Jon Heymann recently joined the Jacksonville Children’s Commission as the organization’s executive director. Heymann, who previously served as chief executive officer of Communities In Schools of Jacksonville for 14 years, boasts experience in education, children affairs and community outreach.
Heymann said he is excited to join the longstanding organization and further his commitment of supporting Duval County students.
“My passion in life has always centered around education,” Heymann said. “As we collaborate with an impressive array of partners and volunteers, the main goal for the Jacksonville Children’s Commission is to make a positive difference for the greatest number of children in the shortest period of time.”
Heymann has a professional background spanning 30 years that ranges from private ministry to public penitentiaries. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida and has completed graduate work in psychology at Rhode Island College as well as doctoral work at the University of North Florida.
Clemson University recently awarded Heymann its Crystal Star Award – the university’s top national designation – for his work in dropout prevention. He was also named a “Transformational Leader” by Stanford University.
Heymann is an active national board member of Foundations INC (Philadelphia, PA) as well as a board member of the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Education and a Florida State advisory board member of Children’s Campaign.
Heymann succeeds Linda Lanier as executive director of the organization. He and his wife, Cheryl live in Mandarin and have three grown children.