About Us

Gainesville For All was formed to address racial and economic inequities that hurt people and hinder our community from achieving its best potential. It is an initiative of The Gainesville Sun in partnership with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.

 

We are currently working on a list of recommendations for systemic change that will be released in early 2018. The recommendations will be in addition to more than two dozen that citizens made last spring to tackle persistent racial and socio-economic inequities in the Gainesville area community. We’re pleased that nearly half of those recommendations already have been implemented.

Our Team

Douglas Ray

Executive Editor and General Manager of The Gainesville Sun

Doug leads the newsroom and is a member of the editorial board. He joined the newsroom team in 2012.

James F. Lawrence

Director of GNV4ALL

James is a native Floridian who retired as editorial page editor at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle in December 2014 after a 42 year career in journalism.

Nathan Crabbe

Opinion and Engagement Editor at The Gainesville Sun

Nathan writes The Sun’s editorials and a weekly column as well as edits letters to the editor and guest columns appearing on the daily editorial page and Sunday Issues section.

Wendy Resnick

Chair, Health and Transportation

Resnick is an active volunteer with several community groups, including the Alachua County Safety Net Coalition and Tobacco Free Alachua.  She is a graduate of both UF and Nova Southeastern University and works for UFHealth Shands Hospital in finance.  Wendy has volunteered with GNV4ALL since 2017.

Lawrence Certain

Co-chair, Criminal Justice

Lawrence has worked in the Criminal Justice profession for the past twenty-eight years.  He is currently assigned to Security Administration at the Department of the Jail. Lawrence is married to Tina Certain and they have two adult children.

Will Halvosa

Co-Chair, Criminal Justice

Halvosa is a retired Captain from the Gainesville Police Department after 30 years and currently the DMC (Disproportionate Minority Contact) Coordinator of that agency. He is a graduate of the University of Florida in Criminal Justice and certified in Racial and Ethnic Disparity through Georgetown University. He is married to Rosa with 2 children and 2 step children.

Gainesville For All (GNV4ALL) has received support from a broad base of individuals, community groups, local government and institutions, as well as local businesses including marketing support from Optym, a global logistics company with offices in Gainesville.