Bright Minds Youth Development Leadership

Board Member, Denise W. Adams

Denise graduated from Florida State University with both a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. She also graduated from the 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.

Board Member, 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.

Board Member, David Bright

VOLUNTEER: As a staple in the community David has always had a passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and underprivileged/underserved families. He has over 30 years of volunteer experience. To name a few: Commissioner- St. Johns Football Conference, Oakleaf High School Football Coach, First Coast African American Chamber- Board Member, NAACP- Board Member, Clay County Chamber, Regional Economic Development- Board Member, Jacksonville Chamber, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Leadership Jacksonville, Northeast Nonprofit Association, Youth Sports- Sweetwater/ Oakleaf and many more.

PROFESSION: David has worked in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry for over 26 years where he has held several management and leadership positions throughout Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science- University of Central Florida; Associates of Arts- Kemper Military College

Board Member, 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.

Board Member, 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.

Board Member, Jennifer Littles

Jennifer is a retired Navy veteran who 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 the 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.

Board Member, 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.