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Pastor Rhonda leads Faith in Florida (FIF) with a dynamic team of leaders who will alter the way we talk about the intersection of human rights and politics in Florida. She has worked with FIF since 2012 and possesses the passion, creativity, intellectual drive, and confidence to bring the vision of FIF to fruition. Pastor Rhonda has successfully built a reputation for being a leader of social justice and has made her mark in many areas of her work, most notably her leadership on voter registration, Let My People Vote - Amendment 4, and  LIVE FREE’s efforts on gun violence and mass incarceration.  

Additionally, she has been proficient in organizing community and clergy, supervising organizers, and representing Faith in Florida in statewide coalitions and partnerships with ally organizations. Pastor Rhonda has made a strong commitment to the staff, the Board of Directors and the community to not only maintain the character of Faith in Florida but also build upon this foundation to strengthen their impact on the lives of Floridians. 

Rhonda Thomas
Executive Director
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Genesis Reyes serves as the Chief of Staff for Faith in Florida.  She joined the Faith in Florida staff in September 2015, following her employment with the Notre Dame AmeriCorps as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Faith in Florida. As the Faith in Florida Chief of Staff, Genesis is working to implement and improve the organization’s administrative systems, policies, and procedures. She is also a Data Professional, managing the CE data behind such successful c3 GOTV campaigns including the education around Florida's Amendment 4 and Hillsborough County's State Attorney. Genesis is originally from Miami, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Central Florida. In her spare time, Genesis enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Simon.

Genesis Reyes
Chief of Staff

Nanci J. Palacios Godinez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the United States at the age of six and has not been able to return to Mexico because she is an undocumented immigrant. She has been organizing for about four years to pass a permanent solution to the immigration problems that exist in the United States.

 

In 2011, she co-founded United We Dream: Tampa Bay, a youth group that helps undocumented youth find educational opportunities in Florida. It also allows for youth to become involved in creating change in their community.

 

She participated in the campaign to get Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and in-state tuition passed. As of March 2013, she has been working as an organizer with PICO United Florida, now Faith in Florida. She has focused on organizing the faith community to pass immigration reform and other local immigration campaigns.

Nanci Palacios 
Deputy Director

Rae Anthony St. Michael Whitely Sr. was born on a dairy farm in Jamaica to Hazelton and Iona Whitely. In the early 1980s, Rae’s family migrated to America and settled in West Palm Beach. After graduating from Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, FL, Rae attended Palm Beach Community College and later Tallahassee Community College but returned to Boynton Beach to contribute to the family’s expenses and the education of his siblings. 

Rae's community and congregational work are some of the following;

Palm Beach County Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Board Member from 2017- 2018. President and CEO of Boynton United 2 Bury the Violence, 

Founder of the Children’s Oasis International Inc, Ordained Minister at Healing Hand Ministries serving as a. Sunday School teacher. Served as a spokesperson for the Boynton Beach Coalition of Clergy, Palm Beach County Clergy Alliance Member, President of Black Votes Matter, Member of the Boynton Beach MLK Committee, Member of the Boynton Beach Team of Hope, Co-Chairperson for the "Justice for Corey " campaign, Chairperson of the UNIFY Criminal Justice Committee. Serves as Chair for the Palm Beach Federation of Clergy.  Served on various Religious Advisory Boards over the years and worked collaboratively with Community Agencies to bring about positive change in the lives of people.

Rae’s mission is one that is simply identifiable, and ordained by God:  Be a “kingdom influence” wherever The Lord leads.  Rae’s infectious positive energy and humility have enabled him to soar from a dairy farm in Jamaica to a platform that continues to inspire everyone he meets. 

Rae Whitely
Congregation Organizer

Alisia Harriel is a Congregational Organizer with Faith in Florida, in the Treasure Coast. She has worked with grass-roots and non-profit organizations for about 10 years. Alisia started her activism and advocacy work as a college student at Florida A&M University. During this time, she worked as the Florida State Coordinator for Black Youth Vote! (BYV!). In 2018 Alisia worked as a Field Organizer and Trainer for the For Our Future Fund, helping to restore the votes of over 1.4 million returning citizens. Alisia has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. 

Alisia Harriel
Congregation Organizer

LaVon Wright Bracy is a native of Boynton Beach, Florida, and the daughter of the late Reverend Thomas A Wright Sr and Affie Mae Wright. She was educated in the public schools of St. Augustine and Gainesville, Florida.

 

LaVon was the first African American to graduate from Alachua County Schools Gainesville High School, Florida, in 1965.

 

In 1969, she graduated from Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Psychology.

 

In 1970, she graduated from The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, with a Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) with an emphasis in College Personnel Services.

 

In 1977, she earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; with specialization in Higher Education Administration.

 

She is an advocate for social justice. She has conducted extensive voter education, registration, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in Central Florida, singlehandedly registering more than 1200 voters, and was featured in the CNN Special: WHO COUNTS, 2012. See YouTube documentary clips on the left.

LaVon is Co-Founder of New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando, located on Rio Grande Avenue in Orlando, Florida. She has been a champion for education and has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to support college students. She retired in 2012. She currently works with Faith in Florida as Director of Democracy.

 

She has authored three books; Making Them Whole in 1990 and Beyond Bravery in 2012, and A Brave Little Cookie in 2019. She is the wife of Rev. Randolph Bracy and the proud mother of Florida Senator Randolph Bracy and LaVon Bracy-Davis, Esq.

Dr. Lavon Bracy
Voter Registration Coordinator

"Loren Lyons serves as the Communication Coordinator for Faith in Florida. Hailing from Tallahassee Florida, she is a second-generation graduate of Florida A&M University. She has a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Psychology. Loren first started with Faith in Florida as a phone banking volunteer during the "Let My People Vote" campaign and the "Peacemakers" post-election initiative. 

 

She has worked in the entertainment industry writing and interviewing celebrity artists and has worked for local and nonprofit organizations in implementing creative campaign strategies used to help grow their brand. 

 

Loren looks forward to bringing her creativity and passion for helping others into her work by amplifying the advocacy Faith in Florida is doing to liberate Black and Brown communities. " 

Loren Lyons
Communications Coordinator