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SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership St. Johns (LSJ) Class of 2018 will kick off their year-long program with the annual retreat, Nov, 3 – 4.  The leadership development program which was started in 2001, has more than 300 alumni including the former superintendent of schools and current Flagler College President Joseph Joyner, the current Superintendent of Schools Tim Forson, Flagler Hospital President Jason Barrett, local entrepreneur and St. Augustine Distillery founding partner Phillip McDaniel, District 1 School Board Representative Beverly Slough and St. Augustine City Manager John Regan.

It was established to educate, connect and encourage elite and emerging professionals as they strive to make a positive impact on the local economy and community. This year’s class is the largest in the program’s history with 27 members from all sectors of industry, commerce and public service.

According to Bob Porter, the Chamber’s LSJ program director, members of the class of 2018 will be mentored by program alumni who maintain and promote a positive difference in the region. “The program provides a way to recognize talented individuals who will benefit from the experience and who can utilize the opportunity to advance their organizational and personal goals,” said Porter. “Additionally, strong connections established among class members can be invaluable throughout one’s career and beyond.”

Each year in July, the Chamber begins to accept applications for the program year, which runs from October through the following June.  Class members are committed to meeting one day each month to experience a full-day of policy briefings and onsite tours providing an in-depth overview of the challenges and opportunities faced by St. Johns County’s many industries, government agencies and non-profits. Class members who successfully graduate from the program are accepted into the prestigious ranks of leadership alumni in St. Johns County and across Florida, and many LSJ graduates have been accepted into the state-wide Leadership Florida program.

Isabelle Rodriquez, the Chamber’s President/CEO and a graduate of Leadership St. Johns and Leadership Florida, advocates involvement in LSJ as a stepping stone to participating in non-profit and volunteer government advisory boards as well as potential involvement in future elected office. “We also want our class members to consider using the skills honed through the LSJ experience to engage actively in the governing of St. Johns County.”

SJ 2017-18 Participants:

Name Company

Position

Michelle

Adams

St. Augustine Lighthouse &
Maritime Museum

Director of Development

Janette

Allen

Flagler College

Director of Development

Myrna

Allen

St. Johns River State College

Dean of Teacher Education

Carlos

Aviles

City of St. Augustine

Chief, SAFD

Jeremiah

Blocker

North Florida Lawyers, PLLC

Partner/Attorney

Christopher

Buttermore

Matthews Design Group, Inc.

Project Manager

Michael

Dresback

St. Johns County School District

Associate Superintendent for
Student Support Services

Debra

East

Launchpad Consultants LLC/
Blue Sky Life Coaching LLC

Founder/CEO

Alexius

Ferguson

Children’s Home Society

Community Partnership School Director

Donna

Guzzo

Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Director of Development

Matthew Hartley Gwanda, LLC

Business Account Manager

Stephen Hudson Digital Mark Company, LLC

Owner

Bruce

Jones

Vicar’s Landing

CEO

Steven Ladrido Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

Sales Manager, Broker Associate, Realtor

Patricia

Larkin

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

Finance Manager

Regina Mangus Flagler Hospital

VP Marketing and Strategic Communications

Lisa

McGowan

VyStar Credit Union

Vice President

Amy

Miller

Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC

Audit Manager

Samuel

Morgart

Ameris Bank

VP-Commercial Relationship Manager

Matthew

Nelson

Advanced Disposal Services

VP Finance and investor Relations

Maria

Sit

Northrop Grumman

Manager, Industrial Engineering

Leslie

Snyder

St. Augustine Youth Services

Program Director

Matthew

Stevens

St. Augustine Distillery Co.

General Manager

Jackson

Taylor

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office

Executive Director
St. Johns County Police Athletic League

Thomas

Torretta

St. Johns County Council on Aging

Resource Development and
Communications Manager

Janette

Wagner

Capital City Bank

Community President

Melissa Wissel City of St. Augustine

Public Information Coordinator

Robert

Porter

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce

LSJ Program Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

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