Leadership Florida Announces Selection of 2022-2023 Connect Class Participants

Posted By: Jennie Kroeger Announcements, Press Releases,

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Leadership Florida has selected its 12th Connect Class participants. Forty-six Florida leaders aged 25-39, including business professionals, educators, healthcare professionals and non-profit executives, will participate in a nine-month educational program and meet other leaders from a variety of backgrounds who represent Florida's diverse composition.


The program consists of a series of two and three-day sessions held in cities throughout the state, including Howey-in-the-Hills, followed by Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami and the final session in Boca Raton at the 2023 Annual Meeting.


“Our mission at Leadership Florida is to bring together committed leaders from all over the state to recharge their leadership skills and expand their network,” said Wendy Spencer, president and CEO of Leadership Florida. “Through this powerful community, our class participants are able to the find knowledge and inspiration to take on some of Florida’s biggest challenges.”


The following individuals have been selected for Connect Class 12:


  • Lauren Albaum, Florida Southern College, Lakeland
  • Elizabeth Andersen, Foundations Therapy Jax, Jacksonville
  • Joshua Baumgartner, TECO Energy, Tampa
  • Michelle Boggs, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Worth
  • Jeffrey Branch, Florida League of Cities, Tallahassee
  • Meredith Budd, Florida Wildlife Federation, Naples
  • Giovanni Castro, Verizon, Doral
  • Brandon Cooper, Gulf Coast Shield Firm, Jacksonville
  • Kate Cotner, Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach
  • Kevin Craig, AT&T, Jacksonville
  • Thomas Culligan, Publix Super Markets, Lakeland
  • Maria Isabel De Armas, Collier County Public Schools, Naples
  • Whitney Doyle, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Tallahassee
  • Angela Drzewiecki, GrayRobinson, Tallahassee
  • Ryan Duffy, United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston
  • Whitney Dutton, The Dutton Group, Fort Lauderdale
  • Nicholas Ewen, The Points Guy, Fort Pierce
  • Paige Geers, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Holly Goodman, Gunster, West Palm Beach
  • Brian Herrick, BMO Harris Wealth Management, Naples
  • Jacob Horner, Nemours Children's Health, Orlando
  • Rodney Jacobs, City of Miami, Miami
  • Vanessa Joseph, Catholic Legal Services, Miami
  • Albert Kaminsky, Charter Communications, St. Petersburg
  • Bridget Keefe, Orlando Health, Orlando
  • Kari-Jo Koshes, JMX Brands, Sarasota
  • Jason Lawrence, StarMetro, Tallahassee
  • Bethany Swonson McAlister, Corcoran Partners, Tallahassee
  • Jeffery McCain, Cigna, Jacksonville
  • Malcolm Means, Ausley McMullen, Tallahassee
  • Whitney Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville
  • Haroula Norden, Baptist Health South Florida, Boca Raton
  • Nishit Patel, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa
  • James Peluso, VyStar Credit Union, Jacksonville
  • Hunter Phillips, Carr Allison, Jacksonville
  • Chanelle Pough, Florida Early Learning Corps, Miami
  • Jennifer Richardson, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, Pensacola
  • Kathryn Salerno, Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale
  • Caitlyn Sanderson, New College of Florida Foundation, Sarasota
  • Stefanie Sass, NASA, Merritt Island
  • Elizabeth Stamoulis, Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, Sarasota
  • Gregory Szkotnicki, GuideWell, Jacksonville
  • Jordan Vaughn, maestra, Lake Mary
  • Julia Gill Woodward, Florida State Parks Foundation, Tallahassee
  • Elizabeth Yawman, Duke Energy, Winter Garden


About Leadership Florida


For the past 40 years, Leadership Florida has engaged more than 3,300 leaders through a competitive application process who represent all sectors of Florida’s economy and reflect the diverse demographics of the state. Through experiential classes, these leaders renew their leadership skills and build their networks with the goal of addressing key issues facing the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.leadershipflorida.org. Leadership Florida is a federally registered trademark.