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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.

 

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Mission

OneJax is an interfaith organization dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all through education, dialogue and community-building.

Vision

Our vision is an inclusive community where difference is welcomed and celebrated.

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

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.

UNITY

We celebrate our common humanity and honor our differences.

RESPECT

We respect and value every person's human dignity.

INTEGRITY

We live these principles everyday.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We hold ourselves and the community accountable for these principles.

COURAGE

We stand together and speak out against oppression.

CREATIVE TENSION

We face disagreement and discord to elicit better ideas and outcomes.

FAITH

Our commitment to a common vision is rooted in our individual and diverse faiths.


Our Story

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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 Broner

Executive Director

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.

 

onejax.broner@unf.edu

Kyle Reese

Deputy Director

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.

 

onejax.reese@unf.edu 

Jacey Willbach

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.

 

onejax.willbach@unf.edu 

Deidre Lane

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.

 

onejax.lane@unf.edu

Kathi Gram

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.

 

onejax.gram@unf.edu

Michael Stephens

OneYouth Coordinator

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.

 

onejax.stephens@unf.edu

Mary Kelley Moran

OneYouth Coordinator

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.

 

onejax.moran@unf.edu 


Contact Us

Mailing Address

Campus Address:

Hicks Hall

Building 53, Room 2750

Physical Address:

4892 First Coast Tech Parkway

Jacksonville, Florida 32224

By Phone

Office Phone:

(904) 620-1529

Office Fax:

(904) 620-5604

By E-mail

Office E-mail:

onejax@unf.edu