Board Members

About the Board of Directors

The Heartland Workforce Investment Board, Inc. d/b/a CareerSource Heartland, Board of Directors provide policy and guidance along with the general direction of CareerSource Florida, Inc. the state's chief policy organization for all CareerSource Heartland's activities affecting DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. The Board is mandated legislatively to have representatives from the following categories: private sector, education, labor, community-based organizations, economic development, veterans, and non-public post-secondary educational institutions.

Board Members

Local Elected Officials – the Executive Board

The Honorable Mike Thompson – Chair / Chief Elected Official
Hardee County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Kelly Owens – Vice Chair
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Terry Hill
DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Don Elwell
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners

Board Officers: 2020-2021

Chair
David Royal
The Nature Conservancy, Altamonte Springs

Chair-Elect
William J. Nielander
Nielander Law Firm P.A.

Secretary/Treasurer
Yessenia Irizarry, Staffing Manager
Sunshine Staffing of Highlands County, Inc.

Board Members

Russell Brown, Provost
Dixon Hendry Campus – Indian River State College

Mary Kay Burns, Owner
Burns Citrus

Kevin Cundiff
Operations General Manager, Florikan

Elizabeth Densmore, Human Resources Director & HRBP
AdventHealth

Meghan DiGiacomo, Executive Manager of Business & Economic Development
Highlands County Industrial Development Authority / Economic Development Commission

Mary Dow, President
Dow Realty, Inc.

Joshua Exendine, Union Treasurer, Executive Board
Hardee County Professional Firefighters Union, Local 3471

Marivel Garza, Patient Access Supervisor
AdventHealth

Stefanie Gonzalez del Real, RN/Staff Development Coordinator
Florida Health Care Association &
Lake Placid Health and Rehabilitation Center

Lois Hilton, Human Resources Director
DeSoto Memorial Hospital

Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent
Okeechobee County Schools

William Lambert, Economic Development Director
Hardee County Economic Development Council

Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, President
South Florida State College

Wayne Olson, Area Director
Florida DOE/Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Gary Ritter, Assist. Director of Govt. & Community Affairs
Florida Farm Bureau Federation

Raymond D. Royce, Executive Director
Highlands County Citrus Growers Assn.

Donald Samuels
American Legion Post 2
Representing Military Veterans

Sherry Sapp, Director of Admissions
NBI Truck Driver Training

Sandra Swanson, Project Director
AARP Foundation, SCSEP

Lisa Thomas, Senior Vice President I / Regional Manager
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Amanda Wilson, Community Development Administrator, Circuit 10
Dept. of Children & Families

We needed to fill a new position and decided to seek help from CareerSource Heartland. Their staff member came out and listened to our needs to fill this position. Not only did they find someone, but someone amazing! We are truly grateful for the time they took listening to our needs for the right person. They carefully screened candidates for us and presented to us candidates that fit our job description… so the process of hiring a new employee was easy. We will continue to use them in the future as our business expands.

Bridget Koornneef
Tecnam US, Inc.

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CareerSource Heartland helped me, I know that they can help you…

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