LEADERSHIP MONROE COUNTY - Bridging the Florida Keys Since 1992
THANK YOU to the Navy League of Key West - our Major Session Sponsor (Law/Military), for Florida Power & Light (Overall Sponsor) andto alumni Jennifer Hulse (XXII), Pat Lefere (XXII), the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and the US Coast Guard Sector Key West for meal sponsorships.

January 13th, 2017
5:30-8:00 PM
NASKW is our host this evening and Alumni Social sponsor is the Military Affairs Committee, a strong supporter of the military in the Keys, and once again, supporter of LMC. Tremendous thanks for the support and leadership from LMC alums Ron Demes (VI), Pat Lafere (XXII), Stan Rzad (II), Jim Scholl (XVI), and NAS Public Affairs Officer, Trice Denny and the servicemen and women of NASKW.

LMC 25th Anniversary >>>>
Since 1993, over 550 leaders have graduated from the program. Each new year brings new opportunities to examine the issues that affect us in our communities, our work, families and friends. As we approach Graduation for Class XXV, April 8, 2017, at the Beachside Marriott in Key West, it is your support that makes the program viable and sustainable.  THANK YOU!

Leadership Monroe County


The New Year Alumni Social
Friday - Jan 13

@1730-2000 (5:30-8:00pm!)

withClass XXV
- RSVP -

(because the NAS does indeed require it!).
 TO: this email notice or call or text 305-394-3804
BY January 6th
(better do it now!)

at the NAS/Trumbo Point
Navy Gateway
 - Flying Conch Lounge -

Join us for an evening social get-together, for good times, good people, and welcome the New Year with Class XXV as Session #4 - The Law, and The Military -  is underway. This is an expanded, two-day session and has become very valued as we gain insights to the vital roles both sectors contribute to our community.
Present your photo ID at the Trumbo Point Gate to gain entry to the NAS and proceed to the Navy Gateway, and LMC Social
Libations in the Flying Conch Lounge at the Navy Gateway, with ample complementary hors d'oeuvres, and socializing with Class XXV, Alumni and Navy personnel.
JOIN US! Bring in the New Year!
<<< Get the New Year started off rightand show your support - pay it forward -  Your Annual Dues: $50. You can mail to PO Box 1364, KW  33041, or use PayPal at YOUR helping hands allow us  to continue forward so we may foster constructive alliances and effective stewardship in making our islands a better place to live, work and grow.
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Leadership Monroe County

Class XXV Announced

Leadership Monroe County announces its twenty-fifth year of programs with the selection of Class XXV.

Following a county-wide recruitment and social reception schedule in Key West, Marathon and Islamorada this summer, the Board-led Selection Committee met August 24 to deliberate and give full consideration on the pool of applicants. Upon consultations and reviews, extensive discussion and evaluation, the new class was configured and offers to join the program's upcoming 25th anniversary year were tendered.

The Board is pleased to announce CLASS XXV members are:

Lindsey Ballard - Executive Administrator, to County Administrator/BOCC

Kate Bauer-Jones - CEO/President, United Way of the Florida Keys

Darrell Birkhimer - Director of Distribution Operations, FKEC

Mike Card, Firefighter/Paramedic, Marathon Fire Rescue

Wendy Coffman - Asst Branch Manager, Center State Bank

Steven W. Cook - Owner, The Art Studio

Theresa Faber - Commercial Loan Officer, Centennial Bank

John Gallant - Owner, Blue 9 Realty

J.C. Holmes - Director of Imaging Services, Mariners Hospital

Donatella Kelly - Sheriff’s Executive Aide, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Chuck Licis - Program Coordinator, Take Stock In Children

Chuck Lindsey - City Manager, City of Marathon

Kristen Livengood - Writer/Photographer, The Weekly Newspaper

Barbara Neal, Member, Monroe County Land Authority Advisory Committee

Derek Paul -  Lt., Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Jennifer Powell - Road Scholar/Group Leader

Jolynn Reynolds - Compliance & Planning Manager, FKAA

Stuart Strickland - Owner, Property Maintenance Company

Lisa Thornhill - Guest Experience Manager, Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Angie Walterson - Asst VP, Communications/PR Manager, First State Bank of the Florida Keys

Maryann Warren - Broker/Associate, Coldwell Banker Schmitt Realty

Christine Todd Young - Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity


LMC is aimed at residents who are active in leadership roles within the private sector, government, or community organizations. Through a series of one, two, or three-day sessions over seven months, participants examine fundamental public and private segments throughout the county to inform and help them make quality leadership decisions which they can incorporate into their respective companies and organizations. The program also provides an environment for mutual awareness on issues which class members confront. Sessions begin September 30 in Key West, with subsequent monthly classes, throughout the Keys, culminating with graduation in April, 2017.



Led by experts and the heads of the respective fields surveyed, sessions this year include focusing on the challenges and opportunities that confront the dynamic tourism industry and the Keys economy, vital environmental issues from the Everglades to Florida Bay and the coral reefs, the Monroe County education system, the multi-levels of government, the judiciary and law system, the historical and present military significance in the Keys, emergency management and emerging best practices, an expanded examination  on the Keys health care and human services, the increasing impact of the arts and creative industries, the non-profit sectors, and the rapidly changing media platforms that inform the citizenry and affect and influence public policy, along with ongoing, intensive leadership development.



Established in 1992 to address the rapidly changing needs and concerns of the county, develop a group of well-educated leaders, help guide the community in a positive direction, and foster county-wide effective and non-partisan alliances, Leadership Monroe County is an independent non-profit, governed by a county-wide 18 member Board of Directors.  Present Officers are elected LMC alumni President Henry Rosenthal, Vice-President Jody Gross, Secretary Jodi Weinhofer, and Treasurer Lisa Knowles, with Program Coordinator Michael Shields.




Look for upcoming news about the Opening Session in Key West, September 30-October 1

"Tourism, & The Economy"

And...Meet the New Class & Alumni Social at the Beachside Marriott in Key West, Friday, September 30 - 6:00-7:30pm



Looking ahead to the 2016 ALUMNI REUNION

in the Everglades

Alumni Reunion set for November 12th in the Everglades as we return to the historic Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City!  


We encourage all LMC alumni & their families to join us for a great time in the Everglades and help us welcome Class XXV.

When: November 12, 2016 -
All Day/All Nigh

Everglades Alumni 6th Annual Pig Roast
These are items that are needed to make this event a success.   If you are unable to supply any of these items then a cash donation would be helpful. We are also thinking of some games to play during the day on Saturday as a lot of us are going up on Friday. You can help make it even more fun by joining us.


  • Paper plates, plastic ware, knives & forks
  • Rolls for sandwiches
  • Chips
  • Veggie and or fruit Tray
  • Salads : macaroni or potato
  • Cookies, cake, brownies etc….
  • Beverages : Beer, sodas, water
  • Chairs. If everyone could bring a couple of beach chairs that would be great.
  • Tables : We could use 6 to 8
  • Table clothes

What to bring: BYOB and some to share. Bring your fave foods, too, to add to the party. Be prepared for a most memorable experience!

Where to stay in Everglades City:



Show the New Class what YOU are all about at the
Alumni Reunion
on Nov 12.
Circle the Date!
and join us at the
Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City. - Class XXV will be on day 2 of their 3-day Session on the Environment. YOU know what it's like. Show them...what happens in the Everglades...!

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images-15.jpgCongratulations to CLASS XXIV

Peter Bacheler         President, PDB Enterprises

 Cora Baggs             Office Manager, Action Canvas

 Kate Banick            Executive Director, Good Health Clinic

 Julie Cheon        Water Quality & Environmental Manager, FKAA

Adriana Cuomo       VP, Branch Manager, Capital Bank

 Antonio Davila         Server Administrator, Information Technology, BOCC

 Kate DeLoach        Senior Legislative Aide, District 120, Florida House of Representatives

Eric Dunford          Deputy Fire Chief, City of Marathon

Peary Fowler          Monroe County Court Judge

George Garrett      Deputy City Manager, Planning Director, City                         City of Marathon

Henry Hamilton     Inspector, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Anna Hubicki      Assistant State Attorney, 16th Circuit Court

Julie Johnson`      Owner/Editor, Time Out Magazine

Suanne Lee       Supervisor/Purchasing, Contracts -Monroe County School Board

Robert Lockwood   Assistant Public Defender, 16th Circuit Court

MeriDe Mercado    Administrator, Office of Workers Compensation, BOCC

Lindsay Poetz      Executive Board Secretary, United Teachers of Monroe

Cheryl Robertson   Executive Aide to the Clerk of the Court & Comptroller

Cheryl Sargent         Benefits and Risk Manager, FKAA

 Kristina Welburn       Monroe Co. Development & Program Manager, Switchboard 211

Mary Williams        President, Owner, Island Elevator Company

Lissette Zuelch     Detective, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office


Opening Session - October 9, 10 / Leadership, the Economy and Tourism, set in Key West.


First State Bank of the Florida Keys

Centennial Bank

Alumni Reception Friday evening, Oct 9 -


Session #2 -The Environment - November 6-7-8

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority

Waste Management

Ocean Reef



Scenes from LMC Classes