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Operating Board Chair Straughn & Turner, P.A. Movement toward a community that embraces excellence and change for the better requires a focused and structured alignment of its resources. Polk Vision’s alignment initiative strives to accelerate systemic change by bringing government, industry, educators, non-profits and citizens together as a collective movement. Organizing these resources to tackle issues like health, education, economic development and quality of life resides with the Operating Board of Polk Vision. 2015-16 OPERATING BOARD DOUGLAS LOCKWOOD, III Last year, I had the privilege of chairing the Operating Board as teams developed strategies to effect substantive, positive change for all citizens of Polk County. Whether the issue involved a dramatic expansion of Polk County’s broadband coverage or absenteeism in our public schools, the networking of all involved has already “moved the needle” in the right direction. More change is on the horizon as these teams continue their efforts. Collective impact works. The collaborative teamwork that alignment fosters is an engine for change. The excitement is palpable. I encourage your involvement. You, too can experience the excitement and make a difference in your community. KATIE WORTHINGTON Operating Board Chair Elect President & CEO , Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce I am involved in Polk Vision because it is focused on our county’s biggest opportunities. They ask the tough questions and bring the right people together. With the formalized Alignment process we have more defined and measurable goals for the long-term success of our community. MARCIA ANDRESEN Quality of Life Team Co-Chair Polk County BoCC PAM CRAVEN, Ph.D. Leadership Polk Alumni Chair Learning Resource Center of Polk County JENNA KACZMARSKI BHP - School Health Team Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools SEAN MALOTT Economic Development Team Co-Chair Central Florida Development Council HOLLY VIDA BHP - Primary Care Team Co-Chair Bartow Regional Medical Center TAYLOR BENSON Government Team Co-Chair Polk County Clerk of Courts TOM DEARDORFF Benchmark Team Chair Polk County BoCC GABRIELLE KNIGHT Health Liaison Lakeland Regional Health COLLEEN MANGAN Health Liaison Florida Department of Health in Polk County JEANETTE WALLACE Literacy Team Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools JOHN BOHDE Infrastructure Team Co-Chair Polk County BoCC WHITNEY FUNG BHP - School Health Co-Chair UF/IFAS ERIC LABBE Broadband Team Co-Chair City of Winter Haven MAGGIE MARIUCCI Government Team Co-Chair Florida Polytechnic University KATIE WORTHINGTON Leadership Polk Class Chair Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce NAOMI BOYER, Ph.D. Talent Pipeline Team Chair Polk State College SCHATZIE HAINES BHP - Worksite Wellness Chair Lanier Upshaw JANET LAMOUREUX Attendance Team Co-Chair Polk County Council PTA CLAIRE OROLOGAS Cultural Team Co-Chair Polk Museum of Art KATHLEEN WRIGHT BHP - School Health Team Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools TERRY BRIGMAN Broadband Team Co-Chair City of Lakeland YADIRA HOLMES Government Team Co-Chair Community Volunteer JASON LEWIS Infrastructure Team Co-Chair Kimley-Horn ROB QUAM Quality of Life Team Co-Chair Lake Wales Care Center MYRTICE YOUNG Cultural Team Co-Chair Polk County History Center SUSAN COPELAND Attendance Team Co-Chair Polk Education Foundation JOY JACKSON, M.D. BHP - Primary Care Team Co-Chair Florida Department of Health in Polk County BRUCE LYON Economic Development Team Co-Chair Winter Haven EDC MICHELLE TOWNLEY Literacy Team Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools 5