Lakeland, FL – With leadership from Class XXXVI Chair, Michelle B. Ledford (Class XXIX, MADE) and Chair-Elect Chuck McDanal (Class XXXI, StudioC Solutions), 29 participants officially graduated on Thursday, May 9, 2019. More than 130 alumni and friends attended the invitation-only Leadership Lakeland Graduation & Banquet at the RP Funding Center. Beginning in August, the class members undertook a rigorous schedule including overnight and full-day programs to immerse themselves in the community and in the development of leadership skills. Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVI:
- Steven G. Achinger, MD, FASN, Watson Clinic LLP
- Randolph Barber, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
- Leon Battle, One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
- Sarah Bhagat, Lakeland Regional Health
- William B. Bracken, Jr., Bracken & Bergwall, P.A.
- Amanda Brice, Agnini Family Dental
- Michael Paul Carey, CLA
- Tom Collins, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
- Erin Ferguson, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
- Ana Vargas Gillespie, Lakeland Escape Room
- Taher Hisham Hamid, Alltek Services
- Kaitlin Irmscher
- Ellen J. Katzman, PACE Center for Girls
- Rebecca Knowles, All Saints Academy
- Thomas C. Lloyd, Bank of Central Florida
- John S. Lowman, IV, Avon Leasing, Inc.
- Sara Roberts McCarley, Randy Roberts Foundation
- Douglas W. McPherson, Citizens Bank and Trust
- Ashley Metts Miller, VISTE
- Holly Parrish, PH Solutions, LLC
- Teddra Joy Porteous, Polk County Public Schools
- Eric Powell, RightPlan Financial
- Brenda Patricia Ramirez, Kaylor Law Group
- Brenda C. Reddout, PhD, Talbot House Ministries
- Douglas Edward Riley, Lakeland Fire Department
- Bethany Tricia Thomas, Southeastern University
- Amanda L. Walls, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
- Jason Williams, Farm Credit of Central Florida
- Lori A. Winstead, State Attorney’s Office
Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.
Towards the end of the program, members of Class XXXVI presented five checks (totaling $1,400 each) to the five nonprofit organizations represented within the class: One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, PACE Center for Girls, Randy Roberts Foundation, VISTE, and Talbot House Ministries. It took only four days for Class XXXVI to raise $7,000.
At the event, Nicole Travis (XXXIV, City of Lakeland) was announced as the Chair-Elect for Class XXXVII.