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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

5/24/2018: Kids Hope Alliance; Dan Schafer; End Of Life Doulas; Johnson Family YMCA

Kevin Meerschaert
Kids Hope Alliance CEO (l) and Board Chair Kevin Gay (r) joined Mellisa Thursday on First Coast Connect

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with newly installed Kids Hope Alliance CEO Joseph Peppers and board chair Kevin Gay about what we can expect the organization will do to help kids in Jacksonville (1:19).

Retired UNF history professor Dan Schafer told us about his book Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner. A new edition of his 2003 biography of the one-time owner of the Kingsley Plantation has recently published by University Press of Florida (26:52).  

We heard about International End of Life Doula Association with certified doula Susanna Massari. The organization is having a conference in Jacksonville in October (37:35).

First Coast YMCA CEO Eric Mann told us about the construction project to expand the Johnson Family YMCA on Jacksonville’s northside. The groundbreaking was earlier this month (46:00).

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.