Carrie Boyd has worked with people from all walks of life as a lawyer, lobbyist, business leader, political campaigns director, elected official, and nonprofit executive. She has co-directed campaigns for local, senate, and gubernatorial races, as well as led regional efforts for presidential races. She served as Director of Policy for a statewide domestic violence coalition where Carrie successfully led and secured nearly 20M in funds, alongside over 50 domestic violence agencies. Carrie formerly served as the Chair, Vice Chair, and Committee Chair for the Violence & Safety Committee of the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women & Girls, Project Manager for the 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Transformation Project on behalf of LSNF & LAF, and Interim Executive Director of The Legal Aid Foundation. Carrie currently serves as a board member for Big Bend Habitat for Humanity and Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center.
2023 People’s Choice Winner!
Jon Fuchs moved here from Houston, Texas to attend Florida State University and to spend time with his father.
After graduating, Jon worked with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). There he championed a Nutritional Education Program designed to assist people with expanding the purchasing and nutritional powers of their food stamps.
After leaving DCF, Jon pursued a legal career, attending Nova Southeastern Law School and earned his Juris Doctor Degree in 2002. He began working at the Office of the State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit. Jon has served all counties in our area and proudly represented Leon, Jefferson and Wakulla counties as a Division Chief since 2007.
In his spare time, Jon enjoys boating, fishing, golf, hunting, SCUBA diving and traveling.
2023 Judges’ Choice Winner!
Renée S. Gordon has worked as an attorney in Florida for over 22 years. She has devoted herself to the public interest, working for the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Senate, as a Bureau Chief at the Office of the Attorney General, and now as a Hearing Officer for the Department of Financial Services.
Renée has been a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, Tallahassee Barristers Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and the Florida Government Bar Association.
Renée is proud of her time spent with Legal Services of North Florida (“LSNF”) where she volunteered for several years. She also served as Vice President then President as a board member for LSNF.
After starting dance and piano lessons at a young age, Renée went on to perform in both.
Meghan Munroe Lisson
Established in 1936, Tallahassee’s oldest appliance store was purchased by Ray & Peggy Munroe in 1974 becoming Mays-Munroe Appliances & Sleep Center. This family-owned business has become a cornerstone within our community and a source of entertainment with their legendary commercials.
Meghan Munroe Lisson was most definitely a child born into a family business. Working from a young age, and disregard for all child labor laws, she currently works alongside her brothers and Peggy to continue the legacy.
Meghan’s daily work now entails both sales and management of a young family of 3 beautiful girls with her husband Robert. Although Meghan does not expect this event to be the launch of her “Dancing Career”, she is a graduate of Florida State’s Music Therapy Program and is known by many as a successful Singer.
Heather Ross is a Senior Associate Attorney General for Criminal Appeals for the State of Florida. Ms. Ross works to uphold criminal convictions to ensure offenders are held accountable for their actions. She has been with Attorney General’s office for more than 17 years.
Heather graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, AL in 2006. She received her Master of Education from Auburn University in 2003 and her B.S. from Furman University in 2001.
Heather enjoys rooting on her Auburn Tigers and watching her kids excel in sports. She is a member of William H. Stafford Inn of Court and serves as a member of the American Inn of Court Program Awards Committee. Heather lives in Tallahassee with her husband Jared and their two children Hannah and Jacob.
Kelly Kibbey Smith
Kelly Kibbey Smith is Of Counsel at Dean, Mead & Dunbar. Kelly represents the 2nd Judicial Circuit on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors and is a past President of the Florida Government Bar Association. Her husband, Ryan, has worked in Florida politics for nearly two decades and has led many legislators and members of congress to victory. They met in 2017 and married in 2020. They are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church where you can frequently hear their toddler, Lawrence, offering his comments during the Sunday service. They are also parents to two big dogs with big personalities. In her little spare time, Kelly hikes.
Crystal Stephens is an assistant general counsel and supervisor at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Crystal has served the state of Florida for over ten years as she has previously provided legal services for state agencies in the areas of real estate regulation, workers compensation compliance, and other administrative areas. She also currently serves as a board director for the Tallahassee Bar Association and was a class 6 participate of Thunderdome Tallahassee—a Legal Aid Foundation training program.
Crystal was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys domestic and international travel, spending time with family and friends, movies, and giving back to the community.
Ray Thompson is the Tallahassee area Market President for Ameris Bank. He has been married to his beautiful bride, Lindsay, for 31 years and they have two children, Raymond and Emma. Raymond and his wife Sarah have blessed Ray and Lindsay with two beautiful grand girls. Ray has worked in the banking industry for 24 years and has experience in retail, small business and commercial banking. He’s a graduate of The Florida State University, Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida and The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Ray has served on numerous chamber, EDC and community boards, he is an active Rotarian and served in the US Army. Ray is an avid outdoorsman and loves traveling with Lindsay.
Eddie Williams is a partner at Holland & Knight’s Tallahassee office where he practices in the firm’s Healthcare Section. Mr. Williams is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Regulatory & Enforcement Practice Group.
Mr. Williams is experienced in assisting and advising clients with state and federal healthcare regulatory issues including compliance, HIPAA and data privacy.
Mr. Williams enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching and talking sports, and giving back to his community. Mr. Williams lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Tanisha Williams, and their daughter, Brittney Williams.
Paul M. Aloise Jr.
Paul attended Florida State University where he graduated with degrees in Criminology and Sport Management. In addition to his undergraduate studies, Paul played linebacker for the FSU football team and was a member of the 2013 BCS National Championship team. After graduating from FSU College of Law, Paul worked as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office in both the 15th Circuit and the 2nd Judicial Circuits. where he lead counsel in the Juvenile, Misdemeanor and Felony divisions. For his work, he has been honored with several awards including being named a Super Lawyer’s Florida Rising Star in 2021 and 2022, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense from 2020 to 2022, and AVVO Clients Choice award the last two years.