Lili G. Murphy
Quality Program & Training Coordinator
Communications & Strategy Consultant
Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist
Liliana “Lili” Gomez Murphy was named the Executive Director of the Florida Afterschool Network in February 2022. Previously, Lili served as the statewide assistant director for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at the Florida Department of Education. In this capacity, she was immersed in working with afterschool programs and stakeholders, as well as administering grant resources. She has also held positions with Help Me Grow Florida and the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. Lili serves as the Board Vice President for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Foundation Second Circuit and as a GAL for two children. She graduated from Florida State University and is bilingual.
Ms. Gwendolyn Harris, PhD, joined the FAN team in July 2022 as the Quality Program and Training Coordinator. She has extensive history in grants management, technical assistance and training, holding recent positions with the Florida A&M University and Florida Department of Education. In this new role, Gwen will develop and coordinate new training opportunities to help out-of-school- time providers and practitioners enhance program quality, including increasing access to resources, providing technical assistance for quality standard implementation and facilitating regional communities of practice. Gwen grew up in Quincy, Florida, and is a product of the public school system in Gadsden County. She holds a Masters of Education and Doctor of Philosophy from Florida A&M University.
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 joined the Florida Afterschool team as the Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist in May 2021. 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. In 2019, Jennifer completed the 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.