Children’s Center Board

CHRIS MEYER

Children’s Center Board Chair

Chris grew up in Pensacola and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. He served seven years in the U.S. Army and is a combat veteran. Chris is the husband of Pastor Ashley Wilkinson Meyer and the proud father of daughter Emma and son Booker. He is currently the Board Chair of the Cokesbury Children’s Center and serves on the Board of the B.T. Washington High School Quarterback Club.

Chris is proud to have played QB on the 1994 Florida High School State Championship Football Team from B.T. Washington High School. His involvement in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) played a big part of the team’s success on their championship run. He remains engaged with FCA and is always looking to help local ministries involving the youth of Pensacola.

After Chris spent a year deployed with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, and Ashley spent 17 months as a missionary in Israel/Palestine, the two got engaged Christmas night of 2006. Chris and Ashley married on July 7, 2007. Emma was born in April of 2015 and Booker was born in November of 2016. As the family is growing together in Christ they remain close to their roots in Pensacola.

KAREN TAYLOR

CHILDREN’S CENTER BOARD VICE CHAIR

DENISE MCLEOD

CHILDREN’S CENTER BOARD TREASURER

Denise McLeod served as Vice President of Human Resources and as a member of the Board of Directors for LandrumHR until her retirement in July, 2018. Until 2017, she was responsible for developing and successfully instituting Landrum Staffing Services’ overall and departmental strategic plans. In 2013 she assumed the additional responsibility for the Human Resources department of PEO services. Her responsibilities for strategic planning and direction continued to expand to include internal Human Resources, Client Services, Benefits, Risk Management, Unemployment Administration, and Business Development for Landrum Professional Employer Services. With the 2006 formation of the LandrumHR Employees Charitable Foundation, Inc., Denise served as Vice President through April, 2009. She attended the University of West Florida and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources in 1975.

Denise was certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in 1993 and has since earned a lifetime designation as SPHR. In 2016 she was certified as SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional.

In October, 2009, Denise was appointed to the newly formed Health, Education, and Labor Advisory Board for the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank where she served for five years. She has served on the boards of Volunteer Pensacola, United Way Success by Six, and United Ministries. After Hurricane Ivan devastated Pensacola, Denise became an active member of the Personnel Committee for ReBuild Northwest Florida.

Denise was engaged for many years with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, serving as the 2006-2008 President of the Board of Directors for the Chorus. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries.

In early 2006, Denise was recognized by the Pensacola Business Journal as one of the six Outstanding Women in Business in the Pensacola area.

STEVEN TOMPKINS

CHILDREN’S CENTER BOARD SECRETARY AND PARENT REPRESENTATIVE

CAROLYN KINNE

EMILY WEDDINGTON

BECKY RODABAUGH

Lacy McShane

Lacy McShane brings many years of experience and training in the field of education to the board. She has spent much of her life devoted to working with children. After spending 10 years in the classroom teaching elementary students, she decided to stay at home full time when her oldest was born. Over the past 9 years, she’s gradually been making her way back into education by teaching/subbing for St. Luke UMC preschool, providing one-on-one tutoring for students after school, and subbing with Escambia County schools. Recently she’s started working with the home-school community by providing yearly evaluations for home-school students. She holds a BS in elementary education from Birmingham-Southern College and has a Florida teaching license. Past teaching assignments include teaching in Alabama, Michigan, Virginia, and Florida. On a personal note, Lacy is a longtime Pensacolian. She is a wife and mother of two active girls. She is looking forward to continuing to work and support the children and staff of Cokesbury Children’s

JIM MATTERN

Jim was born and raised in the hills of East Tennessee in Knoxville. Took me 6 years to get out with a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Tennessee. Go VOLS! Graduated in 1967 and then had the privilege of serving two years in the Army. The last year being with the 8th Army Headquarters in Soul, South Korea.

Spent next 35 years working for Monsanto Co. and Solutia Co. here in Pensacola. I spent the first 10 years as process control engineer directly assisting manufacturing production. During that time period, I managed to use my VA education money at night school to get an MBA and BS in computer science. Got to switch my job function to working on computer automation of plant wide manufacturing facilities, which was in the early stages of development. Absolutely enjoyed going to work every day even in not so good times and some less than desirable assignments. From 1969, I survived 7 major downsizes (politically called right sizing) until 2001 when my number was called. Retirement has not slowed me down so much, as I spend 4 months each year doing FREE AARP TaxAid for the over 60 and low income folks, and the rest of the year trying to catch up.

Among other things, I enjoyed playing tennis, bridge and boating (power and sail). I also enjoy working in the yard and responded to the many “Honey Do’s” relating to a wonderful home life. I early learned the magic 2 words, “YES DEAR”. I am widowed, but I have a combined family of four boys and six grandchildren, oldest is 17 and youngest is 10. Of course all grandchildren are just outstanding! Plenty of excitement and joy to go all around.

I am honored to serve on the Children’s Center Board and as well as on the Finance committee.

Information updated as of 4-30-2019