Board of Directors

Polk Vision is governed by a Board of Directors that meets monthly. The Board approves our budget and works to secure long-term funding for Polk Vision. The Board of Directors includes a Mayor who is a representative of the 17 municipalities in Polk County, the Superintendent of Polk County Public Schools (PCPS), a PCPS Board representative, the county manager, a college president, non-profit leaders, business leaders, philanthropists and other dedicated area leaders.

Message from the Board Chair

It was remarkable to see the resilience of our dedicated staff and volunteers as they tackled the countless challenges that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our practice of LEADing was essential to creating the adaptive solutions our community needed to endure the pandemic. In the coming year, we will adapt to succeed and continue our mission of helping the county realize its aspirations and full potential. The steps to accomplish this likely look different than they did a year ago. We are a dynamic organization that is quickly pivoting with the rest of society. We have some of the brightest minds working together to create systemic change for Polk County. I’m excited to see the many solutions that are pioneered in response to our new normal.

Stacy Butterfield
Polk County Clerk of Courts and County Comptroller

It is an honor to serve on Polk Vision’s Board of Directors and to play a role in enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Polk County. Through fundamental areas of focus including education, economic development, infrastructure, government, and civic engagement, Polk Vision’s dedicated volunteers and alignment teams continue to transform lives and elevate our community. Together, we are propelling Polk County into a prosperous future. I am grateful for and proud of all involved in making “Polk’s vision” a reality.

Angela Falconetti, Ph.D. Chair-Elect
Polk State College President

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Stacy Butterfield
Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, Polk County

Alex Nikdel
Immediate Past Chair
President, CNP

Angela Falconetti, Ph.D.
President, Polk State College

Sean Malott
CEO, Central Florida Development Council

Teresa MartinezSecretary
President & CEO, Institute of Spanish Communication, Inc.

Bill Beasley
County Manager, Polk County BoCC

Frederick Heid
Superintendent, Polk County Public Schools

Christina Criser Jackson
President & CEO, United Way of Central Florida

Brad DantzlerDirector
Mayor, City of Winter Haven

Danielle Drummond
President & CEO Elect, Lakeland Regional Health

Gene Fultz
Parkview Christian Life Center

Dr. Joy Jackson
Director, Florida Department of Health in Polk County

Greg Littleton
CEO & President, Citizens Bank & Trust

Kim Long
Executive Director
Polk Vision, Inc.

Nick Plott
Regional Manager for Local Government, TECO Energy

Sara Beth WyattDirector
Chair, Polk County School Board

Christine Samuel
Director Director of Diversity and Inclusivity, City of Winter Haven

Martha Santiago, Ed.D.
Commissioner, Polk County BoCC

Shawn Sherrouse
City Manager, City of Lakeland

Chad Tagtow
Operating Board Chair
SVP, Chief Information Officer, Citizens Bank & Trust

Elaine Thompson, Ph.D.
President & CEO, YMCA of West Central Florida

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