Willie A. Battles, Chief Executive Officer
Willie A. Battles, a businessman and pastor from Williston, Florida, is known for his community development in the areas of housing, home ownership, family building, and saving children. After years of fostering these initiatives, he was inspired as a Watchman on the Wall in his community to develop Unity Family Community Center.
Battles’ own personal commitment to making transformative differences in people’s lives expanded into a one-of-a kind approach to service delivery in the Williston community and surrounding areas. The approach encompasses holistic service delivery that addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, educational and social needs of individuals. His personal commitment, and his own consistent presence in the service delivery, breeds a unique trust and has brought him, and UFCC, recognition from across the state of Florida and the nation.
UFCC’s success is credited to our committed staff, who live and work in our communities and are dedicated to quality service delivery to the citizens of Williston, Florida, and surrounding areas.
Joyce is the Executive Director of UFCC. She is also UFCC’s Grant Writer. Joyce has been employed with the agency for 12 years. She has over 25 years of experience in organizational development (non-profit), federal and state grant administration to include peer reviews, federal reporting, grant management, and grant writing. She has also worked as a Federal Grant Administrator for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, managing and administering the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant funded program, as well as a Community Coach with Florida State University, Center for Prevention, providing technical training to substance abuse prevention coalitions in the NW and NE Regions of Florida. She is a consultant with Intuitive Synergies, LLC to address the youth opioid crisis in State of Indiana.
Ms. Wilson holds a B.A. in Business Administration with specialization in Management, Dual Master of Arts in Management & Leadership and Human Resource Management. Ms. Wilson believes in change and development in communities through partnerships, commitment and resources.
Ernest Folston’s secular experience includes serving as a member of the U.S. Army and commissioned as an officer by the President of the United States. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Pharmacy. He is a licensed pharmacist, who eventually became the regional coordinator for on call pharmacist for a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company. He was responsible for pharmacy logistics involving corporate acquisitions, supervision of pharmaceutical inventories, customer resolutions, risk management and pharmacy loss prevention. Mr. Folston also has received director credentials as a Childcare director. He also has attended Tampa Hillsborough College in Tampa Florida and is certified by the state of Florida as a licensed surety agent. Also, he now serves as a compounding Pharmacist at The WestLab Pharmacy in Gainesville Florida, where he is involved with cutting edge design specific pharmaceutical preparations for humans and animals as a partner on their healthcare team. Mr. Folston has been assigned as the corporate representative for government procurement contracts for the WestLab Pharmacy Corporation. Mr. Folston received a certification from the American Pharmaceutical Association for Implementation of Medication Therapeutic Management Services.
He is currently being required to develop the logistics for implementation of a national veteran’s health service initiative for Partners for Telehealth Solutions to provide medication therapeutic management services to military veterans and their families.
Mr. Folston is in demand as an instructor and lecturer locally and nationally involving pharmaceuticals and therapeutics.
Sharon is the Community Outreach Specialist for UFCC through her company, Administration Coaching Training Services “ACTS”. She establishes capacity enhancing relationships by networking with partners, sponsors, community groups and organizations; actively pursue funding opportunities; maintain current trends on the conditions in the community and important factors which influences community issues; publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals; represent and market the mission and programs.
Ms. Battles has worked with non-profit groups for over sixteen years. She has a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources and Management Leadership. She has managed assisted living facilities in a corporate arena and manage an adult daycare center in Gainesville, Fl. She administers applications to IRS for new non-profit organizations in United States. She shares her years of experience with the nonprofit arena, through leadership.
Keila is the Administrative Assistant at Unity Family Community Center, Inc. Keila has been employed with the agency for 2 years but she started her journey with UFCC in middle school through the programs they offered. She worked for a credit union before becoming employed at UFCC.
Ms. Legall holds a B.A. in Elementary Education. She is currently attending Graduate school for her Master of Arts in Business Administration with specialization in Project Management. She believes that giving back to the community will help children succeed and achieve their dreams. Ms. Legall is committed to creating change and bettering communities.
Nosheika has been employed with Unity Family Community Center since 2006. Nosheika is SRAS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist) certified, and is currently enrolled at College of Central Florida, pursuing her education in Business Administration.
She is one of the program educators for the Abstinence Only Education Program funded by the Florida Department of Health. Nosheika was also a teacher and human resources manager before she became an educator. She has attended several trainings on Leadership skills, Breaking the Social Structure of Bullying in Schools, Reducing the Risk, and more. Nosheika is very active in her community, where she currently serves as a youth mentor.
Nosheika identifies, engages, and empowers the newest generation of leaders to create a lasting change in their community and in their lives. Because of her own life experiences, she expresses to the youth that there is “no free sex”. There is an enormous cost physically, emotionally, and socially that can be avoided by getting the facts and choosing to make the best decisions.
Kelvin Mattair is Project Director for our JBU Mentors Program. This program is funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice, and it provides mentoring services to the youth of Levy County. Kelvin has over 10 years of experience in youth development, recreational sports management, community outreach and mentoring. He has also worked with indigenous youth in Australia, where he created community sports events, established youth advisory boards, and assisted in the restorative justice system involving youth during his stay in Australia. His passion, energy, and innovative ideas keep his motivation for the youth going. Stemming from the mentor program’s title, Kelvin’s favorite quote is, “Just Be U, everyone else is taken.”
Shari is currently a Teen Health Education Specialist for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). Shari has been trained by ETR associates to educate youth through a 16-module curriculum known as Reducing the Risk. She has obtained her national certification through the National Education Abstinence Association (NAEA). The certification Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) is designed to educate youth on avoiding risky behaviors that may lead to STD’s/HIV and reoccurring pregnancy.
Shari has 4 years of experience in victims advocate work and has been honored to serve and assist many families in Columbia and Levy counties. Shari, often referred to as “Mrs. Clean”, offers a fun, energetic, and memorable way for people of all ages to learn important information. One of Shari’s favorite quotes is “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Shari has a passion for young people and believes that with the right support, anything is possible for them.
Ivy is the Program Educator for the Choosing the Best Program, which teaches abstinence and relationship building. She has been employed with Unity Family Community Center for five years, during which she has been certified as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist, and trained in the Making a Difference curriculum and the Too Good for Drugs curriculum.
Ivy previously worked for more than three years as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Alzheimer’s unit with Ocala Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ivy’s favorite quote is from the author Helen Keller, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved”.
Sampson is currently a Teen Health Education Specialist with Unity Family Community Center, Inc through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). He has been a contractor with UFCC for 4 years. His love for youth allows him to be involved by mentoring, physical fitness trainer and coach.
Mr. Jackson is a graduate of the University of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He enjoys teaching youth to become responsible and productive. He seeks opportunities to empower individuals and give back to communities.
Blaine is the Project Director for the Students Winning and Achieving Goals (S.W.A.G.) Afterschool Program. Blaine is a former Language Arts teacher of Williston Middle High School. He is committed to providing youth with opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life.
Mr. Vitallo is a graduate of the University of Florida. He received a Bachelors in English with a minor in Education. He enjoys reading and writing short stories.