Leadership Florida Announces Selection of 2022-2023 Education Class Participants

Posted By: Jennie Kroeger Announcements, Press Releases,

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Leadership Florida has selected its 7th Education Class participants. Forty-five Florida leaders from across the education sector, including professionals at the K-12, postsecondary, district and state levels, 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, West Palm Beach 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 Education Class 7:


  • Louis Algaze, Florida Virtual School, Orlando
  • Carlos Artime, Collier County Public Schools, Naples
  • Simaran Bakshi, IDEA Public Schools, Jacksonville
  • Erica-Christina Bartley, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville
  • Monique Bassett, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville
  • Benny Bolden, Jr., R. Frank Nims Middle School, Tallahassee
  • Bryan Boyer, Orange Park High School, Orange Park
  • Audie Confesor, Deerwood Elementary School, Kissimmee
  • Shaunte Duggins, University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, Gainesville
  • Nadine Ebri, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville
  • James Ellout, City Year Jacksonville, Jacksonville
  • Stephanie Etter, Broward College, Davie
  • Patricia Folino, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota
  • Stephanie Garfunkel, Impact Florida, Tallahassee
  • Chelsea Geroy, Laurel Oak Elementary, Naples
  • Shelia Caleo Gonzalez, Mater Grove Academy, Miami
  • Alexander Jordan, Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee
  • Kim Jowell, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Tampa
  • Brian Knowles, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach
  • Kimberly Lea, Kim Lea Consulting, Jupiter
  • Alwyn Leiba, Miami Dade College, Miami
  • Sakinah Lewis, Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami
  • Anne Marchetti, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria
  • Moneek McTier, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach
  • Harriet Moore, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota
  • Shalia Moore-Hayes, The Patterson Foundation, Sarasota
  • Lisa Morse, Collier County Public Schools, Naples
  • Sarah Ann Painter, Eisenhower Elementary School, Clearwater
  • Kristin Piccolo, Florida Education Foundation, Tallahassee
  • Christopher Renouf, Sarasota County School District, Sarasota
  • Thomas Roberts, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers
  • Cynthia Saunders, School District of Manatee County, Bradenton
  • Catherine Sciandra, Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub, Jacksonville
  • Latrina Singleton, School District of Manatee County, Bradenton
  • Katie Spitzig, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, West Palm Beach
  • Krista Stanley, Yearling Middle School, Okeechobee
  • Amanda Stilianou, Clay Virtual Academy, Orange Park
  • Es Swihart, The Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota
  • Ahmet Temel, Tallahassee School of Math & Science, Tallahassee
  • Ted Toomer, Broward County Public Schools, Davie
  • Rachel Walker, Clay County Adult and Community Education, Orange Park
  • Dianna Weinbaum, Cognia, Boynton Beach
  • LaKeisha Wells-Palmer, Teach For America, Miami
  • Jarvis Wheeler, Children's Home Society, Orlando



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.