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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, M.P.P.

Trey Csar has been the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund since 2009, a role in which he has grown JPEF into an active voice for universally high quality public schools in the Jacksonville Area. The organization conducts research, mobilizes the community and advocates for common-sense systemic solutions to improve student performance. Through the new Quality Education For All Fund, JPEF, in collaboration with the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, is investing $50 million to improve the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers and leaders in 36 historically underperforming schools in Duval County.

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. He also serves on advisory boards for the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida and WJCT Public Broadcasting.
Trey lives in the Riverside-Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville with his wife, Sunny, and their two children.

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

Pam Paul, MBA
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, Ph.D.
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, Ed.D.
Director of Community Mobilization

Originally from Colombia, South America, Maira has been living in Jacksonville for the past nine 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. Based on the results of her dissertation Duval County Public School created the first bilingual Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) at West Riverside Elementary School.  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 mentors high school students who are pursuing their college education. She also volunteers with the Refugee Program at Catholic Charities. 

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, MPA
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 received her Masters of Public Administration in December of  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 The Bridge of Northeast Florida as part of the Board of Directors. She serves on United Way Education Resource Team,  Jax Chamber Impact Jax leadership team, participates as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. serving in social action and youth initiatives, and is a community member of the Oversight Committee at Ribault Senior High School. 

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

Kelly Scott, M.Ed.
Research Analyst

Kelly Scott 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 joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in August 2013. During the ONE by ONE campaign in September 2011, Ale'ta worked as Community Engagement Coordinator. In the past, Ale'ta has worked with the Department of Children & Families determining eligibility for public assistance programs and as a leasing agent at a local tax-credit property processing Jacksonville Housing Authority HUD vouchers. Ale'ta has a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising/Public Relations and a minor in English Writing from the University of Central Florida. As a Jacksonville native, Ale'ta has a passion for serving others in the community. Ale'ta serves as a 2014-2015 Advisory Council Member with Empowerment Resources Inc. and parent on the Merrill Road Elementary School Advisory Council. She's the past  Outreach Vice Chair for JCCI Forward 2013-2014. Ale'ta is a member of Leadership Jacksonville's Collegiate Leadership Experience Class of 2012. Ale'ta is married to Glenn Turner Jr., and they have a son in kindergarten.

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


Imani Hope, M.P.P.
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 

Megan Hubbuch, CPA
Director, Finance and Administration

Megan Hubbuch, CPA joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund team in October 2014.  Megan previously spent nine years in public accounting providing auditing services to property/casualty and life insurers and co-managing office operations including marketing, recruiting, budgeting and professional development.  She volunteers her accounting and strategic planning skills through participation on the Board of a small non-profit preschool in Jacksonville Beach. Megan received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Kutztown University and Masters in Business Administration from Salisbury University. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Florida Institute of CPAs.  Megan is married to a Duval County School District teacher and has two young children. 

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

Maureen Klein, M.Ed.
Director, Development

Maureen brings over 20 years of administrative and advisory experience in the nonprofit environment to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. For the past 12 years, Maureen served as the Director of Development at Northern Children's Services in Philadelphia where she was responsible for the planning, implementation and management of all fundraising initiatives including corporate and donor relations and stewardship, annual development planning, and the successful completion of three separate capital campaigns totaling over $7,000,000.

Maureen received her undergraduate degree in Education from Kent State University and her Master's in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Maureen and her family have lived in various places including Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York and prior to relocating to Jacksonville, resided in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for 18 years.  Prior to her position at Northern Children's Services, Maureen served as the Executive Director of the Holocaust Resource Center in Buffalo as well as the Regional Director for the Philadelphia Region of Jewish National Fund.

Throughout her career, Maureen has developed her expertise in fundraising as well as the outstanding ability to work with lay leaders, professional colleagues and volunteers. She has a strong background managing and supporting boards including board training and development.  She also brings extensive experience in foundation funding and grant writing.

Maureen and her husband Jeff moved to Jacksonville just two short months ago, as Jeff became the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. They are the parents of three married children and the very proud grandparents of eight! Maureen is thrilled to join the highly professional and dedicated professional team at Jacksonville Public Education Fund and is looking forward to many great successful years in her new role.

maureen@jaxpef.org | direct: (904) 394-9302

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