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

Cindy McCalla

Lakeland Electric

Stephen Senn Photo

Stephen Senn

Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Ad-Hoc Member




Polk Academies Advisory Board


   

Brenda Hardman Photo

Bartow High School

Dr. Brenda Hardman


Central Florida Development Council

Sean Malott


City of Bartow

Jay Robinson


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

Carmen Smith Photo

GEICO

Carmen Smith


Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce

Diana Simmons

Alice Hunt Photo

Hunt Construction of Central Florida

Alice Hunt


Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Council

Kevin Kieft CEcD

Laura Taylor Photo

Lakeland Economic Development Council

Laura Taylor

Alaina Johnson Photo

Lakeland Regional Health

Alaina Johnson

Michael Paruta Photo

Lakeland Regional Health

Michael Paruta M.S., ILR

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

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


Polk State College

Orthai Northern


Polk State College

Martina Warner

Robert Clancey Photo

Polk State College-Corporate College

Robert Clancey


Polk State College-Corporate College

Howard Drake

Christopher Yannes Photo

Polk State College-Corporate College

Christopher Yannes


Publix

Gina Hunt


Publix

Michelle Patten Wilde


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

Ana Rivera

Wayne Dickens Photo

Ridge Techinical College

Dr. Wayne Dickens


Rockford Ettco Procunier

Larry Bull


Southeastern University

Amy Trimble

Steven Cochran Photo

Summerlin Academy

Steven Cochran

Danny Kushmner Photo

SWWMD

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


Traviss Techinical College

David Wiggs

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

Shaquita Armstrong

Leann Bennett

Erik Berling

Austin Dollison

Tamarah Fields

Doug Harwell

Kristen Hathcock

Valarie Henry

Marc Hutek

Namita Jaitly

Henry Koger

Belinda Kramer

David Lintner

Misty Lynn

Tanya Peavy

Serena Peeler

Tina Sparr

Paul Webb

Luke Witte

Derrick Woodard