2020 LEAD Summit Speakers

Rita Barreto Craig

Palm Beach Gardens

Rita Barreto Craig, founder and president of Top Tier Leadership headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida….

Sophia Eccleston


Commissioner and Army Veteran Sophia Eccleston joined Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) seven years ago and is a member of the External Affairs group…

Karin Hoffman

Lighthouse Point

Commissioner Karin Hoffman of Lighthouse Point has a family-run business, Sonshine Educational Tours, founded by her mother, which has been serving educators and students throughout the nation with educational…

Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D.


Commissioner Lady Dhyana Ziegler DCJ, Ph.D. of Tallahassee was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott. She is currently the Interim President/CEO of Florida Virtual School for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

Melaney Cordell

Buigas & Associates

Melaney Cordell is a Senior Associate for Buigas & Associates. Specializing in education and healthcare with both the legislative and executive branches of government. Mrs. Cordell works with clients…

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee

State of Florida

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis as Florida’s 36th Secretary of State and began serving in February 2019. Secretary Lee previously served as…

Deputy Commissioner Deborah Tannenbaum

FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs

Deborah Tannenbaum joined FDACS in mid-February 2019 as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. Tannenbaum previously served as the Executive Director…

Marian Johnson

Florida Chamber Political Institute

Marian Johnson is Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members. Johnson, perhaps Florida’s…

Senator Kathleen Passidomo

Florida Senate

Senator Kathleen Passidomo was elected to the Florida Senate in November 2016. She was formerly a member of the Florida House of Representatives having first been elected…

Sheela VanHoose

The Southern Group

Sheela VanHoose joins The Southern Group in 2019, bringing with her over 10 years of public policy, advocacy, and campaign experience. Sheela is an education advocate who has worked for large public, private and nonprofit entities. She has worked across multiple…

Kim McDougall

GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law

Kim is a senior government affairs consultant in GrayRobinson’s Tallahassee office. She lobbies across a wide range of policy areas on behalf of public and private clients. Kim brings almost three decades of education policy….

Andrea Messina

Florida School Boards Association

Andrea Messina has been the Executive Director of the Florida School Boards Association since 2015.  As Executive Director, she leads all aspects…

Mark R. Mills

Mills Strategic Communications, Inc.

Mark R. Mills has spent over three decades successfully working with leaders in business, politics and public affairs to expand their impact and influence in the public arena. Mark has worked with…

Gail Ryder

BayCare Behavioral Health

Gail joined the BayCare Health system in July of 2011. She is responsible for the continuum of services across the five counties of Tampa Bay for BayCare Behavioral Health. The programs include…

Paula Liang

Jacksonville Women's Leadership Coalition

Paula was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston University. She practiced corporate litigation in Chicago and New York. But she found her passion…

Chief Justice Charles T. Canady

Florida Supreme Court

Justice Charles Canady was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1954.  He is married to Jennifer Houghton, and they have two children.  He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1976 and his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1979…

Mayor John E. Dailey

City of Tallahassee

Mayor Dailey has dedicated his professional life to building strong, vibrant communities. He has had public service in his sights his entire life. As the son of Dr. John Scott Dailey, the former Executive Director of the Florida Institute of Government…

Nicole Travis

City of Lakeland

Nicole B. Travis is on a mission to help professionals develop the skills and confidence needed to make impactful change in their respective communities. Trained as an architect, she has a unique background in…

Kelly S. Sciba

Florida Commission on the Status of Women

Kelly S. Sciba Kelly S. Sciba became the Executive Director of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, in the Office of the Florida Attorney General in March 2002. The Commission is a non-partisan body with a focus of raising awareness and celebrating the contributions and successes of all Floridians, along with providing a…