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As Assistant Director at Mission House in Jacksonville Beach, Michaele Bradford oversees programs that help area homeless people find jobs, housing and assistance with turning their lives around. more
Anthony Egeln of Ponte Vedra Beach has portrayed Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker production performed by the Christ Episcopal Church Dancers for five years. more
Jim McCarthy is President of the North Florida Land Trust, a not for profit, 501c3 that is committed to protecting the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) of North Florida. He lives in Nocatee with his wife, Liz. more
Founder and co-owner of Dome Headwear in Jacksonville Beach, Jeff Whitaker grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach and now lives in Nocatee with his wife and three children. He says he is living his dream of owning his own business, with his best friend, in his hometown. more
As a next-door neighbor to Ponte Vedra Recorder co-founder Gretchen Carpenter in 1969, Jacquelyn Bates witnessed the newspaper’s creation. Eleven years later, Carpenter’s co-founder, Peg Bradford, and her son, Tim, asked her to become its managing editor. Bates shares her memories of the early years, and her opinion of the paper today. more
A senior at Nease High School, Isabel Matos, 17, is a champion golfer and a longtime member of First Tee of North Florida, a youth educational nonprofit that uses golf as a vehicle to teach character education. more
Owner of Cruise Planners—Top Sail Journeys, Ponte Vedra Beach resident Dorothy Flannery is founder and president of The Florida Travel Expo. more
Originally from the west coast, Charlie Chacos has embraced life on the First Coast and looks forward to his new role as district executive director of YMCA Florida’s First Coast. Chacos has always played sports, and with just two years on the tennis court, he’s already winning doubles tournaments. more
Victoria Long is Director of Community Programming & Partnerships at Flagler Health+. Volunteering led her to a career in the nonprofit sector, and she loves making a difference in people’s lives. more
Officially, Mike Platt is recreation specialist for the residential treatment program at Daniel, Florida’s oldest child-service nonprofit agency. But really, he’s the director of fun. In his free time, you might find him walking the dogs, jogging or on the water in a kayak using skills developed through Scouting. more
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