The popular Jacksonville summer camp Vision for Excellence (VFE), designed to enrich young men during their summer vacation, announces the appointment of new Executive Board of Directors Member, Tillis Q. DeVaughn. Vision for Excellence was launched in 2010 by Public Defender Matt Shirk as a diversionary program for, 10-15 year old young men from challenged, urban neighborhoods with the idea that “they will be provided a safe, educational and fun summer break experience in hopes of ensuring they do not become future Public Defender clients.” Now approaching its fifth consecutive season and second year as an incorporated non-profit organization, VFE has established itself as a unique and worthwhile program that is helping Jacksonville youth.
Tillis Q. DeVaughn will assume the role of Secretary of the Vision For Excellence Board of Directors. In July, 2012, DeVaughn was asked by Mayor Alvin Brown’s administration to serve as the Lead Project Manager for the Homeless Day Center Project. As a result of his business acumen and due diligence, he was appointed as the first Program Director of the Jacksonville Day Resource Center.
Tillis Q. DeVaughn is a native of Jacksonville, and a disabled US Army veteran and a community servant who has been involved in a plethora of pro-community endeavors for years, such as being one of the lead Deacons at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, who help form the Christian In Action Ministry to assist the elderly and underprivileged. He is also the current Vice President of Programming for the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Inc., responsible for providing mentoring, tutoring and scholarship opportunities for underprivileged students. Tillis has an A.A. in Business Administration from Florida State College of Jacksonville, a B.A. in Organizational Management from Edward Waters College, summa cum laude, and has obtained his M.A. in Educational Leadership from UNF. Tillis’ future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior.
He joins Vision of Excellence Executive Board members: Public Defender Matt Shirk, Kendall Anderson, Peret Pass, Lauren Cowman, Kyle Bedran, Kevin Cobbin, Matt Bisbee and Dwight Brisbane.