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Our Team

Our team of dynamic individuals are passionate about community change.

Leadership Team

Robin Abbott

Chief Financial Officer

Robin is an experienced CFO with demonstrated success in both for-profit and non-profit organizations across varying industries. Driven by her desire for excellence, she takes pride in understanding the organization to position finance as an integral strategic partner in achieving both financial and operational goals. Robin is a member of CFLOC, NABA, a Disruptive Leadership Advisory Board Member at Stetson University and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. While finance is her primary job function by day, Robin also enjoys movies, reading, music and spending time with her family and friends.

Jennifer Mikosky

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

A skilled storyteller and brand builder, Jennifer brings more than 20 years of corporate and nonprofit experience to her role at United Way. She most recently served as Vice President of Communications for the Tampa Bay Partnership, where she navigated pivotal transitions in mission and leadership, led campaigns to advance public policy initiatives, and leveraged strong media and community relationships to position the organization as a thought leader on critical regional issues. Jennifer is a Jacksonville native and a graduate of Florida International University, whose work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation and the International Economic Development Council. She is an avid traveler who has visited more than 40 countries on six continents, and currently lives in Northeast Florida with her husband, Brock, and daughter, Collins.

Maureen Mercho

Chief Development Officer

Maureen Mercho has experience leading not for profits in fundraising, communication and marketing. Driven by the desire to connect people’s passion to community needs, she takes pride in providing the best donor journey possible. Her goals at United Way include creating change through building greater connections and awareness to solutions. Outside of the office, Maureen enjoys her family, dog ZsaZsa and the beach.

Melanie Patz

President and CEO

A respected community and nonprofit leader, Melanie D. Patz most recently served as vice president of community investment and impact at Baptist Health and previously served as vice president of community impact for United Way. During her tenure at Baptist Health, she spearheaded the implementation of a school health center at Ribault High School, drove the creation of JaxCareConnect, and led the effort to initiate Blue Zones Jacksonville. Melanie has 27 years of nonprofit management experience, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Samford University, and an MBA with a concentration in Economics from the University of North Florida. She currently serves on the boards of the System of Care initiative and the Early Learning Coalition of Duval and is a founding board member of 904WARD.

Tina Wirth

Interim Head of Community Impact and Strategic Investments

Tina Wirth has been working in the Economic Development and Nonprofit sectors for more than 20 years. Most recently, she was SVP of Talent Advancement at the Charleston Metro Chamber, supporting regional alignment between education and industry through research and partnerships. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber focused upon business attraction, growth and sustainability. Other employment posts include Supervisor of Community Engagement at Duval County Public Schools and public relations for the City of Jacksonville’s Public Library. Tina holds her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of North Florida.

Board of Directors

LISA PALMER, Chair
Regency Centers

GREG MONTANA, Vice Chair
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HENRY BROWN
Miller Electric Company

BRIAN EVANS
Fifth Third Bank

DR. DIANA GREENE
Duval County Public Schools

MIKE HERMAN
Regency Centers

ROBERT HILL
Acosta Sales and Marketing, Retired

RUDY F. JAMISON JR., Ed.D
University of North Florida

JAVON KNIGHT
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

KIRK LARSEN
Black Knight

PHILLIP LEE
Florida Blue

SARA LEY
Johnson & Johnson

SABEEN PERWAIZ
Florida Nonprofit Alliance

NED PEVERLEY
Vestcom

DARNELL SMITH
Florida Blue

JIM STEPNOSKI (Immediate Past Chair)
KPMG, Retired

AUNDRA WALLACE
JAXUSA Partnership

DELORES BARR WEAVER, Emeritus