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Board of Trustees

 

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Jason Porter,
Chair

   

Jason K.S. Porter, Esquire, is the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. A former Assistant State Attorney for Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jason practices in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and professional licensure defense. Additionally, his firm practices in the areas of family law, as well as business and civil litigation.

A native Virginian, Jason received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College. While there, Jason was honored with induction into Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honors fraternity. Thereafter, he received his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Jason and his wife, Andrea, are the proud parents of two girls and two boys -- all of whom attend, or have attended, Hendricks Day School.


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Jim Kagiliery,
Secretary

   

Jim Kagiliery is the Chairman and CEO of Drive100 Inc., a consortium of automotive related enterprises. The firm owns and manages retail automotive outlets, specialty auto finance companies, service centers, warranty companies, and property management and development companies in Florida and Georgia. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has become one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the region. Jim serves as the Chairman of the Florida legislature’s Automobile Lenders Industry Task Force. He is the Chairman of the board of the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers association and serves on the association’s membership committee and chairs its Executive Committee.

Jim also sits on the board of Hendricks Day School of Jacksonville, the Deercreek Homeowners Association, and the JD Byrider National Advertising Group. He received a B.S. degree in Finance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and an M.B.A. degree from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. Jim and his wife, Aronson, have two daughters. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.


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Andrew Elstein,
Treasurer

   

Andrew has been a member of the board for two years. His wife, Tonya, is a second grade teacher at Hendricks and both his children are alumni now attending Bishop Kenny High School. He has a personal investment in Hendricks and supports the school in its endeavors to help it become the best school it can be. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of North Florida. He also completed his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Florida, and later became a CPA in the state of Florida. He also holds a designation as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.

Over the past 20 years, Andrew has been a regional controller and operations manager for Brown & Brown. Andrew has recently been promoted to Regional Operations Leader over 21 offices in the largest region in the company. While he is very busy professionally and personally, as a member of the finance committee he is committed to helping Hendricks meet it’s financial goals.


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Dwight Cooper

   

Dwight Cooper is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PPR Healthcare Staffing. In 17 years of operation the company has three times been named one of America’s 500 Fastest-growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine and for ten consecutive years among the Top 25 Best Small Companies to Work For in America according to the Great Place to Work Institute. In 2013 that organization announced in Fortune Magazine that PPR is the number one small business in America with regard to employee satisfaction.

An avid student of business best practices and a frequent lecturer, Dwight regularly consults with organizations who wish to engage their employees at the highest levels. He has a unique ability to assess culture and develop simple processes and systems that have a powerful impact on culture and results. 

Away from work, Dwight enjoys spending time with his wife Christine, daughters Payton and Jordan, and son Logan. He serves on several nonprofit boards and committees and resides in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.


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Jeff Durfee

   

Jeff is a Director of IT at the University of North Florida. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He has served with various not for profit organizations over the years and has an extensive background in public speaking on information security issues.

A native Floridian, Jacksonville has been his home for over 40 years. He has enjoyed watching his two children grow up at Hendricks, each having attended from K-8 grade and playing multiple sports for the Raiders. It has been and continues to be his pleasure to serve on the board, working to fulfill the school’s full potential and vision of providing the best education to all of its students in a personalized manner.

When not working or at Hendricks, Jeff enjoys leisure time with his family and following his children through their various activities and sports.


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Donny Lamey

   

Donny Lamey is the President & CEO of DiscoverTec, LLC. He started the company in 1993, incorporated in 1994. For the past 20 years, DiscoverTec has been a leading technology services company and has been selected as one of the fastest growing companies 3 years in a row.

Prior to founding DiscoverTec, Donny graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Management Information Systems. Additionally, Donny was the founder of other companies including The Lloyd Williams Foundation, My Executive Center and The Victory Marketing Team.

In 2005, Donny was selected by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the Top 40 under 40 Up and Comers. Donny is currently a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, an active Rotarian and Past President. He has been married for 19 years to his wife Julie and has a 10 year old daughter named Meagan.

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Lori Lawrimore

   

Lori brings her knowledge of business, experience in customer service and passion for education to her role on the Board. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Lori has been enjoying life in Greater Jacksonville for almost 20 years, which she and her son Sam, a Hendricks student, and her older son Nicholas, are proud to call home.

In addition to leadership positions in travel and tourism, telecommunications and college recruiting, Lori also has management experience as the co-owner of a behavioral health clinic and co-founder of a local school for children with special needs. Lori has lent her public speaking and fundraising skills to numerous nonprofit causes throughout her career, most recently as the Governor’s representative to Florida’s Healthcare Council for Autism Insurance Reform, and as a family advocate with school districts and community agencies.

She is honored to serve on the Hendricks Day School Board and support the goals of the school, as well as the dreams of each student.


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Dr. Michelle Prosje

   

Dr. Michelle Prosje is a neuropsychologist with Neuropsychology Consultants of North Florida, Inc. The company evaluates individuals with various neurological conditions, including dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor), epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Initially trained as a special education and dance education teacher, Michelle taught in international and U.N. elementary schools overseas in The Netherlands and Thailand for five years following her undergraduate studies. She taught regular education students via differentiation within the IB curriculum. Following her stint overseas, she returned to graduate school, studied school psychology, and then moved into clinical psychology with a specialization in brain functioning. She spent many years as a professional student obtaining two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree. She trained at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and the University of Florida. Most recently, she was a neuropsychologist on staff at Brooks Rehabilitation outpatient services for 2 ½ years.

Michelle and her husband, Jason, moved to Jacksonville in fall 2011 when their oldest daughter Chloe started at Hendricks in Pre-K4. Michelle has two younger daughters, Emily and Nicole, who look forward to joining the Hendricks community for kindergarten. When not busy with work or juggling the children’s schedules, Michelle enjoys being involved with her church, going for long walks, swimming in the pool, and spending time relaxing with family.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost


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Dr. Christine Weber

   

Dr. Christine Weber is an Associate Professor of Childhood Education in the Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL at the University of North Florida. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board for Gifted Child Today and co-edited the January 2012 issue on “Teacher Professionalism.”

As the Principal Investigator of the Working on Gifted Issues Project, a grant project funded by the FDOE for eight years, the Florida’s Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners (2007) was developed and disseminated across the state under her leadership.

Her most recent co-publication with Linda Johnson and Shane Tripp, related to a school’s journey toward implementing differentiation, was published in Gifted Child Today and reflects her work with Hendricks Day School. Dr. Weber has also published many articles in Gifted Child Today, Gifted Education Press Quarterly, the Journal of Faculty Development, Understanding Our Gifted, and Florida Educational Leadership. She has presented at the Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and the Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness. Currently, she serves as secretary to FLAG and secretary to NAGC Professional Development Network. Her latest co-publication, with Prufrock Press and NAGC is entitled “Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach.” This book presents problem-based learning scenarios that explore authentic situations found in K–12 classrooms.

She and her husband Joseph have one daughter who attends Bartram Trail High School.

 

 

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