Sixty Space Coast Prominent Citizens Selected for Leadership Brevard Class of 2020

By  //  July 19, 2019

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class run from September 2019 through April 2020

Sixty local leaders have been selected for the Leadership Brevard Class of 2020 – LEAD Brevard’s flagship program for emerging and established community leaders, founded in 1985.

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Sixty local leaders have been selected for the Leadership Brevard Class of 2020 – LEAD Brevard’s flagship program for emerging and established community leaders.

LEAD Brevard was founded in 1985 and manages several leadership programs and oversees community initiatives that help to achieve its mission of “working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead.” 

These leaders engage from September 2019 through April 2020 developing relationships within the class; connecting with current leaders addressing community issues and learning about Brevard County in-depth and exploring opportunities for increased civic involvement.

The curriculum adjusts annually to reflect the leadership needs in Brevard and sessions provide access to the decision-makers in the community.

Facilitating connections with current community leaders enhances the relationships and highlights the value that business leaders place on leadership development.

“Brevard’s future will be determined by its leadership,” said says LEAD Brevard’s board chairman, Dale Ketcham of Space Florida.   

“We are honored to provide this next class with a framework of community awareness and a rich network of others equally dedicated. With that foundation and their own individual passions and interests, this community will be well prepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow.” 

“Brevard’s future will be determined by its leadership,” said says LEAD Brevard’s board chairman, Dale Ketcham of Space Florida.

Members of the Leadership Brevard Class of 2020 are:  Matt Barber, Director of Business Development, Hospice of St. Francis; Katey Benne, Payroll Benefits Coordinator, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Jason Berry, Tax Manager, Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam; Angelique Bonadio, HR Generalist, Rockledge Regional Medical Center; T.C. Bowers, Commander, Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU); Melanie Bradford, Special Assistant/Liaison, Board of Commissioners; Canaveral Port Authority; Derrick Cantees, Solutions Manager, Artemis IT; Russell Cheatham, Assistant Superintendent of Technology/CIO, Brevard Public Schools; Michelle Daines, Account Executive, Clear Channel Outdoor; Bill Davis, Chief Technology Officer, IM Solutions; Diana Dean-Chapman, HR Manager, Delaware North at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Angela Dunn, Operations Manager, Hospice of St. Francis Foundation; Alex Dunnam, Senior Account Executive, Creative Network Innovations; Chris Eaton, Operations Manager, Sentry View Systems; Rodney A. Edwards, Assistant City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney, City of Palm Bay; Ernest Fannin, Higher Purpose Withholdings, 28 North Gastropub; Kaori Suzuki Fischer, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones; John M. Frazier, Jr., Attorney, Widerman Malek, PL; Johnette Gindling, President/CEO, Space Coast Health Foundation; Melissa Goldman, 2020 President, Broker Associate, Space Coast Association of REALTORS®, EXP Realty LLC; Rebecca Granger, Project Manager, Alluvionic, Inc.; Kevin Gregoire, VP Corporate Operations, AVT Simulation; Jen Griffin, Tax Director, Whittaker Cooper CPAs; Heather Harris, Owner/Attorney, The H Harris Law Firm; Dr. Karen Huebner, Director of Development, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra; Sharon Ivory, MHSA, Assistant Administrator, Rockledge Regional Medical Center; Kristen Just, Senior Strategy Specialist, Health First; Tom Kammerdener, Senior Director of Operations, Aging Matters in Brevard; Dan Kelley, Vice President- Member Experience, Community Credit Union of Florida; Emre Kelly, Space Reporter, FLORIDA TODAY; Angela Kirshon, Director of Marketing, Rock Paper Simple; George P. Kistner, III, FCRM, CPE, Records and Information Manager, Canaveral Port Authority; Shane Lappico, Supervisor of Cruise Operations, Canaveral Port Authority; Meaghan Lawrence, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager, L3Harris Technologies; Amicitia ‘Cita’ Maloon-Gibson, Lieutenant Colonel US Army (RET), Federal Executive (RET), ATIC & MGAA Professional Development; Andreia McGaw, Medical Case Manager, Project Response, Inc.; Alexis McGuire, Chief Executive Officer, Nationwide Medical Licensing; Mathew McKelvey; Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch; Shan McMillon, President, Cocoa Auto Salvage; Neera Miller, Supervising Senior, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC; Chris Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Brevard Public Schools; Stephanie Mosedale, Public Relations Specialist, CareerSource Brevard; Tara Pagliarini, Executive Director, Family Promise of Brevard; George Panton, President, Satellite Screen Printing and Water Safety Products; Nick Reinert, Management & Program Analyst, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Sean Riordan, Police Captain, Melbourne International Airport Police Department; Karen Rivaud, Contract Cost/Price Analyst, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Jen Rogers, Project Development Director, W+J Construction Corp.; Rick Schieke, Associate Counsel, Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU);Robert Shoff, Cloud Director, Morse Communications; Brandon Smith, Environmental Specialist, Brevard County Natural Resources Management; Cynthia Smith, CFRE, Major Gift Specialist, Health First Foundation; Lynn Smith, Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development, Parrish Healthcare; Ross Smith, Dentist, Brevard Health Alliance; Julie Song, President, FL Business & Manufacturing Solutions, Inc.; Leesa Souto, Ph.D., Executive Director, Marine Resources Council of East Florida, Inc.; Christine Tripp, Director, Student Recruitment & Enrollment Marketing, Eastern Florida State College; Jim Van Ness, Program Manager, Ports & Maritime, Jacobs Engineering; Kristina Weaver, Director of Care Navigation, Parrish Healthcare; and Ben Wilson, Associate Corporate Counsel, The Viera Company.

“Leaders are our community’s most vital asset and we’re excited to witness the enthusiasm for the Leadership Brevard program indicating the community’s commitment to leadership and civic engagement,” said says LEAD Brevard President and CEO, Kristin Bakke. 

“Leadership Brevard participants gain a broader perspective on the issues and their own role in the community; expand their circles of influence and deepen their individual connections to our community.” 

Community leaders interested in participating in the Leadership Brevard Class of 2021 may pre-register at

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