The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is proud to announce that 34 nonprofit board and staff members from across the county graduated from its 2021 Leadership Success Academy. This was the thirteenth year of the Community Foundation’s signature training program, which was held on August 19 and 20 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West.
The 2021 graduates are: Holly Allen, Betsy Baste, Kevin Bowes, Sarah Brawer, Nancy Bunch, Leslie Calero, Fran Decker, Vivian Dodge, Grace Epperly, Richard Ericson, Katie Foster, Karen Frank-Noll, Abby Goldman, Chris Hamilton, Clare Keller, Tom Keller, Kris Kennedy, Elizabeth Lustberg, Steve Miller, Lisa Mongelia, Vivian Morrison, Donna Mote, Mary Olson, Tim Peterson, Debbi Quinn, Mardee Rath-Eamilao, Louis Raymond, Marilyn Smith, Joy Brown Taylor, Susie Trost, Amanda Velazquez, Krissy Wejebe, Tami Wires, and returning alumnus Elizabeth Young.
“This is the 14th year of our program and we’ve trained more than 500 nonprofit leaders from throughout the Keys from over 100 different nonprofits,” said Jennifer McComb, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys.
A highlight of this year’s workshop was a special presentation from Bill Archer, former board chair of the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys, who detailed the story of the financial fraud that occurred at the Club during a four-year span and led to the arrest of its former executive director. Archer joined a line-up of seven speakers including nationally renowned nonprofit expert Alex Counts, servant leadership expert Dr. Susanne Woods, strategic planning expert Kimberly Matthews, fundraising expert Wendy Gentes, and the Community Foundation’s CEO and CFO, Jennifer McComb and Elizabeth Miller, CPA.
The next session of the Leadership Success Academy will be held in February 2022 at the new College of the Florida Keys campus in Key Largo. More information will be available at cffk.org/lsa.