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, and Highlands 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 Jack Richie – Chair / Chief Elected Official
Highlands County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Mike Thompson – Vice Chair
Hardee County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Terry Hill
DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners

The Honorable Kelly Owens
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners

Board Officers: 2017-18

Chair David Royal
The Nature Conservancy, Altamonte Springs

Chair-Elect
William (“Bill”) J. Nielander
Nielander Law Firm P.A.

Secretary/Treasurer
Lois Hilton, Human Resources Director
DeSoto Memorial Hospital

Board Members

Rhonda Beckman, CEO
The Arc (formerly Ridge Area Arc)

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

Mary Kay Burns, Owner
Burns Citrus

Kevin Cundiff
Operations General Manager, Florikan

Mary Dow, President
Dow Realty, Inc.

Meredith Durastanti, Asst. Director AVID, Career, Technical and Adult Education
Hardee County School District

Dan Graham, President/CEO
DeSoto Home Health Care, Inc.

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

John Gurney, Economic Development Director
Okeechobee County and City of Okeechobee

Jessica Hart-Howard, Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

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.

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

Michelle Myers, Director of Human Resources
Florida Hospital Heartland Division

Wayne Olson, Area Director
Florida DOE/Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Victoria M. Provau, Accounting Supervisor/HR Mgr.
First State Bank of Arcadia

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

Mike Taber, Economic & Tourism Development Specialist
DeSoto County Administration

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