CEP Announces Leadership Ocala Marion Class XXVII

Posted on: August 21, 2013

The CEP is proud to announce Leadership Ocala Marion (LOM) Class XXVII. Since 1986, Leadership Ocala Marion County (LOM) has immersed its class members in key civic areas including: economic development, public safety, education, culture, health, the environment and social services. Through tours, education sessions, hands-on learning and personal interaction with our community’s leaders, class participants gain a unique behind-the-scenes look at the pulse of our community. The LOM experience heightens participants’ awareness of Ocala/Marion County’s issues, challenges and opportunities, sharpens their leadership skills and increases their involvement in civic life.

Concerned about developing the next generation of community leaders, Chamber President Frank Stafford founded the program twenty seven years ago. This leadership initiative has allowed nearly 1,000 area business professionals to increase their awareness and advocacy for major facets of our community fulfilling the founder’s goal. Stafford was also instrumental in forming Leadership Ocala/Marion Youth (LOMY) now in its 25 year.

Class XXVII, at 35 members, is one of the largest in LOM’s history begins their Leadership experience in September with an intensive three day “Leadership Week”. The agenda includes a full day orientation; SIMSOC, a simulated society exercise and concludes with a ROPES course adventure. The class will then meet once a month, for a full day, through May 2014.  Each session, designed by the LOM Board of Regents, brings together our top business, civic and government leaders to discuss the current state of affairs in their area of expertise.

Applications for LOM are accepted starting in February of each year with the nine month program starting in September.

Leadership Ocala Marion Class XXVII

Benjamin Adams > Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Tarnesha Allen> Lockheed Martin
Lonnie Blackburn > Marion County Fire Rescue
Jim Couillard, ASLA > Marion County Board of County Commissioners
Jamie Dodd > Workforce Connection
Heather Gifford, RN > Munroe Regional Medical Center
Karl Goedert > Collier, Jernigan & Goedert, P.A.
Justin Grabelle > U.S. Representative Rich Nugent
Karen Haven > Hospice of Marion County and its Affiliated Companies
Barbra Hernandez, APR > Marion County Board of County Commissioners
Ashley Hoglund > Duggan, Joiner and Company, CPAs LLC
Andrew Jorgensen > On Top of the World Communities
Chris Kent > Rasmussen College
Brittney Marthaller > Ocala Health System
Joe Mazur, III > College of Central Florida
Michael McCleary > City of Ocala, Utility Services
Pamela McDonald > HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala
Flip Mellinger > Marion County Board of County Commissioners
Charlee Nichols > Marion County Election Center
Linda Pisani > Riggins Pisani, PA
Mel Poole > City of Ocala, Electric Department
Stephen Quintyne > The Vines Hospital
Mike Radcliffe > Radcliffe Engineering
Anne Rathbun-Favre > Foundation for the Florida Horse Park
Michelle Scaglione > Alarion Bank
Carol Slocum > Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership
Tracy Straub, PE > Marion County Board of County Commissioners
David Terrell > Cox Communications
Alex Van Heyde > Trow & Dobbins, PA
Naomi Vandergrift > Ford Lincoln of Ocala
Liz Walker > Reliance Petroleum Holdings, LLC
Matthew Wardell > Ocala Symphony Orchestra
Cory Weaver > Workforce Connection
Tasha West > University of Florida
Billy Woods > Ocala Police Department


The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community.  The CEP will drive community transformation and strengthen business through an aggressive and forward looking approach.  The CEP will bring together all economic development forces to ensure that Marion County will be a vibrant community with a stable, diversified economy.

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