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Meet Taylor

Taylor is a hard-working young professional who aspires to become a prominent figure in the progression of racial and social equality. She moved to Orlando in 2010 to begin her studies at the University of Central Florida, and in 2014 she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

After graduating college, Taylor wanted to pursue her dreams as an entrepreneur and small business owner. Therefore, in 2016, she decided to leave her job and plunge into the real estate sector. Being a realtor has helped Taylor develop profound problem solving, marketing, time management, and leadership skills.

Taylor is also involved with the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brother Big Sister, she is very passionate about preserving the future of the next generation. She has a keen interest in campaigning for equal education and opportunity for the youth as well as advocating for social and racial equality. Taylor is determined to gain knowledge, spread that knowledge, and become a leader in her community and her NLC chapter.

Taylor was a 2018 Fellow and is currently serving as the Curriculum Co. Chair. 

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Meet Nicole S.

Nicole E. Sims is a native of Orlando whose parents instilled in her at an early age the importance of getting a good education, serving the community, and giving her very best to every endeavor she undertakes. For over 15 years, she has been committed to ensuring that every child she comes in contact with receives a high quality education in preparation for a successful future.

Nicole is a graduate of the Great Jones High School, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida A&M University, followed by a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Even in her youth, Nicole realized that God’s Purpose for putting her on this earth was to educate, empower, inspire, and to protect children. From her volunteer job at age 11 volunteering to organize Story Time and Montsho Books, to being a Camp Counselor for the City of Orlando as a teen, a Substitute Teacher during college, a Reading Teacher, Dean and now an Assistant Principal in Orange County Public Schools, Nicole has remained committed to fulfilling her God-Given Purpose each and every day.

Nicole is also committed to serving the community that helped to develop her into the young women she is today. She is a member of the Hope Church, as well as a member of the Orlando Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she works with Youth Programs. She is also the Director for the Central Region of the Florida Assistant Principals Association.

Nicole was a 2018 Fellow and is excited to be a part of the 2018-2019 board, serving as Deputy Director for Curriculum.

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Meet Nicole V.

Nicole currently works at Central Florida Jobs with Justice, previously serving as the Social Media Director for Birth Defect Research for Children. Prior to moving home to Florida, Nicole worked in D.C. for seven years working with many local and national non-profits and campaigns including Hillary Clinton’s Campaign, Democratic National Committee, National Women’s Party/Sewall-Belmont House and Museum.

For nearly 5 years Nicole worked at Break the Cycle, a national teen dating violence nonprofit where she not only raised awareness and funds for the organization and issue, she also worked on policy such as the inclusion of the Campus Save Act in the Reauthorization of VAWA and served on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and their Grassroots Subcommittee where she lead their social media efforts.

Nicole currently serves as the PR and Communications Chair for Orange County Democratic Executive Committee, on the League of Women Voters of Orange County Membership committee and as Social Media Chair of Young Non Profit Professionals Network of Orlando. Nicole graduated from the University of Florida in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a specialization in public affairs and a minor in sociology.

Nicole was a 2016 Fellow and is currently serving as the Alumni Engagement Chair. 

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Meet Mark


Mark Webster’s professional career began in consumer lending at SunTrust Bank.  In 2010, he participated in a study aboard program in China.  He spent time in both Beijing and Shanghai studying Global Business at the Beijing Union University and Chinese and Global Economics at Shanghai Finance University.  In 2011, Mark participated in the US State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service Program, assisting US Embassy missions around the world with special projects. 

Mark began his public sector career over 10 years ago at the Orange County Property Appraiser’s office as a Tax Roll Specialist.  After nearly 6 years of outstanding performance, Mark Webster was promoted to Manager of Customer Service in spring of 2013 and through his efforts, his staff achieved a 99.6% customer satisfaction rating while serving over 230,000 customers over 4 years. In 2014, Mark graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Public Administration and in 2016 earned his Master of Business Administration. 

Mark was promoted to Manager of Exemptions, Deeds and Tax Roll Administration in April 2017.  He currently manages a staff of 15 Specialists who audit nearly 500,000 Exemption applications, post 250,000 deeds and has oversight over the 4th largest tax roll in Florida each year.  Mark’s responsibilities are at the highest level at the Orange County Property Appraiser’s office, including assisting with analysis and quality assurance of the annual Orange County, FL tax roll.  

Mark also presents to groups throughout Orange County on behalf of the Property Appraiser on topics ranging from property based tax exemptions, Florida's property tax system, tax calculation, website and mapping demonstrations.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys reading, diving, traveling and serving as Deputy Director of the Orlando Chapter of the New Leader's Council.

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