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Category: Supporter Profiles

Volunteer Profile: Tianna Sparks

Tianna Sparks, a ReadingPals volunteer, makes connections with her preschool group by understanding their need for engagement and finding ways to bring humor into the classes.

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Volunteer Profile: Lyndsey Brokenburr

For Lyndsey Brokenburr, the Achievers For Life initiative brought opportunities for direct involvement to help students. “I had always done group mentoring,” said Brokenburr. “This was different. There was a connection.”

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Volunteer Profile: Amanda Crawford

With a very insistent little reader at home, it was only natural that highly engaged Vystar employee Amanda Crawford expand her volunteer work to include making a difference as a ReadingPal.

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Volunteer Profile: Gil Smith

No stranger to helping children succeed, retired police officer Gil Smith gives back as a dedicated ReadingPals volunteer.

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Volunteer Profile: Monique Stokley

“I want to be a cheerleader for my mentee,” Stokley said. “I want to be there to give her inspiration and hope to help her through not only her transition in school, but also at home.”

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Volunteer Profile: Steve O’Neal

Steve O’Neal, a RealSense tax site coordinator in Palatka, puts his accounting skills to good use helping others file their taxes for free.

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Volunteer Profile: Charlie Adcock

After retirement, Adcock knew he wanted to stay active, so when he was asked to help with the archiving, of course, he jumped at the chance. He has since become an essential resource to staff, known for his wry sense of humor and research skills.

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Volunteer Profile: Norman Foy

Teaching through RealSense brought Foy back to the practical reality of economic choices people have to make every day. “For me, it’s giving them an opportunity to make things a little better.”

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Volunteer Profile: Susan Golden

The early desire to achieve and expect more of education was a heads-up to a lifelong career of leadership in education and volunteer efforts through United Way. Golden has been an advocate of change, pushing herself and those around her to look at the overall needs of education.

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Volunteer Profile: Russ Thomas

“If an organization’s business is its brain, then culture is the soul,” said Russ Thomas, CEO of Availity, an innovator in health information technology.

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