Leadership Manatee Alumni Association

2017-2018 Board of Directors 



 








Lindsey Leech, President

 

Lindsey has been a resident of Manatee County since 1987. She graduated from Bradenton Christian School & headed off to Florida Southern College, graduating with a degree in Primary/Elementary education. Lindsey works for Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island as the Director of Business Development. She brings many avenues of experience with owning her own business in Manatee County, The Monogram Market and also working for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.Lindsey is a graduate of Leadership Manatee from the class of 2013.  She also had the privilege of graduating from Junior Leadership Manatee back in the day!  Lindsey sits on the Leadership Manatee Alumni Board, the Manatee Young Professionals Leadership Board and the Events Planning Committee for the Anna Maria Chamber.If you can't find her at work, she'll be out enjoying all things island-related! 



 

Tim Bingham - Vice President


Tim moved to Manatee County in 1996 from Kentucky.  He has been working for Anna Maria Oyster since October of 2004.  He was the General Manager of the Ellenton location for seven years until he opened the newest location at Bridge street on Bradenton Beach.  He is the Managing Partner of the AMOB on the pier.  Tim is a new graduate of Leadership Manatee and excited to be involved with the LMAA Board.  He also sits on the Bridge Street Merchants board and is a member of the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce.  Tim is the proud father of two children.



 

 


   Neil Unruh
, Treasurer


Neil Unruh is the Comptroller for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office after more than a decade at Shinn and Company CPA's, most as the audit partner.  Neil graduated from Leadership Manatee's Class of 2009 as a yellow team member.  After graduating Neil served on the Junior Leadership Manatee board as Treasurer and two years as President before moving to his current position on the LMAA board.  Neil is also Treasurer for Solutions To Avoid Red Tide.



 

 

 Jannon Pierce - Secretary 

 

Jannon Pierce is the Vice President, Resource Development, for Easter Seals Southwest Florida. Leaving behind a successful career as an executive with Capital One Financial Services, she relocated to Manatee County in 2005 and began volunteering at Bradenton Christian School (BCS). The non-profit sector in which she has volunteered and worked since her move has captured her heart. Her local journey has included stops at BCS in Admissions, Public Relations and Education Technology Director roles prior to her start at Easter Seals SWFL in 2014. Volunteerism is very important to her and includes Manatee Chamber’s Project Teach and Big Bank Theory programs, Take Stock in Children mentor, BCS Athletics online commentator, Night Under the Stars Board member, Woodland Early Childhood Center Board member and numerous community events. In her current role, the areas of responsibility include fundraising, marketing, human resources and community relations. Jannon is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Manatee program and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University.

 

 

 Jannon Pierce

 

Jannon Pierce is the Vice President, Resource Development, for Easter Seals Southwest Florida. Leaving behind a successful career as an executive with Capital One Financial Services, she relocated to Manatee County in 2005 and began volunteering at Bradenton Christian School (BCS). The non-profit sector in which she has volunteered and worked since her move has captured her heart. Her local journey has included stops at BCS in Admissions, Public Relations and Education Technology Director roles prior to her start at Easter Seals SWFL in 2014. Volunteerism is very important to her and includes Manatee Chamber’s Project Teach and Big Bank Theory programs, Take Stock in Children mentor, BCS Athletics online commentator, Night Under the Stars Board member, Woodland Early Childhood Center Board member and numerous community events. In her current role, the areas of responsibility include fundraising, marketing, human resources and community relations. Jannon is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Manatee program and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University.




Terry Wells

A native of Pennsylvania, Terry moved to Bradenton in 1991. She is Vice President, Retail Market Manager for Synovus Bank and has over 20 years experience in Retail and Small Business Banking in Manatee/Sarasota counties.  Terry is a 2004 graduate of the Leadership Manatee program. Her current and past Community service activities include leadership roles in the Palmetto Rotary Club (Past President and twice recipient of Rotarian of the Year), Meals on Wheels Plus (Past Board Chair and currently serves on the Chairman’s council) and Board Member for The Foundation for Dreams.   She was awarded “Outstanding Suncoast Volunteer” for ABC 7’s “7 Who Care” public service recognition. 




Jodi Allen


Born and raised in Bradenton, Jodi is a commercial lender with BMO Harris Bank.  She began her career in banking in 1990 and works with local businesses to help them meet their lending and banking needs through commercial mortgages, lines of credit, equipment loans, leases and cash management services to aid businesses with their cash flow cycle.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a BSBA specializing in Finance and is a graduate of the 1998 Leadership Manatee class.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Family YMCA and State College of Florida Foundation and is passionate about helping the young people and families of Manatee County.  She is married with one son and attends Bayside Community Church where she serves in the ACME children’s area.

 




Lisa Arrigo-Hoban


A resident of Manatee county since 1993, Lisa is the sole proprietor of L.A. Events, Inc., a full service Event Planning Company. For 16 years, Lisa has worked with a variety of clients including many non-profit organization throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. With Integrity, Passion and high standards, Lisa always goes the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. This is evidenced by the fact that she has been a finalist for the Manatee Chamber Small Business of the Year Awards for the past 2 years.  Lisa is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Manatee and has served on its Board of Governors from 2010 – 2013. She has been on the Manatee Chamber Board of Directors since 2013 and was the 2014 Captain and Team Winner of the Manatee Chamber Membership Drive. An ardent proponent of the importance of Leadership Manatee Lisa is thrilled to now be serving on the Leadership Manatee Alumni Board.





Bethany Willats



Bethany arrived in Manatee County in 2010 from Upstate NewYork. She attended SUNY Brockport and got a B.S. in History. Bethany moved to Manatee County to work for the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee as their Director of Operations. She worked with the WRC until January 2016 when she left to work in her families business O’brick Irish Pub & Martini Bar as their Events Manager. She loves having a family run business as well as getting involved in the community she now calls home. She has been involved with fundraising efforts for organizations such as Foundation for Dreams, PACE center for Girls, Hope Family Services. Bethany has sat on the board of the Manatee Young Professionals Leadership Board and Old Main Street Merchants. She is enjoying her position on the Leadership manatee Alumni Board as Events Committee Chair. Bethany was part of the 2014 Leadership Manatee Class. 




Ashley Masuga


Originally from Chesterfield, Michigan, Dr. Ashley Masuga completed her undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University in 2003 and obtained her Doctorate of Optometry from Ferris State University in 2007. She went on to complete a residency specializing in ocular disease at the world renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, in Miami, Florida. She obtained her Fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2009. Dr. Masuga practices full-scope optometric eye care including the fitting of glasses and contact lenses as well as the treatment of eye conditions such as dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.  


Dr. Ashley Masuga is a 2013 Leadership Manatee graduate and stays actively involved with her community. She is a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and currently serves on the Board of Healthy Start Manatee Program. Dr. Ashley and her husband Dr. Brad are co-owners of InFocus Family Eyecare and have 2 young children, Ava and Henry.





Jahna Allen

 

Jahna Allen is the Assistant Vice President, Community Development, for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.  Jahna has been a resident of Manatee County for over 20 years and has been a member of the Chamber team for eight years.  Her areas of responsibility include workforce education, leadership development, and community development initiatives, as well as staffing the Chamber’s Lakewood Ranch Office at the McClure Center.

 

Jahna is a graduate of the Leadership Manatee program and currently serves on the following boards:  Bradenton Housing Authority, Manatee Educational Television, and the United Way of Manatee County.  Her other community involvement includes:  Manatee County School District Strategic Partnership Team, Suncoast Workforce Youth Council, United Way of Manatee County Community Investment Committee, and various Career Advisory Councils at Manatee County high schools.





 



Huldah Mathis

Huldah is a Florida native and she and her husband David have been residents of Manatee County since 2008. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and began her career in banking in Tampa. She has had her financial planning practice through Northwestern Mutual since relocating to Bradenton in 2008. Huldah is a 2013 Leadership Manatee graduate and is actively involved in the local business community. She also currently serves on the Board for SOLVE Maternity Homes.


 

Tim Bingham


Tim moved to Manatee County in 1996 from Kentucky.  He has been working for Anna Maria Oyster since October of 2004.  He was the General Manager of the Ellenton location for seven years until he opened the newest location at Bridge street on Bradenton Beach.  He is the Managing Partner of the AMOB on the pier.  Tim is a new graduate of Leadership Manatee and excited to be involved with the LMAA Board.  He also sits on the Bridge Street Merchants board and is a member of the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce.  Tim is the proud father of two children.


 



 


Chris Sharek


R. Christopher Sharek, PE, BCEE, PMP has joined NV5 as director of engineering and will be based in Sarasota, FL within its Infrastructure Division.  Chris will use his vast experience, local knowledge, and passion for sustainability to provide NV5 with a great opportunity to expand into the Sarasota area market.Chris is a licensed professional engineer in Florida.  He has worked in the Sarasota and Manatee Counties for 16 years.  He is a graduate of both the Leadership Sarasota and Leadership Manatee Programs.  He was named Government Engineer of the Year, American Society of Civil Engineers – SunCoast Branch in 2003 and 2005.  He garnered Engineer of the Year, Florida Engineering Society – SunCoast Branch in 2008.  He currently is a District Representative, American Public Works Association - SunCoast Branch for 2014/2015.  Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and a Master of Science in water resources engineering from the University of Central Florida.






Wesley Benham


Wesley Benham is Vice President and Business Banker with Hancock Bank, serving clients throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.  He is a Bradenton native and graduate of Bayshore High School; Wesley since earned his Bachelor Degree and Masters of Business Administration from University of South Florida.  Wesley is a graduate of Leadership Manatee’s class of 2016.  He is on the Board of Directors with the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, as well as involved with multiple committees focused on further enhancement of the community and business environment of Manatee County. 






Ward Dement


Bio coming soon






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