Board of Commissioners

Dr. Tanya M. Hanks, Chairperson

Rev. Hanks currently serves as the pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Ocala, FL. She says that her experience as a pastor allows her to understand the issues, needs, and assessments of the community. Currently pursuing a doctorate degree, she desires to continue to add to her knowledge to better serve and meet the needs of the community.

Mr. Reginald E. Landers, Jr., Vice-Chairman

Mr. Landers is an educator in the Marion County Public School System. He has lived in the Ocala area for many years, is a member of several community organizations. Mr. Landers brings a unique perspective and fresh energy to the board.

Dr. Gwendolyn B. Dawson (by Florida Statue), Secretory/CEO


Ms. Narvella Haynes, Commissioner

Ms. Narvella Haynes is a lifelong resident of Marion County, and she currently works as a Family Engagement Liaison with the Marion County School District at Lake Weir Middle School. She is well known in Marion County for the many years she served as the coordinator of the award-winning YMCA Black Achievers Program at Pavilion Oaks, Deer Run, and Howard Middle School. She is well known and respected in the community for her tireless advocacy work for the youth, our school system, and the underserved families of Marion County.

Ms. Latoria Francis, Resident Commissioner,Treasurer

Ms. Latoria Francis is a student pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is also a teacher at Lake Weir Middle School. Ms. Francis has hopes of starting a mentoring program in her community for the youth.

Rev. Howard L. Gunn, Jr., Commissioner

Rev. Gunn is a retired educator/dean with a passion for farming and agriculture. He has resided in Marion County for over 28 years, and is currently the pastor of the Eastlake Baptist Church in Oklawaha, FL. Rev. Gunn has been on the OHA Board of Commissioners since the 1990’s, and he strives to help OHA achieve its mission by shaping policies and procedures to achieve the greatest impact for its employees and clients served.





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