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Operating Board

Message from the Operating Board Chair

Polk Vision does an excellent job bringing together leaders from across the county, both public and private, to focus on the issues, opportunities, and challenges facing Polk County. It is through these collaborative efforts that we align in the common goal of making Polk County the best it can be. The hard work of the staff, and the diligent efforts of the numerous volunteers on the various Teams is to be commended. It is in these Teams that candid discussions turn into real plans that are then executed to produce progress for the county. I am impressed with the accomplishments that came about as a direct result of volunteers, and the organizations they belong to. We are able to accomplish so much more working together than we could individually. I encourage you to get involved to help make a difference in our community.

Chad Tagtow
Operating Board Chair
Smart Communities Team Co-Chair CIO & Senior Vice President, Citizens Bank & Trust


Message from the Operating Board Chair-Elect

Polk Vision does an excellent job bringing together leaders from across the county, both public and private, to focus on the issues, opportunities, and challenges facing Polk County. It is through these collaborative efforts that we align in the common goal of making Polk County the best it can be. The hard work of the staff, and the diligent efforts of the numerous volunteers on the various Teams is to be commended. It is in these Teams that candid discussions turn into real plans that are then executed to produce progress for the county. I am impressed with the accomplishments that came about as a direct result of volunteers, and the organizations they belong to. We are able to accomplish so much more working together than we could individually. I encourage you to get involved to help make a difference in our community.

Naomi Boyer
Operating Board Chair-Elect
Boyer Construction


2020-2021 Operating Board Members

Terry Brigman
Operating Board Chair
Community Volunteer

Chad Tagtow
Operating Board
Chair-Elect
, Smart Communities Team
Citizens Bank & Trust

Steve Bissonnette
Quality of Life Team
VISTE

Naomi Boyer
At Large Member
Boyer Construction

Dr. Deb Cantero
Primary Care Team
Florida Southern College

Sarah Case
Infrastructure Team
Next Level Planning & Permitting

Betsy Cleveland
Government Advisory Team
Supervisor of Elections

Pam Craven, Ph.D.
Literacy Team
Learning Resource Center

Mary Crowe, Ph.D.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Team
Florida Southern College

Jeanette Crowley
Liaison
Polk County Public Schools

Julia Davis
Liaison
Polk TPO

Taylor Freeman
Liaison
Florida Department of Health in Polk County

Shannon Gillespie
Attendance Team
Polk County Public Schools

Christine Goding
Government Team
Community Volunteer

Cyndi Jantomaso
Leadership Polk Class XIII Chair
Haines City Economic Development Council

Joy Johnson
Quality of Life Team
Polk County BoCC

Jenna Kaczmarski
School Health Team
Polk County Public Schools

Ryan Kordek
Infrastructure Team
Polk TPO

Nelson Marquez, Ph.D.
Benchmarks & Outcomes
Webber International University

Jenna Levine
Liaison
Florida Department of Health in Polk County

Lori Martini
At Large Member
GiveWell Community Foundation

Meri Mass
Liaison
Polk Arts Alliance

Andrea Nikolai
UF/IFAS Liaison
UF/IFAS

Orathai Northern, Ph.D.
Talent Pipeline Team
Polk State College

Alice Nuttall
Behavioral Health Team
Lakeland Regional Health

Lindsay Persohn, Ph.D.
Literacy Team
Community Volunteer

Sara Beth Reynolds
School Board Member
Polk County School Board

Lauren Springfield
At Large Member
Lakeland Regional Health

Todd Vargo
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Team
City of Lakeland

Holly Vida
Behavioral Health Team
Central Florida Health Care

Deena Ware
Leadership Polk Alumni Chair
Town of Dundee

Steve Warner, Ed.D.
At Large Member
Polk County Public Schools

Suzanne Wright
Primary Care Team
Florida Department of Health in Polk County

Kathleen Wright
School Health Team
Polk County Public Schools

Lindsay Zimmerman
At Large Member
Central Florida Development Council

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