BHMF Council Members

Meet the Team

Nicole Everett

Nicole Everett, a native of Miami, Florida and a graduate of Florida A&M University, has served in the affordable housing arena for more than 20 years. She volunteers with several organizations in the Tallahassee area which include Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Black History Month Festival, City of Tallahassee Code Enforcement, Mental Health Council of the Big Bend and Providence Neighborhood Association Redevelopment Corporation. Nicole believes in the support of local individuals and organizations. She is working towards becoming a major philanthropist with the hopes of funding affordable housing, children’s initiatives and the arts. When Nicole is not serving her community, she is producing video content, most notably for her talk show, Conversations With Nicole (CWN), with the help of her friend and CWN producer, Gerald Tookes. In March of 2016, CWN launched in Tallahassee, Florida as a weekly video blog show featuring a variety of guests, sharing information about initiatives and projects important to them as well as a bit of personal history about themselves. CWN has had seven seasons, five of which have been on television as paid programming, with the focus being on connecting community influencers with viewers through conversations about the guest passions and philosophies. All of the CWN episodes may be viewed on the Conversations With Nicole YouTube channel.

Joseph Ward

Mr. Joseph A. Ward is a graduate of The Florida A&M University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mr. Ward has over ten years of service within the field of HIV/STD prevention, beginning as the developer and director of the Sexual Violence Prevention Program in 2009; he also began his journey as an HIV/AIDS prevention counselor/health educator.

Talethia Edwards

Talethia O. Edwards is a community advocate, speaker, and coach. She serves as the President of the Greater Bond neighborhood association and spends her time fighting and advocating against the inequities and inequalities of impacted communities, families and schools. Her proudest title is that of Wife and Mother to her now eight children.  

Marcus Rhodes

Professor Marcus J. Rhodes is the Founder and Artistic Director for the Southside Arts Complex, Inc. 501 (c) 3 organization. The SAC, Inc has established youth programs, community events, performing, and fine art concerts, exhibits, and presentations. Mr. Rhodes has taught K-12 in the Monroe, LA, and the Dallas, TX, Independent School Districts, and has eighteen years of experience as an assistant professor of Vocal/Choral Music at Grambling State University, and Florida A&M University. Professor Rhodes has also served as director of music for a breadth of denominational, and non-denominational churches throughout the southern region of the US, and performed with various symphonic and operatic companies throughout the U.S., and overseas including the Caribbean, and Japan.

Bridgett Birmingham

Bridgett Birmingham is currently the Director of the Florida State University Civil Rights Institute and the Diversity and Inclusion Librarian for FSU Libraries. Her work focuses on supporting civil rights and social justice activism in the local community and building research collections that document the history of civil rights and social justice movements in the United States.


Shonda Knight

Shonda Knight is currently the Executive Director of Community and Media Relations for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
The Community and Media Relations Unit disseminates public safety information, as well as coordinates and promotes LCSO’s outreach initiatives, creating and maintaining community partnerships. Prior to joining LCSO in March, 2017, Shonda served as Executive Producer and Anchor for WCTV-TV in Tallahassee. The veteran journalist has more than 17 years of television newsroom experience. She oversaw many of the day to day operations of the news department. In addition, Shonda anchored The Good Morning Show, the station’s most viewed newscast, as well as Eyewitness News at Noon. Shonda was the first African American to co-anchor the morning shows at WCTV. Shonda also served as an adjunct professor at Florida State University for eight years. She has former students now working as anchors, sportscasters, reporters and producers in television markets across the country. Under her leadership, LCSO’s Community and Media Relations Unit was named the top overall, statewide winner for the Florida Public Relations Association’s Community Relations Award 2018 and Outstanding Unit of the Year 2019 from the Florida Crime Prevention Association. Shonda is a Florida Associated Press award-winning journalist, several times over, and has served as Vice President of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters. Among her many community affiliations, Shonda is the Board Chair for Whole Child Leon and serves on the boards of The South City Foundation, Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter and Salvation Army. She is also a member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is the mother of two beautiful children, five year old Zya and ten year old Zekiah.