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United Way announces Stein Fellowship Class of 2024

August 25, 2023

This is the first class of the dual-mentorship program since the pandemic and will take place during the nonprofit organization’s 100th anniversary year.


Jacksonville, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2023) – United Way of Northeast Florida announced today its Stein Fellowship Class of 2024. This is the first class after a hiatus of the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will take place during United Way’s 100th anniversary year.

Founded by philanthropists David and Linda Stein, the Stein Fellowship is a unique yearlong immersive leadership and mentorship experience for young professionals ages 21 to 40 living in Northeast Florida. The fellowship develops high-performing leaders who show a commitment to philanthropy, improving our community and growing professionally through mentorship. The Fellowship is designed to build leadership capacity, hone core professional development competencies and create strong relationships with a network of peers and mentors.

The Stein Fellowship Class of 2024 includes:

  • Will Clancy, Senior Impact Manager, City Year Jacksonville
  • Sutton Fisher, Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Daniela Fletes, District Sales Manager, PepsiCo
  • Chanice Howard, Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic
  • Conrad Jennings, Crew Systems CMC Project Analyst, CSX
  • Roderica Johnson, Director, Engagement and Partnerships, Jacksonville Public Education Fund
  • Lawrence Luksha, Government Relations and Business Development Representative, Catalis
  • Griffin McDowell, Operations Manager, Combustion Turbines, JEA
  • Dominique Moore, Product Consultant III, Black Knight
  • Jessica L. Nguyen-Smith, Associate Director of Development, Baptist Health
  • Hannah Oberholtzer, Executive Director, Thrive Scholars, Jacksonville
  • Shaneta Oliver, Dean of Operations, Becoming Collegiate Academy
  • Alexandra Reinhardt, Public Relations and Community Partnership Coordinator, Baptist Medical Center Clay
  • Eustachius Roberts, Community Outreach Manager, City of Jacksonville Senior Services Division
  • Brandie Stallings, Educator and Assistant Principal, Duval County Public Schools


The Stein Fellowship Class of 2024 at their orientation Aug. 9 at United Way of Northeast Florida headquarters. Seated, left to right: Brandie Stallings, Will Clancy, Conrad Jennings, Chanice Howard and Dominique Moore; middle row, left to right: Rodericka Johnson, Jessica Nguyen-Smith, Alexandra Reinherdt, Sutton Fisher and Shaneta Oliver; and back row, left to right: Hannah Oberholtzer, Daniela Fletes, Eustachius Roberts, Griffin McDowell and Lawrence Luksha.


“We are delighted with this year’s Fellowship class and commend United Way staff and former Fellows who assisted in the selection process,” said Linda Stein. “When David and I founded the Stein Fellowship in 2007, it was with the hope of building a multi-generational program of leadership and mentorship. Together, we are making a difference in our communities here in Northeast Florida, and we are improving the lives of others for generations to come. I look forward to seeing our Class of 2024 continue to grow and thrive on their journey in serving others.”

More than 30 young professionals applied for the Class of 2024, with the members selected based on demonstrated commitment to philanthropy, love for Northeast Florida and passion for community progress. The 15 selected Fellows will learn from an established community leader and philanthropist – their United Way Tocqueville Society mentor – as well as positively shape the life of a student by serving as a youth mentor. Stein Fellows also participate in professional development, personal growth, networking and social engagements.

Fifteen Tocqueville Society members, listed below, will serve as the Fellows’ mentors. United Way’s Tocqueville Society consists of the region’s top philanthropists who give more than $10,000 annually to United Way.

  • Robin Abbott, Vice President of Finance, ISEP Study Abroad
  • Carl Bailey, community philanthropist and volunteer
  • Christina Bottomley, Vice President, Real Estate and Industrial Development, CSX
  • Henry Brown, CEO, Miller Electric
  • Nathaniel Ford, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Kyle Duffy, Actuary, Florida Blue
  • Pat Geraghty, President and CEO, Florida Blue
  • Chris Hazelip, Attorney, Rogers Towers PA
  • Connie Hodges, CEO Retired, United Way of Northeast Florida
  • Patty Keenan, Chief Talent Officer, Miller Electric Company
  • Phil Lee, Vice President, Strategic Provider Partnerships, Florida Blue; President, Truli for Health
  • Dr. Michael Mayo, President and CEO, Baptist Health
  • Stephanie W. Noel, Vice President, Human Resources, and Chief Diversity Officer, CSX
  • Richard Sisisky, President, The Shircliff & Sisisky Co.
  • Diana Sorfleet, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, CSX


“United Way believes community-centric leadership development is a critical strategy for the long-term stability and continued success of Northeast Florida and the communities within,” said Melanie Patz, president and CEO of United Way of Northeast Florida. “In our 100th year as a United Way, we are thrilled to bring back this wonderful experience for young professionals and continue to carry on Linda and David’s legacy of leadership for future generations.”

To request an interview with United Way staff, Fellowship members or alumni, or a Tocqueville Society mentor, contact Sarah Henderson, United Way’s senior director of marketing and communications, at 904-300-8366 or sarahh@nulluwnefl.org. To learn more about the Stein Fellowship, visit unitedwaynefl.org/stein-fellowship.



About United Way of Northeast Florida
Founded in 1924, United Way of Northeast Florida has earned a reputation as a respected and efficient philanthropic organization. United Way envisions a community of opportunity where everyone has hope and can reach their full potential. The organization’s mission is to solve Northeast Florida’s toughest challenges by connecting people, resources and ideas. United Way focuses on improving economic mobility in the following impact areas: basic needs, financial well-being and racial equity. The nonprofit organization’s long tradition of addressing the human-service needs in Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and northern St. Johns counties is made possible through the commitment of thousands of volunteers, donors and community partners. To learn more, visit unitedwaynefl.org, or follow United Way of Northeast Florida on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.