Jon May, Pine Castle’s CEO, accepts the Terry Mothershed Award for Excellence
This prestigious award is given annually to acknowledge a professional whose contributions have resulted in significant improvement in the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs. The award highlights the professional’s dedication, advocacy, compassion, competence, person-centered approaches and collaboration results in improved quality of life, health and wellness, and/or opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jon May was selected to be the 2017 Northeast Florida recipient.
Jon May has a distinguished 28 year career as the CEO of Pine Castle, Inc. Under May’s leadership, he has grown the agency budget from $1.5 million in 1988 to over $6 million in 2016. Pine Castle’s outreach has grown from 250 clients in 1988 to over 350 clients in 2016. He has added 60 agency jobs for staff working to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.
In recognition of underemployment of persons with disabilities, May led efforts in 1993 to construct a work production facility on the Pine Castle campus and expanded the facility in 1999. This facility, a combination of warehouse and work production space, has allowed expansion of work opportunities for the 250 participants in the Day Training Program.
With a focus on health, May established a nursing program in 2001 to ensure access to quality healthcare for the individuals in the Adult Day Training Program and Residential Services. Under his leadership in 2015, Pine Castle initiated a Psychosocial Rehabilitation program that focuses on persons with both an intellectual/developmental disability and mental health diagnosis. Program participants meet daily to improve their ability to function at work, life skills at home, stress reduction, communication and reduce their feelings of low self-worth.
In 2007, May conceived a new campus resource for participants that was constructed in 2008 and dedicated as the Borowy Family Life Enrichment Center after a successful capital campaign. This $4.0M project is a 17,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose service center allowed a significant increase in services available to program participant’s campus-wide.
In addition to his work at Pine Castle, May has serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF), an organization serving the interests of Florida providers of services with intellectual and developmental disabilities which includes legislative and state government advocacy for the needs of persons served in our field. He has been active as a community leader with the Jacksonville Chamber, Southside Business Club and United Way Directors.