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Executive Committee

Dr. Jane Ierardi

Chief Partnership Officer FL – Nemours Children's Health System (Board Vice-Chair, Interim Chair)

Karie Barquin

Senior Coordinator/Interim Director – Head Start Polk (Ex Officio: Head Start Director) (Board Secretary)

Lori Shea

Associate Vice President, Women & Children's Service Line - Lakeland Regional Health (Board Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair)

Terry Brigman

Community At Large (Enhancements Committee Chair)

Rickey Maxey

Community At Large (Nominating Committee Chair)


Kathryn Bevilacqua-Ely

Marketing Project Manager – Publix Super Markets, Inc. (Ex Officio: Board of County Commissioners Appointee)

Nancy Ebrahimi

Child Care Supervisor, Circuit 10 - Florida Department of Children & Families (Ex Officio: DCF)

Stacy Campbell-Domineck

CEO – Career Source Polk (Ex Officio: Workforce Development Director)

Dr. Mary C. Clark

Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation & Research - Polk State College (Ex Officio: President of Community College Designee)

Nicholas Emanuel

President – Cirtosuco North America, Inc

Tammi Haas

Principal - St. Joseph Catholic School (Representative of Faith-Based Child Care Provider)

Frederick Heid

Superintendent of Schools - Polk County Schools (Ex Officio: District Superintendent of Schools)

Dr. Joy Jackson

Director – Florida Department of Health in Polk County (Ex Officio: County Health Department Director)

Benjamin LeFrancois

Shareholder – GrayRobinson, P.A.

Dr. Emily Shaffer

Associate Professor - Bay Area Early Steps Program Director - University of South Florida, Dept. of Pediatrics (Representative of Children with Disabilities)

John Griffin

President/Owner - Beacon Hill Preschool - Representative of Private Child Care Provider

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