BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paris Scott, Chair of the Board My name is Paris Scott, I was Born and raised In Gainesville, “Swamp City” Florida. I am the Sixth (6) of eight children (7 boys, 1 girl). I attended Santa Fe College and Florida A&M University. I have been in the medical field (medicine to be exact) for eight years and counting. I am the mother to a beautiful, intelligent little girl. Fun Facts: I absolutely Love Hibachi and I Journal as a hobby simply for memories and therapeutic reasons. It works!!!
Veloria Kelly, Treasurer Veloria A. Kelley is a lifelong Florida resident who makes her home in Gainesville. Veloria has a long history of volunteering, having volunteered through the Alachua County Public School System, the United Way of North Central Florida, and church. Veloria retired in June of 2019, after 35 years of service to the state of Florida, spending the last 12 years as the Director of the Division of Certified Public Accounting and Executive Director to the Florida Board of Accounting. Veloria is a member of the Douglass Historical School Society, Inc., and currently serves as the board’s treasurer. Veloria holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Organizational Management from Santa Fe College. Veloria enjoys gardening, reading, baking, and spending time with her family; especially her son and grandsons.
Dr. LaToya N. Griffin (affectionately known as “Dr. Toy”) is a native of Atlanta, GA, and is the mother of one daughter, Ashleigh. She is a STEM Woman with most of her years dedicated to a Fortune 100 Company in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also multifaceted and has several entrepreneurial endeavors, including being a Real Estate Developer & Investor and owner of an Educational Resource Consulting, Customer Service, & Publishing Firm. She is the Founder of Secret Miracles Unlimited Foundation, Incorporated, a Non-Profit, that empowers, educates, inspires, and nurtures tween and teen girls (ages 10 – 19) to become leaders - overcoming any obstacle through mentorship and philanthropy (www.secretmiraclesunlimited.org). She loves volunteering, traveling, the serenity of water, nature, jazz, and spending time with family and friends. “If I can, she will.” ~Dr. Toy “It is not how you start, it is how you finish.” ~Author Unknown
April Ellis April Ellis, a native of Gainesville has been employed with UF Shand’s Hospital for 23 years as a Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Assistant. Attended Santa Fe Community College. April has been involved with Blossoming Butterfly since 2017. She has a deep passion for charitable and non-profit work. April lives in Gainesville with her two sons. She loves traveling and enjoying time with family and friends.
Ebony Washington Ebony Washington has been an educator for over 10 years. Within those 10years, she has worked with children from ages birth to high school age. Ebony earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008 and master’s Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. When she is not teaching in the Duval County School and providing Early Intervention Services as an infant and toddler developmental Specialist through the Early Steps Program, she’s serving in her church, The Salt Church of Jacksonville as well as spend time with family.