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Meet the Team

Dr. Kimberly Allen

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Allen was born in Virginia Beach, VA, and moved to Jacksonville when she was two years old.

Favorite Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 

Hidden Talent: Singer - Even auditioned for American Idol

Best Part About 904WARD: I get to show up to work with people who are equally passionate about eradicating racism while being exactly who I am all the time!

Racial Justice Matters Because... if there are segments of our population who are not receiving justice, then everyone suffers as a result. I don't want anyone just to get by and survive. We all deserve to thrive.

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Lorin Thies

Director of Fund Development

Lorin is a native of Neptune Beach, FL. 

Favorite Saturday Activity: Watch nature while sitting on my back porch with a cup of coffee. Not the most exciting thing, but I enjoy it.

Hidden Talent: I can become invisible to any automatic faucet

Best Part About 904WARD: The entire team - from the board to volunteers to staff to funders - all deeply understand and value the work.

Racial Justice Matters Because... Dr. King said it best, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

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ReGina Newkirk Rucci

Director of Equity

ReGina was born in Fort Collins, CO, but grew up mostly in Nashville, TN.

Favorite Movie: Coming To America

Favorite Book: Poverty and Profit in the American City; Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx; and Hyperbole and a Half.

Hidden Talent: Buying gifts for people - if you get the right gift, you shouldn't be able to give it to just anybody, and it still makes sense

Best Part About 904WARD: Being able to bring all of me - the passion and the crazy included - to my work and to really address issues where they impact us. 

Racial Justice Matters Because... We will never realize the best in everyone until everyone has a chance to be their best.

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Jerail Fennell

Director of Marketing and Communications

Jerail was born in Daytona Beach, FL but moved to Palm Coast when he was seven years old. 

Favorite Movie: Hitch

Favorite Saturday Activity: Relaxing with family.

Hidden Talent: I perform stand-up comedy throughout the country. 

Best Part About 904WARD: Being able to be your whole self while working with an amazing group of people with a shared mission. 

Racial Justice Matters Because... We will never reach our fullest potential as a people until everyone has an equitable playing field. 

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Whitney Touchton

Operations and Development Assistant

Being a military child, Whitney spent her childhood living in many different places. 

Favorite Book: The Sum of Us

Favorite Saturday Activity: Going to the Beach

 

What Motivates You: When people are brave enough to look behind the curtain of the status quo, and then it brings forth healing and agency for themselves and the world around them!

Best Part About 904WARD: 904WARD is inclusive, welcoming, and truthful while still honoring the humanity in each of us

Racial Justice Matters Because... Racial justice is creating a world everyone wants to be a part of, even if they don't know it yet.

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Rhianna Scyster

Community Equity & Policy Manager

Rhianna was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL.

Favorite Movie: Norbit

Favorite Saturday Activity: Hiding away in my office and reading a book.

Hidden Talent: I have great penmanship and a really good pen collection.

Best Part About 904WARD: The best part about 904ward is the people; in and outside of the organization. For such a small team, 904WARD is doing incredible work and has built an incredible network in the community. 

Racial Justice Matters Because... People who have been and continue to be oppressed and marginalized in this country deserve liberation and deserve to live without systemic barriers to opportunity. 

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