Phone: 904-637-4720

Board of Directors

Bright Minds Youth Development Leadership

Chairperson, David Bright

Chairperson, David Bright

As Chairman of Bright Minds Youth Development, Inc., David Bright leads a community based program for youth to improve their quality of life. David has very strong Interpersonal, Negotiation, Communication, Administration, Presentation, and Listening skills.

RELATED BUSINESS ACTIVITIES: David is the former owner of First Choice Marketing & Consultants, Inc. under which he operated First Choice Childcare and Development Center, First Choice Insurance, and First Choice Cleaning Services. The Childcare and Development Center focused on education, entrepreneurship, leadership, and youth development in seven locations throughout Northeast Florida. He now owns several other businesses, including The Sadarami Group, Inc., Marketing and Business Development. David currently works in sales and marketing in the biopharmaceutical industry.

VOLUNTEER: Coaching – Commissioner Oakleaf Youth/Sports Development 2012, Oakleaf Youth/Sports Development 2011; Oakleaf High School Sports Development 2010; Sweetwater Youth/Sports Development 2004 to 2010 and others. 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, First Coast African American Chamber and NAACP- Board Member- Clay County- 2000 to 2004, and National NAACP Member 1998 to present.

EDUCATION: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, 1992/ 1994, Bachelor of Science, 2000 and Kemper Military Junior College, Booneville, Missouri, 1990/1992, Associate of Arts: Public Administration.

Board Vice Chair, Larry Brown

Board Vice Chair, Larry Brown: Larry is an assistant principal at Mattie V. Rutherford Alternative School in Duval County. His mission is to instill positive values in Black males and develop positive role models using a team-based approach that provides them with the resources they need to succeed. Certifications: Florida Teacher Certification Varying Exceptionalities K-12 and Florida Teacher Certification Education Leadership – All Levels. His degrees are: 1995, M.ED. Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision Concentration University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, 1995 and a B. A. Education, Minot State College, Minot, ND, 1983.

Treasurer, Jennifer Littles

Treasurer, Jennifer Littles: Jennifer is a retired Navy veteran whom honorably served over 22 years in the armed services. She supports the Bright Minds mission and vision wholeheartedly as she too is a true advocate for our children. She is an excellent communicator and acts as a team player and promotes teamwork. Jennifer has a passion for promoting, encouraging, mentoring, and preparing our youth for success. She has extensive training and expertise serving as The Navy’s Senior Enlisted Advisor at Naval Station Jacksonville Brig of Corrections, Naval Brig Operations Officer, Naval Brig Correctional Specialist Counselor, Navy Family Advocacy Liaison, Command Equal Opportunity Advisor, Navy Hotel and Restaurant Operations Officer, and Logistics Departmental Chief Petty Officer. She has chaired many Foster care advisory boards for the 4th judicial circuit courts advocating for children. She has worked as a child protection investigator for Department of Children and Families and is currently working with Children’s Home Society as a case Manager for their STEPS Prevention Program.

Volunteer Activities: Oakleaf Sports Association Unlimited Football and Cheer Treasurer 3 years, Navy’s Special Olympics Liaison 5 years, St. John River Youth Football and Cheer Conference Administrative Assistant 3 years, YMCA coach for boys soccer and girls & boys basketball 8 years. Foster Care Citizen Review Board Panel Member for the 4th Judicial Circuit Court 3 years, Naval Volunteer Coordinator Liaison 10 years, and Navy Family Advocacy Board member for Navy’s Fleet and family Support Service office 12 years.

Education: Columbia College Missouri 2002, Bachelor of Science Degree, Flagler career Institute of Jacksonville, Associate of Arts in Respiratory Therapy 1993.

Secretary, Andrea Hepburn

Andrea Hepburn moved from Miami, Florida, 8 years ago and is presently living in Orange Park, Florida. She is a dedicated and goal-orientated healthcare professional with greater than 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She also has 5 years of experience as a real estate paralegal. Andrea is currently the Outreach Liaison at Orange Park Medical Center for the Pediatric/Women and Children Services. Andrea partners with hospital physicians for local seminars, hospital events and coordinates the Health and Wellness program in 2 locations. She is very involved in the community as to the committees listed: Quigley House Board Member, Clay County Chamber Class of 2014, Clay Chamber Business and Membership Committee and the Clay County District Advisory Committee.

Director, Dr. Carlton Robinson

Director, Dr. Carlton Robinson: Carlton is former President of African American Chamber of Commerce for four years. As President, Carlton developed corporate and community relationships for small business owners and entrepreneurs and designed curriculum for self-employment programs. He also utilized social media to expand reach of agency and programs. For ten years, he worked at Wells Fargo in the Consumer Finance Unit. His community efforts have focused on social entrepreneurship. He sees great opportunity in Northeast Florida, especially in the area of community development.

Currently, he is committed to corporate social responsibility efforts and illustrating ways that corporate community investment can add value to the bottom line. His company leverages businesses and entrepreneurial activities to impact social issues. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville & University of Phoenix. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration, Management; Masters of Business Administration, Management of Information Systems and Bachelors of Science, Management of Information Systems. He serves on Boards of Directors of Access Florida Finance Corporation, Florida Asset Building Coalition, First Coast Technical College and Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

Director, William V. Choisser, M.D., P.A.

Director, William V. Choisser, M.D., P.A.: Dr. Choisser is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University and completed his Internship and Residency from the Naval Regional Medical Center in Charleston, SC. He currently has a private practice located in Orange Park, Florida, which he started in 1981.

In 2002, he graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law and passed his Florida Bar Examination in the following year. In 2007, he was the President of the Clay County Bar Association.

Director, Denise W. Adams

Director, Denise W. Adams: Denise graduated from Florida State University with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. She also graduated from University of Florida with a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. She has been a Deputy Superintendent for the School District of Clay County from 2007 to Present. She was the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the School District of Clay County from 2006 – 2007, Principal for Wilkinson Elementary School in Clay County in 2005, Principal for Montclair Elementary School in Clay County from 2002 to 2005 and Assistant Principal for Montclair Elementary School in Clay County in 2002. Her strengths and skills include Focus, Expert in Conflict Resolution, Proficient in School Law, Finance, and Adjunct Professor.

Director, Shirley E. Jones, M.D.

Director, Shirley E. Jones, M.D.: Shirley has 14 years experience as a Family Physician, Inpatient and outpatient experience; 2 years as Medical Director of Occupational Medicine Clinic and 3 years operating a solo private practice. She’s skilled in surgical procedures; i.e. joint injections, joint aspirations lacerations, biopsies and removal of skin lesions, and gynecological procedures. She has skills in Travel Medicine and On site evaluation of Job Hazards and Safety Standards. Her areas of health interest include Geriatrics, Childhood Obesity and Women Health Issues including weight loss. She is a Public Health and motivational health speaker with several TV appearances and newspaper columns concerning health issues. She has a strong urgent care background.

Director, Van Royal

Director, Van Royal: Van graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He’s been the Project Manager for Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club since 1987 and currently owns two businesses: Exit Magnolia Point Realty Inc. and K & V Investment Group Inc. Van has been married 37 years to his wife Sandra and they have 3 children. He has served on many community boards and has volunteered for several local projects.

Director, Stephen Gill, M.D.

Director, Stephen Gill, M.D.: Dr. Stephen Gill is currently a board certified practicing physician with Baptist Primary Care in Fleming Island. Since August 1982, Dr. Gill has worked with several hospital networks and owned his own private practice. He completed his residency with St. Vincent Medical Center in 1982. He graduated from Emory University in 1976 and completed medical school at the University of South Florida as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society in 1979. Dr. Gill has previously served on the Ethics Committee for St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He also is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and Christian Medical Society. He serves as a mentor for Nurse Practitioner students from UF and FSU.