• Justin Dolan — Board Member

    Justin Dolan opened the Charles Schwab Independent Branch in 2020, bringing the brand to St.Augustine. Schwab, one of the largest full-service investment services firms in the country, offers access to a range of modern investing, wealth management and personal finance guidance and services that combine the best of what people and technology can provide. A 2005 graduate of Flagler College,…

  • Monica Ortiz-Sanchez — Board Member

    Mónica Ortiz -Sanchez served the children of New York City for 25 years after working in the accounting field for 10 years. She earned a B.S in Accounting and a M.S. in Education from Lehman College (CUNY). She received her C.A.S in Educational Administration from New York University and in 2012 earned her doctoral degree at the same institution. She…

  • Richard M. LaVista — Board Member

    Rich LaVista was born and raised in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York; earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Long Island University in New York City in 1974; and moved to Melbourne Florida to pursue a career in Financial /Retirement Planning with E F Hutton and Company in 1978 and has served in many capacities in the…

  • Alex Najarian — Board Member

    Alex Najarian was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts; earned his law degree at St. John’s University in New York City in 2014; and spent his early career working in the entertainment industry in New York prior to relocating to St. Augustine Beach Alex currently is an attorney at The Corneal Law Firm where he specializes in intellectual property, entertainment,…

  • John Gillespie — Board Member

    John Gillespie was born in Altoona, PA, is 1946; moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1951, where he attended elementary school, and Englewood High School. In 1960 he started seminary training at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated college in 1968. After three years graduate study at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL, he…

  • Ellen Walden — Executive Director

    Ellen Walden has been a resident of St Johns County since 1963, attending area schools. She graduated from St Joseph’s Academy and went on to further her education at Flagler College. Ellen has spent the last 42 years in management positions in organizations and government positions assisting the community with health and human services; 27 of those years was with…

  • Nancy O’Byrne — Board Secretary

    Nancy retired in 2004 from commercial real estate, leasing office space in downtown Jacksonville for 15 years.​ She decided to take a more meaningful path in her life by devoting much of her time to advocacy for peace and justice issues in her church and in her community. She was the Chairwoman of the Catholic Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission…

  • Michael Biance — Treasurer

    Through the course of his career, Michael has had the opportunity to work with many communities, both on the county, state, university and international levels. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in Scholastic Philosophy in 1969,and his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision of Education in 1973. He completed Doctorate and some Postdoctoral coursework at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in 1985,…

  • Mike Davis — Vice President

    Mike Davis was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1966. Mike returned to St. Augustine in 1971 when his Father came back to help A. D. run the family business. He has been working for A. D. Davis since the summer of 1981. Mike graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1984. In 1988 Mike graduated from Florida Southern College with a…