Leadership Team

2018-2019

In addition to our Board of Directors, our Leadership Team is comprised of all of Leadership Florida's statewide committee chairs and Regional Council members. Members of the Leadership Team serve as liaisons between the full membership and the Board of Directors.


Annual Meeting Committee Co-Chairs

  • Betty Lowery, Cornerstone XXI, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Disney
  • Beth Smith, Connect VII, Government and Education Manager, CIGNA

Awards Committee Chair

  • Audrey Ring, Cornerstone XXIII, Audrey Ring Consulting

Audit Committee Chair

  • Justin Thames, Connect VII, Director of Governmental Affairs, Florida Institute of CPAs

Communications Committee Co-Chairs

  • Christina Gomez Pina, Cornerstone XXXIV, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Baptist Health South
  • Caryn Lavernia, Connect VIII, Assistant Vice President for Engagement, Florida International University

Connect Class Chair

  • Glen Bishop, Connect VIII, Owner/Principal, GBE

Cornerstone Class Chair

  • Derek Bruce, Cornerstone XXII, Shareholder, Gunster

Debate Committee Co-Chairs

  • Dave Aronberg, Cornerstone XXVI, State Attorney, Palm Beach County
  • Beth Kigel, Cornerstone XXIX, President and CEO, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce

Development Committee Chair

  • Jennifer Grove, Cornerstone XXXIII, Community Development Manager, Gulf Power Company

Education Program

Leadership Florida Education Class IV 

  • Paul Burns, Program Chair, Education II, Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality, FL Dept. of Education
  • Commissioner Pam Stewart, Program Chair Ex-officio, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education

Advisory Committee

  • Mandy Clark, Advisor, Education II, Consulting, Jacksonville Public Education Fund
  • Charles Hokanson, Advisor, Cornerstone XXXVI, Sr. VP, Florida Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation 
  • Radha Rangarajan, Advisor, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

General Education Advisors for Cornerstone and Connect

  • Dianne Jacob, Cornerstone XVIII and Education III, Sr. V.P. Community Relations, PNC Bank
  • Phil Poekert, Connect VI and Education III, Director, UF Lastinger Center

Finance Committee Chair

  • Dominic Calabro, Cornerstone IV, President & CEO, Florida TaxWatch, Inc.

Governance Committee Chair

  • Greg Haile, Cornerstone XXX, President, Broward College

London Committee Co-Chairs

  • Deborah Curry, Cornerstone XXXII, CEO, Florida Institute of CPAs
  • Carlos Orta, Cornerstone XV, Vice President, Corporate Affairs Carnival Cruise Lines

Member Services Chair

  • Mike Freed, Cornerstone XXXIII, Shareholder, Gunster

Recruitment Committee Co-Chairs

  • Randall Vitale, Cornerstone XXXII, President, Hoffman's Chocolates
  • Phillip Lloyd Hamilton, Connect VII, Director, Outreach & Program Development, Florida International University

Program Committee Chair

  • Nicole Washington, Connect VII, Education Consultant
Committee Members:
  • Doug Bartel, Cornerstone XXXV, Senior Dir. Business Development, Florida Blue
  • Safiya Brea, Connect VIII, Shareholder, Chen Moore & Associates 
  • Ashley Brown, Cornerstone XXXI, CEO, Women’s Resource Center
  • Gretchen Clarke, Connect VII, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances, AppRiver
  • Jeff Johnson, Cornerstone XXXII, State Director, AARP
  • Ryan King, Connect VII, Senior Revenue Management Analyst, Hertz Corporation
  • Nan Rothstein, CLF IV, Attorney 
  • Frank Rygiel, Cornerstone XXXV, V.P. Walbridge, Florida Group
  • Bill Shepherd, Cornerstone XXXVI, Attorney, Holland & Knight 
  • Michelle Strenth, Cornerstone XXXVI, Gov’t Relations Director, Orlando Health

Leadership Florida Connect Board of Governors

  • Terin Barbas Cremer, Connect Chair, Connect III, Managing Partner, Barbas Cremer PLLC 
  • Andrew Fay, Chair-Elect, Connect IV, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Marvin Wilmoth, Past Chair/Nominating, Connect VI, Senior Vice President of Development, Housing Trust Group 
  • Kristi Brandon, Class Representative, Connect VIII, Chief Development Officer, Hubbard House
  • Glen Bishop, Class Program Chair, Connect VIII, Owner/Principal, Gbe
  • Imran Siddiqui, Selection Chair, Connect VIII, President, Siddiqui Strategies
  • Phillip Lloyd Hamilton, Recruitment Chair, Connect VII, Director, Outreach & Program Development, Florida International University
  • Jordan Jiloty, At-Large Selected by Chair, Connect VIII, Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs, NASCAR
  • Rachel Kobb, At-Large Selected by Chair, Connect VIII, Government Relations Manager, Orlando Health

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Chair: Mike Freed, Cornerstone XXXIII, Shareholder, Gunster 
  • Glen Bishop, Connect VIII, Owner/Principal, GBE
  • Ashley Brown, Cornerstone XXXI, President and CEO, Women's Resource Center
  • Rena Coughlin, Honorary Member, CEO and President, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida
  • Al Dotson, Executive X, Managing Partner-Elect, Bilzin Sumberg
  • Jason Emmett, Executive X, President, Duffy's Management
  • Adriana Ficano, Connect VI, Associate Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations, Broward College
  • Jim Gilmore, Jr., Cornerstone XXIX, Partner, Gilmore Hagan Partners
  • Tony Jenkins, Cornerstone XXI, Market President, Central Florida, Florida Blue
  • Beth Kigel, Cornerstone XXIX, President and CEO, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
  • Felecia King, Education III, Educator, Lockhart Elementary Magnet Hillsborough
  • Michael Munz, Cornerstone XXXII, Partner, The Dalton Agency
  • Jennifer Newton, Connect VIII, Director of Consumer Financial Services Compliance, Kaufman Rossin 
  • Debra Pace, Education III, Superintendent, Osceola
  • Pam Peters, Cornerstone XXIV, Retired
  • Avis Proctor, Cornerstone XXXVI, North Campus President, Broward College
  • Madeline Pumariega, Cornerstone XXXIII, Chancellor, Florida College System
  • Pam Rauch, Cornerstone XXVII, Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Development, Florida Power and Light
  • Ryan Reiter, Connect VIII, Director of Government Affairs, Kaufman Lynn Construction
  • Katrina Rolle, Cornerstone XXXI, President and CEO, United Way of the Big Bend
  • Bill Shepherd, Cornerstone XXXVI, Partner, Holland and Knight
  • John Streitmatter, Cornerstone XXIII, Director, Leadership Research Institute
  • Mario Trueba, Cornerstone XIX, CEO, iBERIABANK
  • Randall Vitale, Cornerstone XXXII, President, Hoffman's Chocolates
  • Allen Weiss, Cornerstone XX, President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

Calusa Regional Council

  • Chair: Rick Bisio, Cornerstone XXXIV, Owner, The Educated Franchisee
  • Mike Bennett, Cornerstone XXXVI, Supervisor of Elections, Manatee
  • Jaymie Carter, Cornerstone XXXVI, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Co.
  • John Horne, Cornerstone XXVIII, Owner, Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • Branan Jacobs, Connect VIII, Director of Communications, MagnifyGood
  • Nick Owens, Connect IV, Marketing & Software Director, POP Yachts & POP RVs
  • Geri Waksler, Cornerstone XXXIII, Of Counsel, McCrory Law Firm
  • Teresa Rawe, Cornerstone XXXVI, Emergency Dept. Medical Director

East Central Regional Council

  • Chair: Kari Conley, Cornerstone XXXII, Director of Community Relations, Orlando Health
  • Glenn Adams, Cornerstone XXXV, Executive Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Christopher Dawson, Connect VI, Associate, GrayRobinson
  • Mara Frazier, Cornerstone XXXVI, VP, Community Affairs & Westgate Foundation, Westgate Resorts
  • Lori Johnson, Cornerstone XXXVI, General Manager, Edelman
  • Troy McNichols, Cornerstone XXXVI, VP, External Affairs, AT&T
  • Diane O'Dell, Cornerstone XXXIV, VP, Community & Diversity Relations, Universal Orlando
  • Megan Almasi, Connect VIII, Community Relations Manager, Orlando Health

Gold Coast Regional Council

  • Chair: Tim Hogans, Connect VI, External Affairs Manager, Florida Power & Light
  • Terry Frank, Cornerstone XXXVI, Director of Marketing and Strategic Projects, BBX Capital
  • Shevrin Jones, Cornerstone XXXII, State Representative, District 101, Florida House of Representatives
  • Raymond Monteleone, Cornerstone IV, Founding President & Partner, Paladin Global Partners
  • Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Cornerstone XXVI, Vice President, Advancement & Community Relations, Nova Southeastern University
  • Gary I. Resnick, Cornerstone XXXV, Attorney/Mayor, GrayRobinson
  • Dionne Polite, Cornerstone XXXVI, Manager of State Operations, AARP
  • Maggie Gunther, Connect VI, Dir. of Communications, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance

Gulfstream Regional Council

  • Chair: Sarah Alsofrom, Cornerstone XXXII, Director of Community Relations, GL Homes
  • Thomas Bean, Connect V, Director of Public & Community Engagement, Florida Power & Light
  • Gregory Brostowicz, Connect VI, Assoc. Director, Executive & Employee Comm., United Technologies
  • Adam Fetterman, Cornerstone XXXVI, General Counsel, St. Lucie Sheriff's Office
  • George Forman, Cornerstone XXXVI, Chief Operating Officer, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office
  • Sarah Gatewood, Connect VIII, Principal Comm. Specialist, Public Affairs, Florida Power & Light
  • Jordana Jarjura, Cornerstone XXXV, General Counsel, Gulf Building
  • Renee Layman, Cornerstone XXXVI, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Child Counseling

Northeast Regional Council

  • Chair: Virginia Hall, Cornerstone XXXV, Senior Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement, St. Vincent’s HealthCare
  • Cleveland Ferguson, Cornerstone XXXIII, Vice President - Administration, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Gary Flower, Cornerstone XIX, Judge, Fourth Judicial Court
  • Maggie Hightower, Connect III, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Nemours
  • Patrick Kilbane, Cornerstone XXXV, General Counsel & Wealth Advisor, Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors
  • Lauren Purdy, Connect VIII, Attorney, Gunster
  • Chad Labenz, Cornerstone XXXIV, Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Bank of America
  • Gordon Bailey, Cornerstone XXXVI, V.P. Public Affairs/Community Engagement, Florida Blue

Northwest Regional Council

  • Chair: Lila Jaber, Cornerstone XXIII, Shareholder, Gunster
  • Mark Bubriski, Connect IV, Director of Public Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company
  • Gus Corbella, Cornerstone XXXIV, Sr. Dir. of Government Law & Policy, Greenberg Traurig
  • Virginia Dailey, Cornerstone XXV, Panza, Maurer & Maynard P.A.
  • Allison Hill, Cornerstone XXXVI, SVP Baptist Health Care; Pres/CEO Lakeview Center, Lakeview Center, Inc.
  • MaryRose Sirianni, Cornerstone XXXV, External Affairs Manager, AT&T
  • Saralyn Grass, Connect VIII, CEO, Association of Early Learning
  • Jim Murdaugh, Executive Class VII, President, Tallahassee Community College

Southeast Regional Council

  • Chair: Alex Dominguez, Connect VI, Regional Director, AT&T
  • Brian Goldmeier, Connect V, Principal, BYG Strategies
  • Saif Ishoof, Cornerstone XXVIII, V.P. Engagement, Florida International University
  • Elena Otero, Connect VIII, Attorney, Holland & Knight
  • Matt Pinzur, Cornerstone XXXVI, VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Jackson Health System
  • Danielle Price, Cornerstone XXXII, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Adriene McCoy, Cornerstone XXXVI, V.P. & Chief HR, Baptist Health South FL
  • Jason Dimitris, Cornerstone XXIX, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge

Southwest Regional Council

  • Chair: Kerry Geroy, Cornerstone XXIX, Principal, Naples Global Advisors
  • Tammy Hall, Cornerstone XXX, Director of Marketing, CFS Roofing Services
  • Tony Lee, Connect VII, Director of Major Gifts, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Jaime Lopez, Connect VIII, Financial Analyst, Barron Collier Companies
  • Michelle McLeod, Cornerstone XXXVI, Naples City Council Member, Naples City Council
  • Neale Montgomery, Cornerstone XXVIII, Attorney/Partner, Pavese Law Firm
  • Julie Schmelzle, Cornerstone XXXVI, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
  • Sabra Smith, Cornerstone XXXII, Vice President, London Bay Homes

West Central Regional Council

  • Chair: Karen Arnold, Cornerstone XXXVI, COO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • James Chan, Connect VII, & College XIII, Client Relations Manager, Lee Law Group
  • Ben Dachepalli, Cornerstone XXXI, Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
  • Mike Griffin, Cornerstone XXVI, Senior Managing Director, Savills Studley
  • Joni James, Cornerstone XXXV, Senior Impact Director, Foundation for Healthy St. Petersburg
  • Andrew Mayts, Cornerstone XXXIV, Shareholder, GrayRobinson
  • Randall Reid, Cornerstone XXXIV, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction
  • Michael Kamprath, Connect VIII, Asst.  General Counsel, Tampa Airport
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