Tony was born in Oxford, England while his father was stationed there as an officer in the Air Force, and he grew up in Venice, Florida. Tony is a proud Eagle Scout. While obtaining his undergraduate degree at Florida State University, Tony was heavily involved in assisting those in need. He says he became a lawyer because, “I believe that when something is wrong, someone needs to stand up and make it better.” He attended The Florida State University College of Law where he was a member of Business Review Journal and the President of the College Trial Team, competing in litigation competitions against top law schools across the nation. He currently coaches youth soccer and Mock Trial at FSU College of Law.
Khari James is an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit. She prosecutes a wide range of felony offenses involving human trafficking, homicidal violence, sexual violence, firearms, and narcotics. She is also cross-sworn as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. In this role, she assists in the prosecution of federal human trafficking offenses. Khari is currently a member of Leadership Tallahassee: Class 40 and is a zealous advocate for the at-risk and underserved populations in our community. She worked at The White House, the Department of Homeland Security: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and clerked for the federal judiciary in Chicago.
Jason Newlin is an Investigator for the State Attorney’s Office Second Judicial Circuit in Leon County Florida. Jason graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and finished Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, becoming a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioned Officer. In 2007, Jason joined the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and remains an active member of the apprehension team today. Jason has been in his current position at the State Attorney’s Office for over 12 years and throughout his career, Jason has remained dedicated to victims. The Attorney General, Pam Bondi, recognized him with the Distinguished Victim Services Award in 2016.
Samantha Padgett serves as Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). Samantha oversees FRLA’s Government Relations agenda and provides legal counsel and service to the association and its leadership. She serves as an advocate for the restaurant and lodging industries at the federal, state, and local levels. Samantha graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law and received her B.A. from Emory University. She enjoys reading, movies, rollercoasters, Florida Gator Football, and being a baseball/soccer mom.
Elizabeth is an award-winning immigration attorney and well known for her pro bono work, she was named the “Go-to lawyer for veterans” by the Philadelphia Enquirer and is a Presidential appointment to the Selective Service System Board. Ricci has taught immigration and written scholarly articles in the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court and for the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review. She practices law with her husband, Dancing with the Stars alumnus Neil Rambana with whom she has two teenage daughters.
Her motto is “the ‘no’ is always out there. Seek the ‘yes’.”
Jamie Van Pelt
Jamie Van Pelt is the President of ESPMedia Co. where he specializes in strategic communication, marketing, and crisis management for a diverse clientele. With years of experience and influence, Jamie serves as a trusted strategist and communicator for governments, businesses, associations, political campaigns, non-profits, hospitals, and more. Jamie was named a “Top 20 Under 40” by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals, and is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 34. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Challenger Learning Center, Elder Care Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a member of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce Leadership Team.
Jessica Yeary is the Public Defender for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. A criminal defense attorney for over a decade, she is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law and proudly served two terms as President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. As the elected Public Defender, she continues to handle cases in the courtroom and is currently defending all of the children charged as adults in her office.
Unfortunately Akin is unable to participate due to an injury. Captain Akinyemi asks those who would support him to continue giving, through his team, another dancer’s team, or simply give to Legal Services of North Florida.
Akin is Leon County Property Appraiser. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, he came to the United States as a young man. He traveled to Tallahassee in 1986, where he fell in love with the area and set up an architectural firm. Married and the proud father of three children and four grandchildren, he has a strong belief in community involvement. His service to our community includes positions with Brehon Family Services, NAACP, Rotary, and Goodwill. He helped found the North Florida Homeless Veteran Stand Down during his time as a Leon County Commissioner. He has been inducted into the NAACP Civil Rights Hall of Fame and as a C.K. Steele Honoree.
Team name: Kimmy Hogan’s Fundraising Team
With Kimmy Hogan on the slate of 2020 celebrity dancers, Fasig Brooks celebrates its fourth year with a member of its firm dancing in this event. Kimmy hopes to continue the great fundraising and booty-shaking legacy of her law partners Dana Brooks, Jimmy Fasig and Carrie Roane. Her promise: “I’ll keep practicing those splits and lifts, if you’ll dig deep and donate generously to this wonderful organization.”
People’s Choice Award Winner | Judges’ Choice Award Winner
Team name: Rick Minor’s Two Left Feet Club
Rick is Vice Chair of the Leon County Commission, representing District 3 with a focus on growing our economy, protecting the environment, reducing crime, and ensuring that our local government performs at the highest ethical standards. He recently served as CEO of Second Harvest of the Big Bend. During his tenure, the food bank’s distribution grew by 86%, revenue increased by 54% and in FY2019 it provided a record 12.7 million pounds of food to those in need. For much of his career, Rick has developed public policy for state and local governments. In addition, he ran the financial operations of a small consulting firm and also spent nearly a decade working on business / IT projects throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, and Denmark. Rick and his wife Jessica Lowe-Minor are the proud parents of two young daughters, Madeline and Charlotte.