Our team

The CRN team

Dawn

Dawn Haynes

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Haynes has been a resident of Central Florida for more than three decades and cares deeply about acceptance, equality, and opportunity for every individual who calls Central Florida home! She is a passionate advocate and crusader for affordable housing, believing everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable and durable home, regardless of income level.

As CEO at CRN, Dawn works alongside the team as well as strategic partners in the region and across the country to identify evidence-based best practices that support and effectively implement ‘good Neighboring’. In addition to her role at CRN, Dawn serves as Vice President of the Board for Samaritan Resource Center, is a member of the Leadership Council for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, and serves on the Community and Support Services Board for Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

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Megan Ginn

Neighboring Project Manager

Megan Ginn is a life-long Central Floridian passionate about community development. During her graduate studies, she had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from key leaders across the state in the fields of law, anti-trafficking, poverty alleviation, and research. This included an internship with CRN during the forming years of the organization. After graduating with her Masters of Social Work in Social Leadership from Florida State University, she returned to CRN to continue collaborating with nonprofits and congregations to find innovative and impactful solutions to community development.

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Elizabeth Burgess

Neighboring Partnership Manager

Elizabeth grew up in the Orlando area and is passionate about relational ministry where we experience true community when we love our neighbors as ourselves. In her current role as Neighboring Partnership Manager, she supports pastors and ministry leaders to engage and equip their congregations for good Neighboring. In addition to her work at CRN, Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida High School for Accelerated Learning.

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Ruth Sapp

Executive Assistant / Liaison

Ruth is a Central Florida native, having grown up in Lakeland, Florida and is passionate about helping people. Ruth serves as Executive Assistant/Liaison for both Dr. Joel C. Hunter, founder and chairman of the organization, and Dawn Haynes, the CEO. In her role at CRN, she provides administrative support for the organization as well as a compassionate listening ear to callers who are struggling and connects them to organizations that can offer support and resources. In addition to her role at CRN, Ruth serves as Client and Community Relations Liaison for Parable Foundation.

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The CRN Board

Dr. Joel C. Hunter

Founder & Chairman

Dr. Hunter served as senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Florida for 32 years. In 2017 he transitioned from that role on a mission to “go from my best interpretation of what the Bible says, to my best imitation of how Jesus lived.”

In 2018, Orlando Magazine listed him as the #1 most powerful voice for philanthropy and community engagement. And, 2019 was his sixth year to be highlighted as one of Orlando's "50 Most Powerful." Now, Dr. Hunter, a full-time volunteer, serves as the Chairman of CRN, a non-profit organization he founded in 2017, that focuses on helping the marginalized. Dr. Hunter is a past chair of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. In addition, he founded and currently leads the Justice Leaders Network, an effort of faith, business, and civic leaders to combat racism. He also leads Simple Help, a growing movement of everyday helpers doing simple things to make the world better.

Direct Office Line for Dr. Joel C. Hunter: (407) 949-4007

Freddy Clayton

Treasurer

Freddy Clayton is the President and CEO of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. He is a fifth-generation Floridian who joined the Board of Directors of the Mission in 2010. He served as Vice Chairman until he became President and CEO in 2015. He began his professional career as a lawyer, handling litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and left the practice of law to enter business. He co-founded and sold two successful businesses, the first of which manufactures systems that generate and dispense fragrances for commercial applications. The second company creates and distributes interactive, online training programs for medical personnel. He received his A.B. from Davidson College and his J.D. (with honors) from the University of Florida College of Law. He and Susan, his bride of 37 years, raised their two grown sons in Orlando. Freddy and Susan are members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Orlando, where they have been active in leadership roles and various ministries since they joined the church 28 years ago.

Ignacio Esteban

Secretary

Ignacio Esteban is Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Community Loan Fund, a statewide nonprofit community development financial institution providing capital and expertise to help community development projects succeed throughout Florida. Mr. Esteban joined the organization in 1997 and has led the organization since 2000; during that time FCLF has increased its financing from $2.3 million to $278 million including NMTC financing. Esteban has 25+ years of experience at the local, state and national level in the field of community development finance. Formerly, he worked at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (New York) and at Community Trust Federal Credit Union (Apopka, FL) ‒ a community development credit union serving farmworkers. Currently, he is a member of its NMTC Advisory Committee. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Esteban earned a degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College where he was the 2005 recipient of the Martin L. Bell Scholarship.

Ultima Morgan

Board Member

Ultima Morgan is an Attorney, and a founding partner of Morgan & Morgan Law. Ultima received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in 1977 and earned her Juris Doctor, with honors, three years later. She is admitted to practice in Florida and handles corporate litigation and business law cases. She was named an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell in 2011, an award signifying that her peers ranked her at the highest level of professional excellence. More than 30 years ago, Ultima married John Morgan, who has been named among the most powerful people in Orlando. Alongside her husband, who she met in law school, Ultima supports philanthropic endeavors such as The People’s Clinic, which provides free medical and health services to uninsured children in Central Florida; the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which in 2013 dedicated a new 100,000-square foot food storage facility in the Morgans’ name; and The Destiny Foundation of Central Florida, a nonprofit ministry that works with impoverished Florida families. Ultima is the mother of the Morgans’ four children, Matt, Michael, Daniel and Kate.

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