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InRoads to Influence


InRoads to Influence is an annual panel series hosted by the Center and other campus organizations. Women and men 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 in an influential position. They discuss gender issues and some focus on race and gender issues combined. The moderator delves into their secrets 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 InRoads to Influence. The event features panelists who discuss the paths they have taken to leadership positions and includes Women of Influence, Black Women of Influence, Black Men of Influence and Hispanic Women of Influence.

Previous Panelists

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


Black Men of Influence  

  • Isaiah Rumlin, president, NAACP Jacksonville
  • Ervin Lewis, senior associate athletic director, UNF Athletics
  • Michael Sams, sergeant, University Police Department


Women of Influence 

  •  Rachelle Gottlieb, UNF vice president for Human Resources
  •  Kristen Keen, chief executive officer, Rethreaded
  •  Chevara Orrin, chief creative catalyst, EQ3 Media
  •  Dr. Krista Paulsen, UNF associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences

 LGBT Leaders of Influence 

  •  Andrea Adams-Manning, UNF Assistant Dean of Students and Ombudsman 
  •  Garry Bevel, president of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbian & Gays (PFLAG) 
  •  Amber Paoloemilio, civic engagement coordinator of Equality Florida 
  •  Thomas Serwatka, UNF vice president and chief of staff 


Hispanic Men of Influence  

  •  Albert Colom, UNF associate vice president for Enrollment Services 
  •  Wilfredo Gonzalez, North Florida U.S. Small Business Administration district director  
  •  Cesar Grijota, VyStar Credit Union Kernan Branch vice president  

 Women of Influence   

  •  Dr. Edythe Abdullah, UNF special advisor to the president 
  •  Pat Blanchard, Jacksonville Women's Business Center director 
  •  Dr. Elizabeth Curry, UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library dean 
  •  Angela DeMonbreun, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida marketing and communications coordinator 

 Black Men of Influence 

  •  Charles Griggs, president of 100 Black Men Jacksonville, Inc.  
  •  Dr. Christopher Johnson, chair of the UNF Economics Department 
  •  Lloyd Washington, president of the Durkeeville Historical Society   


Black Men of Influence  

  •  Dr. Clarence Hines, UNF Department of Music professor  
  •  Ken Jefferson, WJXT Channel 4 expert crime analyst 
  •  Paul Rich, UNF Chartwells executive catering chef 
  •  Dr. Jeffrey K. Rumlin, Dayspring Baptist Church pastor 
  •  Mike Trotter, UNF Purchasing Department supervisor 

 Hispanic Women of Influence 

  •  Dr. Patricia Baxter, Bi-Lo Holdings senior manager 
  • Maribel Hernandez, Florida Blue medical cost manager
  • Dr. Judith Rodriguez, UNF nutrition professor
  • Greska Stuart-German, UNF academic advisor


Black Men of Influence  

  •  Frank Goodin, UNF Campus Experience Day coordinator   
  • Dr. E. Newton Jackson Jr., UNF Associate Provost for Faculty 
  • Dr. Richmond D. Wynn, UNF Clinical Mental Health Counseling associate professor
  • Kamele "Oupa" Seane, UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE director
  • Dr. Henry Thomas, UNF Professor Emeritus

  Black Women of Influence  

  •  Kolanda Douglas, UNF Equal Opportunity and Diversity coordinator   
  •  Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, UNF Dietetic Internship director 
  •  Vivian Senior, UNF Career Services director 
  •  Sheila Spivey, UNF Women's Center director 

 Hispanic Women of Influence 

  • 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

  Women of Influence 

  •  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


Black Men of Influence  

  •   Rufus Austin, Master Sergeant, Army ROTC 
  •  Robert Berry, director of the Office of Internal Auditing 
  •  Dr. Imeh Ebong, assistant vice president for UNF Office of Research 
  •  Dr. Christopher Johnson, associate professor of the UNF Economics Department

 Women of Influence 

  • 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


 Hispanic Women of Influence

  •  Maria Castro, UNF Career Development Services coordinator
  • Rocelia Gonzalez, UNF ADA Compliance Office director
  • Dr. Consanza Lopez, UNF World Languages assistant professor
  • Ruth Lopez, UNF Center for International Education assistant director

 Women of Influence 

  •  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 


Women of Influence

  • 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


Women of Influence  

  • 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

InRoads to Influence is takes place during the Fall semester and is open to the public.