Diane Durr Hicks

Mental Health Advocate, Minister, Community supporter

I was born in a Mendenhall, MS, a small city about fifty miles south of Jackson. The eleventh of fourteen children, I was the second to graduate college. My family moved to Florida at the age of ten and have remained since. I graduated with a B. S. in Business Administration and have worked as an accountant, although most of my professional experience has been in city and county government in the area of community development where I have served in key compliance positions. I am certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional and enjoy working with micro-businesses. I am a divorced mom with a teenage son who is also a senior in high school.

I am passionate about causes relating to social injustices including inequality, racism, homelessness, substandard housing, and more recently, the plight and conditions of persons living with mental illness.

I am also a licensed Baptist Minister, a Sunday School Teacher of the youth and a volunteer with several community organization and non-profit agencies. I believe in hope, compassion, brotherly love, dignity and self-respect. I want to do my part to make the world a better place, if only for one person.

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