Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist
Brian Hickey is the Director of the Florida Afterschool Network. Brian brings a strong background in economic development to the Florida Aftershool Network, which will result in focused work on the economic impact of quality school-age experiences that support successful student outcomes. Brian recently served as Director of Sports for the Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) and has led the county’s sports marketing efforts to unprecedented levels in the past seven years. Brian is a Tallahassee native and a graduate of Florida State University. He has completed requirements as a Certified Destination Management Executive, Certified Sports Event Executive and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissioners. Brian has more than 16 years of experience in event planning and management, grant development, fundraising, and many other attributes that are beneficial in leading FAN members across the state in school-age initiatives.
Holly McPhail manages communications for the Florida Afterschool Network, as well as provides strategic consultation for the organization’s program and funding development. As the chief strategist & creator at Windwood Communications, LLC, a boutique communications firm in Tallahassee, Florida, Holly specializes in helping organizations and small businesses build communities online and in real life. With nearly two decades of experience, she has worked with large statewide organizations coordinating communications, marketing, advocacy efforts and events. Her clients include several local government, statewide associations, early learning programs, literacy campaigns and more. Holly is very active in her home community serving as a ‘connector’ for many individuals and programs and currently serves as chair person for Capital City Youth Services, a crisis shelter for youth. Holly holds degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and International Affairs with concentrations in Anthropology and Economics from the Florida State University.
Jennifer Smith joins the Florida Afterschool team as the Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist. She is a former Duval County Florida educator, turned entrepreneur and business owner. Jennifer used her passion, creativity, and leadership skills to start a 501(c)3 nonprofit to provide clothing, hygiene items, and other basic essentials to homeless and low-income youth in need. Last year, Jennifer went through JAX Bridges Program, an entrepreneurial development program hosted by the Jacksonville Chamber Entrepreneurial Growth Division. This program helped Jennifer develop strategies through teaming and mentoring, along with perfecting her business plan and pitch. This fueled Jennifer’s passion for helping others, so in the Summer of 2020, she created a consulting business, Better Roots, LLC. where she can now assist and guide others on starting their own nonprofit. Jennifer is a positive and influential mover and shaker in the community, and always looking for new, innovative ways to advocate for our future leaders of tomorrow.