• Tobacco-Free Jacksonville is the community partnership of adults and youth working together to prevent youth tobacco use and youth exposure to second-hand smoke whereby youth conceive and carry out tobacco prevention. The purpose of the Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, Inc. is to promote a tobacco-free atmosphere for Duval County residents, to improve the health of Duval County residents and all Floridians though:

    • Significantly reducing tobacco use through prevention, education, cessation and policy promotion.
    • Decreasing environmental tobacco smoke through education and policy promotion.

    Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition is a resource for public education on the health effects of tobacco and smoking prevention. Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition supports legislative actions against tobacco.

  • MEMBERS

    Meet our leadership. Want to become a member?

    Chair: Beth Jensen

    Beth Jensen has been a member of Tobacco-Free Jacksonville since 2013. During her time at American Lung Association in Florida, she helped launch LUNG FORCE, an initiative to raise awareness that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in men and women. Locally, she organized Friendship Fountain turning turquoise for Turquoise Takeover to raise awareness of LUNG FORCE. In 2014, she helped advocate against House Bill 169 which took away local control y of tobacco and e-cigarette product placement. Currently, she works for Pine Castle as the Associate Director of Development.

    Contact Beth: chair@tobaccofreejacksonville.com

    Vice-Chair:

    Ann Gipalo

    Ann Gipalo, elected Vice-Chair of TFCJ, has been a Coalition member for more than 2 years, representing Duval County Council PTA. She has three children in Duval County Public Schools and is a long-time PTA volunteer at the school and County Council level. She currently serves as Recording Secretary of the County Council and is a PTA mentor at John Love Early Learning Center.

    Treasurer: Vacant

    Board Member:

    Sally Finn

    Sally graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Merchandising Management. She has worked in the area of prevention since 2009 and is currently the Community and Development Director for Drug Free Duval. Sally is dedicated to engaging community partners and stakeholders to support the prevention efforts both locally and regionally. She has been extensively trained in the Strategic Prevention Framework and uses this process to bring the community together to develop comprehensive solutions to identified substance abuse problems. These problems are then addressed with strategies that are proven effective in promoting population level change. Sally would like to thank all of our collaborative partners both new and long term who continue to make Duval County a healthier and safer place for all of us to live.

    Board Member:

    Dr. Kay Gilmour

    Dr. Kay Gilmour is a long standing member of Tobacco-Free Jacksonville and one of our area’s outstanding cardiologists. She graduated from the University of Florida Medical School. She did her internal medicine intern and residency at Johns Hopkins Univeristy. Dr. Gilmour completed her cardiovascular training at the University of Alabama medical school in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Her long and outstanding medical career has many highlights. She was the first female critical care practitioner in Jacksonville. She was the first female Chief of Cardiology at Memorial Hospital. She was the first female Chief of Staff at Memorial Hospital. She was also the first female President of the Duval County Medical Society which is the oldest medical society in the state of Florida.

    Dr. Gilmour has published three books: Winter’s Wrath the Palatine Journey: Part One, Charity's Chains The Palatine Journey: Part Two, A Genealogical History of Florida Revealed in The Old St. Nicholas Cemetery. Dr. Gilmour is the co-operator of the WomenTravelSafe blog and tutorial.

    Board Member:

    Harry Reagan

    Harry Reagan has been working for a tobacco-free Jacksonville for more than 30 years. At WJXT (TV-4), he did numerous editorials on the subject. As an at-large member of the Jacksonville City Council, he introduced a local ordinance on possession of tobacco by young people. And he has always been involved with Tobacco-Free Jacksonville (previously known as the Duval County Coalition Against Tobacco).

    Board Member:

    Dr. Brian Seymour

    Dr. Seymour is the Research Director of the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities at Edward Waters College (EWC). His pioneering work on the effects of second-hand smoke on allergic asthma was partly instrumental on legislation that ban smoking in public places in the state of California. Dr. Seymour is currently pursuing public health research opportunities in the local community. His goal is to inform and support the policy making process that can ultimately eliminate the health disparity that exists in urban communities such as Health Zone 1 where EWC is located.

    Board Member:

    Nick Tennant

    Nick Tennant moved to Jacksonville, FL from Nashville, TN in 2015. A native of Bluffton, SC, Nick’s educational background includes a B.A. from Clemson University in Communication Studies and a M.A. from Belmont University in Sport Administration.

    As a Health Educator with Florida Blue, Nick promotes healthy lifestyles and wellness programs that encourage an improved quality of life for employees at UF Health Jacksonville. Previously, he coordinated wellness programs for nearly 12,000 employees and 129,000 students in Duval County Public Schools. Nick is excited about his new role on the Board of the Tobacco Free Jax Coalition and looks forward to the continued collaboration between the community partners.

     

    Board Member 9:

    Vacant

     

    Program Manager:

    April Seliga

    April Seliga began her journey at the University of South Florida, where she received her BSc in Environmental Science and Policy in 2004. April then went on to graduate school to receive her M.P.H in the concentration of Epidemiology at the University of Florida in 2006. After graduation, April worked in the field as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and Health Education. Through April’s various roles in public health, she has always worked in tobacco prevention in some way, but truly began her passion within it in 2009 while educating on the negative impact of tobacco and nicotine with youth. From there April then went on to work with Tobacco Free Parks, Smoke Free Multiunit Housing, Tobacco Free Worksite Wellness and Tobacco Free Campuses.

    Youth Coordinator:

    Julie Collins

    Julie Collins has been with Tobacco-Free Jacksonville since 2015, managing the Student's Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program. Julie is a graduate of the University of Florida, with her B.S. in Health Education. Julie strives to create the next tobacco-free generation by educating and empowering Duval County youth to take a stand against big tobacco companies.

    AmeriCorps NHC Member:

    Maggie Do Valle

    My name is Maggie, not short for anything, and I am a 22 year old Boston native. I am Brazilian-American and have lived in Brazil for a few years. I love to dance, travel, and karaoke! Some of my passions include women’s and youth rights, as well as health education. I hope to one day become an Epidemiologist and create positive change through health and education across the world!

     

  • CONTACT US

    Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, Inc.

    6852 Belfort Oaks Pl

    Jacksonville, FL 32216

    (904) 345-0540

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tobaccofreejacksonvilleFL/ 

    Email: info@tobaccofreejacksonville.com

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