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OneJax announces 2010 Humanitarian Award honorees

OneJax (www.onejax.org), a nonprofit that supports local organizations, has announced the recipients of its 2010onejax Humanitarian Awards. The OneJax Humanitarian Awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to our community, and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community.

Recipients of this coming year’s Silver Medallions are:

Jack Diamond

Jack Diamond

• John J. (Jack) Diamond. Jack Diamond is the senior principal of Rink Design Partnership, Inc. He came to Jacksonville in 1970 where he worked for KBJ Architects for 27 years, serving the last 14 years as its president. Diamond has been responsible for a great number of well recognized projects including the Prudential Tower and Complex, the Sun Trust Tower (formerly the Jacksonville Center), the Southern Bell Tower; the Jacksonville Federal Courthouse, the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts; and multiple projects at the University of North Florida. Currently, Diamond contributes time to the FCCJ Foundation, JCCI, Visit Jacksonville, the Jacksonville AIA, the Jacksonville Zoo, Fresh Ministries, the Trust for Public Land, Dreams Come True, the United Way Campaign Cabinet, and Downtown Rotary of which he is a past president.

He has served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, the University of North Florida Foundation, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Northeast Florida, the YMCA of North Florida, Visit Jacksonville (formerly the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau), and the United Way Campaign. He is also a founding member of JaxPride (a Coalition for Visual Enhancement) and the Chamber Cornerstone Division, and has served as vice chairman of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Jack, an early and ardent supporter of Jacksonville’s Downtown, has been the recipient of numerous awards for service to the overall community in architectural design, vision, charity, arts, education, and community involvement.

• Martha “Marty” T. Lanahan. Marty Lanahan has 21 years of experience in banking and currently serves as the

Marty Lanahan

Marty Lanahan

North Florida Area President and Jacksonville City President for Regions Bank. She oversees the development of all business lines from Jacksonville to Pensacola including retail, commercial, small business, real estate, and wealth management.

As an active member of the Jacksonville community, Lanahan has been involved with numerous nonprofit associations and is currently on the board of the Florida Transportation Commission, the Jack Del Rio Foundation and the Cultural Council of Jacksonville where she serves as past president. She has been recognized with many awards for her involvement in the Jacksonville community. She was recognized as the Individual of the Year 2009 by the Cultural Council; received the EVE Award for Employment in 2008 and was named as a Woman of Vision by Girls Inc., in 2008, just to name a few. Marty’s banking career began with The Atlantic Bank/First Union Bank after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Finance Degree.  She has a diverse background including commercial/corporate banking, small business banking and treasury management.

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Cleve Warren

• Cleve E. Warren. Warren is a former vice president and corporate banking officer with the Barnett Bank of Jacksonville. Following his tenure with Barnett, Mr. Warren later served as senior vice president and manager of corporate banking for Community First Bank of Jacksonville where he also developed and managed the bank’s “Professional Athletes” private banking activity. Following the merger of Community First Bank and Compass Bancshares, he founded The Players Group International, a provider of investment and financial consulting services to professional athletes. The company works with athletes and their families to assist with matters such as cash management and budgeting, financial planning, investment consulting, credit management, estate planning, and matters related to risk management.

Warren has served the community in many way and serves on the board of several civic and charitable organizations: most notably, he is Immediate past chair of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, chairman of the Eartha M. M. White Legacy Endowment Fund Advisory Board, chairman of the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum Board of Directors, chairman of the Board of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, and a member of the Baptist Health Systems Foundation Board and the Board of Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation, among others.  He is also an alumnus of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. He is a native of Jacksonville and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida, a master’s degree from Jacksonville University, and he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of North Florida.

Receiving the 2010 President’s Citation is:

• Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., M.D. Albert Wilkinson served in the United States Navy toward the end of World War II

Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., M.D.

Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., M.D.

and shortly thereafter. After he completed pre-med requirements at Emory University, he attended Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia.  Wilkinson served a rotating internship at Tulane Services of Charity Hospital in New Orleans followed by residency training in General and Thoracic surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine.  He then began training in children’s surgery including time spent in pediatric pathology and research at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago. 

In 1959 Wilkinson returned to Jacksonville as the first pediatric surgeon in Florida, where for many years he practiced pediatric surgery, served as surgeon-in-chief at two children’s hospitals as well as on their respective boards of directors.  For 12 years he served as Chief of Children’s Surgical Services at University Hospital and its predecessor Duval Medical Center.  He founded the first pediatric surgery clinic in Florida at Hope Haven Hospital under the aegis of the Florida Crippled Children’s Commission.  He also served as founding president of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals and continues to serve in a part-time capacity for the association.  He was also the founding medical director and director for the planning and development of Nemours Children’s Clinic- Jacksonville. He has published many papers and recently published a book that deals with children’s hospital and healthcare.

 “We are very pleased with this coming year’s Honorees, all of whom are worthy of the recognition they will receive as OneJax Humanitarians,” said Brenda Ezell, chair of the OneJax Board of Directors. “The 2010 Humanitarian Awards Dinner will mark the 40th anniversary of the event and OneJax is having a greater impact than ever before on promoting respect and understanding among people of different religious, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our honorees embody the spirit of this commitment and I expect the event to be a very special celebration.”


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