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The L-E-G program provides valuable leadership skills from distinguished leaders in private, non-profit, and military sectors that will promote healthy communication and effective decision-making.


Dr. Emeka Ofobike

Dr. Emeka Ofobike

Orthopedic Surgeon, United States Navy

Dr. Ofobike serves his country as an orthopaedic surgeon stationed at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL. He recently returned from a tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he spent an emotional six months in what is arguably the most demanding trauma hospital in the Middle East. As part of a multi-national NATO coalition medical unit, he operated with British and American military surgeons on coalition troops, enemy fighters and civilians with life and limb-threatening war wounds, earning a Navy Achievement Medal and NATO campaign medals for his efforts. Lieutenant Commander Ofobike’s next post will be in Okinawa, Japan, where he will be focused on treating U.S. Marines stationed in the Far East.

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Dr. Judith A.M. Smith

Dr. Judith A.M. Smith

President and CEO HandsOn Jacksonville

Dr. Judith A.M. Smith has been the president and chief executive officer of HandsOn Jacksonville, Inc. (formerly Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc.) since 1995 when she retired from active military service in the United States Navy with the rank of Commander.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, her Master of Science degree in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida, and her Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, where she has served as adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Business and Management School.  Dr. Smith has facilitated workshops and seminars, and has delivered conference presentations and consulting sessions on nonprofit boards of directors for more than 15 years.

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Liz Mahin

CFO, Allstate Benefits

Liz has been Senior Vice President and was most recently promoted to her current position as Chief Financial Officer of Allstate Benefits in June 2010. She started her career in public accounting, working in the Insurance Practice of Deloitte and Touché in New Jersey. In 1988, she joined American Heritage as Director of Financial Reporting. She has held positions of increasing responsibility with American Heritage and Allstate Benefits. She serves on the Board of Directors for American Heritage Life Insurance Company and First Colonial Insurance Company, subsidiaries of the Allstate Corporation.


Scott Randles

Senior Vice President, Allstate Benefits

Scott is currently a Senior Vice President at Allstate Benefits in Jacksonville, where he serves as the Appointed Actuary for the Company. Scott is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, and an active member of both the American Academy of Actuaries and Southeastern Actuaries Conference. In addition to his professional career, he is an active volunteer in the community and has previously served in various leadership positions in organizations dedicated to helping young people find their full potential in life. Scott has a passion for helping people take personal initiative and find purpose in their life.

Florence Haridan

Florence Haridan

Executive Director, Character Counts!

Florence is currently the Executive Director of Character Counts! in Jacksonville where she is building an Ethics Coalition, that brings together businesses, non-profits and those in need. The mission of CC! is to deliver character education and to foster greater understanding of the role of ethics in the community. Florence has led and supported branding, design, advertising and e-commerce initiatives for some of the largest companies in the world, including Citibank, The Home Depot, Sears, American Express, Fidelity, J&J and AT&T. Her experience ranges from product development and launch, to realignment and revitalization.

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