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Board of Directors


CARRIE PRICE

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.


KAY WIGHT

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.


ANN K. BREITINGER

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.


BEN BAKKER

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.


BRAD LAUDICINA

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.


JOEY BRANNON

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.


JEANIE KIRKPATRICK

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.


ALISA WESTBERRY

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.


WADE HAMILTON

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


MARISA POWERS

Associate at Blalock Walters practicing in the areas of local government, litigation, and land use. Previous involvement with Turning Points, PACE Center for Girls, and Manatee Young Professionals. Currently serves as the President of the Manatee Inn of Court.


VERNON DESEAR

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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