Advisory Council Goals

The goal of the Polk Academies Advisory Board is to link the resources of business, education, and local community in order to promote higher education, career pathways, and active civic participation. Board members assist academies by providing:

  1. Industry expertise to support Academy curriculum
  2. Assist in student recruitment
  3. Provide internships for academy students
  4. Encourage other community businesses to support academy initiatives
  5. Advocacy to promote workforce education to political leaders and the business community
  6. Financial assistance to secure funding for program activities, internships, and scholarships

With the current focus on “high skill, high wage, high demand” employment, it is critical that we work together to ensure that the next generation of employees and leaders are prepared to maintain the future growth of our economy.

Upcoming Meetings
There are no meetings currently scheduled.

Polk Academies Executive Advisory Board

Melony Bell Photo

Melony Bell

Board of County Commissioners

Alignment Chair

Naomi Boyer Photo

Dr. Naomi Boyer

Polk State College

Vice Chair

Debbie Burdett Photo

Debbie Burdett

Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center

Executive Board Chair & Academy Development Chair

Betsy Levingston Photo

Betsy Levingston

Lakeland Electric

Experiential Learning Chair

Misty Peacock Photo

Misty Peacock


Academy Certification Chair

Stephen Senn Photo

Stephen Senn

Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Ad-Hoc Member

Rich Shapiro

Community Member

Fundraising Chair

John Small Photo

John Small

Polk County Public Schools

Executive Board Secretary

Polk Academies Advisory Board

Matt Mucci Photo


Matt Mucci

Nicole Irby Photo


Nicole Irby

Jim Freeman Photo

Board of County Commissioners

Jim Freeman

Stacy Campbell-Domineck Photo

CareerSource Polk

Stacy Campbell-Domineck

Margarita Alfaro Photo

Central Florida Development Council

Margarita Alfaro

Amy Palmer Photo

City of Auburndale

Amy Palmer

City of Bartow

Jay Robinson

Jonathan Evans Photo

City of Haines City

Jonathan Evans

City of Lake Alfred

Ryan Leavengood

Patricia Jackson Photo

City of Polk City

Patricia Jackson

Community Member

Trudy Block

Carole McKenzie Photo

Farm Bureau

Carole McKenzie

Florida Southern College

William Rhey

Carmen Smith Photo


Carmen Smith

Madalyn Kissel Photo

Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce

Madalyn Kissel

Cyndi Jantomaso Photo

Haines City Economic Development Council

Cyndi Jantomaso

Linda Pilkington Photo

Heart of Florida

Linda Pilkington

Alice Hunt Photo

Hunt Construction of Central Florida

Alice Hunt

Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Council

Kevin Kieft CEcD

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

Corydon Skeates

Laura Taylor Photo

Lakeland Economic Development Council

Laura Taylor

Michael Paruta Photo

Lakeland Regional Health

Michael Paruta M.S., ILR

Mark Gray Photo


Mark Gray

Wesley Barnett Photo

Noble Hour

Wesley Barnett

Ashley Bell Barnett Photo

Noble Hour

Ashley Bell Barnett

Meri Mass Photo

Polk Arts Alliance

Meri Mass

Polk County Property Appraiser

Carol Walker

Polk County Public Schools

Jacquelyn Bowen

Hazel Sellers Photo

Polk County School Board

Hazel Sellers

Jeanette Crowley Photo

Polk County Schools

Jeanette Crowley

Polk Manufacturing Association / MSCA

Joy Clancey

Patricia Jones Photo

Polk State College

Dr. Patricia Jones

Maria Lehoczky Photo

Polk State College

Maria Lehoczky

Robert Clancey Photo

Polk State College-Corporate College

Robert Clancey

Christopher Yannes Photo

Polk State College-Corporate College

Christopher Yannes


Michelle Patten Wilde

Puerto Rican / Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Polk County, Inc

Ana Rivera

Representative Neil Combee, District 39

Lori Allen

Rockford Ettco Procunier

Larry Bull

Jackie Small Photo

Southeastern University

Jackie Small

Steven Cochran Photo

Summerlin Academy

Steven Cochran

Danny Kushmner Photo


Danny Kushmner

David McCraw Photo

Tampa Area Electrical JATC

David McCraw

Seretha Tinsley Photo

Tinsley Family Concessions

Seretha Tinsley

Ryan Taylor Photo

Town of Dundee

Ryan Taylor

Wayne Dickens Photo

Traviss Career Center

Dr. Wayne Dickens

Traviss Career Center

David Wiggs

Brenda Hardman Photo

Union Academy

Dr. Brenda Hardman

Mark Jackson Photo

Visit Central Florida

Mark Jackson

W.S. Badcock Corporation

Andrea Prather SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Warner University

David Byrd

Winter Haven Economic Development Council

Bruce Lyon

Workforce Education

Leann Bennett

Jeanette Bowden

Teresa Griffin

Jessica Hall

Laura Hartman

Serena Peeler

Paul Webb

Derrick Woodard