Board of Directors

Jeff Ray


President

Jeff has been in ministry for 29 years, having served churches in Gainesville, Raleigh, NC, and now Jacksonville.  He spent 9 years as a music evangelist.  Jeff studied music at the University of Florida and taught Worship and Educational Ministry classes at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.  In addition to being a pastor, he also works for the Florida Baptist Convention as a Missions Coordinator for the Partnership Missions Department. Jeff trains churches for mission trips and missions awareness.  In this capacity he works in Brazil, in the Amazon Basin, leading mission teams and training Brazilian pastors for ministry.

Jeff’s hobbies include fishing, reading and spending time with his family.  His family has been at EVA for six years.  They have had four children attend EVA.

Jeff is excited and honored to serve on the Board of Directors.  He believes that out of challenging days come incredible opportunities.  EVA’s best days are ahead!  Jeff believes that we have a great Board of Directors ready to work hard for the future of our great school.  Jeff encourages prayer for the faculty, staff, Board, and our Administrator, Scott Kinlaw, as we strive for excellence.  
 

Doug Lang


Vice President

Doug has served in the Air Force and Florida Air National Guard for over 26 years as a firefighter and as an Emergency Manager.  Additionally, he worked as a firefighter for Cobb County, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida prior to accepting the Emergency Manager position for the Florida Air National Guard in 2001.  Doug earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Emergency and Disaster Services from Thomas Edison State College.  He has received multiple state and federal service awards for military service, including a promotion to Chief Master Sergeant in 2010.

Doug is the president of the 125 Fighter Wing Chief’s Council. He and his wife, Trina, have one child who attends EVA and a also one who graduated from EVA. Garrett started in Kindergarten and is currently in the 8th grade. Megan graduated valedictorian of EVA Class of 2016, and  is currently attending the University of Florida. Doug’s desire for the Board of Directors is to serve where God places him.  His wish is to actively pursue strengthening EVA by equipping the administration and teachers with outstanding objectives and support in the pursuit of a Christ-centered education built on academic excellence.
 

Marian McDermitt


Corporate Secretary

Marian has been involved with EVA from the very beginning, being a part of the original home school group that started the school.  Prior to working at EVA, she worked as a Buyer’s Assistant at Learner’s Warehouse and as a Cash Manager at Stein Mart.  Marian has two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.  Marian’s youngest daughter graduated from EVA in 2005.

Marian loves spending time with her family, bike riding, going to the beach, and vacationing at Disney.  Her goal as a Board Member is to help EVA continue to raise academic standards, while maintaining a Christ-centered environment in the classroom.  Marian’s desire is to be a positive leader in growing the school financially so that it can build for the future.
 

Doug Holmes


Board Member

 

Doug was born and raised in Jacksonville and has lived here his entire life.  Being a locally based and operating business owner of Excel Property Services, his background includes 25+ years in account relations, operations management as well as sales and management roles. Prior to becoming a business owner, Doug worked as a Strategic Account Director for Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a Fortune 150 company, providing technology solutions, processing services and information-based services to the financial services industry. Prior to that, Doug held various roles supporting small business, corporate, and government sectors for AT&T.  He is an active member at Chets Creek Church and also serves on the Advisory Board with the Chets Creek Church leadership team.  He enjoys spending time with his family, working outside, traveling, and hunting.  Doug seeks to provide insight and direction in regaining financial stability and health at EVA, as well as assist in the development and implementation of the roadmap to maximize current and future growth at EVA.
 

Don Presley


Board Member

Don is the owner of Next Level Academy (opened June 2010), an organization that prepares athletes on all levels, with indoor and outdoor facilities.  He is the former owner, Vice President, General Manager, and CEO of Trident Supply Company, Inc. (1984-2010) before it was sold to GHX Inc, LLC.  Don was responsible for the company’s budget, direction, inventory and personnel for three locations and 35 employees.  After graduating from University Christian, Don received an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business and attended the University of North Florida.  He has taken Dale Carnegie courses in sales and leadership.

Don has been married to Mary Presley for 24 years, and they have 5 children: Donya, Don III, Laura, Chris and Tyler.  Don III, Laura, Chris, and Tyler all graduated from EVA. Don has been an involved parent at EVA, coaching girls’ softball, soccer, middle school football, middle school basketball, and baseball.  Currently, he is the Varsity Baseball Coach at EVA.  He enjoys playing softball (having been on 10 national title teams), hunting, and coaching.

As a Board Member, Don’s number one goal is to see that EVA is a spiritual and educational beacon in the community.  He desires EVA to be a place where parents will want to send their children because they will be challenged academically and guided by Biblical principles that will help them to develop the character they will need to succeed in a difficult world.  Don is committed to help EVA grow and compete so that one day his grandchildren will attend and graduate with the same pride he has as a coach and parent within the current system.
 

Scott Kinlaw
 

Board Member, ex officio

Scott has been a part of the EVA family for 18 years; 4 years as a volunteer, and the last 14 years as an employee.  He was originally hired as a Principal by the school’s founding Administrator in 2000.  Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in the Management of Human Resources from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.  He currently serves as the President of the Christian Schools of Duval County and has previously served as the organization’s Vice-President for several years prior.

Scott is the current boys’ varsity basketball coach at EVA, a position that he has held for 18 years.  He enjoys spending time with his immediate family and his EVA family.  Scott has been married to his wife, Vera, for 25 years, and they have two daughters.  His oldest daughter, Taylor, started at EVA in 1st grade and graduated in 2012.  His youngest daughter, Hannah, started at EVA in Kindergarten and graduated in 2015. She currently attends Southeastern University. Scott’s goal for the Board of Directors is to provide an undercurrent of strong Christian leadership that will strengthen the core of EVA, enabling the school to provide the greatest and most current education, while glorifying Christ.
 

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