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Meets: First Friday of the Month at 0:00 a.m., Chamber offices in Port Charlotte


Chair: Jami Joannes, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

ACTION Members:
Brent Anderson, Mosaic
Tonya Blair, The Nix Team at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
Peri Blumer, Bert's Black Widow Harley Davidson
Morgan Cook, Charlotte County Administration
Lisa Creighton, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
Stacey Crews, Express Employment Professionals
Karole Davis, 4Kids of Southwest Florida
Lisa Gallucci, Visual Arts Center
Christine Graham, Gulfcoast Dream Team Keller Williams
Cozi Ingerham-Tong, Pool Boy
Monica Luna, Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County
Natalie Proctor, Lake Michigan Credit Union
Diane Ramseyer, Drug Free Charlotte County
Hallie Rubins, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
Jessie Shiner, Life Care Center of Punta Gorda
Rick Sloan, Home Instead of SWFL
Kim Spencer, Brookdale Port Charlotte
Kathleen Stencil-Worch, HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital
Lindsay Tobin, Home Instead of SWFL
Ime Umana, Get Signed Notary Services


Christmas Parade

Meets: As needed, August through December.


Chair: Stephen Lineberry, Premier Photograph Events

Christian Young, Shop Local
Jeanette Gander, Buffalo Graffix
Peter Keating
Judy Malbuisson
Sheila Meeks, Sheila Meeks - Nix & Associates Real Estate
Mike Riley, Charlotte County Public Schools
Lee Royston, Vintage Motor Car Club of America-Southwest Florida Region
Ruth Uzonyi, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Linda Wieder
Greg Imig
Christina Faro-Pilliteri, PHR, SHRM-CP
Yvonne Johnson
Bob White, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Beth Mesenger
Kelly Stinefast
Sharon Berhow
Toby Lynn, The Mortage Firm
Steve Lineberry, Premier Photographic Events


Government Affairs

Meets: First Monday of the month, 5:00 p.m., Port Charlotte office


Chair: James Coalwell, Crews Bank & Trust

Committee Members:
Kim Amontree, Charlotte County Public Schools
Teri Ashley, Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
Sean Doherty, Charlotte County Visitor’s Bureau
Bill Dryburgh, Coldwell Banker Sunstar
Denise Dull, Gulf Coast Partnership
Carlton Hughes, Florida Premier Contractors
Stephanie Kissinger, Waste Management of Charlotte County
Emily Lewis, Charlotte County Administrators Office
Kaley Miller, Punta Gorda Airport
Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Morris Realty
Tyler Patak, Parker Mudgett Smith Architects, Inc.
Andres Rodriquez, Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Tony Smith, Ashley, Brown and Smith CPAs
TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders, Inc.
Kay Tracy, Economic Development Office

Objectives & Goals

*For more information on, or to become a member of, the Government Affairs committee, email Bob White, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. 2010 Policy Statement

Junior Leadership Charlotte Steering

Meets: As needed.  Port Charlotte office


Chair:  Cristin Beverley, Realtors of Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port-Desoto, Inc.

Bob White, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Jami Joannes, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.


Social Committee

Meets: As Needed.


Chair:  Rosa Benghtt- Pena, Granny Nannies Senior Home Health

Cristin Beverly, Realtors of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, Desoto, Inc.
Jessica Cline, Pool Boy, Inc.
Kat Denault, The Gustitus Team at Keller Williams
Stephen Lineberry, Premier Photographic Events

Objectives & Goals

Leadership Charlotte Steering

Meets: As needed.


Chair:  Wendy Atkinson, Nolan Family Insurance & Vice Chair:  TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders

For more information email Bob White


Objectives & Goals

*For more information on, or to become a member of, the Leadership Charlotte Steering committee, email Bob White, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Here’s some of what people have to say about their experience with the Leadership Charlotte Program:

“Having lived, worked as a realtor and played in the Charlotte County area since 2006, I had no idea of the true jewel our area is!  The time spent with my classmates has been so special.  I’ve developed relationships I will cherish for years to come.  I’ve learned what I’m not particularly good at.  My comfort level was stretched upon occasion, interacting with so many different personalities demands patience and understanding of others perspective.  Leadership opens eyes to the need for non-profits!”  Rise’ Wells, 2018

“I have been living in Charlotte County for 26 years and thought I knew everything.  Leadership Charlotte gave me the opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding about the different industries that are engines of our community.  Beyond that, it gave me the opportunity to create a remarkable friendship with other leaders in the community.  I am proud and honored to be part of Leadership Charlotte.”  Faiza Kedir, 2014

“If you think you know everything there is to know about Charlotte County, you are still missing out! Leadership Charlotte is the best vehicle to gain a deeper understanding about the different industries that complete the Charlotte County business community. Beyond that, it provides a remarkable opportunity to meet and network with other business leaders. Better Yet, it’s a great way to make new friends!” Stephanie Kissinger, 2013

“If you doubt the impact Leadership Charlotte will have on you personally for any reason, I recommend asking any LC Graduate. I know everyone will tell you the experience was priceless, both in time and cost. Do not wait until you have time, make the time.” Tracy G. Lehn, 2008

“Leadership Charlotte is the most rewarding program that I have ever been associated with. The new friends, the camaraderie, the honor of being part of this has really given me a more defined reason for being in Charlotte County. I wish it could go on forever.” Matt Nemec, 2004

“Leadership Charlotte has been an amazing experience starting from that first day at SimSoc. Coming into this, I didn’t envision all I would gain from the program; it truly is a behind-the-scenes tour of everything there is to know about Charlotte County. Through the program, I have grown professionally as well as personally and have created remarkable friendships at the same time. I am proud and honored to be a part of Leadership Charlotte and its Alumni.” Kelly Riley, 2013

“After living in Charlotte County for over 40 years I thought I knew everything about our community. What I learned from Leadership Charlotte was that I only knew the big picture. Leadership exposed me to the important details about our community — those details that include the people of our community, the resources of our community and the absolute beauty of our community that we tend to take for granted. It was truly an eye opening experience that I will always remember.” Lane Diedrick, 2000

“Leadership Charlotte is a life-changing experience that provides the opportunity to form relationships that will endure long after graduation.” Mark Martella, Esq., 2008

“I only wish I had participated sooner. I kept putting it off thinking I would have more time when I wasn’t so new and so busy. Little did I know that the time spent learning about Charlotte County and developing relationships with classmates and other Leadership Charlotte graduates would be returned to me many times over.” Lola Casey, 1993

“Kudos to the Chamber for its ongoing commitment to a leadership program, one that gave me the opportunity to learn so much about the community and its people. The importance of this education was made even clearer in the post-hurricane climate in Charlotte County.” Connie Thrasher, 2005

“I was actually quite amazed at the quality of the programs for each Leadership Charlotte Day event. The local dignitaries and community leaders who gave up their time to share their experiences and knowledge of our County were truly impressive!” Mary A. Byrski, 2005