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Holly Lundgren

holly lundgrenHolly Lundgren comes to us with a background in event management and higher education administration. She most recently worked for USF Sarasota-Manatee where she coordinated commencement for the campus and events for the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. She moved to the area just over three years ago after 15 years vacationing on Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key with her family. Holly grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. She graduated with honors in 2010 earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.  She has also completed master’s coursework in Hospitality Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee and plans to finish her degree in December of 2014.

Joanna Bailey Beam

joanna bailey beamJoanna has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years and graduated from University of South Florida with a Degree in Business Marketing in 1999. Joanna’s father grew up in Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High School in 1960. Joanna is married to Tony Beam and has 2 children of her own that were born and raised in Bradenton, and 3 step children. Her daughter, 18, is a senior at Lakewood Ranch High and is planning to attend South College of Florida in 2014. Her son, 10, loves to ride his scooter at The Riverwalk Skate Park, play basketball, and is taking golf lessons. Joanna has a passion for organizing, problem solving, and helping people. She also likes to spend time with family, traveling, reading, fishing, boating, and lounging at the pool and the beach. Joanna and her family also spend a lot of their time taking care of their pets, which are 2 dogs (an Australian Shepherd & a Papillion), a squirrel, and 2 saltwater tanks full of tropical fish and other sea life.

Johnette Isham

Johnette IshamAs Executive Director, Johnette brings her design thinking to the execution of Realize Bradenton’s cultural master plan and partnership development. Her experience spans multiple sectors—arts, design, education, non-profit, corporate, and municipal. With a deep belief that all is possible when you focus on the best in people, she specializes in working with others on transformations. After 18 years as Vice President at Ringling College of Art and Design, Johnette partnered with The Wellness Community to create a green facility for free cancer care using art, nature, and technology. Johnette recently presented her capacity building ideas at the UN Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. She lives happily in a house full of art, surrounded by three males—her husband, father, and a Weimaraner.

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Morgan Bettes

morgan bettesAs the Executive and Creative Associate, Morgan assists with electronic communications, event promotions, and assignments with donors, sponsors, and board members. She has a Marketing degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a concentration in graphic design. Morgan has a passion for non-profit organizations because she believes they are the true fabric of a community. Her professional experience includes working with Adopt a Family of Manatee and Season of Sculpture as a Graphic Design Consultant and Special Assistant to the Board of Directors. Morgan was recently named a 2012 Judith O'Connor scholar at the BoardSource Leadership Forum, a national conference focused on the impact of nonprofit boards and the unique role they play in advancing the public good with strong governing practices. In her off hours, she spends time with Mister, her 3-year old Goldendoodle, and Bailey, her Thoroughbred mare.

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