Members of Chamber’s Leadership St. Johns 2021 Class Selected
(St. Johns County, FL) – June 1, 2021- The members of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership St. Johns (LSJ) Class of 2021 began its Class Year April 9-10 with the opening retreat at Guy Harvey Resort in St. Augustine Beach.
The 23 program members hail from all sectors of industry, commerce and public service in St. Johns County. The leadership development program was started in 2001 and has more than 300 alumni including the former St. Johns County School District Superintendent of Schools and current Flagler College President Dr. Joseph G. Joyner; the new St. Johns County Sheriff, Rob Hardwick; St. Johns County School District Superintendent of Schools Tim Forson; Flagler Health+ President and CEO Jason Barrett; local entrepreneur and St. Augustine Distillery co-founder CEO Phillip McDaniel; and City of St. Augustine City Manager John Regan.
The Leadership St. Johns Program was established to educate, connect and encourage elite and emerging professionals as they strive to make a positive impact on the local economy and community.
According to Bob Porter, the Chamber’s LSJ program director, the class of 2021 will be a historic one. “Following a year of pandemic restrictions, this class began its work following CDC guidelines for safe gatherings,” he said.
The 2021 program runs from April through September. Class members are committed to meeting each program day. The program will provide an in-depth overview of the challenges and opportunities faced by St. Johns County’s many industries, government agencies and non-profits.
Class members who successfully graduate from the program are accepted into the prestigious ranks of leadership alumni in St. Johns County and across Florida, and many LSJ graduates have been accepted into the state-wide Leadership Florida program. For additional information and to register when nominations are open for the 2022 program, visit https://www.sjcchamber.com/leadership-st.-johns.
The members of the Leadership St. Johns Class of 2021 are: Trish Becker, Anastasia Mosquito Control Board; Randy Bradley, Northrop/Grumman; Jason Caban, St. Johns County Sherriff’s Office; Jennifer Michaux, St. Augustine Police Department; Diane Denholm, Supporting Strategies, Northeast Florida; Melissa Derrick, St. Augustine Youth Services; Tres Edenfield III, St. Johns County Sherriff’s Office; Melissa Cecil, Flagler Health+; Whitney Kersey Graves, St. Johns County Tax Collector; Bonnie Hayflick, Bonnie Hayflick PR ; Meghan Holder, Independent Agent, Primerica; Dawn Infanti, United Way; Lauren Howington, Herbie Wiles Insurance; Heidi Jameson, JAXUSA Partnership; Gurpreet Misra, Self Employed Entrepreneur; Vicky Ann Oliveri, St. Johns Title, LLC; Dianne Pittman, Watson Realty; Jennifer Ravan, St. Johns County Tax Collector; Christina Parrish Stone, St. Johns County Cultural Council; Josh Underwood, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office; Greg Wells, K9s for Warriors; Meredith Breidenstein, City of St. Augustine; and Casey Woolsey, Woolsey/Morcom PLLC.
Isabelle Renault, the Chamber’s President/CEO and a graduate of Leadership St. Johns and Leadership Florida, suggested that involvement in LSJ can be a stepping stone to participating in non-profit and volunteer government advisory boards as well as potential involvement in future elected office. “We also want our class members to consider using the skills honed through the LSJ experience to engage actively in the governing of St. Johns County,” said Renault.
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business membership organization. The Chamber is the second largest business networking organization in northeast Florida. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce strives to deliver continuous value-added service to its members and the community, resulting in a business environment and quality of life where existing businesses have the opportunity to prosper, and new companies find it attractive to locate in St. Johns County. The Chamber strengthens business credibility, improves business visibility, amplifies business advocacy and drives prosperity in the community. For more information about the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.sjcchamber.com.