Movers & Shakers


Family Foundations names Haley CEO

Family Foundations has appointed William Haley as president and CEO.

Haley joins the organization after a successful career in banking and financial services. He brings expertise in capital markets and consumer credit to the nonprofit, which provides a wide range of financial education and credit counseling services to Jacksonville-area residents. He succeeds Dawn Lockhart, who is now the director of strategic partnerships for the City of Jacksonville.

“The board of directors is excited to have Bill Haley join Family Foundations as CEO and president…” Board Chair Dick Valentine said. “Bill brings with him the financial experience, non-profit stewardship and a passion for the work we do, which will continue to make Family Foundations successful as he leads us into our next chapter of nonprofit partnership and service to families in the community.”

Haley joins Family Foundations after serving as a management consultant for several Community Development Financial Institutions. He currently serves on the board of the Westchester Children’s Museum as both an executive committee member and treasurer.

“I am very excited to join such a high-quality team of trained professionals dedicated to empowering people through Family Foundation’s tailored counseling and guidance programs,” Haley said. “Family Foundation’s mission and successful track record coincide strongly with my personal and professional interests.”

Geiger receives WFA Pinnacle Award

The Women’s Food Alliance presented Peterbrooke Chocolatier founder Phyllis Lockwood Geiger with its 1st Annual Pinnacle Award at its recent holiday gathering, held Dec. 19 at The Grille @ South Hampton Golf Club.

In accepting the award, Geiger shared vignettes about her journey with Peterbrooke, inspiring guests with her vision for “what comes next.”

Clark named chair of Jacksonville Bar’s Legal Technology Committee

Jimerson & Cobb Associate Suzanne Clark has been appointed chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s new Legal Technology Committee. Her appointment follows the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision to institute a Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) requirement in technology.

Approved by the court on Sept. 29, the new three-hour technology requisite became effective Jan. 1. The change also affects the minimum number of CLE hours attorneys are required to complete, raising the threshold from 30 to 33 hours over a three-year period. Those who fail to complete their CLE requirements run the risk of being deemed delinquent members of the Florida Bar, which would prohibit them from practicing law in the state of Florida.

“When I first heard the announcement of this new requirement, it occurred to me that local attorneys would need some assistance in fulfilling it,” said Clark, who spearheaded the effort to form the new committee. “The LegalTech Committee will provide attorneys with the support and resources they need to further their knowledge of technology’s growing influence on the legal profession.”

Dawson joins UNF as public relations specialist

The University of North Florida has named Amanda Dawson as public relations specialist within the Department of Public Relations.

Dawson has been working in the department as a part-time event specialist since graduating from UNF in 2015 with a degree in communications and a concentration in public relations as well as a minor in philosophy. She will be responsible for the daily e-communication distributed to the university’s more than 4,000 employees and weekly e-communication to more than 16,000 students. Dawson will also manage UNF’s multiple social media platforms and work closely with media at all levels, from local and regional to state and national media.