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Board of Directors

Cecil 2014 (a)

Cecil F. Gibson III
Board Chair

A second generation banker, serving in the banking and financial services industry for 39 years, Cecil Gibson is currently the Commercial Banking Market Executive for Ameris Bank in St. Augustine. In his current position, he is responsible for all core banking business in the St. Augustine Market which is a $450 million banking operation. In his market are nine banking offices and a commercial lending staff.   

Cecil was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Jacksonville in 1968. After seven years in consumer finance, he entered the banking industry with Florida National Bank of Jacksonville where he remained until their merger with First Union. He spent the next 20 years in community banking, working with Marine National Bank through its merger into what became EverBank. Wanting to get back to community banking, he left his position at EverBank to take his current position at Ameris Bank. 

Cecil graduated with a BBA degree from the University of North Florida. He was named to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2003 for his contributions to the business and civic community as an outstanding alumnus from UNF. He is an Honors Graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida. He has been active in the various types of SBA financing programs for the last 20 years. He has served as a business profile consultant for the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida and was nominated as Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year. 

In addition to his career in banking, Cecil has been active in the Jacksonville community serving in numerous charitable and civic roles. He is a 28-year member of the Rotary Club and is a Past President and former member of the Board of Directors. He has also served as a District Governor for Rotary International in 2007-08 where he served 62 clubs and 3,800 Rotarians in Rotary District 6970, which covers North Florida. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Pace Center for Girls, and Essential Capital, Inc. He and his wife Marilyn are involved in numerous church activities including presently serving as the Directors and a presenting team for Catholic Engaged Encounter in the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Cecil and Marilyn have been married for 39 years and have four children and six grandchildren, all of whom live in the North Florida area. 



Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council as CEO, Mary Anne Jacobs served as the senior director of government relations for Time Warner Cable. During her career in the telecommunications industry, Jacobs was nationally recognized with numerous awards including the industry’s prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence, the National Vision Award, and the Women’s Press Association Award. She was also recognized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America with the National Medallion Award.
An advocate for children’s issues, Mary Anne was appointed to the South Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council of the Children’s Trust of South Carolina. She held board seats with Parents Against Child Abuse and Parents Anonymous, and was a spokesperson for a children’s campaign with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Jacobs was also a member of the board for Youth Corps, and South Carolina Area Council Boys and Girls Clubs; and board chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. In addition, she served as president of the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics and as an executive member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the distinguished Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman University.
Once transitioning to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Mary Anne accepted a leadership role with the First Coast Girls Initiative. She is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2015. Jacobs held a position on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband Jeff.


Board of Directors

Cecil F. Gibson III

Ed Rastrelli

Veronica Della Porta
Past Chair

Salmaan Wahidi

Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer

Eric Fontana
Chief Financial Officer

John Andrews
Kacy Ealy
Rachel Eastveld
Stacey Foster
April Harrell-Devine
Nicki Howard
Ann Johnson
Patrice Jones
Heather Joyce
David Pisano
Christy Dickinson Waldenmaier

Daniela McCarty
Girl member

Kailyn Palmer
Girl member