Leadership Pasco Newsletter - Summer 2024

The Leadership Pasco Newsletter is published quarterly. SINCE 1991, THE MISSION OF LEADERSHIP PASCO is to identify and recruit current or potential leaders of Pasco County, facilitate the development and interaction of those leaders, and to foster an issues-oriented learning environment for these leaders and the citizens of Pasco County in order to encourage an ex-change of ideas and generate enthusiasm for community growth and development.

The Leadership Pasco Newsletter is published quarterly. SINCE 1991, THE MISSION OF LEADERSHIP PASCO is to identify and recruit current or potential leaders of Pasco County, facilitate the development and interaction of those leaders, and to foster an issues-oriented learning environment for these leaders and the citizens of Pasco County in order to encourage an ex-change of ideas and generate enthusiasm for community growth and development.


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<strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Celebrating the Class of <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

Alumni Achievements,<br />

and Introducing the<br />

Class of 2025!

To Our <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Family,<br />

Another excellent program year has come and<br />

gone. On June 6, <strong>2024</strong>, we held the graduation<br />

for the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Class of <strong>2024</strong>. If you<br />

could not make graduation, you missed perhaps<br />

the best skit in the history of <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>. To<br />

the Class of <strong>2024</strong>, well done on a wonderful year.<br />

I am proud to call you fellow alumni of <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong>.<br />

I had the honor of presenting the Harold Sample<br />

Lifetime Achievement Award to Kurt Conover<br />

(’92). Kurt, thank you for your many years of<br />

service and dedication to <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>!<br />

I would also like to congratulate Tara O’Connor (’16) on being awarded the Judith Rochelle<br />

Award. Thank you for all that you do for <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>. Very well deserved!<br />

Congratulations to Criminal Justice Day on winning Best Program Day. Thank you to Craig<br />

Laporte (’06) and James Mallo (’12) for organizing such a fun and informative day. I have a<br />

feeling that the competition for the coveted trophy will only ramp up from here.<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> also recognized our newest Director Emerita, Kim Hamm (’15). Kim, thank<br />

you for your nine years of dedicated service to the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Board of Directors!<br />

As I conclude my term as president, I want to thank the board of directors, program day<br />

leaders, committee chairs, speakers, volunteers, and our sponsors for your support. Without<br />

you, this program would not be possible. I also want to thank our Executive Coordinator, Jason<br />

Longo, for all of your hard work. <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>, thank you for your trust in me. It has been<br />

an honor and privilege to serve with you all.<br />

I would like to welcome our incoming president, Angel Cook (’18). I know she will do an<br />

excellent job. <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> is in great hands!<br />

I hope everyone has a great summer! We will see you soon to kick off the Class of 2025!<br />

With gratitude,<br />

Brendan Gorman Class of 2018<br />

President, <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

Attorney, Laporte, Mulligan, and Werner-Watkins, P.A.<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong><br />

<strong>Newsletter</strong><br />


PASCO is to identify and recruit current or potential<br />

leaders of <strong>Pasco</strong> County, facilitate the development<br />

and interaction of those leaders, and to foster an issues-oriented<br />

learning environment for these leaders<br />

and the citizens of <strong>Pasco</strong> County in order to encourage<br />

an exchange of ideas and generate enthusiasm<br />

for community growth and development.<br />

The <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> <strong>Newsletter</strong> is published quarterly.<br />

Please direct correspondence about this publication<br />

to <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>, P.O. Box 695, Elfers, FL,<br />

34680. Readers also may reach staff by sending an<br />

email to administration@leadershippasco.com.<br />

Editorial Staff<br />

Amanda Hart '14<br />

Editor<br />

Tara O'Connor '16<br />

Editor<br />

Jason Longo '17<br />

Design<br />

Photo Credits<br />

J. David Wright '20 (Cover, 4-7, 9)<br />

Board Members<br />

Don Anderson '16<br />

Gary Burden '19<br />

Angel Cook '18, President Elect<br />

James Downey '11<br />

Ana Farrell '22<br />

Angie Gardner '11, Treasurer<br />

Brendan Gorman '18, President<br />

Jacques Hakim '24<br />

Kim Hamm '15<br />

Amanda Hart '14<br />

Ashley Jablonski '24<br />

Laura Knight '22<br />

William Labbancz '22<br />

Kathy Masucci '22<br />

Tara O'Connor '16, Immediate Past President<br />

Laura Raposa '19, Secretary<br />

Sam Rockwell '22<br />

Debi Shackowski '20<br />

Michael Wolf '24<br />

© <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>. All rights reserved.

Features<br />

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6<br />

7<br />

Welcome Graduates<br />

Judith Rochelle Award Recipient:<br />

Tara O'Connor '16<br />

Harold Sample Lifetime Achievement Award:<br />

Recipient: Kurt Conover '92<br />

8<br />

12<br />

13<br />

14<br />

Board Updates and Best Program Day<br />

Class of <strong>2024</strong> Updates<br />

Meet the Class of 2025<br />

Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Scholarship Recipients<br />

Spring and Graduation Sponsors<br />

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel<br />

Alfonso Hersch, Attorneys at Law<br />

Ba Da Boom Fireworks<br />

The Bank of Tampa<br />

BayCare Health System<br />

Blackjack Media Group<br />

Florida's Sports Coast<br />

Habitat for Humanity of East and Central <strong>Pasco</strong> County<br />

Heather Grimes<br />

Home Res-Q Remodeling<br />

Interstruct, Inc.<br />

Island Paradise Charters<br />

Keller Williams Realty - Kelly’s Home Team<br />

Micro Solutions<br />

Northpoint Wealth Management of Raymond James<br />

Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Esq.,<br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> County Clerk & Comptroller<br />

O'Connor Law Group, P.A.<br />

Olga's Bakery<br />

Olympus Limo, Inc.<br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> Education Foundation<br />

<strong>Pasco</strong>-Hernando State College<br />

Photos By J. David Wright<br />

Pontlitz Asset Advisors<br />

Premier Community HealthCare<br />

Pure Project Management<br />

Sailwinds Realty<br />

SouthState Bank<br />

SPC CPAs and Associates, LLC<br />

Time Trap Escape Room<br />

Wharton-Smith, Inc.<br />

United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County<br />

Vincent House - <strong>Pasco</strong> County<br />

USF Federal Credit Union<br />

Windsong Charters and Boat Rentals

SPRING <strong>2024</strong> NEWSLETTER<br />

Class of <strong>2024</strong> Graduation

n - Welcome New Alumni<br />

Visit us on Facebook for additional photos by J. David Wright '20<br />

Facebook.com/<strong>Leadership</strong><strong>Pasco</strong><br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />



Judith Rochelle Award Recipient <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

Tara O'Connor '16<br />

By Major James Mallo '12<br />

"What a great night celebrating <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>’s 'Class<br />

of <strong>2024</strong> - say no more!' Welcome to the LP alumni family.<br />

Hard to believe I graduated LP in 2016 - 'East to West - 16<br />

is best.' I’m still processing the incredible honor awarded to<br />

me this evening - the Judith Rochelle Excellence in <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

award - I am truly grateful and blessed to be part of an<br />

amazing group of individuals who’ve received this award.<br />

Thank you all!" - Tara O'Connor '16<br />

In 2001 the Judith Rochelle award was established by the Board of<br />

Directors of <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>. The award was named after Judith<br />

Rochelle who was very instrumental in the early days of <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> to put <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> on the map. Judith who writes books<br />

was herself very involved in making our community strong and<br />

cohesive.<br />

Captain James Mallo '12 and Tara O'Connor '16<br />

This year’s Judith Rochelle winner is never shy to voice her<br />

opinion, though not in a bad way. When she talks, people<br />

listen. Her strategic nature, intelligent approach to problem<br />

solving and quick wit, always provide sound advice and levity<br />

to even the most difficult situations. As part of the <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> board for almost 10 years, she has served in multiple<br />

capacities including Past President, Education Day Program<br />

Leader and a member of the Social Media, Sponsorship,<br />

Alumni and Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> Committees.<br />

Her support to <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>, both through the board<br />

and as an alumni has strengthened the program and taken it<br />

to new heights. Her community service extends well beyond<br />

LP through Rotary and her other charitable efforts. She was<br />

awarded Seven Springs’ Rotarian of the Year in 2011 and 2021<br />

and last year awarded their prestigious Scarano award and<br />

she continues to make an impact through the Rotary Club<br />

of WP Sunset. <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> is proud to add the Judith<br />

Rochelle Award to the list of accolades that celebrate Tara<br />

O’Connor.<br />

The Judith Rochelle award shall be made to an alumni member of<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> who has demonstrated during their participation<br />

in the organization a commitment to making <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> a<br />

success. Criteria to be considered include attendance at board meetings<br />

and/or events, participation in <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> fundraising or<br />

charitable events, a commitment to promote the ideals of <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> in the community, committing time of 5 years or more.<br />

Award Recipient History<br />

2023 Captain James Mallo '12<br />

2022 Amanda Hart '14<br />

2021 Nichole "Nikki" Alvarez-Sowles '13<br />

2020 Stefanie Pontlitz '13<br />

2019 Kim Bogart '10<br />

2018 Tina Shelton '09<br />

2017 Heather Grimes '11<br />

2016 Tom Celotto '11<br />

2015 Bob Memoli '05<br />

2014 Craig Laporte '06<br />

2013 Rob Aguis '01<br />

2012 Evie Parks '00<br />

2011 Chuck Hollweg '04<br />

2010 Jill Corriveau '05<br />

2009 Stone & Parker CPA<br />

2008 Barbara DeSimone '96<br />

2007 Jerry Sterner '92<br />

2006 Michele Baker '97<br />

2005 Kurt Conover '92<br />

2004 Jennifer Smith '91<br />

2003 Chuck Bellerose '92<br />

2002 Kurt Browning '96<br />

2001 Harold Sample '91<br />

6 SUMMER <strong>2024</strong> NEWSLETTER

Kurt Conover '92 Presented with Harold<br />

Sample Lifetime Achievement Award<br />

By Brendan Gorman '18<br />

Kurt exemplifies the meaning of <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>, and without<br />

this individual, I am sure <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> would not be the successful<br />

organization it has become.<br />

Kurt Conover is a <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> class of 1992 graduate, was<br />

the 2005 Judith Rochelle Award recipient, worked side by side<br />

with Harold Sample as Co-Chair of Bus Tour Day, and was Co-<br />

Chair of Healthcare Day.<br />

Kurt is someone who has the heart and passion to help others<br />

and continues to give day after day without merit or recognition.<br />

It was my distinct honor to have presented Kurt Conover with the<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Harold Sample Lifetime Achievement Award.<br />

Angel Cook '18, Kurt Conover '92, and Stefanie Pontlitz '13<br />

The Harold Sample Lifetime Achievement Award was named in<br />

honor of Harold Sample to recognize individuals like Harold who<br />

have dedicated their time to promote the ideals of <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong>. This award has only been presented twice, with the third<br />

honor being bestowed on Kurt Conover '92 during the Class of<br />

<strong>2024</strong> Graduation Banquet.<br />

Kurt was a <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Board member for nine years, and<br />

earnined Director Emeritus status. He was Board President and<br />

serves on the Past President's Council.<br />

In his leadership role he obtained financial support and sponsorships<br />

during some financially difficult years for <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>.<br />

After completing his board service, Kurt continued to and<br />

continues to participate in Board meetings, Alumni events, Class<br />

Orientations, Class Graduations, and Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> days.<br />

Kurt Conover continually recognizes new board members and<br />

class members, encouraging and supporting them in their roles to<br />

become <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>’s best.<br />

"I was very humbled to receive this acknowledgment<br />

tonight. <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> is an amazing program that is<br />

developing potential leaders in our community that can<br />

make our County, State & Nation a better place for us all.<br />

Congratulations and thanks to all the officers, directors,<br />

sponsors and especially award winners and our <strong>2024</strong><br />

graduates." - Kurt Conover '92<br />

Future Nominations for the<br />

Harold Sample Lifetime Achievement Award<br />

At any time, <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> alumni in good standing may<br />

nominate an individual for this award based on the criteria.<br />

Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations should<br />

be communicated to the current <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Board<br />

President, who may request support documentation.<br />

After a nomination has been received, the Past Presidents'<br />

Council will meet and review the information that qualifies<br />

them to be nominated for this award. The Council may grant<br />

multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards annually, but this<br />

award is not an annual expectation.<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />



Congratulations To Our<br />

Incoming Executive Board<br />

President<br />

Angel Cook '18<br />

Sales Agent<br />

Leaders Insurance Services<br />

President Elect<br />

Laura Raposa '19<br />

Assistant Dean of Accelerated Learning<br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> Hernando State College<br />

Secretary<br />

Amanda Hart '14<br />

Owner/CEO<br />

Blackjack Media Group<br />

Treasurer<br />

Angie Gardner '11<br />

VP Commercial Relationship Manager<br />

The Bank of Tampa<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

Best Program Day<br />

Criminal Justice Day<br />

The class of <strong>2024</strong> voted Criminal Justice Day as the Best<br />

Program Day. In 2022, it tied for Best Program Day with<br />

Tourism Day. The competion is strong among all of our<br />

program days with<br />

Craig Laporte '06, Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins,<br />

P.A. and Major James Mallo '12, <strong>Pasco</strong> Sheriff's Office<br />

are the dynamic team behind the day and organizers<br />

of the Ride-Along program.<br />

S.W.A.T. and K-9 demonstrations, tours of specialty<br />

units, interactive trainings with <strong>Pasco</strong> Sherrif's Office<br />

Staff, walking tour of the jail, forensics session, working<br />

lunch with Sheriff Nocco and other leaders, ride along<br />

program, and more are a part of Criminal Justice Day.<br />

This jam packed and exciting day continues to evolve<br />

with advances in technology and the field of law enforcement.<br />

Congratulations Craig and James on your win!<br />

8 SUMMER <strong>2024</strong> NEWSLETTER

Celebrating Kim Hamm '15<br />

Director Emerita<br />

Kim Hamm '15 will complete her third and final three year term<br />

on the Board of Directors this month, and has been granted<br />

the title of Director Emerita by unanimous board vote.<br />

Kim served as Board Secretary, Vice President, and President<br />

in consecutive years, and has always participated in committees,<br />

policy reviews, and program days such as SIMSOC and<br />

Orientation Team Building. Kim was also responsible for our<br />

innovative SIMSOC sponsorship designations and fundraising<br />

options. Kim's is always happy to sponsor our program days as<br />

owner of Time Trap Escape Room, and sets a great example<br />

for class members and alumni.<br />

We appreciate Kim's dedication, years of service, and continued<br />

support to our budget committee and our programs<br />

success. Kim joins seventeen alumni who serve as Director<br />

Emeritus. Kim is also a member of the Past Presidents Council.<br />

Welcome New Board Members<br />

James Downey '11<br />

First Vice President<br />

Valley National Bank<br />

Anna Farrell '22<br />

Attorney<br />

Doran, Beam & Farrell<br />

Jacques Hakim '24<br />

President<br />

goSASS.com<br />

Ashley Jablonski '24<br />

Marketing Specialist<br />

AdventHealth Dade City and<br />

AdventHealth Zephyrhills<br />

Michael Wolf '24<br />

Senior Vice President<br />

Columnar Land<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />




• Representation of the company at all<br />

program days<br />

• Class tuition provided for one outstanding<br />

member of the company ($2,000 Value)<br />

• Placement of a banner on the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

Website including a link to the company website<br />

• Inclusion of the company’s logo in all emails sent<br />

to the class<br />

• Provide and display of a banner with company<br />

information at each program day<br />

• Sponsorship of one Alumni event for the<br />

calendar year<br />

• Incorporation of company logo on all class<br />

materials<br />


$5000<br />

• Access to email <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Alumni twice<br />

during the calendar year (email will be sent by<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>)<br />

• Four full-page ads in our quarterly newsletter<br />

• Twelve social media posts throughout the year<br />

• Formal thank you from the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

President, as well as three minutes to address the<br />

class at a program day of your choosing<br />

• Opportunity to distribute marketing materials to<br />

the class<br />

• Two tickets to the annual holiday event<br />

• Four tickets to <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> graduation<br />

• Payment of Alumni dues for the year of your choice<br />



$3500 $2500<br />

• Representation of the company at two program days<br />

• Credit Class tuition provided for one outstanding<br />

member of the company ($1,000 Value)<br />

• Placement of a logo on the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> website<br />

including a link to the company website<br />

• Provide and display of a banner with company<br />

information at two program days<br />

• Sponsorship of one Alumni event for the calendar year<br />

($250 value)<br />

• Access to email <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Alumni once<br />

during the calendar year (email will be sent by<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>)<br />

• Two full-page ads in our quarterly newsletter<br />

• Six social media posts throughout the year<br />

• Formal thank you from the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> President,<br />

as well as two minutes to address the class at<br />

a program day of your choosing<br />

• Opportunity to distribute marketing materials to<br />

the class<br />

• Two tickets to <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Graduation<br />

SPRING <strong>2024</strong> NEWSLETTER<br />

• Representation of the company at<br />

one program day<br />

• Credit Class tuition provided for one<br />

outstanding member of the company<br />

($500 Value)<br />

• Placement of name on the <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> website including a link to the<br />

company website<br />

• Sponsorship of one Alumni event for the<br />

calendar year ($250 value)<br />

• One half-page ad in our quarterly<br />

newsletter<br />

• Three social media posts throughout<br />

the year<br />

• Formal thank you from the <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> President<br />

• Opportunity to distribute marketing<br />

materials to the class<br />

• Two tickets to <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />


Consider Sponsoring our Program - Download form at<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong>pasco.com/Sponsorship<br />



$750<br />

• Placement of name on the <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> Website including a link to the<br />

company website<br />

• One quarter-page ad in our quarterly<br />

newsletter<br />

• One social media posts throughout<br />

the year<br />

• Formal thank you from the <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> President<br />

• Opportunity to distribute marketing<br />

materials to the class<br />


$500<br />

• Placement of name on the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> website<br />

including a link to the company website<br />

• Sponsorship listing in the graduation program<br />

• Corporate logo on all produced and distributed material<br />

during the sponsored day’s class session<br />

• Recognition at one Alumni event<br />

• Social media recognition<br />

• Remarks to event participants during the sponsored<br />

day’s class session<br />

• Opportunity to distribute corporate marketing materials<br />

during the event<br />


$250<br />

• Placement of name on the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> website including a link to the company website<br />

• Social media recognition<br />

• Sponsorship listing in the graduation program<br />

• Opportunity to distribute corporate marketing materials during the event<br />

**All sponsorships exclude SIMSOC & Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> Programs.<br />


Thank you for your sponsorship of <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong>. Kindly fill in the form of your sponsorship commitment<br />

and email to sponsorship@leadershippasco.com.<br />

My organization,<br />

<strong>Pasco</strong> with the following sponsorship package:<br />

Executive Sponsorship ($5000)<br />

Gold Sponsorship ($3500)<br />

Silver Sponsorship ($2500)<br />

Bronze Sponsorship ($750)<br />

Program Day sponsor ($500)<br />

Friend of <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> ($250)<br />

(company name), is committed to sponsor <strong>Leadership</strong><br />

Make Checks Payable to:<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

Address:<br />

<strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> P.O. Box 695<br />

Elfers, FL. 34680<br />

**Disclaimer: Priority deadline August 1st.<br />



A Message from the Class of <strong>2024</strong> Officers<br />

By Christina Mitchell '24 and Connie Galietti '24<br />

Class of <strong>2024</strong>, “Say No More.”<br />

We considered ending our article there but we actually do have<br />

LOTS to share! Class of <strong>2024</strong> has had an amazing experience<br />

this year. We learned so much about our community and made<br />

some lasting friendships in the process.<br />

Our class is so proud of the success of our fundraiser at Tampa<br />

Bay Clays! Thank you to all the sponsors, participants and the<br />

Alumni who attended this event. It was an incredible day shared<br />

with leaders across our community who supported our desire to<br />

fund worthy nonprofits in the community. Congratulations to the<br />

St. Leo Team for taking first place in the competition! Our class<br />

exceeded our fundraising goal, netting $35,000 which allowed<br />

us to support 3 <strong>Pasco</strong> nonprofits:<br />

$30,000 to Metropolitan Ministries <strong>Pasco</strong> CREATE program<br />

$5,000 to Premier HealthCare for their New Port Richey location<br />

$2,500 to NAMI <strong>Pasco</strong> for the Mental Health Trail in Starkey<br />

Park<br />

We enjoyed spending our Sweat Equity Day at Metropolitan<br />

Ministries <strong>Pasco</strong> prepping summer camp kits for the kiddos<br />

who live on site and painting a children’s classroom and a large<br />

dollhouse (get your Lukas Boots!). We are grateful for their<br />

hospitality, tour of the campus and delicious lunch from their<br />

social enterprise, Inside the Box. Many of us also joined them<br />

for their grand opening and ground breaking in June and look<br />

forward to the much needed affordable housing and transitional<br />

housing that will open late summer.<br />

We also thank the leaders across <strong>Pasco</strong> County who taught us<br />

new things during our Programming Days – congratulations to<br />

Criminal Justice Day as the favorite this year! We are excited to<br />

take what we learned and lead <strong>Pasco</strong> County into the future.<br />

Finally, thank you to the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Board for your support<br />

this year.<br />

Thank you,<br />

Christina Mitchell, Class of <strong>2024</strong> President<br />

Connie Galietti, Class of <strong>2024</strong> Vice President<br />

12 SUMMER <strong>2024</strong> NEWSLETTER

Meet the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Class of 2025<br />

Beth Aker Executive Director Meals on Wheels<br />

Tiffany Anderson Manager of Community Engagement & Special Projects Saint Leo University<br />

Thomas Barker Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools District School Board of <strong>Pasco</strong> County<br />

Laura Beard Director of Business Operations Suncoast Clinical Research<br />

Robert DeMelo Director, Transmission & Project Services Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.<br />

Keith Diaz Project Director Pure Project Management<br />

Nichole Dube Owner Dube's Farm and Market/Dube's Mobile Market<br />

Garrett Early Project Manager Williams Company<br />

Cassandra Garvey Executive Director Career Focus Inc.<br />

Matthew Gascon Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer Republic Bank<br />

David Geiger Owner Spur Systems Enterprises, LLC<br />

Jordan Gibson Vice President of Constuction Habitat for Humanity - Pinellas/West <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

JD Hancock Director of Respiratory Therapy HCA Florida Trinity Hospital<br />

Shawna Higgins Vice President of Operations Youth and Family Alternatives<br />

Brian Hoben Director of Community Services <strong>Pasco</strong> County Board of County Commissioners<br />

Robyn Huber Vice President of Business Development Diaz Fritz Group General Contractors<br />

Debby Jenkins Mortgage Loan Originator Chissell Mortgage Group<br />

Tessa Jennings Principal Spatial HQ Inc.<br />

Jerome Jordan Civil Courts Director <strong>Pasco</strong> County Clerk & Comptroller<br />

Jill Lansky Business Growth & Relationship Development Director Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital<br />

Cathy Macleish Owner Comfort Airz<br />

Nicholas Manns Vice President, Financial Advisor Coastal Bay Wealth<br />

Richard Matte Assistant Vice President of Business Development AdventHealth Wesley Chapel<br />

Sharon McWilliams Community Liaison McWilliams and Son, Inc.<br />

Lauren Miceli Director of Marketing & Communications <strong>Pasco</strong> Economic Development Council<br />

Sherman Milton III Real Estate Advisor & Co- Owner Pineywoods Realty & Two Maids <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

Tom Mudano President & CEO AmSkills, Inc.<br />

Daniel Powell VP Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer <strong>Pasco</strong> Hernando State College<br />

Bobbi Pridemore Community Engagement Admin <strong>Pasco</strong> Sheriff's Office<br />

Denver Reese Service Consultant and Sales Mega Service Solutions<br />

Heather Rodriguez Director of Public Relations Gulfside Healthcare Services<br />

Rebecca Schulkowski President, BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel BayCare Health System<br />

Jeff Sklet Executive Director <strong>Pasco</strong> County Housing Authority<br />

Andy Taylor Regional Affairs Manager TECO-Tampa Electric Company<br />

Daniel Villa Chief Deputy of Valuation <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> County Property LEADERSHIPPASCO.COM<br />

Appraiser<br />


Celebrating Our Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong><br />

Scholarship Recipients<br />

By Barbara De Simone '96<br />

Once again, the <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Board awarded $500 scholarships to 5 Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> graduates. Katya La Costa (Cypress<br />

Creek), Joshua Moua (Wesley Chapel), Rohan Murthi (Wendall Krinn), Chelsey Peace (Zephyrhills) and Selena Schulz (Sunlake)<br />

were honored on May 4 at the <strong>Pasco</strong> Education Foundation’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Rob Aguis, Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> Co-<br />

Chair, attended the ceremony held at the Instructional Performing Acts Center in Wesley Chapel to congratulate the recipients. We are<br />

proud of the achievements of these students and wish them well in their future endeavors.<br />

Applications for the next Youth <strong>Leadership</strong> <strong>Pasco</strong> class will be available after the start of the school year.<br />

Katya La Costa<br />

Cypress Creek High School<br />

Joshua Moua<br />

Wesley Chapel High School<br />

Rohan Murthi<br />

Wendell Krinn Technical High School<br />

Chelsey Peace<br />

Zephyrhills High School<br />

Selena Schulz<br />

Sunlake High School

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