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.
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 Commissioner
Board Officers: 2018-19
Chair David Royal
The Nature Conservancy, Altamonte Springs
William (“Bill”) J. Nielander
Nielander Law Firm P.A.
Lois Hilton, Human Resources Director
DeSoto Memorial Hospital
Russell Brown, Provost
Dixon Hendry Campus – Indian River State College
Mary Kay Burns, Owner
Adrian Cline, Superintendent of Schools
Desoto County School Board
Operations General Manager, Florikan
Mary Dow, President
Dow Realty, Inc.
Ben Dunn, Development Services Director
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners
Joshua Exendine, Union Treasurer, Executive Board
Hardee County Professional Firefighters Union, Local 3471
Dan Graham, President/CEO
DeSoto Home Health Care, Inc
Vanessa Hernandez, SVP II South Regional Mgr., Retail Dely.
MidFlorida South/MidFlorida Credit Union
Yessenia “Jessy” Irizarry, Staffing Manager
Sunshine Staffing of Highlands County, Inc.
William “Bill” Lambert, Director
Hardee County Economic Development
Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, President
South Florida State College
Debbie Meliti, Senior Human Resource Generalist
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.
American Legion Post 2
Representing Military Veterans
Sherry Sapp, Director of Admissions
NBI Truck Driver Training
Sandra Swanson, Project Director
AARP Foundation, SCSEP
Amanda Wilson, Community Development Administrator, Circuit 10
Dept. of Children & Families