Elevate Jacksonville Staff
Carla Austin, Interim Executive Director
Carla Austin has an extensive background working in the non-profit sector spanning 18 years. Formerly the Interim CEO and Vice President of Youth and Family Services for Community Connections of Jacksonville, Carla’s major role was to oversee the daily operations of planning and implementing youth servicing programs.
Carla grew up in Alabama and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and reading. She serves on the advisory board of Lutheran Services of Florida Head Start Program. She is a wife, mother of a daughter and son and a very happy grandmother to her grandson.
“If not You, Who? If not Now, When?”
After a few years working in non-profit, Carla decided her true calling was working with and serving people, particularly youth. Over the years, she has seen hundreds of students graduate, athletes become pro players, families purchase their first home, homelessness decrease and many more wonderful stories to tell. Carla says it is her profoundest joy to support and inspire young people to do their best, be their best!
Bob Baldwin, Director of Development and Operations
Bob brings over 25 years of experience in nonprofit, corporate, and small business to his current position as Director of Operations and Development. Besides his many years at the Jax Chamber, he was most recently the Executive Director of PARC Foundation, a private foundation associated with PARC Entertainment.
Bob holds a Bachelors Degree from Stetson University, and is certified in Myers Briggs and DISC personality profiles as well as a Covey "Seven Habits" facilitator. Bob presently serves as the Vice Chair for the Public Service Grant Committee for the city of Jacksonville, and past President of the Board for Hubbard House, as well a Board member of "Lifework Leadership" and "Her Song".
When Bob is not at work he enjoys running and photography. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife of 47 years, two daughters and two grandchildren.
Jazmine McCoy, Data Impact Coordinator
Jazmine was raised in Jacksonville, Fl where she attended and graduated from First Coast high school. Upon graduating, she attended Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and earned a degree in Communications.
Jazmine began her career in education as an after-school Program Director with Community Connections of Jacksonville, and then with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville.
Jazmine knew at an early age that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. She believes that if we each take the time to help just one person, there is a greater chance that everyone would be successful.
Joslyn Graham, Teacher-Mentor (William M. Raines High School)
Joslyn is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a graduate of Robert E. Lee high school and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She currently attends St. Thomas University where she is obtaining her Masters degree in educational leadership.
Her passion is to impact the lives of children by opening up her own school catered to urban youth students.
Qu'Ron Hall is a Jacksonville, Florida native where he graduated from William M. Raines High school. He continued his academic and football career at Shaw University and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Recreation Management.
After graduating from Shaw, Qu'Ron continued his love for football by playing for the Jacksonville Sharks. While in college, Qu'Ron found a passion for mentoring guys and he continues this passion both in school and out of school.
Qu'Ron biggest fans are his fiancé, Lauren and his 3-month old son, Enzo. "Spending time with them is one of the most important things in my life. Being the best person I can be is what I focus on everyday."
Alexis Cheatham, Teacher-Mentor (Jean Ribault High School)
Alexis was born in Virginia but grew up in Florida. She graduated from First Coast High School, then went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Mass Communication from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL.
Alexis has been actively involved in the life of youth for about 10 years. Alexis has served youth in every area and activity from teaching dance in local studios, to holding community events for teenage girls, to being a Youth Specialist with Boys and Girls Club, to leading FYRE Student Ministry at St. Paul Church of Jacksonville.
Out of all the things Alexis has accomplished, her greatest accomplishment is her family. She is happily married to the love of her life and they are the proud parents of two sons.
Tyson Wright, Teacher-Mentor (Jean Ribault High School)
Tyson is a proud Jacksonville, Florida native. As a youth he enjoyed participating in all sports, excelling in football and track & field. Tyson attended Paxon School for Advanced Studies where he graduate from in 2015 with a 3.5 GPA as well as being an All-Conference athlete in two sports (Football and Track & Field). Tyson continued his education and athletic career by attending HBCU Bethune-Cookman University where he graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Business Administration and becoming an ALL-Conference.
Tyson's life passions are fashion, inspiring youth, coaching and fatherhood. He aspires to pursue his love for fashion by becoming a stylist and eventually having his own clothing line. Tyson lives by his belief in keeping God first and his mantra "Lift as you climb, someone always needs a hand".
Marissa Clowers, Teacher-Mentor (Terry Parker High School)
Marissa is a native of Jacksonville, FL, and a graduate of Jean Ribault Senior high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from University of South Florida in 2018, and a Master of Arts in Public Relations degree from Full Sail University in 2020.
Upon completing her master's degree, Marissa began working in college admissions at Culinary Institute Lenotre in Houston, Tx.
Marissa is a product of Take Stock in Children and the College Reach Out Program. She says these programs gave her the opportunity to learn about the possibilities for her life post high school graduation.
Adrian Toney, Teacher-Mentor (Terry Parker High School)
Adrian is a native of Sebring Florida. At the age of 10 he relocated to Jacksonville Florida and at 14 he moved to Middleburg, Florida where he graduated from Middleburg High School.
Adrian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was privileged to become apart of the organization, Progressive Black Men Inc.
One of Adrian's passions is to help people cultivate the gifts that are inside of them, and guide them in the path that their gift would be most effective.