Founded in 2002, Empowerment Resources, Inc. (ERI) is a 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit organization in Jacksonville, Florida that serves at-risk youth and families by providing programs and services that positively impact the whole family. The organization is honored to have the commitment and dedication of the following volunteers who direct the ERI programs.

Elexia Coleman-Moss
Executive Director

Elexia Coleman-Moss has worked throughout her career supporting children, adolescents and families facing social and economic problems. She has first-hand experience in our neighborhoods as a teacher, after-school tutor, caseworker, behavior specialist and counselor. A tireless advocate for children, Elexia was recently selected by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for recognition as one of 10 local women who have made outstanding contributions to the Jacksonville community. And in 2005, she received the “making the grade award” from Volunteer Jacksonville, and in 2008, she was selected as one of Jacksonville’s 40 under 40 leaders by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She currently serves or has served as a dedicated volunteer leader for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI), the First Coast Girls Initiative, the Healthy Jacksonville Coalition and is the former Chair of JCCI Forward for 2010-2011. Elexia earned has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Florida A&M University.

Board of Directors

  • Daphne Colbert currently works in government in Jacksonville, Florida. Daphne is experienced in project management, strategic planning, public policy and fundraising. She holds a M.B.A. in Management.
  • Penelope Knox currently works for the Department of Justice.  She is experienced in criminal investigations, law enforcement functions, writing policy & procedures, public affairs, and recruiting. Penelope has a Master’s of Arts degree in Forensic Science.
  • Julia Samms currently works as a Realtor.  She is experienced in the fields of education, business management, and community resources for scholarships, career advancement, and at-risk youth.  She holds an M.B.A. in Management.
  • Chad Smith is experienced in technical leadership, project management and IT cloud architecture.He currently works as an Advisory Software Engineer at a national computer and tech company. Chad has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.

Advisory Council

  • Dr. Emma Apatu, faculty member, University of North Florida
  • Carla Flowers, school social worker with Duval County Public Schools
  • William Jackson, Educator, Technology Consultant & Blogger for The Florida Times Union
  • Jacquelyn Lowe, Events Manager
  • LaTonya Lipscomb Smith, Attorney at Law
  • Jennie Oswald, Directory at Macquarie Group