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Joanne Kazmierski, CTL

Joanne Kazmeirski   New HeadshotJoanne is the CEO and founder of Global Business Logistix, LLC, a company formed to provide exceptional project management with a focus on workforce & economic development. Check out her company on Facebook!

Joanne has over 20 years of experience in the port, logistics, supply chain and transportation industry in areas of workforce and economic development experience with the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). She was named JAX Chamber’s Transportation & Logistics Council’s 2022 Small Business Leader of the Year.

Her clients have included the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, University of South Florida – Florida Supply Chain Summit, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Jax Chamber, Cathedral District Jacksonville and other educational institutions throughout the state and country. 

Her most recent notable work has been in writing and administrating over $30 million federal and state grants to serve 8,000 children in the afterschool space in Northeast Florida.

Volunteering is important to Joanne. She serves at the Membership chair for the Women in Transportation Seminar of Northeast Florida and the Treasurer for the JAX Chamber Transportation & Logistics Council.  She has been an avid mentor via Generation WOW, Girl Scouting, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Florida and with local entrepreneurs.

Joanne has received her BS Degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Joanne is carefree, passionate, family-oriented, and a work-a-holic who loves the mountains and nature! For relaxation, she enjoys a good walk on the beach or a bike ride. She and her husband, Dave, have two children; Jessica who currently works for Kohl’s Corporate in Milwaukee, and Justin, who works for On Location – a high-end sports management company whose clients include the NFL, NBA and the Olympics.

Marci Larson, ABC
Vice President, Transition

Marci Larson is the Public Affairs Manager for the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO), the independent regional agency established by federal and state laws for transportation planning and prioritizing in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties.  

As the Public Affairs Manager, Marci handles organizational branding and visibility, external/public outreach, media and community relations, events planning, marketing for the Cool to Pool Rideshare Program, Smart North Florida and the North Florida Clean Cities Coalition, print and web site publication and committee interaction.  Marci is responsible to enhance the TPO name recognition among elected officials, business and civic leaders, the media and the public, but also particularly with groups that are traditionally underserved and under involved.   

No stranger to transportation, Marci has worked in communications, government and public affairs for Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Amtrak, all in Washington, D. C., and Amtrak and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Jacksonville.

She is an Accredited Business Communicator from the International Assn. of Business Communicators. Marci volunteers her time with various professional and non-profit organizations. 

Doug Filaroski, CMP
Vice President, Communications

An award-winning journalist turned communications professional, Doug is Senior Communications Representative at Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in Jacksonville, where he manages crisis communications projects, provides strategic consulting, and oversees production of all types of content – from leadership messaging to digital communications and video.

Doug’s professional experience includes introducing Northeast Florida residents to economic opportunities as Media Relations Manager for the JAX Chamber announcing Amazon and other development, and helping a Fortune 500 company achieve organizational goals as a Senior Writer for Black Knight Financial Services.

For about two decades, Doug fulfilled his own goal of meaningful community engagement as a reporter and editor at newspapers in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Florida, where he won Society of Professional Journalists’ and other awards for political and investigative pieces. He shaped opinion and policy with articles on political corruption at The Times Leader in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and others on government waste, poor NFL health care, Florida voting problems, and a DUI epidemic while at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.
He is a certified Communications Management Professional (CMP) and an avid volunteer of his communications skills. Doug served on boards of IABC Florida, Celebrate Laconia (in his N.H. hometown), and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA), where he helped promote and host the Douglas Anderson Writers Festival while his daughter Natalie attended DA.

Steve Kaufman
Vice President, Membership

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After earning his degree from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, Steve served on active duty five years as a U.S. Navy surface warfare and public affairs officer, winning five Navy-wide awards for his public relations accomplishments.

On April 1, 1992, Steve started STEPHEN J. KAUFMAN • PUBLIC RELATIONS, a full-service marketing communications firm. SJK•PR serves a wide spectrum of industries, frequently as a client’s offsite marketing department, enhancing client branding and marketing.

SJK•PR consistently ranks among the top North Florida PR and marketing firms by the Jacksonville Business Journal and, and Steve and his team have earned multiple JAX Chamber, industry and U.S. Small Business Administration awards.

His community involvement has included co-hosting a small business advice radio show and serving on the boards of numerous North Florida nonprofits. Steve also serves as a regular guest speaker at Chamber, small business and industry-focused meetings, offering advice on small business startups, branding and public relations strategies.

Steve continued in the Navy through 2014 as a drilling Reservist. In 2009, he was recalled as an active-duty commander in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his 15-month mobilization.

Steve’s also the beaming father of his daughter Lindsay, who’s a “double Gator,” with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Florida. He’s especially proud she was routinely voted “Kindest Girl” throughout school.

Steve and his team are humbled by and grateful for more than three decades of business, and look forward to telling the stories of SJK•PR’s clients for years to come.

Meghan Woodworth
Vice President, Professional Development

Meghan Woodworth

A driven and creative thinker. Meghan can always be counted on for new, out-of-the-box solutions. With a Bachelor's degree in Business Communication and an Associate degree in Fine Arts, Meghan combines her business and artistic skills to create dynamic communications for her teams that are informative and visually appealing.

Meghan began her career in communications with the department store Stein Mart. Over 16 years, Meghan worked her way up to the position of Corporate Communications Manager serving as the gatekeeper of communications between the corporate office and the stores. Sadly, Stein Mart was one of the many department stores that went out of business during the pandemic.

However, Meghan found a new role shortly thereafter as a Content Analyst for Haskell working out of their headquarters in downtown Jacksonville, Forida. Haskell is a global leader in AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) solutions. Haskell provides integrated delivery of capital projects across a wide range of markets providing clients with decades of experience and history of meeting complex challenges and delivering exemplary solutions. Haskell was a new industry to Meghan, however, she loves a challenge! The wide variety of projects, markets, and subject matter experts at Haskell keeps her engaged and excited as each new opportunity arises.

Outside of work, Meghan enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the movies, and paddle boarding along Florida’s natural springs. Meghan is married to her high school sweetheart, Garrett. Meghan and Garrett have been together for over 23 years now and together they have one son, two small pups, and a gecko. Meghan still makes time to draw and paint whenever possible to keep that creative side alive. She is an avid listener of audiobooks, utilizing every car ride to either learn something new or delve into a thriller. Other passions include the International Association of Business Communicators and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.



Gena Acito, CMP, APR
Director of Communications

 Gena AcitoGena Acito is a senior-level, accredited communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in facilitating and improving the information exchange between front-line employees and management within Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T and AOL. Her specific areas of expertise include communications consulting, internal communications, human resources communications, editing, executive messaging and web content development.

In her current role, Gena leads the corporate communications department of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, consisting of five communications representatives who are responsible for effectively communicating key messages to more than 1,200 employees and management staff in two locations in Florida. The team also assists with external communications to various key stakeholders, including policyholders and the public.

Gena earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts (journalism concentration) from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science degree in human resources management development from Chapman University. In addition, she completed the Organizational Leadership and Communication Certificate Program from the University of California, Irvine – University Extension. She also earned the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation, as well as the Communications Management Professional (CMP) certification.

Mark Kattoura
Director of Communications

Mark Kattoura, Ph.D. works aMark Kattoura headshott the Social Security Administration, where his current focus is claims research and analysis. Prior to that, time spent at CareerSource, the state’s workforce development board, provided him with the opportunity to shape award-winning branding and communications initiatives to reach new markets.

Additionally, years of working in marketing communications and PR in Southeast Florida for various publicly-traded companies such as Bluegreen Corporation, CBS, and Hubbard Broadcasting, among others, offered a unique front row seat to the transition from traditional to new and social media. While at Bluegreen, Mark coordinated the launch of new online campaigns.

A continuing interest in education also led to Mark’s return to the classroom, where he has taught as a communications instructor at his three-time alma mater, Florida Atlantic University, as well as at Palm Beach State College.

On a personal level, Mark enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to distant and international locations, and volunteering with various organizations and causes. Most notably, he has served with pride on the Florida Atlantic Alumni Association’s Board of Directors since 2014.

2020-2021 Board Members

Joanne Kazmierski, Board President
Sherry Sanderford, Vice President of Membership
Philip A. Alia, Vice President of Finance/Treasurer
Marci Larson, Board Advisor
Doug Filaroski, Certification Director

2019-2020 Board Members

David DeCamp, President
Philip A. Alia, Immediate Past President
Candy Bowen, Vice President of Finance/Treasurer
Denise Reagan, Vice President of Professional Development
Marci Larson, Board Advisor
Joanne Kazmierski, Board Advisor

2018-2019 Board Members

Philip A. Alia, President
Candy Bowen, Vice President of Finance/Treasurer
David DeCamp, Vice President of Administration/Communications
Marci Larson, Board Advisor
Joanne Kazmierski, Board Advisor

2017-2018 Board Members

Joanne Kazmierski, Immediate Past President
Philip A. Alia, President
Trish Zimmerman, VP of Administration & Communications
Candy Bowen, VP of Finance/Treasurer
David Fann, VP of Membership
Marci Larson, Board Advisor

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