Escambia County Commissioners nominate 17 citizens to Escambia Children’s Trust board; Governor to select 5
The Escambia County Commissioners recently nominated 17 citizens to potentially serve on the board of the Escambia Children’s Trust. These 17 citizens were selected out of 41 willing applicants. Five of these citizens will be chosen by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve as a volunteer board member on the Escambia Children’s Trust, Florida’s newest independent special district, during its formative years of infrastructure-building, strategic planning and systemic investments in youth and families.
The nominees are as follows:
Commissioner Jeff Bergosh
Jennifer McFarren, manager of community and education outreach at Navy Federal Credit Union
Glenn Conrad, retired engineer
Celestine Lewis, executive director of Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy
Sarah Miller, teacher at Molino Park Elementary
David Peaden, executive director of Home Builders Association of West Florida
Pueschel Schneier, owner of Great Change Cleaning Service
Pastor Lonnie Wesley III of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church
Stephanie White, attorney
Dr. Irvin Williams, director of specialty programs at Lakeview Center Inc.
Tori Woods, marketing and outreach specialist at Centene Corporation
Sarah Lefevers, director of external affairs at Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
Walker Wilson, owner of Bay Lumber Trading and executive director of Downtown Improvement Board
Brian Wyer, CEO of Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce
Dave Murzin, consultant at 850 Consulting Group LLC
Dr. Rex Northup, retired pediatrician
Dr. Carol Sekhon, medical director at Gulf Coast Kid’s House
These five citizen members will join the current five positional board members on the inaugural council. These positional members are Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May; Escambia County School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith; Circuit Judge Jennifer J. Frydrychowicz; Florida Department of Children and Families’ Tina Cain; and Escambia County School Board member Patty Hightower, who is the current Board Chair.
The mission of the Escambia Children’s Trust is to “invest in the well-being of children by maximizing resources and ensuring accountability,” according to their website www.escambiachildrenstrust.org. 61% of Escambia County voters approved a local amendment establishing Children’s Services Council (CSC), also known as the Escambia Children’s Trust, in November of last year.