2019 LEAD Summit Speakers

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…

Senator René García

Executive Vice-President, New Century Partnership

René García was born and raised in the city of Hialeah, to working-class Cuban American parents. As a child, he attended local public schools and played baseball at the city’s local parks. In 1997, at the age of 24, René García was elected to a two-year term…

Miguel Abad

New Century Partnership

Miguel Abad is a consultant at New Century Partnership, where he provides invaluable understandings to clients on an extensive variety of issues before state and local governments. Prior to joining New Century Partnership, Miguel served as a Legislative Assistant to State Senator Rene Garcia…

BillieAnne Gay, DPL

Florida School Boards Association

illieAnne is a lifelong Floridian, former educator, and policy specialist now serving as Member Communications Manager and Lobbyist for the Florida School Boards Association — the voice of Education in Florida.  Her experience as a student-athlete, coach, and teacher highlight her passion for team building…

Corinne Mixon

Rutledge, Ecenia Purnell, P.A.

Corinne Mixon Corinne is a registered professional lobbyist with more than twelve years of experience representing clients’ state governmental interests. At Rutledge Ecenia, Corinne represents a broad client base with a particular emphasis on health care practitioners, education and regulated industries and professions. She has been instrumental in passing myriad legislation and killing or containing…

Jerry McDaniel

Government Consultant, Southern Strategy Group

Jerry McDaniel has had the honor and privilege of serving three Governors and three Attorneys General in his 37 years in Florida government. Of particular note, the final seven years, Jerry served as the State Budget Director for Florida’s last two Governors…

Allyce Heflin

Southern Strategy Group

Allyce Heflin joins Southern Strategy Group after most recently serving eight years as the Budget Chief for the Florida House of Representatives’ Education Appropriations Committee. Allyce, originally from the Pensacola area, moved to Tallahassee….

Andrea Messina

Executive Director, 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…

Angie Gallo

Member, Orange County School Board

Angie Gallo has been a child advocate for over 15 years.  She has held various positions on PTA Boards and School Advisory Committees in elementary school through high school.  She has also served as the Rally and Tally Chair, Legislative Chair, Secretary, and as the 1st VP for Orange County…

Beverly Slough

Member, St. Johns County School Board

Beverly Slough, vice-chair of the St. Johns County School Board, was first elected in 2002. Her passion is focused on a quality education for every child in our county. She has extended that passion to all children in Florida by her service to the Florida …

Joy Bowen

Member, School Board of Leon County

rs. Georgia “Joy” Moultrie Bowen was born in Marianna, Florida where she graduated from Jackson County Training School and received her Associate of Arts degree from Jackson Junior College. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, and a Master of Education from Florida A&M University…

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

Florida Attorney General

Attorney General Ashley Moody, a fifth-generation Floridian, was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in accounting and juris doctorate. She later attended Stetson University College…

Chief Justice Charles T. Canady

Chief Justice, 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…

Commissioner Nikki Fried

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is a lifelong Floridian, attorney and passionate activist. Born and raised in Miami, Commissioner Fried graduated from…

Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez

Florida Lt. Governor

Jeanette Nuñez has consistently proven to be a champion for her constituents. Since first elected to the Florida House in 2010, Representative Nuñez has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to fiscal responsibility and economic development and has been…

Mayor John E. Dailey

Mayor, 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…

Sandra B. Mortham

Florida's 22nd Secretary of State

Sandra B. Mortham was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and came to Florida at the age of two.  She attended St. Petersburg Junior College earning an A.S. degree, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Public Administration from Eckerd College and has received…

Kelly S. Sciba

Executive Director, 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…