Jacksonville Leaders Give Thanks



During this time of year as our thoughts turn to gratitude, we asked some of our Jacksonville community leaders to share with us the things they are giving thanks for this Thanksgiving.  And for us, we are giving thanks for our Generation W community–Happy Thanksgiving!








I am grateful for the basic goodness of mankind – and for all the people who work so hard every day to ensure that evil never triumphs.
Audrey Moran
Senior Vice President for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy
Baptist Health


This holiday season I am most thankful for friends that care about this community. In Jacksonville, 17.3% live below the poverty level and another 30% live paycheck-to-paycheck. It takes a lot of caring to turn the tide of poverty.
Elizabeth Paulson
JEA Customer Assistance Programs


I am thankful for my family and friends and for all those who make ending domestic violence in our community a priority.   Northeast Florida is a very special place.  I feel so very blessed to be able to work with our community partners and with the volunteers, donors and staff at Hubbard House.
Ellen Siler
Chief Executive Officer
Hubbard House


I am thankful for living next door to some of my best friends and their three children who call me “Aunt Kristin”.  It reminds me how much we need each other, even if it’s as simple as borrowing eggs!
Kristin Keen
Founder and president


I am thankful that I have the opportunity each day to work alongside so many talented and kind people at the Jaguars.  And all of us at the Jaguars are thankful we have the privilege to work for so many loyal NFL fans throughout NE Florida and Southern Georgia.
Mark Lamping
Jacksonville Jaguars


I am thankful for my grandmother, who taught me through her own actions the importance of faith, family, friendship and hard work. And I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with gifted journalists who do amazing things for this community with words and images.
Mary Kelli Palka
Managing Editor
The Florida Times-Union


I’m thankful for my family, good health, interesting work, and a wonderful community of listeners and citizens. Also our great winter weather!
Melissa Ross
First Coast Connect


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I spend some time reflecting on my life, my adventures, my travels, special friends and those goals that sometimes seem just beyond my reach! I always feel grateful that my family of 13 supports my efforts because they allow me to thrive and act ageless which, at 78, I am not! Pema Chodrun, the Buddhist monk , encourages us all to pause and this is my pause!
Pamela Y. Paul
Dedicated Community Leader and Volunteer for Child Advocacy


I’m thankful for my life that has been given to me.  There may be difficulties,  but I always get through them and become strong at the end. I’m also very thankful for my family and friends for they are always there for me to support me and love me unconditionally.
Priscilla Mejia
Generation WOW Girl


Like a lot of people, I am thankful for my God, family, and friends.  But I am also thankful that I have the privilege to advocate for girls and young women at PACE Center for Girls of Jacksonville to become future leaders in the community.
Tami Garrett
Special Projects Coordinator
PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville