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Leadership Mentor Program

The Taylor Leadership Institute is looking for interested community leaders to participate in this exciting leadership and career mentoring initiative!

What is the Leadership Mentoring Program?

The purpose of the program is to match students in our Leadership Practicum course with successful individuals in their field, providing students with real world insight, career-specific coaching and professional connections that will help prepare them to be successful after graduation.

What is involved in being a Leadership Mentor?

Becoming a Leadership Mentor is a fairly straightforward and informal process, and involves only a few simple steps:

Sign up to be a leadership mentor today!Step 1: Contact the Taylor Leadership Institute

With a commitment of only a few hours per month, Leadership Mentors will benefit from the opportunity to positively influence an amazing UNF leadership student.  Simply notify the Taylor Leadership Institute of your interest via email at , or you can complete the online  Leadership Mentor Form.

Step 2: Match Up with a Leadership Apprentice

Each semester, Leadership Mentors will be matched with a UNF “Leadership Apprentice” who is interested in their current/former career. Mentors and Apprentices will be invited to UNF campus to meet and receive training and resources to enhance their mentorship experience.

Step 3: Connect and Engage in Leadership Mentoring Sessions

Mentors and Apprentices arrange sessions that fit their own schedules. To experience the full impact of the program, meetings via phone, video conference, or in-person only total 5-7 hours.

Example: Mentor and Apprentice spoke via phone each week for approximately 15-20 minutes and met once per month for coffee, for an hour to discuss long-term goals and outcomes.

Step 4: Participate in the Leadership Mentoring Awards & Showcase

Join TLI annually, to receive recognition from UNF and participate in a Leadership Showcase, where Mentors and Apprentices share best practices and outcomes from this experience.

Where do I sign up?

If you are interested in serving as a Leadership Mentor for our students, please complete the Leadership Mentor Form.


If you have any questions, please contact us at

Mentor Spotlight

Spotlighting just a few of our outstanding Leadership Mentors!

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Captain Rick Hoffman

Captain Rick Hoffman served in the US Navy for 28 years commanding two ships, the USS De Wert (FFG-45) and USS Hue City (CG 66). After retirement, he founded Orion Solutions LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that provides a wide array of services in the DOD sector.
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Tenikka Hughes

Tenikka Hughes is an Emmy-winning journalist and evening news anchor for Action News Jax.  She is the power behind "Tenikka's Books for Kids", an initiative that collects book donations for children who participate in the Jacksonville Public Library's Summer Learning Program.

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Jonathan Catherman

Jonathan Catherman is a sociologist and educator who has worked in private and public education for 24 years. He speaks worldwide to diverse audiences of all ages and is the author of the bestselling books for teens The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School.
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Dr. Amanda Pascale

Dr. Amanda Pascale serves as Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in UNF's College of Education and Human Services. Her research examines cultures conducive to success in higher education milieus and the praxis of ideas that promote university community success, particularly for those who are underrepresented or in transition.
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Don Hutton

Don Hutton is an Executive in Residence and Professor of Health Administration in UNF's Brooks College of Health.  Formally the President and CEO of Northside Hospital (Atlanta, GA) and Cabell Hungington Hospital (Hungington, WV), Don has gone on to establish and direct the Morgan Executive Development Institute, as well as UNF's Health Administration Leadership Institute (HALI).
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Angela Inciong

Angela Inciong is an Education Program Coordinator with Mayo Clinic, Florida, where she supports Residency and Fellowship program to achieve continued accreditation.  A UNF alumna, Angela received the Senior Service Award for her work with C.A.M.P. Osprey, a program that provides leadership mentoring to at-risk K12 students.

Related News & Videos

UNF Student Nikki MacPhee speaks about her mentorship experience as an apprentice in the Leadership Mentor Program - YouTube Video (Apr 2020)


Taylor Leadership Institute kicks off the spring semester - UNF Spinnaker (Jan 2020)