Doug is our idea wrangler who won wide acclaim as chairman of the group that organized the Riverside Arts Market. His professional career was in the airline and travel industry as founder and CEO of Coleman Travel Corporation and Coleman Ski Tours. Doug is an artist and a sailor, who with his wife crossed the Atlantic and sailed on to 16 European countries and Turkey. He is a skier and founder of the Jacksonville Ski Club. He is beyond proud of the brilliant team that makes TEDxJacksonville such a life-changing organization.

Organizer & Executive Producer
Sabeen moved to Jacksonville in 2011 and has fallen in love with the city. She is Executive Producer of TEDxJacksonville and has been with the organization since it started.

In addition to leading important community dialogue through TEDxJacksonville, Sabeen is the Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance, a statewide coalition of nonprofits focused on research, collaboration and advocacy. Her career has centered on empowering individuals through education at Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Vital Voices and Pace Center for Girls. In 2013, she moved to Cambodia for six months to implement an Early Childhood Education program with Aide et Action.

Sabeen serves on the steering committee for Women’s Giving Alliance and is a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Connect. Perwaiz has been named an Aspen Ideas Scholar, Woman of Influence, 40 under 40 and a National Business Journal Influencer. She has also received a One Jax Humanitarian award. In 2018, Perwaiz was appointed to Florida’s Commission on Community Service.

Sabeen was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in New York City. An avid traveler, she has lived on three continents, visited 42 countries, and hopes to visit at least 100 countries in her lifetime because, as Rick Steves said in his TED talk, “Travel wallops ethnocentricity.”

Performer Liaison

(Kinney) Harold Adams is a classically trained percussionist with a music degree from the University of Maryland. He served eight years in the United States Air Force concert, jazz and rock bands. As a jazz drummer he has opened for Jon Lucien, Greg Osby, Terrance Blanchard, Stefon Harris and Etta Jones, all in Atlantic City, NJ.As a jazz vibraphonist he’s played in bands with national jazz artist John Blake, Bootsy Barnes, Monet Sudler and Robert Bynum. His mission is to bring all people together in harmony with his music.

Digital Media Producer

Keagan Anfuso is a coffee-drinking, animal-obsessing, adventure enthusiast who also happens to be a queer – female – filmmaker with an affinity for unique, brain-breaking human stories and a belief that they can be found anywhere. A proud Jacksonville native, Keagan has spent the past decade producing a diverse range of multi-award-winning commercial and film content. A die-hard documentarian at heart, Keagan’s definition of success is a lifetime spent telling untold stories, amplifying unheard voices, and drinking the best coffee.

Speaker Coach

Yvette Angelique, MA-TLA, is a poet, teaching artist, and proven change strategist. She runs Narratives for Change, an arts-based social practice providing writing workshops, facilitating story circles, and publishing poetry chapbooks, essays, book chapters, EPs, and articles. In the fall of 2019 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yvette’s dream came true when she was selected as an associate artist to work with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Compelling storytelling is a way Yvette draws attention to social conditions and empowers individuals and communities to lead change. She works with artists, cultural workers, organizational leaders, and their teams to help unpack, make sense of, and disrupt oppressive narratives. Equal representation of women’s voices in discourse across multiple disciplines is Yvette’s vision. So she seeks opportunities to help women and girls use storytelling to heal, create art for consciousness-raising and advocacy. A Harvard Case study recognizes her work as a best practice in mentoring and African American executive leadership.

Yvette lives in Atlantic Beach, FL with her jazz-musician-banker husband, and a text away from her two precious adult children.

Engagement Manager

Allishia is a native of Jacksonville who earned her associate’s degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville and a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies from The American Women’s College at Bay Path University. In the past eight years, Allishia has been an engaged community steward with the focus of cross-sector collaboration, contributing to multiple education non-profits and serving in advisory capacities for groups such as The Women’s Giving Alliance, Take Stock in Children and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. She is currently the Managing Director of People, Operations & Strategy at City Year Jacksonville and has been serving with the organization for seven years. Allishia is also a graduate of LEAD, City Years executive leadership develop program, SHRM-CP Certified, a former TEDxFSCJ speaker, a 2018 Unsung Shero Honoree from the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, and a 2019 First Coast Dancing with the Stars alum.

Engagement Director

Ashlea was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Louisiana State University and earned degrees in Spanish and Psychology. In Baton Rouge, Ashlea spent time as a suicide prevention and crisis counselor and a United Way 2-1-1 information and referral specialist helping to provide coping mechanisms for individual’s everyday life as well as during hurricane relief and recovery.

While at LSU, Ashlea also earned a paralegal certification and worked as a paralegal for two years where she developed a love for the law. Ashlea moved to Jacksonville in 2012 and attended Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Ashlea was offered an internship at the Headquarters Board of Appeal of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, which opened her eyes to legal issues on an international scale.

Ashlea now practices law in Jacksonville at Akerman LLP focusing her practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation. Ashlea is a board member of the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and is a Fourth Circuit Representative on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Ashlea has had the pleasure of getting to know the Jacksonville community while volunteering with the TEDxJacksonville engagement team for the last four years.

Registration Manager

Tom Gentry is an architect and building inspector for the University of Florida. Tom relishes the challenge of finding the design solutions that balance the technical requirements with the aesthetic appearance. He enjoys puzzles and tinkering to figure out how and why things work. Raised in Indiana, it has only taken him 16 years to figure out how to fluently pronounce ‘y’all’.

Website Curator

A Washington, D.C. native, Jean came to Jacksonville via New York, where she was a book editor at Time Warner and then Penguin Books. Specializing in commercial fiction and non-fiction, she has worked with over 100 published authors, including many with extended stays on the NYT bestseller list.

In recent years, she has committed herself to neighborhood activism and community service, serving as marketing & outreach coordinator on several boards, including Riverside Avondale Preservation and The Jacksonville Historical Society. In addition to her work with TEDxJacksonville, which dates to the group’s inception, she holds leadership positions in local non-profits, including  The St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation.  Jean believes that nurturing a sense of connection–both amongst ourselves and within our larger local and national communities–is vital to our personal and civic health. Her husband, Richard, is a surgeon with OrthoEdge; their twins, Sophie and Nick, are in college and find it beyond silly that their mom is on the computer way more than they are.

Creative Manager

Ron is a creative director, designer & big picture thinker. He approaches things from both a creative and strategic method of problem solving. With both his involvement in TEDxJacksonville and AIGA Jacksonville, the professional association for design, he works to make connections in the city to help illustrate the importance of design thinking and creative ideas. His strategic eye helps make TEDxJacksonville events an innovative space to attend and engage in.

Director of Communications

David is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, proud Stanton grad, University of North Florida Osprey alumnus and a former reporter. He’s currently working on his Masters degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville in the Department of Political Science with a focus on public affairs and public policy. He has worked as a staff writer for The Florida Times-Union, as arts and entertainment editor for Folio Weekly magazine and as a pharmacy technician for Mayo Clinic. Currently, he works in Public Affairs for JAX Chamber, the regional chamber of commerce. He still takes an occasional freelance assignment as a writer and writing coach.

David serves as Director of Communications for TEDxJacksonville and enjoys volunteering in the community. He is a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters Northeast Florida and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and the Friends of the GTM Reserve in St. Johns County. He is a member of the 2020 class of the Stein Fellowship and served in the Blueprint for Leadership with HandsOn Jacksonville, class of 2015.

David has traveled to more than 18 countries, including two mission trips to rural communities in Peru. His second favorite city in the world is London. His favorite? Jacksonville. 

Student Engagement

Briana has a passion for helping and serving people. She’s been involved with the not-for-profit sector for over 14 years. Briana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in mass communications from the University of Florida. Born and raised in Lake City, FL, Briana is quite familiar with all that Jacksonville has to offer being only an hour away. She’s been a permanent resident of Jacksonville since 2013 and has been involved with local organizations such as Jacksonville University, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Why Not Me Campaign, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, and now TEDxJacksonville. In her spare time, Briana focuses on her design company, Zener Designs, where she designs custom print and digital materials for businesses and individuals around the country. Although a homebody at heart, she also enjoys sports and spending quality time with family and friends.

Communications Coordinator

Ruth Pierre-Charles is a first-generation Haitian American graduate of Stetson University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Communication, Sociology, and Media Studies. Ruth currently works as a Research & Program Associate for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund where she conducts research and program-related initiatives for the Fund. Ruth is also an avid community leader who strives to provide others a helping hand. In her free time, Ruth loves volunteering, participating in educational seminars, and going on hikes.


Presenter Coach

Harolyn has been meshing education and drama for 35 years. With degrees in theatre and experience in acting, directing and teaching, she has taught students from elementary school to college level in how to use their voice and body for clearer communication. She has coached and facilitated staff development for elementary and middle school teachers in thirteen Midwestern and Eastern states in how to use the arts in the classroom to engage students in learning and deepen their understanding of content.

Harolyn has performed for professional and community theatres, and directed 18 productions for adults and children in community theatres in Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. She has performed her one-woman show of costumed characters for clubs, conventions, and churches in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey.

Harolyn has recently retired from teaching at at Florida State College at Jacksonville. She created and directed three Readers Theatre productions for FSCJ.

Harolyn is honored to be a part of the TEDx Jacksonville team for a second year and contribute to its work through coaching speakers.

Presenter Coach

Sarah Clarke Stuart is an English professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville and an author of both fiction and non-fiction. She is a freelance editor, and she writes for local and regional magazines. Her published works include Literary Lost: Viewing Television Through the Lens of Literature (Continuum Books, January 2011), Into the Looking Glass: Exploring the Worlds of Fringe (ECW, 2011), and short works of fiction. Raised in Tallahassee, she lived in New York and Atlanta before settling in the Jacksonville area 10 years ago. Currently she resides in the historic district of Springfield in downtown Jacksonville.

Student Engagement

Ale’ta Turner is a communications professional, entrepreneur and Jacksonville native. She is a proud public education advocate and parent leader. She enjoys inspiring couples by sharing the importance of covenant, love and fellowship alongside her husband, Glenn. Ale’ta serves as communications coordinator for Leadership Jacksonville and is a graduate of Next Generation 2012.

Ale’ta continues to step outside of her comfort zone to see others and the world differently. She has traveled to Dubai and experienced the beauty of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and the magnificent height of Burj Khalifa. Ale’ta longs to visit Egypt with her family.

Ale’ta joined the TEDxJacksonville team because she believes it is important to expose Jacksonville’s youth to ideas and issues outside of their community.

Presenter Coach
John started his own professional seminar company in 1985 providing keynotes and workshops on team building, customer relations, and creative problem solving. He joined the PowerSpeaking, Inc. team in 1988 as a lead trainer, coach, and instructional designer for presentation skills to high tech and bio tech companies throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, where the programs are delivered both live and virtually. He has coached several hundred engineers in the US and Europe for presentations at their annual users’ conferences with an average score of 4.5 on a 5.o scale. John has lived all over the U.S., as well as the Caribbean island of Antigua, and the Abruzzo region of Italy. He currently resides in Jacksonville.