2022 Future 5 Award Recipients

Brielle Crooms

Brielle Crooms is a proud Tallahassee native, who currently serves as the Academic Coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost at Tallahassee Community College (TCC), named by the Aspen Institute as a top 10 community college in the nation. In this role, she is constantly working to fulfill her vision of maintaining a congenial culture for students willing to navigate through college and solidify individualized personal success based on defining and achieving set goals and aspirations.

Crooms’ involvement in different youth, volunteer, and engagement opportunities in the Big Bend area continues to rise. As a product of influential mentorship, Crooms gives back by volunteering to mentorship organizations for young girls and women in the Tallahassee area. She currently serves on the steering committee for the TCC Sister to Sister program, an organization that has tripled in membership over a two-year time frame due to her leadership in advancing social and volunteer opportunities. She is also a mentor in Cultivating Queens, an organization designed for middle and high school girls to promote encouragement in individual strengths and development of life skills.

She currently serves as the Special Events & Fundraising Chair for the Emerging Leaders United, a group within the United Way of the Big Bend that cultivates young professionals with community partnerships and outreach opportunities. Through the 2021-2022 campaign year, she led efforts to fundraise over $17,000 through an annual event including various community leaders.

Crooms professional and community efforts has prompted awards and involvement recognitions. These recognitions include: completion of the 2020-2021 TCC President’s Leadership Institute; the 2020-2021 League Excellence Award for commitment to community college teaching and leadership; and The MLK Foundation of Florida, Inc. Black History Month Community Humanitarian Award due to her role as Co-Chair of the TCC African-American History Calendar committee.

Through her collegiate journey, Crooms earned her Associate of Arts degree from TCC, Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Florida A&M University, and is currently enrolled in the Social and Sustainable Enterprises Master’s degree program at Florida State University within the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship.

Hannah Crow

Hannah is a California native who became passionate about educating herself regarding the strengths and weaknesses of rural communities after marrying her husband and moving to Fort Braden in 2019. Hannah began using her professional network and background in Public Relations to advocate for the Fort Braden Community by engaging residents, connecting resources and teaching others how to better love their community.

Most recently, Hannah joined the Hammerhead Communications agency, under the leadership of Skip Foster, as an Account Executive bringing strategic communications experience in the private and public sectors. Hannah previously worked with the state of Florida’s Department of Management Services, managing stakeholder engagement and strategic communications for multi-million-dollar construction projects statewide.

Hannah earned her degree in Strategic Communications, with a minor in Marketing from Flagler College. As a Tallahassee transplant, Hannah has made her home over the past six years with her husband, two stepsons, and their dog Tuck on Lake Talquin. More than anything, Hannah believes in creating stronger businesses, organizations, and communities through positive and strategic relationships.

Jason Frimmel

Jason Frimmel is a Tallahassee native, who has seen this amazing city grow from a small town in the early/mid 90s to the medium sized city that it is today. His career began as a sandwich artist at Subway, which is where the passion for working in restaurants and the hospitality industry was confirmed. Rising through the ranks after working all restaurant positions, Jason has since opened several restaurants as a manager, yet most recently opened World of Beer as a franchisee. Jason also has been a licensed real estate agent since 2015 and handles both residential and commercial transactions. Currently, Jason is working to develop more World of Beer locations, expanding into Jacksonville with 2 more locations, opening May 2022 and Fall/Winter 2022. Outside of work, Jason enjoys being active in the community and giving back. As a board member of Capital City Youth Services and as a board member for Grow Tallahassee, Jason commits time to help others in our community. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Laicy, and dogs Bruce and Dandy, along with the occasional golf outing.

Dr. Inika Williams

Dr. Inika Pierre Williams is the Statewide Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs with the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, FL. She manages $132 million in state appropriations for programs that seek to prepare economically disadvantaged students for postsecondary education. Projects under her guidance include the College Reach-Out Program, the Florida Partnership for Minority and Under Represented Students, Take Stock in Children, and other state-funded mentoring and student assistance initiatives.

A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Williams’s professional career has focused substantially on improving lifelong outcomes for disadvantaged youth through education. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs at Florida State University where she led pre-collegiate programming operations for the Upward Bound and College Reach-Out Program to increase college enrollment for students attending Title I schools across north Florida. In 2020, she single-handedly secured $1.3 million in federal funds to implement a Talent Search program in Bay, Holmes, Franklin, and Leon County. Under her leadership, the university created four university-school partnerships to strengthen the pipeline from local Title I schools to Florida State University.

Williams’s professional efforts have resulted in awards and recognition. Most notably, Williams was recognized as one of the “25 Women to Know in Tallahassee” by the Tallahassee Democrat in 2021 and selected to participate in Leadership Tallahassee, Class 39. She was awarded the distinguished Faculty and Staff Seminole Award from the FSU Division of Student Affairs for major contributions to the university through service to students.

Williams serves on the board for the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Guardian Ad Litem, and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Williams is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in counseling from Florida State University, and a doctorate in education from Florida State University.

Katie Britt Williams

Katie is a 7th generation Floridian from Winter Haven Florida, where she grew up fishing and paddling on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and Peace River. She received an undergraduate degree from The Florida State University in Environmental Science in 2014 and a Master’s of Science in Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. Out of school, she worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Transportation doing water quality restoration and environmental assessment projects. She is a certified Florida Master Naturalist and graduate of the UF IFAS led Natural Resource Leadership Institute.

Currently, she is a Marine Scientist and Project Manager for Cummins Cederberg, Coastal and Marine Engineering where she supports clients on applying for resiliency grants and does environmental permitting for waterfront development. She is the Junior League of Tallahassee President and is a Big for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend. She serves on the Commission of the Status of Women and Girls and is on the Kappa Delta Alumni Board. Recently, Katie was recognized as one of the “25 Women to Know in Tallahassee” by the Tallahassee Democrat in 2022. She loves having lunch with her grandmother in town and walking her dog, Morris, at Pedrick Park with her husband, Jared Williams.