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Janet Owens, Executive Director

Janet Owens joined LISC Jacksonville in August 2010. She leads the staff and works with community members, governmental agencies and other nonprofit organizations involved with building neighborhoods,

Janet was most recently Vice President of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Northeast Florida, a position she held for more than eight years. Prior to joining United Way she was Assistant Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc., where she led the strategic property plan to acquire and develop a new regional camp. She has also served as Associate Director for Volunteer Jacksonville (HandsOn Jacksonville).

At the beginning of her career, Janet spent nearly ten years in city government capital improvements planning, community development, and budgeting with the cities of Greenville, South Carolina; Adrian, Michigan; and the District of Columbia.

Janet holds a B.A. in Political Science from Russell Sage College. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a member of The Florida First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (President, 2004), a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and a member of the North Florida Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America

James Coggin, Program Officer

James Coggin comes to LISC from Operation New Hope, a community development corporation operating in the Springfield and Eastside communities of Jacksonville. Prior to joining LISC Jacksonville, James served as Operation New Hope’s Project Manager overseeing the organization’s community development efforts. During his tenure at ONH, James oversaw an investment of over $5 million dollars targeted for affordable housing activities benefiting low-to-moderate income residents in Jacksonville’s urban core communities.

Originally from Tallahassee, FL, James began his career at Operation New Hope in 2010 as an AmeriCorps volunteer through LISC’s AmeriCorps program. James holds an MBA from the University of North Florida, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University with a major in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management via the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. In his free time, James enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering as a youth softball coach and board member with the Murray Hill Athletic Association.

David Pierson, Fund Development Officer

David joined LISC Jacksonville in 2015 after a successful career in performing arts and philanthropy leadership. Most recently, David was interim president of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra where he helped position it for the future. David also served as the Symphony’s executive director from 1988 to 1996. During that time, the Symphony grew substantially, and David was involved in many major projects including securing funds for the Jacoby Symphony Hall, the Jacksonville Youth Symphony and more.

David has extensive experience in philanthropy including at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and as an independent philanthropic consultant staffing the Jessie Ball duPont Community Building Fund. His work included the design and implementation of the Reflective Practice Grantmaking Initiative; capacity building seminars for grant recipients; an annual community-wide convening for youth-development organizations; and the design, development and implementation of the Community Coaches Program.

During his career, David also taught music in Sydney, Australia and served as an adjunct professor for Arts Administration at Wright State University and the University of Dayton. David Pierson, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University.

Charles Shealy, Real Estate and Lending Program Officer 

Charles (Chuck) Shealy joined LISC Jacksonville in April 2017. Chuck has extensive experience in commercial lending and a strong history in working with municipalities, planning departments and neighborhood organizations to meet "smart growth" initiatives and reach mutually beneficial goals. 

Chuck has been involved in the Atlanta real estate market for nearly 30 years holding positions with Confederation Life Insurance Company; Maxwell Properties, Inc.; SCI Real Estate Investments, LLC; and Massell Commercial Real Estate. Prior to joining LISC Jacksonville, he worked for IGI Real Estate Consulting who has offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville South Carolina. 

Chuck graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Real Estate.

Devin Thompson, Economic Development Officer

Devin Thompson joined LISC in 2016. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, he lived in Washington, DC, where most recently he worked for Jubilee Housing as Director of Institutional Advancement. While serving as the organization’s communications and advocacy leader, he spearheaded the $57 Million Jubilee Life Campaign, oversaw strategic plan development, helped integrate asset-building programs into housing, and managed the Newborn to College & Career Collective Impact Partnership. It was in this multi-partner community-led initiative that he found a passion for strategically balancing community voice and program development.

Before Jubilee, Devin worked for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (a leading think-tank and program incubator in the asset-building field) and also served as Associate Director of Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB). His work at CAAB included managing policy evaluation and advocacy, developing and evaluating pilot programming, and managing the region’s largest VITA coalition. He helped double CAAB’s annual budget in the years immediately following the Great Recession.

Devin grew up on Shelter Island, NY and graduated from Princeton University. After spending time in the financial services industry, he committed himself to community economic empowerment. He lives with his spouse and a small but growing "zoo" of rescued and re-homed animals.

Kathie Silvia, Administrative Assistant

Kathie joined LISC August 2011. Before joining LISC, Kathie worked for various non-profits in Jacksonville including United Way of Northeast Florida and Daniel Memorial, Inc., the oldest child care serving agency in the state of Florida.  Prior to working with non-profits, Kathie worked for Sears Distribution Center in Jacksonville for 15 years.

When not in the office, she enjoys going to the gym and has participated in several half-marathons and has run a full marathon.  She also enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren and working in the yard. But her one favorite thing to do, is decorating her house for Christmas.  Her house is the most decorated house in her neighborhood. 

Wilber Gonzalez, Director of Finance

Wilber currently is responsible for preparing and monitoring the annual budgets for several LISC offices and developing systems to improve the efficiency of their accounting and reporting processes. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing the design of the accounting systems, internal control procedures and financial reporting of numerous LISC subsidiaries.

Wilber brings to LISC over two decades of experience in accounting and finance which include working at Aruvil International, Diagnostic Health Services, and Federacion Nacional Comerciantes. He is fluent in Spanish and holds a bachelor’s in Accounting from Universidad de San Buenaventura and a CPA License from the New York Department of Education.

Wilber joined LISC in 2003 as a Junior Accountant and was promoted to the position of Director of Finance for LISC NYC in 2014. In 2015, he served as a budget and finance consultant to LISC Jacksonville and in 2016 he expanded his role in finance and budgeting as a permanent contracted staff consultant for LISC Jacksonville.