Leadership Success Academy

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LSA is our signature nonprofit training program for anyone working with or serving in an advisory capacity with a nonprofit organization or other community group. The program has been completed for 2017. Special thanks to our sponsor, the Key West Marriott Beachside. 

Information on the next LSA will be posted here as details become available.

Congratulations to the 2017 LSA class who join the more than 400 leaders who’ve completed the program since it began 10 years ago. This year, 21 nonprofit leaders graduated the board training program.

Check out all the photos from the 2017 class here.

2017 LSA Graduate Susan Reutling of Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

2017 LSA Graduate Susan Reutling of Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden


2017 LSA Graduate Yul Knighten of Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts

2017 LSA Graduate Yul Knighten of Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts


2017 LSA Class

2017 LSA Class                    (Photo by Natalie Danko)

“LSA was a phenomenal experience and should be required for all nonprofit directors in the Keys. Five Stars!” “

— Cale Smith, Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation board member and 2016 LSA Graduate

LSA Overview

The Leadership Success Academy (LSA) provides specific leadership and governance skill building programming and activities to individuals who serve as board members, advisors and leaders of local nonprofit organizations and community groups. The program benefits the entire nonprofit community as well, given that board members serve multiple organizations over time. To date, over 400 nonprofit leaders in Monroe County have completed the LSA to further develop their skills. Nearly one-fourth of all Monroe County charitable nonprofits have participated in the program. The program is open to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits, membership or service/civic organizations, and government groups and coalitions. See above for details on the 2017 LSA Program.

“The Leadership Success Academy will provide you with tools to improve your organization. Whether you are a new board member or have served on a board for many years, you are sure to pick up new skills and ideas.”

— Susan Kent, Sister Season Fund board member and 2016 LSA Graduate

“I came out of the Leadership Success Academy bursting with new ideas to improve our board. I’m sorry I didn’t have this information earlier when I served on other boards.”

— Roberta Isleib, Friends of the Key West Library board member and 2016 LSA Graduate

Below is the list of 2017 LSA graduates:

  • Teri Beard – Old Island Restoration Foundation
  • Julie Botteri – FKSPCA
  • James Burnett – Impromptu
  • Monica Castillo – Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation
  • Mark Certonio – Old Island Restoration Foundation
  • Nancy Chatelaine – FAVOR Florida Keys
  • Ed Cunningham – Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
  • Bonnie Greenberg – Florida Keys Council of the Arts
  • Mary Beth Hurd – Community Foundation of the Florida Keys
  • Yul Knighten – Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts
  • Rosa Lamela – The Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program
  • Arianna Nesbitt – Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition
  • Rachel Oropeza – Rotary Club of Key West
  • Rev. Rochelle Pearson-Major – Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church
  • Susan Reutling – Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
  • Veronica Stafford – Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts
  • Tom Thayer – Waterfront Playhouse
  • Diane Weitz – United Way of the Florida Keys
  • Elizabeth Young – Florida Keys Council of the Arts
  • Kim Youngblood – Zonta Club of Marathon
  • Joanne Zimmerman – Marathon Yacht Club Educational Foundation

“LSA has been extremely beneficial in providing a solid starting foundation, especially because I have just started serving on a board for the first time. Immediately we were able to begin implementing the information to better structure our board.”

— Anthony Sibilly-Juarez, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys Area board member and 2015 LSA Graduate