Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Our leadership includes representation from across the county - from business owners to local government officials, from educators to business resource providers – our leaders help guide Nassau County, Florida to create a more diverse local economy now and for future generations.

2020-2021 Board Members

  • James Weaver, Chair, First Federal Bank
  • Randy Knagge, Immediate Past Chair, Florida Blue
  • Carmen North, Vice Chair, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Cassie McClellan, Treasurer, Sauer Incorporated
  • John Vonnoh, Rayonier Advanced Materials
  • Aaron Bell, Nassau County Commissioner – District 2
  • Roger Rassman, Community First Credit Union
  • Brenton Franklin, Axis Management
  • Royce Proctor, Okefenokee Rural Electric
  • Mike Cole, Ocean Highway Port Authority, Fernandina Beach
  • David Buchanan, Town of Hilliard
  • Jim Bush, Florida Power & Light
  • Michael Cassel, Florida Public Utilities
  • Chris Corr, Raydient Places + Properties
  • Ed Hubel, Baptist Medical Center Nassau
  • Rodney Tonge, VyStar Credit Union
  • Donna Martin, Florida State College Jacksonville, Nassau Center
  • Jodi Henson, University of North Florida/Small Business Development Center Nassau

Staff

Sherri Mitchell

Sherri Mitchell

Interim Executive and Director, Workforce Development

Within minutes of meeting Sherri Mitchell, you’ll be captivated by her high-energy.

Sherri joined the Nassau County Economic Development Board in August of 2017 to spearhead the organization’s community workforce development initiatives. In November 2019 she has stepped in as Interim Executive Director and is currently working on establishing a sustainable, three-to-five-year strategic plan.

Her accomplishments include:

  • Assembled a Community Think Tank comprised of human resource professionals, business owners, and decision-makers who share and formulate workforce best practices.
  • Achieved Society for Human Resource Management Recertification allowing the NCEDB to serve as a facilitator for human resource training in Nassau County. Under Sherri’s leadership, industry experts hosted quarterly seminars and workshops for the Nassau County business community.
  • Collaborated with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Nassau Campus to provide OSHA classes meeting the needs of our business community
  • Formed the Nassau Industry Network to serve as a voice for current and future manufacturers in Nassau County, Florida. The Nassau Industry Network aims to elevate the role of manufacturing within the community, raise awareness of current and future jobs and skills, and develop the Women in Manufacturing initiatives. As a result, Nassau County made proclamations declaring October as Manufacturing Month.
  • Conducted Hurricane Preparedness Workshops bringing experts from emergency management, insurance, utilities and law enforcement together to provide strategic and tactical resources and action plans to business owners and residents.
  • Cultivated the Entrepreneur Program with the Nassau County School District to partner entrepreneurial-minded students with local business owners.
  • Lead National Manufacturing Day activities including industry-related tours for students and teachers of Nassau County.

Prior to joining the Nassau County Economic Development Board, Sherri played a key role in supporting Jacksonville, Florida’s manufacturing community as the Director of Finance and Workforce Development of the First Coast Manufacturing Association.

Dorry Taylor

Dorry Taylor

Economic Development Specialist

A native of Hannibal, Missouri, Dorry has made Nassau County home for 12 years. She launched her career at the Omni Amelia Island resort where she welcomed guests as a member of the group sales and catering team.

Dorry joined the Nassau Economic Development Board in August of 2020 and brings with her a commitment to building lasting relationships. Dorry’s gift for hospitality will serve her well in her position as we seek to welcome new businesses to Nassau County and as a liaison serving our existing companies.

While at the Omni Amelia Island, drive and dedication to exceed her goals led Dorry to the coveted Omni President’s Circle, an intimate group of company-wide top performers. Recognized for her stellar performance, Dorry became a member of the Omni’s human resources department where her skills at relationship-building made employees feel at home and valued, one of the traits the Nassau County Economic Development Board hopes to utilize as we continue to build our workforce development and business attraction/retention programs.

If you’re a resident of our beautiful county or a weekend visitor, chances are the random person smiling at you while you’re on the beach or says, “hello” while dining at a local restaurant, will be Dorry.

Prior to COVID, Dorry was a maintay at Barnabas where she volunteer her time at the retail store and with the food pantry.

Outdoor enthusiasts, Dorry and her husband can be found biking, stand-up paddle boarding, camping or relaxing on Amelia Island’s 13 miles of pristine beach.


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