Alignment Teams

Quality of Life Alignment Team

The Quality of Life LEAD Team is comprised of representatives from across Polk County including non-profits, social services, government, health care, education, and faith-based organizations. Through this diverse membership, different perspectives are gleaned when probing the wide ranging and complex issues contributing to the Quality of Life in Polk County. 

2023-2024 Quality of Life Team Members

Steve Bissonnette, Co-Chair, VISTE

Joy Johnson, Co-Chair, Polk County BoCC

Ben Abbott, Multiply Christian Church

Tonya Akwetey, Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties

Andrea Anderson, Polk for Recovery

Marcia Andresen, Polk County BoCC

Allie Bates, Age-Friendly Lakeland

Katherine Bates, Nutrition Reset

Brad Beatty, Heart for Winter Haven

Samuel Berrien, City of Fort Meade

Caroline Benitez, Polk County BoCC

Donna Bledsoe, Multiply Christian Church

Whittney Borem, Dream Center of Lakeland

Carly Carden, Peace River Center

Dennis Childress, Lake Wales Care Center

Bruce Clark, Association for Inwood Community

Jennifer Codo-Salisbury, Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Hailee Cornett, Tobacco Free Florida

Liz Craven, Pro-Ad Media

Maria Cruz, Talbot House Ministries

Pam Craven, Learning Resource Center

Joseph Davis, Lakeland Regional Health

Leslyn Diaz MD, Polk County BoCC

Barbara Erickson, Harrison School for the Arts Parents’ Association

Autumn Fenton, Polk County BoCC

Taylor Freeman, Florida Dept. of Health in Polk County

Sonia Glisson, Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine

Merissa Green, Polk County Public Schools

Hannah Hardin, Parker Street Ministries

Bettie Harrell-Jones, The Way at Inwood Baptist Church

Edwin Harvey, Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Minnie Hassele, Association for Inwood Community

Claudine Humber, Florida Children’s Museum

Rebecca Klein, A Woman’s Choice

Ileana Kniss, United Way of Central Florida

Keri Kozicki, BayCare Health Systems

Rita Langdale, Hope Restored Counseling of Florida

Jenna Levine, Florida Dept. of Health in Polk County

Monica Livingstone, Tobacco Free Florida

Brenda Luna, Family Healthcare Foundation

June May, United Way of Central Florida

Tim Mitchell, Parker Street Ministries

Rene Montgomery, Golden Light Trauma Recovery

Jessica Napoleon, Florida Dept. of Health in Polk County

Donald Nunnery, Winter Haven Police Department

Alice Nuttall, Lakeland Regional Health

Antionette Pollard, Pieces to Peace Counseling

Andy Palmer, City of Winter Haven

Craig Pickos, Polk for Recovery

Emilie Quam, Lake Wales Care Center

Rob Quam, Lake Wales Care Center

Robert Rihn, Tri-County Human Services

Katie Roders, Turner, Family Healthcare Foundation

Ben Ruch, Polk County Public Schools

Terri Saltzman, Polk County BoCC

Stephen Savarimuthu, Lake Wales Care Center

Kristen Smith, BayCare Health Systems

Kristen Spiker-Brenneman, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Darling St. Jean, Self Excel

Hattie Thomas, Association for Inwood Community

Brenda Torres, Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Ismary Vento, Health Council of West Central Florida

Holly Vida, Polk County BoCC

Nicole Walker, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

Daryl Ward, Polk Arts & Cultural Alliance

Steve Warner, Polk County Public Schools

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