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  •  Telephone number  (904) 256-7025
  •  Fax number  (904) 256-7608


Meet the Staff

Portrait of Allana FortéAllana Forté (She/her)

Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Chief People and Culture Officer


  • B.S. University of Florida (concentration in Education)
  • J.D. Stetson University College of Law (concentration Trial Advocacy)

About Allana

Allana serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel and Chief People and Culture Officer at Jacksonville University. In addition to leading compliance and legal matters for the University,  Allana is also responsible for leading recruitment and retention initiatives for faculty and staff. She oversees activities performed by the Office of People and Culture, including benefits, recruiting, compensation, employee relations, training and employee recognition programs. Allana serves as the chair of the Employee Recognition Committee and the Faculty/Staff Wellness Committee.

As a trained advocate, Allana considers her transition to higher education seamless as she went from advocating for clients to advocating for students.

Allana’s passions include equity work and community mentorship. In her spare time, she teaches higher education law and policy to graduate students. She also enjoys poetry, podcasts, and game night.

  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7025
  • Email address

Fonnie Baarmand (She/her)Fonnie Headshot

Assistant Vice President of People & Culture, Director of Compliance


Fonnie serves as the Assistant Vice President of People & Culture, and Director of Compliance in the Office of People and Culture at Jacksonville University. 

She has over 18 years of experience in higher education and has served in human resources, environmental health & safety, compliance oversight, risk management, university insurance procurement, legal case management and Title IX Coordination. 

Fonnie has experience in design and implementation of human resources practices and has created and executed numerous all-inclusive campus wide effective compliance programs such as training & development, enterprise risk management, and policies and procedures to ensure appropriate wide accountability and existence of escalation processes in all areas. 

Fonnie has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from the Napier University in Scotland and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology. 

Fonnie’s goal is to collaborate across all divisions to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment, retention, and staff development. 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and exercising.

Gaby Coelho (She/her)


People & Culture Business Partner


Gaby Coelho (she/her) serves Jacksonville University as a People & Culture Business Partner in the Office of People and Culture. Having studied Psychology and Sociology in her undergraduate schooling, she loves working with and understanding people. Her overarching goal is to positively impact the lives of the people she works with. She loves to continuously learn and be challenged, and has goals to pursue a graduate education. When she is not working, Gaby enjoys going to the beach, running, cooking, spending time outdoors and listening to live music. 

Telephone number  (904) 256-7279
Email address 

Portrait of Olivia Crews

Olivia Crews (She/her)

HRIS Analyst


Olivia Crews joins the Office of People & Culture as HRIS Analyst. Her background in Finance and Customer Service serves the team through analytics reporting, process improvements, and new technology implementation.

She is overjoyed to continue to build relationships across campus and looks forward to meeting new people. Olivia is currently working on a Master of Business Administration at Jacksonville University. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys live music, making hot sauce from her pepper garden, and is always open to suggestions for her next Netflix or podcast binge.

  • Telephone number  (904) 256-7183
  • Email address

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Lauren Draughorne (She/her)

People & Culture Business Partner


Lauren Draughorne (she/her) serves as the People & Culture Business Partner for the Office of People and Culture at Jacksonville University. Lauren has five years of experience working in Higher Education with an emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and plans to pursue her master’s degree.

Prior to working at JU, she worked in Multicultural Affairs providing multicultural trainings and events for faculty, staff, and students. Aside from Lauren’s professional responsibilities, Lauren is a true DIY fanatic, has a serious love of plants, and loves all things Arts & Crafts.

Telephone number  (904) 256-7699

Email address


Laurie Philpot

People & Culture Business Partner L.Philpot Headshot


Laurie Philpot (she/her) has recently joined Jacksonville University as a People & Culture Business Partner in the Office of People and Culture. She previously supported a multi-cultural, global staff she is thrilled to be a part of the welcoming and inclusive culture at JU. 

Laurie holds a B.S. degree in Marketing. She has been living in the Jacksonville area for over 20 years, but originally hails from Pittsburgh. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her family and pets.

Telephone number   (904) 256-7201

Email address 


Jasmine Whiteside (She/her)

People & Culture Business Partner


J. Whiteside Headshot

Jasmine (she/her) is the People & Culture Business Partner for the Office of People and Culture at Jacksonville University. With a background in staffing, she's handled various tasks like full cycle recruiting, client management, and international and domestic payroll. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, is eyeing a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

Her passion lies in fostering workplace relationships, striving to cultivate a positive and safe environment through collaboration. Always hungry for knowledge, Jasmine is a perpetual learner, eager to explore diverse subjects. She's all ears for recommendations on compelling books and movies that offer glimpses into different cultures and parts of the world.

Outside of work, Jasmine finds joy in aerial and flow arts, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and nurturing her growing collection of plants.

Telephone number  (904) 256-7201

Email address 



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In the interest of serving JU even better, the Office of People & Culture assigns a People & Culture Business Partner to each college/organization at JU. The specific areas below are listed so you will know who your professional People & Culture Business Partner is. Please note, we are still a team -- if you have a question when your Business Partner is out, we are all here to serve you.


Lauren Draughorne

  • Aramark
  • Davis College of Business (DCOB)
    • Accounting, Finance, & DSIM
    • Aviation
    • Business
    • Career Resource Center
    • Communications
    • Computing Science
    • Engineering
    • Management, Communications, Marketing, International Business & Sports
    • NROTC
    • Physics
  • Enrollment Management 
    • Admissions
    • Graduate Admissions
    • Student Accounts
    • Student Financial Assistance
    • Student Financial Services
  • People & Culture
  • President's Office 
  • Strategic Events

Gaby Coelho

  • Academic Affairs
    • Registrar's Office
    • Service Learning
    • The Advising Center
  • Beach BLVD Healthcare Simulation Center
  • College of Healthcare Sciences (BRCHS)
    • Comm Sciences & Disorders
    • Kinesiology
    • Mental Health Counseling
    • Nursing
    • Orthodontic Clinic
    • School of Orthodontics
  • Library
  • Student Affairs
    • Campus Security
    • Disability Student Services
    • Equity & Inclusion
    • Jax Rec Well
    • Military & Veterans Resources
    • Residential Life
    • Student Activities
    • Student Counseling
    • Student Engagement and Leaders
    • Student Experience
    • Student Health Center
    • Varsity Sports (Sailing & Shooting)

Laurie Philpot

  • External Affairs
    • University Marketing & Communications
    • University Advancement Administration
  • College of Fine Arts (LBSCFA)
    • Humanities
    • Literature, Language, & Culture
    • Music
    • Theatre Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • College of Law

Jasmine Whiteside

  • Wilma's Little People School
  • Financial Affairs Administration
    • Information Technology
    • Purchasing (Imaging & Post Office)
    • Resource Management
    • Controller's Office
  • Athletics Administration
    • Athletics Sports
  • College of Arts & Sciences
    • Biology & Marine Science
    • Economics
    • Physics
    • Education
    • Social Sciences
    • Sociology & Criminology
    • Sustainability, Geography, & Environment
    • Psychology
    • History, Political Science, & Economics
    • Science & Math
    • Chemistry
  • MSRI 
    • St. Johns River Keeper
    • FL Fish  Wildlife
    • Public Policy