New Leadership at the Justice Coalition

New Leadership at the Justice Coalition

JC Executive Director Jo-Lee Manning at a recent event with Santa

Following the passing of our former Executive Director, Michael Liles, the Justice Coalition has hired Jo-Lee Manning as its new leader. Manning took on the role of JC victim advocate in August of 2018 and has quickly become one the strongest voices for victims’ rights in Jacksonville.

As an advocate, Manning has been able to share and understand the feelings of others. Through her own experience, she knows the hurt that comes from losing a loved one. Unfortunately, sometimes the strongest bonds are forged through the most difficult circumstances. There’s a tacit knowledge that only the few who experience it possess. This is what makes Jo-Lee Manning an excellent choice for Justice Coalition Executive Director.

Manning’s life was turned upside down in 2013 when her daughter Haley was killed by a hit-and-run driver in St. Augustine.  Finally, in 2016, several tips led investigators to a suspect who was already serving time for a separate hit-and-run, was charged and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Manning became a certified victim advocate in 2017. She wanted to help other families who had been through similar situations. 

Manning’s story is especially meaningful for anyone who’s case has gone cold. Her resilience and strength is inspirational—an always welcome boost of hope to dispirited victims.

Over the past year, Manning has been a strong and aggressive defender of victims’ rights, while also exhibiting compassion, sensitivity and empathy. It’s a rare combination—a combination perfect for her new position as executive director at the Justice Coalition.