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Board of Directors


Board Chair

Co-owner of Yoga Arts in the Village of the Arts; Past Vice President of the Artists Guild of Manatee; Member of Tiger Bay Club of Manatee and Center Education Parents Association; Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.


Board Vice Chair

23 years with CBS News and CBS Sports; Former Director of Public Responsibility at American Express; Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes/Revlon; Chair of the NYC Commission on the Status of Women; Nonprofit work with American Cancer Society; Guttman Institute; and Cornell University.


Associate at Blalock Walters Attorneys at Law; Florida Association of Women Lawyers; We Care Manatee Board; Manatee Young Lawyers Division Board; Manatee Young Professionals Leadership Committee.


Vice President of HJB Properties; Real Estate Agent for the Commercial division of Michael Saunders & Company; Chair of Manatee County Chamber’s Downtown Redevelopment Committee; Manatee County Infill Redevelopment Taskforce; Chair of Planning Commission for the City of Bradenton; Past Chair of Manatee Young Professionals, Leadership Manatee Alumni Association, and Manatee Tiger Bay Club; Founding board member of Realize Bradenton in 2010.


Owner of Suncoast Gem Laboratories, started in 1986, located in downtown Bradenton; Lectured at the Manatee Community College science series and taught the Introduction to Gemology class for the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department; Member of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club and Board Member of Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation.


Native of Bradenton and a graduate of Manatee High School; Optometrist at The Eye Center Inc.; Member of Florida Optometric Association and Manasota Optometric Association; Board member We Care Manatee; Co-Founder Eye Center Vision Foundation; Board member Manatee County Seminole Club; Graduate of Leadership Manatee; Serves on the Manatee Young Professionals Leadership Committee; Degrees from Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University.


Founder of Axiom Strategic Consulting; Author of Grow With Purpose: Building a Mission Minded Business; Florida native; Married to Josie since 2000 with three children; Actively involved in their church, Cornerstone of Lakewood Ranch; Current board member and past chair of the Manatee Family YMCA and an advisory board member to Parenting Matters; Board members of Marriage and Family Works.


Community Leader, MCF Board Vice Chair; Board president of The Bishop Museum from 2015 – 2018; Co-Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club Board from 2012 – 2015; Attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE where she earned a B.S. in Education; Member of the Association of Fundraising professionals, Women in Development- Boston Chapter, and Council for Advancement, and Support of Education.


Over 20 years experience serving the area at BMO Harris Bank; Florida Chairperson for BMO Harris ERG group – Alliance for Women; Board of Junior Achievement of Manatee County 2006-2008; United Way of Manatee County – Community Investment Committee 2008-2013; Bishop Museum of Science and Nature – Board Member 2015 – 2021; Forty Carrots Family Center, Firefly Gala Committee Member 2014 – Present, Women, Wine & Shoes Committee Member 2014 – Present.


Bradenton native; Florida State University graduate; Macro Manager, Connect Florida; Co-Founder, Independent Jones.


Founding Chair, 2010-2013
Director Emeritus, 2015

President of Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation; Chairman of the Board of Downtown Development Authority; Founding Chair of Realize Bradenton; Vice President of Sunshine State Foundation; Tourist Development Council; Board of Directors of Manatee Education Foundation, Meals on Wheels Plus, Manatee River Fair Association, and Manatee Performing Arts Center.

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