Annual Report 2016 - Page 3

Chairman Executive Director, Central Florida Regional Planning Council Unprecedented levels of civic volunteerism have been reached on the journey of Polk Vision that began in 2004 as we listened to the concerns and challenges of the citizens of Polk County. That continuing journey and its spirit of leadership and service, provided the basis for Polk Vision to enter a new alignment process bringing strategic planning into our volunteer efforts. This has resulted in doubling the interest groups working throughout the county in the last two years. It has brought together hundreds of additional volunteers, most meeting on a monthly basis to seek concrete ways we can improve education, economic development, quality of life, government, infrastructure and leadership. This commitment to ever expanding the access to the power of the citizen volunteer is what makes Polk Vision unique and valuable, and why I am honored to be part of its leadership. 2015-16 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAT STEED GREG LITTLETON Chairman Elect CEO & President, Citizens Bank & Trust One of the things I most appreciate about Polk Vision, and why I believe it is such a vital and important organization, is the fact that it is truly countywide and is equipped to handle any issue that might concern the citizens of Polk County. I think of Polk Vision as the funnel into which issues are poured into and solutions are sought and found. I also love the fact that Polk Vision is grass roots. The issues being addressed are those that were identified by a wide, cross section of the citizens of our county and not by a small group. Finally, you have to appreciate an organization whose sole purpose is to improve the lives of all of us who are lucky enough to call Polk County home. KIM LONG Immediate Past Chairman Community Volunteer ALEX NIKDEL Treasurer President, Clark/Nikdel/ Powell SARA ROBERTS Executive Director, Secretary 2012-2016 Polk Vision, Inc. DOUG LOCKWOOD Operating Board Chairman Attorney, Straughn & Turner, P.A. MELONY BELL Director Commissioner, Polk County BoCC HUNT BERRYMAN Director School Board Member, Polk County School Board JACKIE BYRD Director Superintendent, Polk County Public Schools TONY DELGADO Director City Manager, City of Lakeland MARSHA FAUX Director Property Appraiser, Polk County JIM FREEMAN Director County Manager, Polk County BoCC EILEEN HOLDEN, Ph.D. Director President, Polk State College JOE LACASCIA Director Mayor, City of Polk City DAVID PETR Director President & CEO, Central Florida Development Council ELAINE THOMPSON, Ph.D. Director President & CEO, Lakeland Regional Health 3