The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is pleased to announce that business owners Warren Leamard and Heidi Morris and retired investment professional Larry Nolt have been elected to its Board of Governors. The Board is responsible for the organization’s efforts countywide including managing over 160 charitable funds totaling over $25 million and making grants over $1.5 million annually to support Florida Keys nonprofits.
Chef Warren Leamard, principal of Destination Catering & Events, has been a community servant since moving to Key West in 1985. He served as president of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club and has given his time to the boards of the Bahama Conch Community Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity of Key West & the Lower Keys, the Monroe County Affordable Housing Task Force, the Montessori Children’s School, and as a Monroe County volunteer firefighter. Leamard is a fund advisor for the Community Foundation’s Macedonia Fund, which provides scholarships for Montessori pre-school and kindergarten education to children of African-American and Afro-Caribbean, with priority given to families of Bahama Village and members of the U.S. Military. He was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica and is married to his business partner Abby Leamard. They raised their daughters, Alison and Felicia, in Key West.
Heidi Morris, owner of The UPS Store® in Big Pine Key, has lived in the Keys since 2017. She is chair of the Lower Keys Advisory Council of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. She was one of the 10 charter advisors who started the council in 2021. Heidi is president of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and past president the Lower Keys Rotary Club. She is a graduate of Leadership Monroe County Class XXVIII, a founding volunteer of the Monroe Emergency Reserve Corps, an emergency shelter manager and an amateur radio operator. Before living in the Keys, she graduated with a business degree from Westin College, climbed the corporate ladder at Radio Shack, and ran a successful business in Colorado for over a decade. During that time, she served as president of the local chapter of Business Networking International. Heidi and her husband live full-time in Summerland Key and have three children.
Larry Nolt is a graduate of the Community Foundation’s Leadership Success Academy. He served on the finance committee at the Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center and supports the Nature Conservancy’s efforts to preserve the Lower Keys, as well as our local arts and music venues. The Guidance Care Center recently honored him as its volunteer of the year. Nolt has over 42 years of experience in estate and charitable planning and over 32 years in financial, trust and banking services. As past president and investment manager for a regional financial advisors unit of BB&T, he oversaw management of over $250 million of investments and personally advised 150 clients. He has held licenses as Certified Financial Planner, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, Certified IRA Services Professional, and Series 7 and 63 licenses. Larry has a bachelor’s degree in management and accounting from Elizabethtown College, and an MBA from James Madison University. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is married to long-time Key West resident Sherry G Read.
Leamard, Morris and Nolt join Community Foundation board members Will Langley (board chair), Jennifer McComb (president), Tom Swain (treasurer and finance chair), Jodi Weinhofer (secretary), Marian Buccafurni (investment and grants chair), Ron Burd (development and governance chair), Rosi Ware (marketing chair), Laura Lietaert and Andrea Spottswood.