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.

All CareerSource Heartland Board Members, as well as the organization’s President/Chief Executive Officer, file Financial Disclosure Information Forms with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Verification of filing may be found at

Board Members

Local Elected Officials – the Executive Board

The Honorable Kelly Owens – Chair / Chief Elected Official
    Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Kevin Roberts – Vice Chair
    Highlands County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Judith George
    Hardee County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Jerod Gross
    DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners

Board Officers: 2021-2022


Raymond Royce, Executive Director
    Highlands County Citrus Growers Association


David Royal, Nutrient Stewardship Director
    The Nature Conservancy, Altamonte Springs


Yessenia Irizarry, Staffing Manager
    Sunshine Staffing of Highlands County, Inc

Board Members

Russell Brown, Campus President-Dixon Hendry
    Dixon Hendry Campus – Indian River State College

Mary Kay Burns, Owner
    Brian Burns Citrus

Kevin Cundiff, Operations General Manager

Elizabeth Densmore, Human Resources Director & HRBP

Mary Dow, President
    Dow Realty, Inc.

Meridith Durastanti, Superintendent Representative
    Hardee County School District

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

Denise Grimsley, Vice-President of Administration

Sondra Guffey, Economic Development Director
    Desoto County Economic Development Council

Heather Harshman, Financial Advisor
    Edward Jones

Lois Hilton, Human Resources Director
    DeSoto Memorial Hospital

Kaylee King, Business Manager
    Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation

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
    Okeechobee City Administrator

Donald Samuels
    American Legion Post 2, Representing Military Veterans

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

Angel Wiggins, Director of Marketing and Operations Manager
    Royal Care of Avon Park

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

Anything I do say about the Career Source Heartland in Okeechobee will be very downplayed to the actual experience we encountered. Not only were they exceptional in helping us achieve our results for talented associates, but they were also well organized and on top of everything. Although I felt like I may be a burden they really went the extra mile to make me feel like part of their family and allowed me and my team to be ourselves and work closely together to make sure we were all very comfortable. Nothing I do or can say about them will ever amount to the wonderful experience I have had and will continue to have moving forward. They are the greatest resource in helping find you qualified candidates. With this being another store opening/market opening for me, this has by far been the easiest in terms of finding a staff. They help reduce the stress one may find when trying to find candidates to interview. I could keep going on how wonderful and great they were but it’s an experience and a great resource every business should try, they won’t regret it!!!!


Thank You

Andrew Stephens
TGM Okeechobee FL

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