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

Board of County Commissioners

Alignment Chair

Dr. Naomi Boyer

Polk State College

Vice Chair

Debbie Burdett

Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center

Executive Board Chair & Academy Development Chair

Steven Cochran

Workforce Education

Secretary

Kim Long

Polk Vision

Cindy McCalla

Lakeland Electric

Stephen Senn

Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Parlimentarian




Polk Academies Advisory Board


   


Badcock Home Furniture

Gospel Witte


Bartow High School

Dr. Brenda Hardman


Central Florida Development Council

Sean Malott


Central Florida EDC

Lindsey Zimmerman


City of Bartow

Jay Robinson


City of Lake Alfred

Ryan Leavengood


City of Lakeland PD

James Ring


City of Polk City

Patricia Jackson


Community Member

Trudy Block


Farm Bureau

Carole McKenzie


GEICO

Carmen Smith


Greater Bartow Chamber

Trish Pfeiffer


Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce

Diana Simmons


Hunt Construction of Central Florida

Alice Hunt


iBuild

John Clancey


Keiser University

Derek Adams


Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Council

Kevin Kieft CEcD


Lakeland Economic Development Council

Laura Taylor

Alaina Johnson Photo

Lakeland Regional Health

Alaina Johnson


Lakeland Regional Health

Michael Paruta M.S., ILR


Noble Hour

Wesley Barnett


Noble Hour

Ashley Bell Barnett


Polk Arts Alliance

Meri Mass


Polk County Property Appraiser

Carol Walker


Polk County School Board

Hazel Sellers


Polk County Schools

Jeanette Crowley


Polk Manufacturing Association / MSCA

Joy Clancey


Polk State College

Dr. Patricia Jones


Polk State College

Maria Lehoczky


Polk State College

Orthai Northern


Polk State College

Martina Warner


Polk State College-Corporate College

Robert Clancey


Polk State College-Corporate College

Howard Drake


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


Ridge Techinical College

Dr. Wayne Dickens


Rockford Ettco Procunier

Larry Bull


Southeastern University

Amy Trimble


SWWMD

Danny Kushmner


Tinsley Family Concessions

Seretha Tinsley


Town of Dundee

Ryan Taylor


Traviss Techinical College

David Wiggs


Visit Central Florida

Mark Jackson


W.S. Badcock Corporation

Andrea Prather SPHR, SHRM-SCP


Warner University

David Byrd


Warner University

David McCraw


Winter Haven Economic Development Council

Bruce Lyon




Workforce Education

Shaquita Armstrong

Leann Bennett

Erik Berling

Steven Cochran

Amanda Cook

Tamarah Fields

Doug Harwell

Kristen Hathcock

Valarie Henry

Namita Jaitly

Henry Koger

Misty Lynn

Tanya Peavy

Serena Peeler

Tina Sparr

Paul Webb

Luke Witte

Derrick Woodard