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Staff Contact Information and Biography

Jacksonville Public Education Fund
245 Riverside Ave., Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 356-7757 | info@jaxpef.org

Trey Csar

Trey Csar has been the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund since May 2009. Before coming to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Trey worked as a youth organizer in San Francisco, working to involve students throughout California in advocating for better educational opportunities for their fellow students. He taught in an inner-city elementary school in Houston with Teach For America and served as an assistant principal at KIPP New Orleans West (NOW), a school set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to work with low-income students who evacuated to Houston from the New Orleans area. Trey has a master's degree in education policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida in Journalism and Business Administration.

trey@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 356-6948 | cell: (904) 257-0029

Pam Paul
Executive Vice President

For the past twenty years, Pam D. Paul has served in various roles at key organizations in Jacksonville dedicated to providing low-income children access to opportunities, supports and a high quality education so they may graduate from high school well prepared for college and careers. Pam is overseeing the organization's three strategies: community engagement through the current ONE by ONE campaign to involve hundreds of citizens in conversations leading to the creation of a collective Community Agreement for improving the public school system; data and policy analysis to better inform the public about key issues in our public education system and opportunities for improvement through policy briefs and a data dashboard and advocacy and investment to partner with the district and other education stakeholders in promoting new or improved policies and practices such as the creation of the new Schools for the Future partnership school for significantly off-track students. Prior to joining the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Pam was Vice President of Community Initiatives for The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, which included responsibility for Quality Education for  ALL, a ten-year initiative resulting in the creation of Learning to Finish, a collaborative to increase the graduation rate, creation of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and other efforts to advance public education reform. Pam also served for more than twelve years in various positions for the Jacksonville Children's Commission, City of Jacksonville. As the Commission's first Director of Programs, she coordinated the process of building higher levels of quality and accountability into early childhood and youth development programs, and partnered with the school district to create the TEAM UP afterschool program. She also managed  RALLY Jacksonville!, the mayor's early literacy initiative which enrolled 10,000 4-year-olds in the Mayor's Book Club each year. Pam's earlier experience in Jacksonville included project management with  United Way of Northeast Florida, resulting in the recommendation to create the Jacksonville Children's Commission.  Before embarking on her career in philanthropy and the public sector in Jacksonville, Pam worked in direct marketing and advertising with global firms Wunderman Worldwide (London) and Young and Rubicam (New York), as well as Burton-Campbell in Atlanta. A native of Jacksonville, Pam received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Masters in Business Administration from  City University London. She is a graduate of  Leadership Jacksonville and the Jessie Ball duPont Community Building Fund Community Coaches program. 

pam@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 356-7861 | cell: (904) 333-3652

Jason Rose
Director, Data & Research

Jason Rose joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in January 2011. He began his career in education as a first and second grade teacher at schools in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, where he also served as grade level chair and as part of multiple leadership and community outreach committees at each school. Jason received his training in quantitative and qualitative analysis at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he worked as a researcher and analyst for several education research projects at the  Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. His own dissertation research examined a national dataset of students between kindergarten and fifth grade to identify teacher, classroom and school characteristics associated with significant reading achievement differences during the early years of school. For this research, he participated in advanced data analysis training with the  Institute of Education Studies/National Center for Education Statistics in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jason was a postdoctoral research fellow with the  Center for Diverse Families and Communities at  The Pennsylvania State University where he oversaw all data collection and analysis for a statewide project on the social and educational effects of quality afterschool programs. He also works as an expert consultant on data collection and analysis in school settings for the AZ REACH project at the  University of Arizona and has presented at numerous regional and national education research conferences, including the  American Educational Research Association and the  Society for Research on Child Development.  Jason has a master's degree in early childhood education from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

jason@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 356-0921 | cell: (904) 257-3797

Maira Martelo
Director of Community Mobilization

Originally from Colombia, South America, Maira has been living in Jacksonville for the past eight years. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are in communication, with an emphasis on education.
Maira Martelo has more than 12 years of teaching experience as a college professor in Colombia, Mexico and the United States. She also has worked as a research consultant in Colombia and Mexico, evaluating several programs that involved community engagement. Her experience as a contributor writer for Hola Noticias, the local Hispanic newspaper, as well as her engagement in several Hispanic organizations have allowed her to get to know closely the Hispanic community. Maira holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. Her dissertation focused on early literacy practices at home and beliefs about education among the Hispanic community in Jacksonville. Prior to working at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Maira worked as assistant of assessment at the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida.

maira@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 394-0951 | cell: (904) 351-6671

Deirdre Conner
Director, Advocacy & Communications

Deirdre Conner joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in June 2011 after spending nearly seven years as a print journalist. Previously, she was a staff writer for  The Florida Times-Union, where she covered a broad range of issues, including urban and suburban affairs, education, demographics and race relations. Before moving to Jacksonville in 2007, Deirdre was a reporter for the  Naples Daily News, where she wrote about education and child welfare in Lee County, Florida. She won Florida Press Club awards in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Deirdre is a native of Miami, Florida, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from  Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

deirdre@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 394-0950 | cell: (904) 345-0597

Ciara Walton
Manager, Community Mobilization

Ciara Walton joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in August 2013. She previously served as Program Manager for the American Lung Association. Ciara received her Bachelor's degree in Health Science from the University of North Florida in 2010 and will complete her Masters of Public Administration in November 2013 at Nova Southeastern University with a focus in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management. A Jacksonville native, Ciara has been an active participant in various organizations around the city that focus on social and educational services for youth. As a past AmeriCorps member, she worked with students with intellectual disabilities through the University of North Florida - On Campus Transition Program and was an enrichment teacher at The Bridge of Northeast Florida Team Up programs. Currently, Ciara mentors youth at Robert E. Lee High School as part of JAX Chamber's ImpactJax education initiative. She serves on the Board of Directors at The Bridge of Northeast Florida, participates as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. serving in social action and youth initiatives, and is a member of the NAACP. 

ciara@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 356-2194 | cell (904) 635-0690

Carly Yetzer
Manager, Operations and Information

Carly Yetzer joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in March 2010.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2005 from the  University of Wisconsin, in Madison.  A 2006  Teach for America Corps Member, she taught for two years in the Bay Area. In her first year with TFA, Carly taught fourth grade in San Jose, California, and during her second year she  taught sixth grade English Language Arts at  KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco, Calif. Carly is currently an Achievers for Life mentor to a sixth-grade student at Matthew Gilbert Middle School. She also serves on the Board of the Teach for America Jacksonville Alumni Council.

carly@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 356-1895 | cell: (904) 469-0542

Kelly Turner
Research Analyst

Kelly Turner joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in January 2014. Kelly previously served as a Graduate Research Assistant and Assistant of Assessment in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida. Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida in 2011 and will complete her Master's Degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in literacy and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in April 2014. Kelly has been involved with Duval County Public Schools as an intern at West Jacksonville Elementary School, a substitute teacher, and as a member of the district's Curriculum Assessment and Writing Team. Kelly is a member of Leadership Jacksonville's Collegiate Leadership Experience Class of 2012 and currently serves as the President of the Graduate Student Organization and she's on the Commission for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Florida. 

kelly@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 394-0952 | cell: (904) 274-3389

Ale'ta Turner
Advocacy & Communications Associate

Ale'ta Turner is a Jacksonville native. She began with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund working as Community Engagement intern then Community Engagement Coordinator for the ONE by ONE campaign in September 2011. Before returning to the organization, Ale'ta worked with the Department of Children & Families determining eligibility for public assistance programs. In 2009, Ale'ta received a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising/Public Relations and a minor in English Writing from the University of Central Florida. Ale'ta actively volunteers as Outreach Vice Chair for JCCI Forward 2013-2014. She is a communications volunteer for Empowerment Resources Inc. and a member of Leadership Jacksonville's Collegiate Leadership Experience Class of 2012.

ale'ta@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 394-0949 | cell: (904) 662-9224


Imani Hope
Program Director, Quality Education for All Fund

Imani joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in December of 2013, bringing nearly a decade of experience working in youth development and education.  A Florida native, Imani completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Education from the University of Florida. She has also completed graduate coursework in Education Policy at George Washington University, taking coursework focused on Urban Policy Problems and Policies of Educational Equity. Early in her professional career, Imani developed a passion for improving education outcomes in urban areas.  She served as a Program Director with the YMCA of Central Florida, as well as in the office of teacher certification at the Florida Department of Education. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Imani worked as an educator with the School District of Philadelphia and as a research and policy associate with the National League of Cities in Washington, DC. Imani comes to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund with a strong background in education reform and education policy, and commitment to working to ensure that all children have access to quality education. 

imani@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 394-0953 | cell: (904) 323-1246

Lauren Gutschlag
Executive Assistant

Lauren joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in September 2014.  Lauren is married to a Naval Aviator and recently relocated to Jacksonville. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Lauren worked as an executive team leader with Target Corporation in a Human Resources role. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology from Liberty University in Virginia where she was a member of the Daniel's Research Program. Lauren completed a three-month internship in early childhood development and education in Pensacola, Florida. She has worked closely with organizations like the USO, UNICEF, and grief and trauma support groups throughout the past several years. Lauren believes strongly in investing in the local community and is passionate about continuing her volunteer service in Jacksonville.

lauren@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 356-7757 

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