Chief Executive Officer
Tenacious and determined are two words that aptly describe Groundwork Jacksonville’s CEO Kay Ehas, traits that will be vital as she works to complete the Emerald Necklace—an idea that has been discussed for more than a century—within the next 10 years.
Kay joined the organization in September 2017 and has already developed the first-ever master plan for the Emerald Necklace, in collaboration with the PATH Foundation, the organization responsible for building more than 270 miles of trails in Georgia. She is currently raising funds to design the first segment of the trail to begin construction by early 2020.
Additionally, in collaboration with WOOD and the City of Jacksonville, Kay is developing the McCoys Creek restoration plan for the city that restores McCoys Creek to a naturally meandering channel design, prevents flooding, improves the waterway's health and water quality, creates habitat for fish and wildlife and offers recreational amenities.
Kay has 15 years of experience in local government working with the City Council and a constitutional office, most recently as chief administrative officer for the Duval County Property Appraiser. She has more than 11 years of private-sector human resources experience including VP of Human Resources for a financial institution.
Perhaps she is better known for her community advocacy on behalf of the Riverside Avondale neighborhood, serving on the Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) board from 2004 – 2015. During her three-year presidency RAP designed and implemented the Riverside Arts Market and planted more than 1000 trees along neighborhood streets among other major accomplishments.
Kay Ehas earned a Master’s Degree in Communication and graduated with distinction from the University of Florida. After earning her undergraduate degree in social welfare, Kay was a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) where she worked with public housing tenant associations and a low-income senior citizens group.
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While in graduate school, Shanell Davis-Bryant conducted research on the intersection of public policy and environmental issues. That experience serves her well directing Groundwork's programs including the Green Team youth apprenticeship. Shanell earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in management and program evaluation from The Ohio State University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a minor in ecology from the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.
Shanell is committed to volunteerism and serves as tri-chair of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group as well as secretary of the Murray Hill Preservation Association.
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Community Engagement Specialist
Gloria McNair has admired the environmental work of Groundwork Jacksonville since the organization began. Now, as community engagement specialist, she engages the citizens — especially residents from historically underserved urban neighborhoods — in visioning, advocating for and shaping Groundwork projects including McCoys Creek restoration and building the Emerald Trail.
Gloria’s professional career has been diverse, yet at the core of her work has been a dedication to service. She joined the U.S. Navy and served 22 years of active service, first as a Hospital Corpsman and then as an Environmental Health Officer. After retiring in Jacksonville, she used her skills as an educator and preventive health advocate with the Florida Department of Health in Duval to support initiatives such as the Green Team’s community garden.
Gloria has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Excelsior and an Associates of Science degree in Environmental Health from Merritt College. Originally from South Carolina, Gloria now proudly claims Jacksonville as home for her and her husband and two daughters.
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Development & Membership Coordinator
Meet GWJax’s Development and Membership Coordinator Meghan Fiveash. In addition to growing our GWJax membership program, Meghan assists with donor relations and development administration.
Meghan comes to GWJax after 15 years in the natural foods industry, most of which at the locally-owned Native Sun Natural Foods Market. For Meghan, advocacy and environmentalism have been a constant in her life, ever since she nominated herself to be president of the Earth Savers Club in the 3rd grade.
She grew up in the beaches community and has served as a board member for Slow Food First Coast and DIG Local Network. She is passionate about protecting the environment, supporting local businesses, and ensuring access to clean food, air and water for all. Meghan loves spending time outdoors with her family, hiking at local parks, gardening and enjoying the beach.
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Emerald Trail Consultant
Montasser (Monty) Selim serves as the Groundwork’s Emerald Trail consultant, responsible for the technical coordination of project teams, directing and coordinating projects through all phases, from scope and fee negotiations to allocating resources and ensuring technical quality, budgets and schedule compliance.
Monty holds a BS in Civil Engineering and has more than 35 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and program management of Transportation/Public Infrastructure projects. His experience includes the development of multimodal transportation alternatives analysis, and preliminary design projects. Monty served as Urban Planner for Jacksonville’s Downtown Design Review Board for six years and is currently serving on the Context Sensitives Streets Standards Committee for the last four years.
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