Our Advisory Board

The Project Makeover Advisory Board supports the mission and goals of Project Makeover. The Board is comprised of alumni members who represent diversity in thought, background, experience, and community. Board members help cultivate the alumni base, engage new partners in public and private sectors, and provide mentorship to the current PM Executive Board members. 

 
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Josh jackson

Josh is the founder of Project Makeover and current Chair of the Project Makeover Advisory Board. After graduating from the University of Florida, Josh went on to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer in West Philadelphia, where he managed a community resource center that connected community members with basic social services. Josh then earned his Master of Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C. where he now resides and continues his career in public service as a Management Analyst for the Peace Corps. As the Chair, Josh looks forward to strengthening community involvement with Project Makeover and advancing the organization's vision to enhance public education and civic engagement.

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Avery smith

Avery graduated from the University of Florida in 2017.  During his time in PM he served as a Project Captain, a Project Captain Coordinator, and then as the newly created Operations Manager. During these years he worked on the makeovers at Metcalf, Rawlings and Stephen Foster Elementary Schools. Avery currently serves as a Teach for America corps member on the south side of Oklahoma City.  He is a proud math teacher and has taught Algebra 1 and Geometry at US Grant High school in OKC and Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa.  As a teacher, Avery knows how much an enriched learning environment can impact the lives of kids. As a board member, Avery is most excited about keeping young alumni engaged with Project Makeover and getting local leaders connected to makeovers in their community.

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Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero

Nicolle hails from Miami, Florida and currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia where she works as a civilian attorney with the Department of the Navy. Prior to becoming a civil servant, Ms. Vasquez Del Favero was awarded a Skadden Fellowship where she represented military victims of domestic violence in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Vasquez Del Favero received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2014, and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women's Studies. An active community member, she currently serves on the boards of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach and the Military Spouse Advocacy Network, volunteers with the Virginia State Bar Young Leader's Conference and the Military Spouse Juris Doctor Network, and organized Project Makeover Hampton Roads. 

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Kristina Ford

Kristina is a graduate of the University of Florida with both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education. She has been an employee of the School Board of Alachua County for more than a decade and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach.  Kristina is excited about being able to serve Project Makeover’s volunteers and bring awareness to the organization’s vision. It is her hope that Project Makeover will continue to revolutionize it’s birthplace (Gainesville, Florida) as well as become a global force for change.

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steph paula

Steph Paula is an artist, art teacher, and avid traveler who currently lives in the Bay Area. Paula identifies as latina and was raised mostly by her Argentine grandparents and spent her childhood summers with her family in Argentina. The influence of traveling to more developing countries has always had a marked impression on her, as she knows what true poverty looks like and how much privilege we have without realizing it. Through this way of seeing the world, working in non-profit organizations and at inner-city schools became a natural course of events.

Professionally, her career in art education and social justice began in Gainesville where she was the Art Director for Project Makeover in 2010. The 2010 makeover gave Paula the opportunity to work at the renovation site Lake Forest Elementary the following year and teaching Portraiture at the Reitz Union at night. The community engagement and the lasting effects of Project Makeover's work were seen first hand by Paula that subsequent year. From there, Paula attended Savannah College of Art and Design to study a Master's in Arts Administration and to work at two non-profit museums in Miami. This work ultimately put her focus into perspective: that working with children at low-income schools was the most effective way for her to make a difference using her artistic skill set. She is still currently an art teacher and art department content lead, having taught for 8 years solely at Title-1 schools in Florida and now California. In her spare time, she paints murals based on commission and learns languages. 

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Matt johnson

Matt graduated from UF in 2015 and was a three-year volunteer with Project Makevoer. Matt helped to found the construction team for Project Makeover and currently works as a Field Supervisor for Skanska, a commercial construction company. He currently lives in Tampa with his wife, Taylor, also a UF and PM alumnus. Matt is looking forward to being a part of the future growth and impact of Project Makeover.