Welcoming Gainesville is a team effort and we are truly grateful for the individuals who stand behind us. See below who is involved in this new initiative. Some names might sound familiar!


Board of Directors

Aqueela Khuddus, Khadija Foundation

Steven Kalishman, Gainesville Sister City Program

Randy Wells, Florida Community Design Center

Rabbi David Kaiman, Congregation B’nai Israel

Rev. Andrew Bachmann, United Church of Gainesville

Rev. Milford Griner, Hall Chapel United Methodist Church

Diana Moreno, Hispanic-Latino Affairs at UF

Samuel Trickey, National Farm Worker Ministry

Paul Parker, Florida State University

Richard MacMaster, Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice

Paula Roetscher, Executive Director


Advisory Committee

Staci-Ann Bertrand, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Leonardo Villalón, UF International Center

Vilma Fuentes, Santa Fe College

Richard Gehman, Oak Hall School

Rev. Dan Johnson, Trinity United Methodist Church

Timothy Flynn, UF College of Medicine and Shands Hospital


Working Committee

Tate Quiñones, UF English Language Institute

David Arreola, Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida