 2019 as a Youth Program Coordinator. Mary Kelley has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida State University and in 2018 she received her master’s degree in Social Work from FSU. During her studies Mary Kelley worked with a multitude of different vulnerable populations and had the opportunity to do her final semester of graduate school studying in Ireland. Mary Kelley is a Jacksonville native and eager to be back in her hometown doing work to help young people in her community.
Melissa is a part-time Administrative
Assistant who joined OneJax in August 2019. She is a Jacksonville native and
two-time graduate of Florida State University. Melissa lived in Tallahassee, FL
from 1993-2018 and has also worked for FSU since 2003. Her primary focus at
OneJax is learning the financial processes and helping the staff with their
day-to-day work and any special projects the arise. Melissa is also a member of
Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and is excited about her new role with the
Garry is a Florida attorney working in partnership to model inclusive community and give children world-class childhoods. Garry previously served as the Director of Community Partnerships and statewide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion steering committee chair at CHS. In addition to his role as Director of the Commission on Youth at Risk, he was the Deputy Diversity Officer of the American Bar Association's DC office. He is a master trainer and coach for the Human Rights Campaign's All Children-All Families LGBTQ Cultural Competency Initiative; and he is a board member of the LGBTQ Fund at the Community Foundation and the Center for Children's Rights in Jacksonville. In his free time, Garry is most at home pondering the nature of being.
Evin is a seasoned strategic marketing, public
relations and development consultant working with nonprofit organizations and socially
conscious corporate clients that want to become more strategic about their philanthropic
giving. Evin was President & CEO of Willman & Company for
10 years, one of Jacksonville’s “Top Ten” full service advertising, public
relations and interactive agencies at the time. As a
consultant, Evin helps nonprofits and corporations build their brands with
compelling messages to targeted audiences that create a strong case for
support. She has an extensive,
successful track record in creating new brands
(names, logo, strategies) for organizations and/or programs in
transition, local market launches of new nonprofit programs or initiatives,
fund development efforts (including annual appeals and capital campaigns), producing
signature events or recruiting volunteers, among other activities. She takes a strategic, integrated approach to
marketing and has worked with many prominent organizations.
“Mickee” Brown is a Jacksonville native. In 2007 she founded Special Project
Partners; a research and planning consultancy - fulfilling her lifelong dream of
business ownership. Over
the past twelve years Mickee has worked on a wide range of projects,
particularly those focused on organizational sustainability including: grant
readiness, preparation and training; social
indicators research; community
problem solving via civic engagement; program
development, management, and evaluation; volunteer
training and management; focus
group design and facilitation; strategic
management; and small
group facilitation. While
maintaining her firm Mickee also served as the Operations Director for the
Chartrand Foundation (2009-2011), where she managed grantmaking processes,
provided technical support to foundation grantees, and built relationships with
mission aligned agencies. Prior
to founding Special Project Partners, Mickee was a Study Director at Jacksonville
Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) overseeing community-based policy inquiries on
affordable housing, race relations, education reform, waterways conservation,
and economic development. She also worked as the Community Health Manager at
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital directing research and business planning efforts
benefiting people living with physical limitations. Mickee
has earned degrees in Humanities (Bachelors) and Organizational Management
(Masters). She has also served as a volunteer leader with Keep Jacksonville
Beautiful, JCCI Forward, Theater Jacksonville, Eldersource Institute, the
Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund, Leadership Jacksonville, and the Delores Barr
Weaver Policy Center. Last,
but certainly not least Mickee is a wife, mom, grandma, avid reader, and a food
enthusiast who enjoys time at home and traveling with family and friends.
Building 53, Room 2750
4892 First Coast Tech Parkway
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Guiding Principles Infographic Information
We believe that through education, advocacy, and community building, we can empower members of our community to make decisions today that will make for a more inclusive tomorrow.
We celebrate our common humanity and honor our differences.
We respect and value every person's human dignity.
We live these principles everyday.
We hold ourselves and the community accountable for these principles.
We stand together and speak out against oppression.
We face disagreement and discord to elicit better ideas and outcomes.
Our commitment to a common vision is rooted in our individual and diverse faiths.