About the Institute

The Studer Community Institute is focused on improving our community’s quality of life. Our goal is to help people understand the issues we need to address to move Escambia and Santa Rosa counties forward.

The cornerstone of the Institute’s work is the Pensacola Metro Dashboard. These 16 metrics, developed with the University of West Florida, provide a snapshot of the educational, economic and social well-being of the community. The dashboard allows people to compare our community’s performance to other similarly sized communities in measures ranging from high-school graduation rates to household incomes.

 

Research indicates two areas that are key to an area’s quality of life are jobs and education. The Institute’s research shows improving these two areas are crucial to improving the quality of life for all the citizens of the Pensacola metro area.

In education, the Institute is focused on efforts to create “America’s First Early Learning City” and boost kindergarten readiness. An Early Learning City is a place that enlists the whole community in building a culture of lifelong learning, including in its public spaces. It is a community that supports early brain development, parent engagement and school readiness for all of our children, especially those ages birth to 5.

In job creation and development, the Institute provides leadership development training and sponsors workshops geared to help businesses and not-for-profits strengthen their organizations. Outreach programs include a lecture series, symposiums and town hall meetings.

Our trainings offer important skill-building opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. With more skills, business owners and employees in turn create better-run organizations that are better positioned to thrive, create more jobs and support a stronger community.

The Institute’s website provides information and tools to help people become more thoughtful, productive and engaged citizens. Our staff employs journalistic and multimedia strategies to create reports and research that focus people’s attention on the region’s key economic and social issues.

 

Staff

Quint Studer
Quint Studer
Founder and CEO
Randy Hammer
Randy Hammer
President Emeritus
Rachael Gillette
Rachael Gillette
Director of Training and Development
Reggie Dogan
Reggie Dogan
Project Manager
Ron Stallcup
Ron Stallcup
Multimedia Content Producer
Nicole Webb
Nicole Webb
Director of Business and Community Outreach

Board of Directors

Cindi Bear-Bonner
Cindi Bear-Bonner
Founder and Owner, Fitness Onboard, LLC
Becca Boles
Becca Boles
Corporate Communications Director, Gulf Power Company
Patrick Elebash
Patrick Elebash
Jeweler and Small Business Owner, Elebash Jewelers
Chad Henderson
Chad Henderson
Co-Founder and CEO, Catalyst CRE - A THG Investments Company
Gail Husbands
Gail Husbands
Retired Educator and Former Head of Teacher's Union
Stacy Keller Williams
Stacy Keller Williams
Vice President Member Experience & Training, Navy Federal Credit Union
Jerry Maygarden
Jerry Maygarden
Former State Legislator and Majority Leader, Florida House of Representatives
Jean Pierre N'Dione
Jean Pierre N'Dione
Part-owner and General Manager, Five Sisters Blues Café, Great Southern Restaurants
Lisa Nellessen-Lara
Lisa Nellessen-Lara
Executive Editor, Pensacola News Journal
Mort O'Sullivan
Mort O'Sullivan, III
Managing Member of the Gulf Coast Division, Warren Averett CPAs & Advisors
Janet Pilcher
Janet Pilcher
Executive Leader, Studer Education
Scott Remingtion
Scott Remingtion
President and Shareholder, Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse Attorneys at Law
Martha Saunders
Martha Saunders
President, University of West Florida
Julie Sheppard
Julie Sheppard
General Counsel and Special Assistant to the Director, IHMC
Josh Sitton
Josh Sitton
Owner and Managing Member, Bear General Contractors LLC and Offensive Guard, Chicago Bears