The UCF Center for Community Schools Advisory Board comprises leaders in community schools and other fields who provide expertise in support of the center’s mission and vision. Its members help to sustain and expand the center’s efforts, access knowledge-based resources, support program accountability through guidance and feedback, and serve as ambassadors in community collaborations.


Meetings are scheduled as needed but no less than once per quarter and may be in person or via teleconference. An agenda and any materials to be reviewed are sent to all participants at least one week prior to each meeting.


Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Braulio Colón
Executive Director
Florida College Access Network
University of South Florida

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Amy Ellis, Ed.D.
UCF Center for Community Schools

Abe Fernández

Abe Fernández
Vice President of Collective Impact and Director
National Center for Community Schools

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Dr. JoAnne Ferrara
Professor Emerita
School of Education
Manhattanville College

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Florencio Eloy Hernández, D.Sci.
Dean and Professor
College of Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Tara Hormell

Tara Hormell
Senior Vice President of Operations
Children’s Home Society of Florida

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson, Ed.D.
Phoebe Moore Dail Distinguished Professor in Rural Education
East Carolina University

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Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.
Pegasus Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Research and Innovation
UCF College of Community Innovation and Education

Jane Quinn

Jane Quinn
Former Vice President, Community Schools
Director, National Center for Community Schools