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Volunteer Florida names three to Board of Directors

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Florida’s lead volunteerism and national service agency have selected a new Board of Directors.

Volunteer Florida announced three new members named to the Volunteer Florida Foundation Board of Directors.

Serving two-year terms each is Monesia Brown, director of public affairs and government relations for Walmart, Juan “J.C.” Flores, vice president of governmental affairs for AT&T Florida, and Michael Jennings, vice president of government affairs of Prudential Financial for the Southeast region.

The three will help guide Volunteer Florida in its mission of awarding funds to educational foundations, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations to oversee AmeriCorps and National Service Programs.

“We are thrilled to have Monesia, J.C., and Michael join the Volunteer Florida Foundation Board of Directors,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman in a statement. “Each of these individuals has shown a tremendous dedication to service in Florida, and we look forward to their leadership as members of the Volunteer Florida Foundation Board.”

The nonprofit charity Volunteer Florida Foundation is the direct support organization to assist Volunteer Florida in its effort to meet emergency needs in Florida.  Among the Foundation’s projects include individual governor’s initiatives, Florida’s Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, as well as honoring Florida volunteers, veterans, and educators.

“The Volunteer Florida Foundation Board supports Volunteer Florida’s efforts to serve Florida students, veterans, and job-seekers, and we are grateful that Monesia, J.C., and Michael are joining us to make that happen,” said Volunteer Florida Foundation Board of Directors Chair Chucha Barber.

“We look forward to working with the Volunteer Florida Foundation Board and our newest board members to grow the impact of national service and volunteerism in Florida’s schools, nonprofits, and community service organizations,” said Volunteer Florida Commission Chair Autumn Karlinsky.

Volunteer Florida administers nearly $30 million for education programs and other service organizations across the state, putting 1,300 AmeriCorps members to work in direct service to Floridians. More information is at

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