P.E.C. Vision Statement:

To make Eatonville an internationally-recognized tourism destination of the arts and culture from throughout the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on the multidiscipline as represented in the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston™.

The P.E.C. Mission:

  • To enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, “the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in the United States” and the hometown of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston;
  • To educate the public about Eatonville’s historic and cultural significance; and
  • To use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development

Our Governing Board


Winfred Chad McKendrick, President

Primerica Regional Vice President

Member since 2009

Tadayuki (Tad) Hara, Ph.D., Vice President

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Member since 2009

Joshua Smith-Benson, PharmD. Treasurer

Walgreen’s Pharmacy

Member since 2015

Rasheeda Garricks, MBA, Secretary

R.G. Smith & Associates

Member since 2019

Marie-José François, M.D. Immediate Past President

Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention, Inc.

Member since 2009


John W. Beacham

Red Bud Landscaping & Irrigation, Inc.

Member since 2019

Ava K. Doppelt, Esq.

Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist, PA 

Member since 1992 

Harietta Finley White

U.S. Postal Service

Member since 2015

Thomas S. Kornegay

TeKontrol, Inc.

Member since 2009

Reginald Lewis

ClaDom Enterprises, LLC

Member since 2019

Reginald B. McGill

City of Orlando – Office of the Mayor

Member since 2000

Jenneil Ross

DaJen Eats
Cafe & Creamery

Member since 2019

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