Providence School Board

Front:  Bishop Paul and Sharon Zink, Founders

Back Row L to R:  Jimmy Johns, Kathryn Fonville, Rick Jones, Esq. and  Ken Jefferson

Since Providence was founded in 1997,  the Providence School Board has provided governance and leadership for the school. These men and women offer support, vision and direction as they work with the school’s administrators to provide a premier education for the students at Providence. The School Board are vigorously committed to the school’s Mission Statement:

In pursuit of academic distinction for all students, Providence School, in partnership with home and church, is committed to disciple students to boldly model Christ-likeness, pursue excellence and become servant leaders who courageously transform the culture for the glory of God and country.

Meet The Board

Bishop Paul Zink

Bishop Paul Zink

Founder & Chairman of the Board of Providence Schools of Jacksonville, Inc.

(Bio coming soon.)

Mrs. Sharon Zink

Mrs. Sharon Zink

Vice President & Board Member, Providence Schools of Jacksonville, Inc.

Born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1949, Sharon ministered alongside her husband, Bishop Paul D. Zink, in several churches throughout the southeast and Maine before returning to Jacksonville in 1984 when she co-founded New Life Christian Fellowship. Sharon was the Minister of New Life’s “Heart of the Home” Women’s Ministry, and birthed a prayer ministry that is still active today. Sharon continues to serve as Vice President for New Life Christian Fellowship of Jacksonville, Inc.

Sharon was responsible for launching a women’s HUD outreach ministry. Along with a regular radio broadcast for several years entitled “Life in the Spirit,” Sharon wrote articles for New Life’s bi-monthly publication “Hallelujah! Magazine.”

For many years, Sharon has had a vision for missions, both home and abroad, and has ministered in Cuba, Russia, Brazil, Belarus, Pakistan and Peru, among other countries. She continues to minister nationally and internationally with her husband, Bishop Paul Zink, where she teaches at prayer conferences.

Sharon resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband. They have three married sons and 11 grandchildren.

Mr. Rick Jones

Mr. Rick Jones

Vice- Chairman of the Board, Providence Schools of Jacksonville, Inc.

Rick Jones has been a member of the Board of Directors of Providence School since July 2003.

Rick graduated from Florida State University in 1976 with a BS degree in Accounting, cum laude. Rick then worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Jacksonville before attending law school. Rick graduated from Florida State University School of Law with honors in 1982.
After working as an attorney with District Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Jacksonville, Rick has worked with the law firm of Moseley, Prichard, Parrish, Knight & Jones in Jacksonville from 1984 to the present. Rick’s primary practice areas are Business Law and Litigation, Commercial and Corporate Law, and Wills/Trusts/Estates/Probate. Rick has served as President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Rick’s charitable activities include serving as President of the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library, Inc., the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, Inc. and Rick is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville.
Rick served as Chairman of the Providence School Development Board from 2003 – 2005 and has been a member of the Providence School Board from 2006 to the present. As Chairman of the Providence School Development Board, Rick led the fundraising which resulted in adding lights to the athletic fields, adding bleachers and a press box to what is now the old football field and the construction of the concession stand/bathrooms which is located adjacent to the old football stadium and baseball field.
Rick is married to Suzy Jones and their three daughters are all graduates of Providence; Ashley in 2003, Rachel in 2005, and Emily in 2008. Rick’s daughters were active at Providence in basketball, swimming, dance, French Club, National Honor Society and student government. Since the graduation of Rick’s daughters, Rick has remained active with the Providence Girls Basketball Program.
Mr. Ken Jefferson

Mr. Ken Jefferson

Board Member, Providence Schools of Jacksonville, Inc.

Ken Jefferson has served on the Board of Directors of Providence School since August 2014. He also serves on the Security Committee.
Ken is a native of Jacksonville and graduated from Ribault High School in 1975. Ken attended St. Thomas Christian University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Theology.
As a 24-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Ken has served his community in many areas as an officer in leadership roles from 1986 to 2010, including detective work and recruiting and training police officers. Ken was also JSO’s Public Information Officer for five years, serving as the face and voice of the Sheriff’s Department.
Ken has received many awards and accolades throughout the years. Among these are the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his outstanding contribution to our nation’s communities through unselfish dedication and leadership. He also received the Public Information Officer of the Year in 2006-2007 and in 2007-2008, the only person to receive this award consecutively.
As CEO and founder of the Jefferson Consulting Group, Ken has traveled extensively conducting workshops and seminars. He also served as an Expert Crime Analyst for WJXT TV 4 and appeared daily to offer expert advice and tips on crime prevention. In addition, Ken has also been a contributing author to the Florida Star newspaper.
Ken and his wife Rhonda have five children. Rhonda has served as President of our Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP), and their youngest son Jonathan graduated from Providence. Ken and Rhonda faithfully serve as members of Impact Church.

 

Mrs. Kathryn Fonville

Mrs. Kathryn Fonville

Board Member, Providence Schools of Jacksonville, Inc.

Kathryn Fonville has been a member of the Board of Directors of Providence School since July 2014.

Kathryn is a native of Winston Salem, NC, but has lived in Jacksonville since 2004.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Communication and Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College in Los Angeles, CA.

Kathryn’s husband, John is the Pastor-Teacher at Paramount Church in Jacksonville.  They have six children, four of whom are students at Providence School. The Fonvilles have been a part of the Providence family since moving to Jacksonville in 2004.  Besides being a pastor’s wife and a busy mother of six, Kathryn is active in her family’s Christian broadcasting company, and also in part-time Christian counseling.

Leadership Team

Don Barfield

Don Barfield

Head of School

Founding Head of School, Don Barfield, has returned as the Head of School of Providence School. During his tenure, the school experienced record growth in enrollment and organizational advancement.  His 41 years of experience includes 35 years of administration.  His teaching experience has been at both the high school and college level.  Mr. Barfield is passionate about Providence School and he stands united with the Board of Directors in continuing the vision of educational excellence in a Christ-centered environment.  Mr. Barfield has served on several boards including a role as an advisor to the education department of a private university.

He received his B.A. from Southeastern University and the Master of Arts degree in School Administration from the University of South Alabama.  He and his wife Sandra have three sons and six grandchildren.

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Upper School Principal

Dr. Anderson grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia where he graduated from Stone Mountain High School. Georgia Southern University offered him a baseball scholarship, and he was drafted by the L.A. Dodgers in college. In 1989, he graduated from Georgia Southern with a BBA in Marketing. Shortly after, he began teaching middle school social studies and coaching in the Dekalb County School System. Dr. Anderson met his beautiful bride, Julie during his first year of teaching. Once they were married, Dr. Anderson became a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia where Julie and her family had been members since 1978. They taught Sunday school in the youth, children’s, and preschool departments while also serving in the nursery.

For twelve years, Dr. Anderson worked at Woodward Academy, one of the largest private schools in the country.  There he became the head varsity baseball coach and eventually the Assistant Dean of Students. During his tenure at Woodward he earned his MS in Educational Leadership and began his doctorate in Educational Leadership. In 2009, he completed his doctorate in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Educational Administration. Dr. Anderson joined the Providence team in the summer of 2014. He and his family attend the church of Eleven 22 and are excited to be a part of the Jacksonville community. His goals for students, and ultimately graduates of Providence, is for them to do everything with excellence with the abilities the Lord has given them. Secondly, seek and follow the Lord’s plan for their lives. Finally, Love God and love others as they journey into the plans the Lord has for them.

DeShaun Mills

DeShaun Mills

Lower School Principal

Mrs. DeShuan Mills is excited to serve as the Principal of Lower School at Providence.  Mrs. Mills has been in education for 23 years and has served 10 of them as a member of the Providence faculty.  While at Providence, she served in the classroom as a middle school teacher and she holds the prestigious honor of being selected by her peers as the Middle School Teacher of the Year 2010-2011. She has overseen the Middle School Student Government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Middle and High), and served as the 7th grade lead teacher. She has also coached basketball and softball for Providence. She graduated from Emory University in 1994 and holds her Florida Education Certificate. She has previously served in administration for two schools in Georgia.  Mrs. Mills has been married for 20 years and has two children: one Providence graduate (Allie) and another who currently attends Providence (Addison, 11th grade).  Mrs. Mills is delighted to be a member of the Providence faculty and looks forward to serving with the Lower School team as they mentor and train this generation for the Lord.

Lori Benson

Lori Benson

Preschool Director

Lori Benson joined Providence Preschool in 2001.  She started her early childhood career as a teacher and was promoted to the Director position in 2015.  Mrs. Benson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University, obtained her initial Child Development Associate credentials (CDA) in 2005 and achieved her Florida Director’s credentials in 2015.  She has attended a multitude of conferences and early childhood classes over the years and strongly believes in continuing education to ensure excellence is delivered at all times to the children enrolled at Providence.  She plans to pursue her Master’s in Early Childhood Education in the near future. Mrs. Benson has been married for 21 years and has two children who have attended Providence since their preschool years!  She also is a coach to Providence’s Varsity Sideline Cheerleading squad.  Her and her family attend New Life Christian Fellowship.  Mrs. Benson knows God has placed a calling on her life to teach and minister to His children.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, puzzles and traveling with her family.

Jimi Zink

Jimi Zink

Director of Advancement

Bio coming soon.

Jimi Zink

Jimi Zink

Director of Advancement

Bio coming soon.