Stephanie Murphy has proudly represented Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017. She is a former educator, businesswoman, and national security specialist who is focused on jobs, security, and opportunity for every American. By always putting people over politics, Congresswoman Murphy has been consistently named one of the most effective and most independent Members of Congress. She is the first Vietnamese-American woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to ever represent Florida’s Seventh Congressional District.
Congresswoman Murphy serves on the influential House Ways & Means Committee – the chief economic policy committee in Congress – where she fights for Florida families, farmers, businesses, and seniors.
She serves as co-chair for the Blue Dog Coalition, an influential group of pragmatic Democrats who believe in fiscal responsibility and a strong national security. She also serves as chair of Future Forum, which is a group of nearly 50 young Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who advocate for issues important to younger Americans.
Congresswoman Murphy also serves as a member of the Gun Violence Task Force, Climate Solutions Caucus, LGBTQ Equality Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and the New Democrat Coalition, a group of forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.
Chair of the Board of Directors
Brooklyn Owen, formerly known as Seth Owen, serves as President of Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation and as Chair of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Brooklyn serves as a Youth Ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign and as an Intern in Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s Washington, D.C. Office.
Brooklyn is currently an Undergraduate Student at Georgetown University where she plans to major in Government and minor in Disability Studies. Brooklyn is proud to have brought awareness to the issue of LGBTQ+ homelessness when her story was shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and in former Vice President Joe Biden’s speech at the 2018 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner.
Brooklyn is honored to be given the opportunity – because of the generous donations of people around the globe and because of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, partnered with Cheerios – to be able to start this scholarship foundation to give students in marginalized communities a chance to further their education and effect change around the world.
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Zenja Stallworth serves as Vice President of Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Additionally, Zenja is an Educator at the secondary school level and is Founder and Director of Ladies of First Coast and Women of First Coast, two nonprofits that mentor young women. For the past ten years, Zenja has taught and mentored countless youth in an urban school district.
Her passion for positively affecting youth’s lives has brought her to Unbroken Horizons. She shares Seth’s passion in helping marginalized youth access post-secondary education. Zenja believes that the funds received from the scholarship may serve as a powerful catalyst to keep students to stay in school.
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Secretary of the Board of Directors
Emma Chuck serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors. She is an Undergraduate Student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. which is far from her home in Hawaii, but she enjoys the opportunity to branch out, meet new people, learn new things, and grow.
Emma was a longtime member of a community service club, helping to reduce the stigma and lack of knowledge about mental health by participating in suicide awareness events.
Emma is excited to be a part of the team at Unbroken Horizons as she endeavors to make education more accessible and inclusive, all while supporting other students who have the drive and perseverance to be successful in education.
Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Abel Harding serves as the North Florida Market President for IBERIABANK, a regional bank
headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Prior to joining IBERIABANK, Harding worked in senior roles with Wells Fargo and First Citizens Bank.
During his times with those institutions, Harding was recognized for his performance, earning top sales
awards and receiving a “40 under 40” honor from the Jacksonville Business Journal. In addition to his 23-
year banking career, Harding previously served as communications director for the City of Jacksonville
and as a senior advisor to the mayor of Jacksonville. He was also an award-winning reporter and
columnist with the Florida Times-Union, frequently appearing on radio and televisions shows as a
Harding serves on the board of directors the Humane Society of Jacksonville and JAXBIZ, the political
action committee of JAX Chamber. He is a former vice chair of the Jacksonville Planning Commission and
the past chair of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Harding is a 2013 graduate of Leadership
A seventh-generation Floridian, Harding is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He is a long-time
Jacksonville resident and resides in the city’s historic Springfield neighborhood with his family.
Dao Nguyen serves as a Member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of Future Forum, a generational caucus chaired by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and comprised of nearly 50 young Members of Congress serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, she oversees all operations of the organization, including its policy and outreach strategies to bridge the divide between young Americans and their government, engage and empower young voters, and inspire the next generation of leaders. Dao brings nearly a decade of policy and government experience to the Board having previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, where she authored legislation to protect LGBTQ+ youth in residential treatment programs. She is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, a University of California, Berkeley graduate, and a California transplant to Washington, D.C. Dao's worldview was shaped at an early age growing up in a household with a parent with a severe mental illness and, again, at age 27 when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. When she is having a tough day, Dao likes to dispel the negativity with sass and humor, assuring herself that “it will likely be fine. ”
Jaye Thomas serves as a Member of the Board of Directors. She is an Undergraduate Student at Georgetown University with plans to major in history. Jaye is a tutor with Georgetown Prison Outreach – a program that helps inmates receive their GED. Additionally, she volunteers Charitabulls Foundation in Chicago, Illinois – there she helps provide resources to under-serviced people and communities.
Jaye is a huge advocate for making education accessible. She is a part of Unbroken Horizons because she is a firm believer that everyone, regardless of their identities, deserves a right to education.
Jessica Gottlieb is a longtime writer and entrepreneur. Her eponymously named website examines the mundane through the lens of motherhood. During her career, she has sold everything from single shoes to cars, and worked with everyone from app developers to Fortune 500 companies.
Jessica also serves on the board for the CSU Pueblo Foundation, supporting the students where she attended undergrad. Armed with a BS in kinesiology and a MA in education, Jessica is passionate about learning and making schools accessible to all. Jessica is the mother of two college aged students with a lifetime of advocacy for LGBTQ+ causes.
Dr. Kathy Maguire-Zeiss
Dr. Kathy Maguire-Zeiss serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Scholar Selection Committee. Additionally, she is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her laboratory’s research is focused on the brain’s immune response in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder. Dr. Kathy has worked with students that are first-generation college students and/or economically disadvantaged as a mentor. She also serves as a Residential Minister in the Roman Catholic tradition at Georgetown University. Dr. Kathy was drawn to Unbroken Horizons after meeting Seth and listening to his story and that of other students that have had to overcome significant challenges to pursue their education. She believes that education is one of the keys to a fulfilling life and there are so many deserving students that don’t have the support of their family or community that she was blessed to have – she believes that any opportunity to make a difference in our community is worthy of our time.
Kyle Fortenberry serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and as Senior Vice President of Development and Planning. He is a Concurrent Enrollment Instructor for Andrew Jackson High School and First Coast High School. Kyle is proud to work with a program that provides access to college courses to high school students that may otherwise not have access to education. Throughout his teaching career, Kyle has had the opportunity to work with high poverty students, LGBTQ+ students, and refugee students. Kyle is excited to be part of Unbroken Horizons because he wants students of all backgrounds to have access to higher education. He believes, no student, given the ability, should be denied access to the opportunities afforded by a college education. What’s more, he wants to empower these students to take the knowledge gained through their own experiences and struggles and use that as a tool to make lasting change in the world.
Nicole M. Conger is a Civil Rights Attorney and Owner of The Law Office of Nicole Conger, PLLC who represents clients across Texas who are subjected to illegal treatment with their current or former employers. Nicole received her law degree Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2011 where she was an Associate Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal, member of the Board of Advocates, as well as, clerking for the Honorable Emilio M. Garza on the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
Nicole brings her passion, eagerness, and enthusiasm by continuing to represent clients with discrimination, retaliation, medical leave interference, work-place harassment, LGBT-Related sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and hostile work environment claims. Prior to attending law school, Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 in the Top 2% of her class and earned a Business Management degree from the Red McCombs School of Business. Nicole’s background in business allows her to lead clients in making some of the most challenging economic decisions, while balancing the emotions that clients face in every day realties of their claims.
Nicole is elated to join the Unbroken Horizons Board in an effort to put her resources to use, and give back to those who could use an extra hand in order to reach their maximum potential for any youth’s dream.
The Diversity Council recognized Nicole as one of the Top 50 Women in Law. Nicole was also recently elected as a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. Each year, the Foundation invites the top one-third of 1% of Texas attorneys to become Fellows as one of the highest honors.
Sula Malina serves as a Member of the Board of Directors. They are a current M.S.W. candidate at the Columbia University School of Social Work, focusing on clinical practice with gender-expansive youth and their families. Sula serves as the Diversity Education graduate assistant at Columbia's Office of Multicultural Affairs, and as a social work intern at the Pride Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. Before attending graduate school, Sula worked as the Children, Youth and Families Program Coordinator with Human Rights Campaign. There, they worked closely with the organization’s Youth Ambassador Program, lifting up the voices of LGBTQ advocates and activists from across the country. Sula is committed to addressing the unique needs of those in the LGBTQ community who are living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities—including LGBTQ youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and LGBTQ youth of color. Sula is thrilled to be a part of Unbroken Horizons’ critical work to expand access to higher education.