2024 Board of Directors


BOARD CHAIR

Dolly Penland, President & CEO of Business Results, works with organizations helping them to hire and manage their talent to their highest potential. She specializes in multiple areas including helping businesses grow sales, reduce turnover and develop leaders.

Business Results is a consultancy firm that helps companies improve their bottom line by addressing their most valuable resource: their people. As a PI® Certified Partner firm, Master Training Center, Talent Optimization Consultancy, and a CATIL® Certified Elite Partner firm (the only partner firm in the US offering both PI and CATIL). Dolly helps companies achieve their strategic objectives by employing expert consulting, a wide range of leadership training, and a suite of human capital assessments.

Take the human error out of your talent decisions by using scientifically-validated data to drive your business results. Dolly works directly with business leaders and their management teams to help them connect the right people to the right jobs. When people are doing what they love and are suited to do, they can move mountains. It’s All About People.


VICE CHAIR

Joni Roberts is the Founder and Chief Evolution Officer of Evolution University. Joni combines her unique experience as an international entrepreneur and business professor with a passion for creating a more joyful, prosperous, and sustainable world. From launching one of the first American-owned tech companies in Romania in the early 2000s to today with Evolution University, her work has woven in themes of creating a better world through people, products, and processes.

In 2020, Joni decided to go for it and set up Evolution University, a dream many years in the making. During the pandemic, she took this time for deep thinking and reflection and has been on a significant creativity surge since. Her work is a game changer for the way we do business by thinking differently about how we solve problems for people and the planet while making products and delivering services. This includes new frameworks, online courses, books, training, and consulting services that reshape education and action for sustainability. 

In 2023, Joni was invited to become a Steward for the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and Evolution University became a United Nations Global Goals Week Partner. She also serves on Kean University’s President’s Taskforce for Sustainability in Academics. 


SECRETARY

Corey Jones, a seasoned banking professional with over 17 years of expertise, serves as the Vice President of Commercial Banking & SBA Lending at Climate First Bank in North Florida. His dedication to the financial success and security of business owners aligns perfectly with Climate First Bank’s commitment to sustainable banking, emphasizing environmental stewardship and community resilience. Throughout his career, Corey has consistently surpassed sales targets and catalyzed revenue growth through strong client relationships. He also led a team to victory in the American Bankers Association’s BankExec competition, demonstrating his leadership and strategic acumen. Beyond banking, Corey is actively engaged in community development and champions sustainable business practices.

Corey earned both his MBA with a concentration in Finance and his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. He deepened his banking knowledge by completing the Florida Bankers Association’s Florida School of Banking program. As an adjunct professor at UNF’s Coggin College of Business, Corey takes great pride in mentoring students, connecting them with job and career opportunities, and encouraging networking activities that foster professional growth. He also holds leadership roles in several community organizations, including Jacksonville Business Professionals, Jacksonville Community Council, and the Democratic Business Caucus of Florida.

In his personal life, Corey, a proud Jacksonville native, is an ardent fan of the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, a reflection of his deep roots in the city. He is also a fan of professional wrestling, particularly All Elite Wrestling, and follows Major League Baseball, with a special affinity for the Oakland Athletics, a passion that began with his favorite book, ‘Moneyball’ by Michael Lewis, read during his high school years. Corey enjoys a balanced life, happily married to Katrina and the proud father of daughters Amelia (17) and Ava (6).


TREASURER

Mallory Mizic is an experienced tax senior with BDO USA, a member of BDO International, the world’s fifth largest accounting network. BDO delivers assurance, tax, and financial advisory services to clients throughout the country and around the globe.

Mallory is a native to the Florida panhandle but moved to Jacksonville in 2014. She studied at the University of North Florida and received a bachelor’s in accountancy in 2018. Upon graduation, she began working full time with BDO as a staff accountant. Since working with BDO, she has worked on a variety of clients ranging from small, local businesses to large corporations. Currently, Mallory’s area of focus is with larger partnership groups, however she still enjoys working with her clients who are smaller in scale.

Mallory has a deep passion for all things sustainability and is always aiming to do better in her efforts to be green, while also attempting to encourage others to do the same. This passion is what brought her to the Green Chamber, and she is eager to work with businesses in the community to help them achieve their sustainability goals.

When she is not working, Mallory enjoys spending time with her wife, their cat, Lemon, and two pups, Ronin and Salem. She loves anything creative such as stained glass, building furniture, and painting.


FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER/PAST SECRETARY

Kelly Karstaedt has been a proponent of animal welfare and the natural world since childhood. Originally a native of rural Western Pennsylvania, she graduated from Gannon University with a degree in Biology focusing on animal behavior. Kelly then moved to Florida to attend Florida Coastal School of Law, from which she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2008.

Kelly is currently the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Justice Association, a plaintiff’s personal injury trial lawyer bar association. In this position, Kelly has been given the amazing opportunity to run a membership non-profit organization and work for and with some of the best trial lawyers in Northeast Florida. Kelly is also the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the statewide Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. While her duties are similar, these two new positions allow for more opportunities to network throughout the State of Florida and spread the message of sustainability.

Kelly has years of experience handling marketing and development needs for multiple non-profit charities and professional associations. It is that passion for bringing people with similar needs together to create beneficial relationships and her passion for protecting this planet that drove her to become involved with the Green Chamber.

Kelly is an avid reader and book club enthusiast. Her cat Medea and border collie Orion have been a sustaining source of inspiration and motivation to continue her efforts to protect our community and see it thrive.

Kelly is a founding member of the NF Green Chamber and served as Secretary of the organization.


Dr. Simmie Raiford currently serves as the Executive Director of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership.

She has over 35 years’ experience as an educator at the elementary school, district, and state level. Leadership experience includes work as a principal of a gifted magnet elementary school, and district director of staff development. In addition, for three years, served as a district-level instructional coach for first-year teachers.

State level experience includes working as an educational policy analyst for the Florida Legislature. Dr. Raiford moved into private sector educational consulting in 2005, working as an organizational performance auditor and educational suitability assessor for facilities master planning.

Since 2010, her work has centered on supporting transformation efforts in schools threatened by state takeover. The focus of that work was on coaching new principals and teachers around key elements of school transformation, namely, instructional effectiveness, collaborative planning, data-driven decision-making, parent and community involvement, conducting classroom observations and providing feedback, designing formative assessments, and curriculum alignment. She has served as in her current role since 2018.


FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER/PAST CHAIR

Mary Tappouni is the President of Breaking Ground Contracting, where she serves as Senior Estimator, Senior Project Manager and Sustainability Consultant. Over her more than 25 years in the construction industry, she has managed projects ranging from small park projects to multimillion dollar facilities that include medical and professional office buildings, historic preservation, retail, schools, university, health & fitness facilities, recreational, military projects and custom green homes. 

Mary is passionate about sustainability and green building. She was honored to speak at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago in 2010 and serve as a 2013 member of the Northeast Florida Regional Council Sea Level Rise Committee, which produced a Regional Action Plan. She currently serves on the State Board of Directors for the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). Mary actively represents the construction industry, including in her current role as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Florida Immediate Past Board Chair. She is also past Chair of the Board of the ABC First Coast Chapter and past Chair of its Women’s Council.Mary showcases sustainability at Breaking Ground’s office which houses one of the few successful green roofs in Florida. 

Mary is a two-time recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Best Practice Award for Leadership from Sustainable Florida Collins Center for Public Policy as well as being recognized as the 2009 Small Business Association Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Florida.


Kassidy Kinkel, whose passion for sustainability led her to the Green Chamber, is a Product Manager with Summit Wealth Systems. Kinkel says her experience has led her to help any organization to show up for our planet, and to help businesses make sustainable choices.

After graduating from UNF with a degree in Finance, Kinkel started her career as a Financial Analyst at Black Knight before pivoting to the Financial Technology sector in 2019. In that role, she strengthened her project and relationship management skills by working on the Implementation Team on their Portfolio Management SaaS platform. During that time, Kinkel also helped spearhead the “Green Team” with other like-minded teammates. They worked with the building managers to choose more earth-conscious products for the office and ran awareness campaigns.

Kinkel has also volunteered with the First Coast Surfrider Foundation. She is currently engaged in coursework related to climate action through Terra.do

Our Committee Chairs are the movers-and-shakers of North Florida. They are the innovative minds that bring the Green Chambers mission alive. These committees are for Green Chamber members only.  Please select a committee to join and attend our regularly scheduled meetings.  Check our calendar for the most current information.

Policy Committee
Mary Tappouni Breaking Ground Contracting and Lori Ann Santamaria

Communication Committee
Kassidy Kinkel Summit Wealth Systems and Becky Russo Bec Creative

Event Committee
Dolly Penland Business Results

Membership Committee
Mary Tappouni Breaking Ground Contracting

Sustainability Committee

Dave McKee Electrification Program Manager, JEA

Fundraising Committee

Committee Descriptions:

Membership

The membership committee is responsible for managing the NFGCC membership list; by being a point of contact to members if they have questions; making sure that members understand their benefits; periodically checking in with members who are not engaged; and making member calls when there are urgent NFGCC announcements. Membership Committee members are also encouraged to help the NFGCC reach potential new members. There will be opportunities to participate in tradeshows and festivals. This committee has the ultimate opportunity to network with members and meet sustainable leaders in town. 

Communications

The responsibilities of the Communications Committee are to create and follow the NFGCC Marketing Plan.  The Committee will prepare and distribute Press Releases, help design marketing material (event invites, posters, flyers, etc.), merchandise, and the quarterly newsletter.  The Committee is tasked with preparing and posting on social media such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  Lastly, the Committee will give feedback on the look and flow of the website in order to make improvements.

Policy

The purpose of the Policy Committee is to build a database of resources regarding local and state policies that effect business owners by: attending local government (city council) hearings and open forums; building relationships (outreach) with public officials; and following Federal and state policy issues. This Committee must determine if the NFGCC supports these issues and present a committee report to the BOD for approval.  This Committee should partner with the USGCC Policy Committee. This Committee must build a lobbying and advocacy branch.

Fundraising

The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to research/apply for grants, create a sponsorship structure, reach out to potential leaders (both individuals and business owners who are practicing sustainability) to be highlighted as annual sponsors, and to create fundraising events.  The Committee will also think tank ideas regarding how to solicit the community for donations and convey them to the Board.

Event Planning

The responsibilities of the Event Planning Committee include planning, promoting, executing and attending monthly Green Chamber events (one networking and one educational).  The Committee is expected to brainstorm potential event ideas, recruit guest speakers and experts for these events, secure the venues and prepare for any needs of the event (food, games, signage, equipment, etc.). 

Sustainability

The Sustainability Committee is comprised of scientists and environmentalists that focus on what is happening in the sustainable world of business.  This Committee is responsible for learning the new trends/data and how these changes can affect business.  The Committee members help the NFGCC choose what is sustainable and what is not in North Florida and how NFGCC can help North Florida businesses improve their practices.  The Committee will provide articles and news stories to the Communications Committee for weekly website updates and monthly/quarterly newsletter ideas.  The Committee takes ownership in the Green Business Pledge, updating when needed, and the Sustainability Coaching program. This program is a benefit to new members to help them implement the Green Business Pledge. The Committee also partners with UNF and JU students to create the annual Sustainability Report and present it at our annual meeting.

The NFGCC Ambassadors are a prestigious group, who assure the membership is receiving the benefits available to them.  Participation is by invitation only.

  • Christina Kelcourse, Esq, CFP, CRPC Co-owner, Sunshine Organics & Compost and Founder of the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Perpetua Grant C.F.P. Financial Advisor, Prudential Financial 
  • Noah DeDeo, past-chair 
  • Rory Hampson, Chair

The mission of the Student Advisory Council is to include ALL students in North Florida, to advocate for a cleaner and greener community on campus. We inspire to be a model for others of social and environmental justice. Our goal is to engage students and faculty on campus across North Florida, by planning and implementing sustainable projects; and to network with the NFGCC professional members.

We have implemented events reducing plastic waste, gardening tips for dorms, beach clean-ups and hosted panel discussions with professional and professors. We also participate in the NFGCC Mentor-Mentee program.

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