Chris Nace joined IKEA at the U.S. Corporate Office in the Philadelphia area in 2001 after working in the financial field with Arthur Andersen, Prudential, SKF, and Vanguard. Since then, he has held various positions in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Brooklyn, and Charlotte. In 2015, Chris moved into the Market Manager role and in 2019, joined the IKEA Jacksonville team two years after the store opened. Chris and his family live in Ponte Vedra Beach and enjoy attending high school lacrosse games. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing golf and reading.
Jill Langford Dame, Chief Executive Officer
Jill Langford Dame joined the Leadership Jacksonville staff in May 2013. She is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte (B.A. cum laude, English and History); the University of Florida, College of Law (J.D. with honors) and Jacksonville University (Master of Arts in Teaching). Jill's previous employment has included the practice of law, teaching, work as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and work as an interim executive director for nonprofits. She has been actively involved in the Jacksonville community serving as president of the Junior League of Jacksonville, PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida and Willing Hands. Jill chaired the implementation task force for JCCI's 1998 study The Role of Nonprofit Organizations and chaired JCCI's Children 1-2-3 Study.
She currently sits on the board of the Jacksonville Public Library. Jill is an alumna of Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 1987) and a member of the Jacksonville Women's Network, The Meninak Club of Jacksonville and the Florida Bar. Jill is a past recipient of the Junior League of Jacksonville's Tillie Fowler Community Leadership Award; Leadership Jacksonville's Distinguished Leadership Award; JCCI's 2005 Milestones Award for work as Chair of the Role of Nonprofit Organizations Study Implementation; and was named Folio Weekly's Person of the Year in 2001. She was chosen as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council and as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Jill and her husband Peter have twin daughters, Brooks and Darby.
Nicole B. Bryan, Adult Program Coordinator
Nicole Bryan joined Leadership Jacksonville in June 2015 as the Adult Program Coordinator. Nicole is an honors graduate from Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. Her prior work experience includes serving as a development officer for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; an assistant vice president for Wachovia Bank, NA in Winston Salem, NC, and as a customer service representative for Enterprise National Bank. Nicole has been an active volunteer in her church and at her children's school, most recently serving as board chair from 2011-2013 for the St. Mark's Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees. At the school she oversaw a capital campaign, led a head of school search committee, and led a strategic planning committee that completed and implemented a five-year strategic plan. Nicole and her husband Jeff have two daughters, Klare and Bella. Nicole and Jeff co-own Crossfit West Jax.