Board of Directors


President Anthony Greene, PhD

Dr. Greene, a psychologist at the UF’s Counseling & Wellness Center, is very keen on balance with intensity; he strives to work really hard, play really hard, and rest with enthusiasm. His day begins with seeking a place of inner peace through spiritual solitude, and he tries to maintain that place throughout the day regardless of what else occurs. He also enjoys oil painting for his more aesthetic creative needs and is very active in his place of worship.

Vice President Tony Jones

Gainesville Police Chief Jones began as a Cadet and moved up through the ranks to Chief. He was one of the original founders of the Reichert House, has served on numerous Boards in the community and has received numerous local national and international awards including Outstanding Police Chiefs Internationally, and local MLK Community award.

Secretary LaKesha P. Thomas, Esq.

Director of the Low Income Tax Clinic at Three Rivers Legal Services (TRLS), and through TRLS, she works as a contract attorney with Santa Fe College advising students on a variety of legal matters. Her sheer joy is volunteering with children and empowering her community through legal advocacy. She believes in reaching for the stars, because this way we will never stop growing, learning, and achieving our dreams.

Treasurer Roberta Gastmeyer

Owner of local bookkeeping service, volunteers services to CAC. An active member of Sierra Club, has local and statewide Board experience.

Agnes Leslie   Administrator at UF African Studies Dept.,

Has marketing skills and has been supportive of CAC for more than 2 decades. She has Board experience

Barbara McDade Gordon    Professor UF Geography Dept.

Barbara has served on a number of Gainesville community nonprofits boards and a long time supporter of CAC

Barbara Jessie

Barbara, retired after more than 30 years employment at Santa Fe College, most recently as Executive Assistant to Vice President Student Affairs. She has also served on PACE and United Way Boards and is a long-time supporter of CAC.

Mary Alford

Mary graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of Engineering, specializing in Environmental Engineering and with additional background in Urban and Regional Planning and Process Engineering. After working in Water and Wastewater for Gainesville Regional Utilities, she moved to Progress Energy as an Environmental Analyst, then in Power Plant Operations Management, and finally in Power Plant Construction, managing environmental compliance.

Dr. Michael V. Bowie

Dr. Bowie is the Executive Director of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc, and the Director of the Office of Recruitment, Retention, and Multicultural Affairs for the College of Education at the University of Florida. He advocates for funding for educational programs, is responsible for raising $3 million in scholarships per year and hosts an annual conference for minorities in teacher education programs. His interest in education became a passion through his experiences with the College Reach-Out Program (CROP), a program for economically and academically disadvantaged youth, where he has served as a former coordinator, instructor and summer camp counselor. Dr. Bowie serves as the UF administrator for the College Reach-Out Program. As President and Founder of Black AIDS Services and Education, Inc., President of the Alachua County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., Board Member of the Cultural Arts Coalition, and State Education Committee Member of the NAACP, Dr. Bowie is a pillar in the Alachua County and Gainesville communities. He has received hundreds of awards and honors.

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