GOLD Phin Committee

Meet our current members:

Lindsey Craft

Lindsey Craft '15

Degree: MBA

Major: Business Administration & Management

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Employment: Project Manager at Black Knight, Inc.

Student Involvement at JU: Grad Assistant for the women’s volleyball indoor and sand volleyball program

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society; GOLD Phin Committee; Plan Black Knight alumni events

Community Involvement: JU's Charter Day of Service

Favorite JU Memory: Winning the Atlantic Sun Conference my very first year coaching volleyball in 2014

Why GOLD Phin Society? Great networking opportunity amongst some of the best JU grads in the area!

Ben Davis

Ben Davis '16

Degree: Bachelors of Business Administration

Major: Economics

Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

Current Employment: Black Knight Inc.

Student Involvement at JU: Men's Golf Team

Involvement as Alumni: Career Advisory Board; GOLD Phin Committee

Community Involvement: Volunteered with Daniel Kids, volunteered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Favorite JU Memory: Competing and traveling across the country with my fellow teammates on the men’s golf team.

Why GOLD Phin Society? GOLD Phins are leaders with the goal to build a unique platform that allows graduates to connect and add significant value to our community.

Matt Dobbins

Matt Dobbins '08/'10

GOLD Phin Committee Chair

Degree: Bachelors and MBA

Major: Business

Hometown: Longwood, FL

Current Employment: Account Executive at Apex Systems

Student Involvement at JU: D1 Baseball, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society; GOLD Phin Committee; Alumni Advisory Council

Community Involvement: Jax Sports Council, Taxslayer Bowl, & Big Brothers Big Sisters

Favorite JU Memory: Speaking in front of the NCAA Membership (3,000+) on behalf of JU and the Atlantic Sun conference

Why GOLD Phin Society? GOLD Phins are a young, motivated and talented local network of business and personal connections who I now consider strong friendships. The future leaders of Jacksonville are in this society!

Shannon Etheredge

Shannon Etheredge '13

Degree: BBA and BFA

Major: Management and Dance

Hometown: Leesburg, FL

Current Employment: Procurement Analyst II at Black Knight, Inc.

Student Involvement at JU: I was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, during which I was the Alumni Relations Chair and Chaplain. I was a member of the JU Dance Program and participated in several on campus and community performances. During my senior year, I was a candidate for Ms. Dolphina during Homecoming.

Involvement as Alumni: I enjoy attending JU sports games, the dance concerts, homecoming events, and most recently joining the GOLD Phin Committee.

Community Involvement: Involvement in United Way Baptist Campaign, Ronald McDonald House, and raising money for Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital.

Favorite JU Memory: I always enjoyed the Homecoming festivities. My favorite event was the Mock Rock competition.

Why GOLD Phin Society? I am excited and honored to be a member of the JU Gold Phin Society! Being a member of JU Gold Phin Society, not only helps us reunite and network with JU alumni, it also gives us a chance to positively impact the students of JU. I received a scholarship to attend JU, and presently I am able to contribute to a scholarship fund for JU students in turn. JU Gold Phin Society provides the opportunity of comradery between peers, and fun networking events among JU alums. It has allowed me to reconnect with JU alumni and to also meet new fellow JU grads. Together, we are able to share a common JU bond and help improve our school, network and community.

Lindsay Forrest

Lindsay Forrest '16

Degree: BBA

Major: Double Major – Business Management and Marketing

Hometown: Denver, CO

Current Employment: Business Development Representative at Forcura

Student Involvement at JU: Women’s Soccer team

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society; GOLD Phin Committee

Community Involvement: Jacksonville IT Council Membership Committee Volunteer

Favorite JU Memory: Friday night soccer games with my teammates!

Why GOLD Phin Society? The Gold Phin Society is an amazing way to connect and meet people who all went to Jacksonville University. Every person has a different story from JU to share whether it be athletics, liberal arts, fraternities/sororities – those stories allow us to make connections and network with young professionals who will be the leaders of tomorrow here in Jacksonville.

Tom Jervis

Tom Jervis '16

Degree: Bachelor's

Major: Economics

Hometown: Born in Birmingham, England and grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Current Employment: President, Realtor at KST Real Estate Group

Student Involvement at JU: President of Phi Delta Theta

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society ; GOLD Phin Committee

Community Involvement: Volunteered with the ALS Association through Phi Delta Theta

Favorite JU Memory: This is a tough one. I have many good memories of JU, dating back to my first day on campus when my roommate and I decided to go for a walk around and check out our ‘home’ for the next four years, and proceeded to be stuck in an absolute downpour (quite the warm welcome!). If I had to chose one specific memory, it would be partaking in our Fraternities week long philanthropy event. Organizing this week was quite a challenge with countless bumps along the way, however seeing it all come together through the help of our entire organization, and successfully reaching our donation goal to the ALS association, showed me just how much we were able to accomplish when we all joined together for one common goal.

Why GOLD Phin Society? I chose to become a member of the GOLD Phin Society for a couple of reasons. The first being the opportunity to give back to JU. JU helped shape me as a person and offered me many opportunities that may not have been available had I chose to attend a different school. Because of its small size, JU affords its students the chance to get involved and make an impact on campus, versus being just 1 of 50,000 students at a large school. The second reason I chose to become a member of the GOLD Phin Society was to be able to help other students who are in a similar situation to what I was in, find and network with members of the community in order for them to pursue their dreams, and become an active member of the Jacksonville community. I firmly believe that if everyone works together collectively, the possibilities are endless. I look forward to being a part of a great group, and am ready to help in any way I can!

Lucas Meers

Lucas Meers '12

Degree: BS

Major: Biology & Marine Science

Hometown: St. Charles, MO

Current Employment: Conservation Program Officer at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens & Okapi Conservation Project

Student Involvement at JU: Sigma Chi, Fitness and Recreation, Rowing

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society; GOLD Phin Committee

Community Involvement: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville University, Okapi Conservation Project, attending community events and supporting local organizations.

Favorite JU Memory: This is a tough one. There are so many good ones! Some of which probably should not be mentioned. Rushing Sigma Chi and joining the rowing team proved to be some of the greatest decisions I made. It broke me out of my shell.

Why GOLD Phin Society? I want to give back to the University and reconnect with old friends.

Audrey Moran

Audrey Moran '10

Degree: Bachelor's

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Apopka, FL

Current Employment: Account Director, Personal Insurance Private Client Division at Harden

Student Involvement at JU: Member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and, Founding Vice President of the JU Shooting team

Involvement as Alumni: Member of the Alumni Board 2011-2013, Committee Member of the Gold Phin Society 2017-present

Community Involvement: Member of the Riverside Rotary Club, committee member of the Angles for Allison Artist Series, committee member for the 2017 Fries With That Wine event hosted by the Red Shoe Crew of Jacksonville and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, and committee member for the 2017 American Cancer Society’s Cowford Ball

Favorite JU Memory: Creating friendships that will last a lifetime!

Why GOLD Phin Society: Being a member of the GOLD Phin Society affords me the opportunity to network with local JU alumni, reconnect and build personal and professional relationships with alums I might not have known while in school or lost touch with after graduating, it furthers my professional development, it enhances my community stewardship by supporting Daniel Kids organization, and above all its gives me another reason to support my Alma Mater, JU! Who could say no to that?!

Luke Myhree

Luke Myhree '17

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration

Major: Kinesiology and Psychology, Accounting and Finance

Hometown: Terra Ceia, FL

Current Employment: Financial Analyst, Jacksonville University

Student Involvement at JU: Presidential Student Ambassador, Office of Admissions; Student Representative, Jacksonville University, Board of Trustees for Academic Affairs; President, Mu Mu Chapter at Jacksonville University, Pi Kappa Alpha; Jacksonville University Men’s Rowing; Board Member, Student Alumni Association; Member, Order of Omega; Board Member, President’s Advisory Council; IFC Representative, Jacksonville University Student Alliance; Presidential Delegate, Interfraternity Council; Summer Orientation Group Leader; Fall of 2015 Substance Abuse Program, Student Athletic Advisory Committee

Involvement as Alumni: Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter Adviser, GOLD Phin Society

Community Involvement: Northeast Alumni Association of Pi Kappa Alpha, Secretary

Favorite JU Memory: My favorite JU memory was attending Senior Stroll the day prior to graduation where I was able to reconnect with old classmates, teammates, friends, professors and everyone that played an integral role of my personal and professional development. To share in the memories made and the times had with all of the individual's I consider a part of my JU family!

Why GOLD Phin Society? I wanted to join the GOLD Phin Society to help in any way I can with the engagement of young alumni and to keep the bonds we formed during our years together strong and lasting.

Blake Myregaard

Blake Myregaard '15

Degree: Bachelors and (soon to be) MBA

Major: Aviation Management and Business Administration and Management

Hometown: Clearwater, FL

Current Employment: Property Administrator at Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Student Involvement at JU: Kicker for the Dolphins football team, Sigma Chi, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Presidential Leadership Advisory Committee, Student Ambassador, Aviation Ambassador

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society, GOLD Phin Committee, continued outreach with the JU Aviation Program

Community Involvement: Jacksonville Humane Society, K9's for Warriors, Hunger Fight, Hubbard House

Favorite JU Memory: Working as a Student Ambassador with JU Admissions was a great time! I was able to explore more of the University outside of the Davis College of Business (DCOB) where I spent nearly all of my academic career and share with prospective JU students the endless opportunities Jacksonville University has to offer!

Why GOLD Phin Society? The GOLD Phin Society provides a great opportunity for not only me, but for all graduates of the last decade. JU has given me some of the best friends, great memories, and set me up for success in my current field of aviation. I will soon be a double alum from JU, and this society affords an excellent platform to give back to the University that has given me so much.

Jake O'Keefe

Jake O'Keefe '11

GOLD Phin Committee Vice Chair

Degree: Master's

Major: Education

Hometown: Newington, CT

Current Employment: Dynamic Educational Leader at St. Johns County School District

Student Involvement at JU: President of Phi Delta Theta, President of Inter Fraternal Counsel, and Director of Fitness and Recreation.

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society; GOLD Phin Committee

Community Involvement: Ponte Vedra High School lacrosse coach and any physical activity benefiting kids.

Favorite JU Memory: Hanging with my brothers on the balcony at 434 and WAX.

Why GOLD Phin Society? At my core, I believe in the vision of the society and think we can make something special. After graduation, a lot of the people I went to JU with went back to their hometown. I would like to reconnect with JU graduates from my year and recent graduates.

Hannes Witte

Hannes Witte '14

Degree: MBA

Major: Business

Hometown: Germany

Current Employment: Quality Engineer at Mercedes-Benz USA

Student Involvement at JU: Publishing management articles with Dr. Arbogast

Involvement as Alumni: GOLD Phin Society; GOLD Phin Committee

Community Involvement: In Germany I was a pro bono official at junior track and field events

Favorite JU Memory: Laughing with Dr. Horner and stories from Dr. Arbogast

Why GOLD Phin Society? Awesome networking opportunity with fun people!