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Meet the Team


Kimberly Allen, Ph. D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Kim Allen was born in Virginia Beach, VA, and moved to Jacksonville at the age of two. Her favorite album is "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," and she has a hidden talent for singing, having even auditioned for American Idol. The best part about working at 904WARD for Kim is collaborating with passionate individuals dedicated to eradicating racism while being her authentic self. She believes racial justice is crucial because injustice to any segment of the population affects everyone, and she advocates for everyone’s right to thrive, not just survive.

Jerail Fennell, MSM

Director of Marketing and Communications

Jerail was born in Daytona Beach, FL, and moved to Palm Coast at the age of seven. His favorite movie is "Hitch," and he enjoys relaxing with his family on Saturdays. A hidden talent of his is performing stand-up comedy across the country. Jerail loves 904WARD for allowing him to be his true self while working with an incredible group of people united by a common mission. He believes racial justice is essential because society cannot reach its fullest potential until everyone has an equitable playing field.

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Lorin Thies

Director of Fund Development

Lorin is a native of Neptune Beach, FL. On Saturdays, you can find her enjoying a cup of coffee while watching nature from her back porch. She has a quirky hidden talent: becoming invisible to automatic faucets. Lorin treasures the 904WARD team, from board members to volunteers, for their deep understanding and dedication to their mission. She believes in racial justice because, as Dr. King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

ReGina Newkirk Rucci

Director of Equity

ReGina was born in Fort Collins, CO, but spent most of her childhood in Nashville, TN. Her favorite movie is "Coming to America," and her favorite books include "Poverty and Profit in the American City," "Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx," and "Hyperbole and a Half." She has a hidden talent for finding perfect gifts, ensuring they are uniquely meaningful. ReGina values 904WARD for allowing her to bring her full self to work and address critical issues. She believes racial justice is crucial for everyone to reach their full potential.

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Rhianna Scyster

Community Equity and Policy Manager

Rhianna was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. Her favorite movie is "Norbit," she enjoys spending Saturdays reading in her office. She has a hidden talent for great penmanship and a well-curated pen collection. Rhianna loves the people at 904WARD, both within and outside the organization, and admires the small team's incredible work and community network. She believes racial justice is essential because those who have been oppressed and marginalized deserve liberation and the chance to live without systemic barriers to opportunity.

Whitney Touchton

Operations & Volunteer Manager

As a military child, Whitney spent her childhood living in many different places. Her favorite book is "The Sum of Us," and she enjoys going to the beach on Saturdays. Whitney is motivated by people brave enough to challenge the status quo, bringing healing and agency to themselves and the world. She values 904WARD for being inclusive, welcoming, and truthful while honoring everyone's humanity. Whitney believes racial justice is essential for creating a world everyone wants to be a part of, even if they don't know it yet.

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Sandra Vargas

Finance Manager

From New Jersey, Sandra loves the movie "My Cousin Vinny" and enjoys training and working out on Saturdays. She has a hidden talent for styling hair. For Sandra, the best part about working at 904WARD is being surrounded by amazing people who are open to new ideas and passionately committed to making a positive impact in the world. She believes racial justice matters because everyone has equal worth and should stand on equal ground in society.

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