Equal Opportunity Director Alston is pleased to announce new members of several revamped diversity and inclusion advisory committees. One committee is comprised of employees across the organization (GG and GRU) and the other is an external committee of citizens. Both committees will provide advice, feedback and ideas to the Equal Opportunity Director on various topics including ADA Compliance, Small/Service-Disabled Veteran Business Program, Diversity Training/Education, Public Engagement, Affirmative Action, Dismantling Prejudices and Biases Initiative and Complaint Process.
Here are the employee “Diversity Champions” formed by Equal Opportunity Director Torey Alston in consultation with City Manager Anthony Lyons and GRU Manager Ed Bielarski:
• Audrey Gainey
• Cheryl McBride
• Darko Kovac
• Ernell Cook
• Eugene Nelson
• Eugenia Allen
• H. Ryan Clary
• JoAnne Rice
• John Alexander
• Kinn’zon Hutchinson
• Lawrence Calderon
• Lynda Hanskat
• Phil Mann
• Rod Clark
• Yvette Carter
Here are the committee members of the inaugural citizen’s diversity and inclusion advisory committee formed by Equal Opportunity Director Alston:
- Cary Bryant is a Gainesville native. He is a graduate of Buchholz High School and attended Santa Fe College and participated in a UF certificate program. He served our country in the US Army, works at the Gainesville VA and is currently the 1st Vice-President of the NAACP Alachua County Branch.
- Sterling Davenport has lived in Gainesville since 2007, studied at UF and is now working locally in real estate while pursuing independent scholarship. His research focuses on the LGBT community in the South. Sterling was previously appointed by the city commission and served as a member of the City’s Human Rights Board.
- Juliun Kinsey is the coordinator of Green Dot GNV - a program working to permanently decrease violence through bystander intervention in Gainesville. He is an active member in several community boards, initiatives, and organizations.
- Mark Mayfield has lived in Gainesville for 44 years. He was a member of the Citizens Disability Advisory Committee from inception until merger with this new committee. He is employed by the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida since July 2005, 6 years as I&R Specialist and the last 5+ years as Paratransit Director. Mark is a member of the Florida Bar since 1992, currently inactive.
- Diyonne McGraw is a graduate of Florida A&M University and owner of Successful Living Group Homes. She also serves as President of the 4A’s PAC and served on the city’s Blue Ribbon Committee. She serves as Vice-President of the MLK Commission of Florida, Chamber of Commerce i3 Steering Committee SAC President at P.K. Yonge Development Research School and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Alice Primack is a retired librarian from the University of Florida Marston Science Library. She now volunteers as an activist for social justice, at her church (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville) and with other organizations.
- Shirley Rodriguez has been working as a leader in sales and customer service since 2006. She has had diverse experiences in her career from logistical and loss prevention training for hundreds of people in Gainesville, re-branding proposals for international clients, and now building out networks of studios with a focus on corporate wellness. Shirley has also been an activist within her own community, co-organizing the Freedom From Fear March and is the Pride Community of North Central Florida’s Secretary. She is part of the LGBTQ+, Latinx, and immigrant communities and is only getting started in her community activism
If you have any ideas, suggestions or concerns for these committees or for Equal Opportunity Director Alston, please send via email to EqualOpportunity@cityofgainesville.org. Both committees will convene its meetings in March.
Congratulations to our employee and citizen “Diversity Champions” for the City of Gainesville!