Our Governing Board

PEC 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 PEC 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 (Officers)

Winfred Chad McKendrick


Tadayuki (Tad) Hara, Ph.D.

Vice President

Joshua Smith-Benson, PharmD.


Rasheeda Garricks, MBA


Marie-José Francois, M.D.

Immediate Past President

Our Governing Board (Members)

John W. Beacham

Ava K. Doppelt, Esq.

Harietta Finley White

Thomas S. Kornegay

Reginald Lewis

Reginald B. McGill

Jenneil Ross