2nd Mile Ministries Staff

Below is contact information and short bios of 2nd Mile Ministries staff who work daily in the ministry. In addition to the small staff team, interns and 25-30 Core Team members multiply 2nd Mile's presence by regularly serving in and leading activities, programs, and events.

Jonathan Blackburn
Executive Director

jonathan@2ndmile-jax.com | (904) 372-3530

Jonathan is married to LaDonna and together they have four children. He and LaDonna grew up in Buffalo, New York and most recently have lived in Lexington, Kentucky where he earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary. He has a great background of spiritual development, ministry experience and higher education that has prepared him well to lead 2nd Mile. Read more about the transition of leadership here.


Dani Brinkmann Kahn
K-5 Leadership Development Director


Dani joined full-time staff in August 2015, after volunteering, interning and then being part-time staff over the course of 10 years. She graduated with a Bachelors in Graphic Design from the University of North Florida in December 2014. As the K-5 Leadership Director, Dani leads Summer Day Camp and the two:fiftytwo after-school program. In March 2016, Dani got married to her best friend Jake. She likes to find and celebrate the unique and cool things Jacksonville and her neighborhood have to offer.


Brittany Kellen
Communications Director


Brittany joined staff with 2nd Mile as the Communications Director in September of 2016. She first came to 2nd Mile on college mission team trips and then interned the Summer of 2014 and the 2015-16 school year. Brittany grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and studied Strategic Communications and Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin. She loves cinnamon tea, cheese curds, a well-designed typeface, and spending quality time with people.


Marc Nettleton
Director of Advancement


Marc has been on staff with 2nd Mile since the Fall of 2009, and currently directs the CONNECT Middle School program and promotes ministry partnership development. Before working for 2nd Mile, Marc worked with students in East Asia, before that he studied Religious Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, and before that he was a puppeteer (seriously). He likes black iced coffee, Chicago Cubs baseball, and his brilliant wife.


Dominique "Neek" Smith
High School Program Director


Dominique, also known as Neek, joined staff with 2nd Mile in April of 2016. Dominique is the High School Program Director working with 9th through 12th grade students. Dominique shares his journey with his wife Elizabeth. Dominique has lived in the Jacksonville area for 11 years and served as an assistant youth administrator with Refuge Student Ministries from 2014 to 2015. Dominique enjoys music and is also a Christian rapper and spoken word artist.

Andrew Vollmer
Youth Program Coordinator


Andrew joined staff with 2nd Mile in August of 2012, after being a summer intern in 2010 and a year-long intern with the ministry during the 2011-2012 school year. He grew up in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in Music Performance. His interests include playing the viola, guitar, and piano, disc golfing, and playing basketball.