Our Dedicated Staff

The Clara White Mission is honored to have a staff whose experience and hard work assure the objectives of the Mission are met and exceeded. To these dedicated individuals, the work of the Mission is far more than a job. It is an opportunity to serve the needs of those less fortunate and to further an endeavor that was begun more than 100 years ago and continues on today stronger than ever.

Ju'Coby Pittman

Ju’Coby Pittman – CEO / President

For the past 18 years, Ju’Coby has dedicated her life as an advocate for equality in developing and implementing programs for the homeless, veterans, youth and low-come in the community. With the support of community stakeholders, staff, the Board of Directors and volunteers, under her leadership the Mission has raised, developed and implemented a $2.1 million dollar project to include a 24-hour operation of transitional housing, job training in Culinary Arts, Janitorial Training and Construction Maintenance, a Veteran Drop-In Day Center, a daily feeding program. In addition she has developed a separate 501© (3) organization for the Eartha M. M. White Historical Museum, which provides educational and historical resources to the community. Her efforts are to continue the legacy and tradition of founders, Clara and Eartha White by developing on-going support and fundraisers to generate long term sustainability with a team approach.

In April, 2007, a new initiative in partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Mission opened Clara’s at the Cathedral, a training café for students to perfect their skills and prepare them for the workforce in the hospitality industry.

Her career portfolio includes: Community Connections (formally YWCA), United Way of Northeast Florida, Shands Jacksonville, The Federal Reserve Bank and the City of Jacksonville.

Ju’Coby has received the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund Award; Leadership Jacksonville Award, Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women; Women of Influence from the Jacksonville Business Journal, a finalist for the EVE Award 2003 in Employment, from Florida Times Union; Gateway Girl Scouts Women of Distinction, JM Family African American Achievers Award. Most recently, she was named the recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2012.

Her past and current volunteer community commitments include: Jacksonville Rotary, Leadership Jacksonville/Leadership Florida Alumni, Emergency Services Homeless Coalition, appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Homeless Commission, Judicial Nominating Commission, Enterprise/Empowerment Commission, JEDC Redesign Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Women’s Network, Habijax, Cultural Council, Jacksonville Urban League Board, Jacksonville Job Corps, Junior League, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Ju’Coby received an AA Degree from FCCJ and a BS Degree in Business Administration and Honorary Doctorate from Jones College and Edward Waters College CLIMB Program. Ju’Coby is married to Kenneth Peele, Jr. and together they share four children. Her philosophy is Go out of your comfort zone to make a difference.


Kevin Carrico
Vice President of Operations
ext. 116

Anthony Cobb
Chief Financial Officer/ HR
ext. 126

Meg Fisher
Vice President
ext. 105

Abner Davis
Director of Marketing
ext. 114

Erwin Maiten
Director of Residential/ Drop-In Center
ext. 102

Nikkie Weeks
Nikki Weeks
Catering Sales Assistant
ext. 108/110/117

Bruce Kinney
Culinary Arts Instructor
ext. 110/117

Keith Smith
Exec. Sous Chef
ext. 115

Rosa Nicholas
Executive Marketing Administrator
ext. 100

Veronica Chambers
Financial Manager/Grant Compliance
ext. 104

John Stafford
Recruitment / Job Placement Coordinator
ext. 111

Karen Hicks
Housing Coordinator
ext. 123

Khamil Ojoyo
Khamil Ojoyo
Construction Instructor
Ext. 113

Sheila Brown Jefferson
Case Manager
Ext. 123

Dr. Suzan Armstrong-West
Mental Health Counselor
Ext. 106

Lenny Wright
Lenny Wright
Student/ Residential Case Manager
ext. 112

Sharon Wright
Janitorial/Environmental Training Instructor
ext. 113

Merle Wright
Admin Receptionist/Volunteer Coordinator
ext. 125

Lena Thompson
Accounting/Financial Services Assistant
ext. 120

Chris Goetz
Volunteer Assistant/ Client In-Take Clerk

Crystal Johnston
Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

Rhonda Henry
Resident Adviser/Security
ext. 101

James Huff
Residential Adviser/Security
ext. 101

Robert White
Residential Adviser

Elizabeth Dagsa
Kitchen Manager

Levelle Thomas
Kitchen Manager
ext. 109/115