Leadership Pinellas Announces 2014 Class of Professionals

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Local leadership program, Leadership Pinellas, announces its new class of members chosen to improve the Tampa Bay community.


The Leadership Pinellas Program recently selected its 2014 members, which includes an array of Tampa Bay professionals. Leadership Pinellas was created to develop and enhance community guidance by compiling a diverse group of emerging and existing pioneers with the chance to elevate their community knowledge, civic network and bolster their service within the community.

Leadership Pinellas is a community-focused program involved in the development of local leaders. The organization works to provide a venue for community leaders to learn more about the community, how it functions, and provide opportunities for meaningful involvement.

Each year, Leadership Pinellas selects approximately 35–40 men and women who live or work in Pinellas County from a sample of professional, business, government, education, religious, civic and non-profit organizations. Over the course of 10 months, new members attend a 2-day orientation session, eight full-day program days, a 3-day trip to the legislative session in Tallahassee, a law enforcement agency ride along and a graduation program. This initiation includes a class project – chosen amongst the members themselves – designed to help and/or improve the community. The 2014 selectees are:

─    Amelia Campbell, WorkNet Pinellas
─    Tammy Capplemann, St. Petersburg College
─    Karen Carli, Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management
─    Michael Carli, The Carli Group
─    Jen Carlisle, Frenchy's Restaurant - Corporate Office
─    Al Carrier, Deuel & Associates
─    "Rey" Claudio, R. Claudio, DMD, MD, PA
─    Tina Costa, RN, Arcadia Home Care & Staffing
─    Laura Cozart, HSN
─    David Dalton, Clearwater Police Department
─    Tony Degina, Largo Medical Center
─    Carlos Diaz, WWT America
─    Tiffany Faykus, Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco
─    Nate Freeman, Network People, Inc.
─    Heather Gracy, City of Dunedin
─    Karla Jo Helms, JoTo PR
─    Brigitta Johnson, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
─    Darrin Johnson, Office of the Public Defender
─    Johnny Johnson, Dr. Johnny Johnson & Associates
─    Chris Latvala, Gulf Coast Imprinting
─    Glenn Luben, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
─    April Rose Monteith, Chase
─    Randy Mora, Johnson Pope
─    Michelle Nadeau, Kwall, Showers & Barack, P.A.
─    Adam Nate, Office of the Public Defender
─    Randy Nilsson, YMCA of the Suncoast, Greater Palm Harbor
─    Dean O'Nale, City of Oldsmar
─    Amy Ross, MD, Mohs Surgeon
─    Greg Ruggerio, Bouchard Insurance
─    Richard Schomp, Sunstar EMS
─    William Sedley, Mease Countryside Hospital
─    Brian Siracusa, UPARC
─    Kara Siracusa, Security National Mortgage Company
─    Erik Smith, Valpak/Cox Target Media
─    Sabrina Smith, Clearwater Eye & Laser
─    Matt Spence, Juvenile Welfare Board
─    Chris Sprowls, 6th Circuit State Attorney's Office
─    Grant Wood, Stingray Asset Management    
─    "Sweet Alice" Young, LaQuinta Inn Clearwater Central
─    Ricka Zimmermann, Solace Insurance

Leadership Pinellas also recently selected a Georgetta Doyle as the new Executive Director of the program. Doyle is a 2005 class graduate and has served Leadership Pinellas in many roles: Board Member, New Class Retreat, Human Services Day Coordinator, Program Day Co-Administrator and on Selection Committees for LP and Youth LP. Currently, Georgetta is phasing into part-time with Homeworks Inspection Services and is very excited to be serving as the Executive Director of LP.

Leadership Pinellas, led by President Duggan Cooley, is part of a national program poised to forge an alliance of the minds – those who join the association have access to and can collaborate with the best thinkers and programs from across the country.

For more information and a complete list of the 2014 class, visit http://www.leadershippinellas.com.

About Leadership Pinellas

Leadership Pinellas provides a variety of venues in which interested citizens can better understand important community functions, some current or impending ones, and how they can become involved to help find solutions. The program offers its community a continual source of men and women motivated to assume leadership positions in civic, social, professional and charitable institutions. The Mission of Leadership Pinellas is to develop and enhance community leadership by providing a diverse group of emerging and existing leaders with the opportunity to increase their community knowledge, civic network, and perpetuate their service to the community. Visit http://www.leadershippinellas.com.

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