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.



 Timothy Wolfrum


An Ohio native, Tim moved to Bradenton in 2006. He has served as the Communications Director at Tidewell Hospice for almost two years. Before joining Tidewell, Tim was a veteran of the newspaper industry and worked at the Bradenton Herald for nine years, the final four as sports editor. A 2016 Leadership Manatee graduate, Tim is honored to serve on the LMAA board of directors. Tim and his wife, Kristin, now live in Ellenton. They have two children and attend Parrish United Methodist Church.

Terry Wells

A native of Pennsylvania, Terry moved to Bradenton in 1991. She is Vice President, Business Center Manager for Hankcock Bank and has over 20 years experience in Business and Retail 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.


Veronica Miller

Veronica Brandon Miller has more than 25 years extensive experience in development and cause marketing, including having worked with many nonprofit, such as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, ShelterBox USA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Lung Association, the Navy League of the United States, and is currently the vice president for the Goodwill Foundation.  She has successfully helped increase revenues up to 1,000% and secured national and international media coverage.   

Veronica earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University in marketing and graphic design, and her Master’s Degree in business from the University of Maryland. She has received many awards for marketing and has been published in many publications in relation to fundraising and marketing.  In addition, she was listed by 941CEO Magazine as one of the 25 People to Watch.

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.

Renee Isrel


Renée Isrel is the Chief Administrator Officer for  the Manatee County Public Safety Department.  Born and raised in Atlanta, Renée started her career in banking and finance before moving to Manatee County in 1991 where she began her work in public service.  Her responsibilities include planning, developing and directing major programs and projects for the Public Safety Department.   Renée is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Manatee and loves serving the community in which she lives.  Renée enjoys all the amenities the county has to offer, taking full advantage of its beautiful beaches, parks, preserves and museums. 


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.


Mike Ludwig

Mike, Retail Business Banking Manager for Florida Community Bank, has been in financial services for over 18 years.  Originally from North Carolina, he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999 with a BA in Political Science. Mike moved to Manatee County from Orlando in 2015 and is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Manatee class.  He has served on a variety of boards including One Heart for Women and Children and the Manatee County Family YMCA.  Mike is happily married with two energetic sons and enjoys watching Tar Heel basketball.



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. 

                                                                     Janet Samuels

Janet Samuels is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the State College of Florida. She has been the advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter at SCF since 2012 and is currently on the Faculty Senate Executive Board. In addition to her MA in Mathematics form USF in Tampa, she completed an MA in Online Teaching and Learning form USF-SM in May 2017. 

Janet moved to Manatee County in 2001. She currently resides in Palmetto with her husband and three children. Janet is a graduate of the Leadership Manatee Class of 2017 and she believes strongly in giving back to the community. She spends time with her children doing roadside clean ups, volunteering at Our Daily Bread, and served as registrar and compliance officer for a local Pop Warner youth football organization.

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