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Movers and Shakers - September 2O2O

Movers & Shakers ,

Congratulations to these amazing Leadership Florida members on their promotions and accomplishments.


Congratulations to Merdochey LaFrance (Connect Class 6) for being named an Honorary "Top 20 Under 40" by the Haitian-American Chamber Of Commerce of Florida! 


Christine Shaw (Connect Class 10) was recognized as a “Young Professional of the Year” finalist at the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches "2020 Business Awards Virtual Corporate Breakfast.

Congratulations to Manny Farach (Executive Class 11) was named the recipient of the 2020 Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award by the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion

Doug Bartel (Cornerstone Class 35 and Cornerstone Class 39 Class Chair) has been appointed Market Leader for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties for Florida Blue!

Ashley Barnett (Education Class 3) has been elected Vice-Chair of Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Congratulations to Nan Rothstein (College Class 4 and 2020-2021 Statewide Communications Co-Chair) for being appointed to Florida State University’s President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion! 

Tara Duhy (Cornerstone Class 38, Lifetime Member, and 2020-2021 Recruitment Chair) has been named in the “2020 Top Lawyers” in Palm Beach Illustrated, specializing in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law.

Michelle Diffenderfer (Cornerstone Class 33), has been named “2020 Top Lawyers” in Palm Beach Illustrated, specializing in the areas of Environmental Law and Energy Law. 
She is also the newest Lifetime Member!

Christine Sylvain (Education Class 5) has been accepted into the Nonprofit Executive Program at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University! 
Christine is also the recipient of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce's Non-Profit Leadership Award!

Nat Ford (Cornerstone Class 33) was named the "2020 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager" by the American Public Transportation Association.

Ron Christaldi (Cornerstone Class 36 and 2020-2021 Fundraising Chair for the West Central Region) has been elected Vice-Chair of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to Aakash Patel (College Class 7) for being featured in the Business Observer! 


Congratulations to Malena Mendez-Dorn (Cornerstone Class 37 and 2020-2021 Region Chair for the GoldCoast Region), who has been named President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County (BBBS) starting in January!

Kalinthia Dillard, a new member (Cornerstone Class 39) has been awarded the "ATHENA Leadership Award®” by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. 

Congratulations to Melissa McKinlay (Cornerstone Class 37) for being an “ATHENA Leadership Award®” Finalist at the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ Athena Leadership Awards Luncheon! 


Congratulations to Ann Marie Sorrell (Connect Class 6) for being an “ATHENA Leadership Award®” Finalist at the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ Athena Leadership Awards Luncheon!