Board of Directors
Kathy Miller, LJ 2015
Michael Howland, LJ 2012
Ron Pellum, LJ 2012
Bruce Fafard, NLS 2016
Immediate Past President
Maria Ruiz Quesada
Jill Langford Dame, Chief Executive Officer
Jill Langford Dame joined the Leadership Jacksonville staff in May, 2013. She is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte (B.A. cum laude, English and History); the University of Florida, College of Law (J.D. with honors) and Jacksonville University (Master of Arts in Teaching). Jill’s previous employment has included the practice of law, teaching, work as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and work as an interim executive director for nonprofits. She has been actively involved in the Jacksonville community serving as president of the Junior League of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida and Willing Hands. Jill chaired the implementation task force for JCCI’s 1998 study The Role of Nonprofit Organizations and chaired JCCI’s Children 1-2-3 Study. She currently sits on the board of the Jacksonville Public Library. Jill is an alumna of Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 1987) and a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, The Meninak Club of Jacksonville and the Florida Bar. Jill is a past recipient of the Junior League of Jacksonville’s Tillie Fowler Community Leadership Award; Leadership Jacksonville’s Distinguished Leadership Award; JCCI’s 2005 Milestones Award for work as Chair of the Role of Nonprofit Organizations Study Implementation; and was named Folio Weekly’s Person of the Year in 2001. She was chosen as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council and as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Jill and her husband Peter have twin daughters, Brooks and Darby.
Nicole B. Bryan, Adult Program Coordinator
Nicole Bryan joined Leadership Jacksonville in June 2015 as the Adult Program Coordinator. Nicole is an honors graduate from Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. Her prior work experience includes serving as a development officer for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; an assistant vice president for Wachovia Bank, NA in Winston Salem, NC, and as a customer service representative for Enterprise National Bank. Nicole has been an active volunteer in her church and at her children’s school, most recently serving as board chair from 2011-2013 for the St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees. At the school she oversaw a capital campaign, led a head of school search committee, and led a strategic planning committee that completed and implemented a five year strategic plan. Nicole and her husband Jeff have two daughters, Klare and Bella. Nicole and Jeff co-own Crossfit West Jax.
Meg Folds, Youth Programs Director
Meg Phillips Folds, Youth Programs Director for Leadership Jacksonville, manages Leadership Jacksonville’s Youth Leadership Jacksonville and Next Generation programs. Prior to joining Leadership Jacksonville in 2002, Meg had twenty years of sales management in the telecommunications sector. In addition to her professional roles, she has served many community organizations including the Junior League of Jacksonville (President 2001-2002), the Rotary Club of San Marco (Charter President), Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Girls Inc. (Past President), Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1999, Memorial Park Association Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Women’s Network and served as a Salvation Army Celebrity Chef. Meg has been honored to receive the AT&T Community Service Award, Junior League of Jacksonville Pam Paul Award and Tillie K. Fowler Awards, as well as the Rotary District 6970 Service Above Self Award and Rotarian of the Year. Meg is an alumna of The Bolles School. She graduated from Stetson University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science. She did post graduate work at FSU and UNF. She is married to Jim Folds and they are proud parents of Chris, a graduate of FSU and UNF. Jim and Meg reside in Avondale with Abby, their yellow Labrador. In her spare time, she loves entertaining and playing Bunco.
Taryn Roberts, Administrative Assistant
Taryn Roberts joined Leadership Jacksonville in December 2020. She comes to the organization with a robust history of public service, having served in the Neighborhoods Department, Kids Hope Alliance, and most recently, serving as an Executive Council Assistant with the City of Jacksonville. In her free time, she remains civically engaged by volunteering for campaigns and causes close to her heart. Originally from upstate New York, Taryn enjoys exploring Jacksonville’s many vibrant neighborhoods and local businesses.
Ale’ta Turner, Digital Communications and Research Coordinator
Ale’ta Turner, Digital Communications and Research Coordinator for Leadership Jacksonville, manages the organizations’ communications and marketing efforts in addition to the alumni membership database system. Ale’ta is a Jacksonville native and University of Central Florida graduate. Prior to joining Leadership Jacksonville in December 2018, she worked in the private sector as a workforce development program manager with Quest Corporation of America, Inc. and as a communications associate with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). Ale’ta is an alumna of Next Generation formerly known as Collegiate Leadership Experience (Class of 2012). She is a member of the first cohort of Parents Who Lead, an initiative of JPEF in partnership with Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Public Library. Ale’ta and her husband, Glenn have three children.