Staff Bios

Ted Granger, President

Ted Granger received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1978, and later received his Juris Doctor degree from the same esteemed institution.  After “hanging his shingle” and engaging in general civil and criminal trial litigation for three years, he was hired by the Florida Senate as a legislative analyst with the Commerce Committee.

In 1986, he joined the Florida Chamber of Commerce as the Vice President of Government Relations and, after four years, left to become President of the United Way of Florida.  The United Way of Florida is a statewide association representing Florida's 32 United Ways on Florida legislative and administrative issues and implementation of developmental programs for local United Way organizations.

Among others, Ted is Chair of the FEMA State Set-Aside Committee, the Healthy Families Florida Statewide Advisory Committee, and Children’s Week.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Florida Afterschool Network, the Florida Nonprofit Association, the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, and the One Goal Summer Conference on Children Committee.

He and his wife, Ellen, reside in Tallahassee and have two sons, 24 year-old Colin and 22 year-old Nathan.

Beth Meredith, Chief Operating Officer

Beth has been with the United Way of Florida since 1990.  She is responsible for directing, coordinating, and providing various direct services to the members and assisting with the daily management of the organization’s services, programs and finances.

A devoted Seminole fan, Beth has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Psychology with a minor in child development.  Beth, who is originally from southern New Jersey, has been in Tallahassee since 1980.  She is married and has a 20-year old daughter, two step-sons, ages 20 and 25, and three dogs.


Jayla Wilson, Office Manager

Jayla joined the United Way of Florida team in 2016 and assists our efforts to provide enhanced support to Florida's United Ways.

A recent graduate of Florida A&M University, Jayla received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations. During her time at FAMU, she worked as a writer for the weekly newspaper, The Capital Outlook, and she served as a media communications intern for The Oasis Center for Women and Girls - a nonprofit organization in Tallahassee.

Jayla has experience in print media, digital photography, copy-editing and reporting, as well as campaign and event planning.  A people-oriented person, helping others in need and making a difference is her passion.

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