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. 

2021-2022 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

Andrea Anderson, Tri-County Human Services

Marcia Andresen, Polk County BoCC

Allie Bates, Age-Friendly Lakeland

Katherine Bates, Nutrition Reset

Brad Beatty, Heart for Winter Haven

Donna Bledsoe, Multiply Christian Church

Whittney Borem, Dream Center of Lakeland

Marlene Brown

Carly Carden, Peace River Center

Bruce Clark, Association for Inwood Community, Inc.

Jennifer Codo-Salisbury, Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Hailee Cornett, Tobacco Free Florida

Liz Craven

Pam Craven, Learning Resource Center

Rod Crowley, United Way of Central Florida

Leslyn Diaz, Polk County BoCC

Autumn Fenton, Polk County BoCC

Taylor Freeman, Florida Department of Health in Polk County

Bill Gardam, Peace River Center

Hannah Hardin, Parker Street Ministries

Bettie Harrell-Jones, Association for Inwood Community, Inc.

Edwin Harvey, Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Minnie Hassele, Association for Inwood Community, Inc

Amy Hernandez, Polk County BoCC

Madelyn Kirsch, Multiply Christian Church

Rebecca Klein, A Woman’s Choice

Ileana Kniss, Peace River Center

Keri Kozicki, BayCare

Jenna Levine, Florida Department of Health in Polk County

Monica Livingstone, Tobacco Free Florida

Brenda Luna, Family Healthcare Foundation

Meri Mass, Polk Arts Alliance

June May, United Way of Central Florida

Tim Mitchell, Parker Street Ministries

Alice Nuttall, Lakeland Regional Health

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

Stephen Savarimuthu, Lake Wales Care Center

Kristen Smith, BayCare

Darling St. Jean, Self Excel, Inc.

Hattie Thomas, Association for Inwood Community Inc.

Brenda Torres, Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Tanya Tucker, Code Enforcement Support & Demolition

Holly Vida, Central Florida Health Care

Nicole Walker, University of Florida/IFAS

Jeff Ware, BayCare

Steve Warner, Polk County Public Schools

Nat West, Winter Haven PEP

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